Friday, September 19, 2014

Crap Taxidermy

"To my Tiger Mom, Wendy Su. 
See? I told you I'd publish a book one day. 
Wait, this isn't what you had in mind? Dangit." 

Kat Su's ode to the worst possible taxidermy in the world gets my vote as the best of the worst. Crap Taxidermy ventures where no man dare go: good taxidermy, bad taxidermy, and the extremes of what Su describes as "weird-as-hell" (excuse me). Actually, that pretty well sums it up.

In 2009, an empty apartment in Brooklyn, New York, sent author Kat Su in search of uplifting dead animal decor. The internet provided more than Su bargained for in the way of weird wall hangings, and the Crappy Taxidermy Tumblr site soon followed. Readers with a keen eye for the stuffed lunacy soon supplied photographs of their own crazed creations, and the foundations for Crap Taxidermy, the book, were in place. 

Weird humor is much appreciated; the pictures creeped me out, however.

In ninety-six pages, Su pulls you along through all levels of taxidermic indecency and award winning feats - if the award is for absolutely insane efforts. The book is a pictorial guide to the amateur taxidermist, and thank goodness. You wouldn't believe most of the examples actually existed without a picture. The image of "the happiest cat in the world" and his bug eyed friends is funny, then disturbing, then funny...whoops, we're back to disturbing. 

You want to look't.

The Happiest Cat in the World (
Plastic googly eyes adorn bears and mermouses (or should that be mermice?) hold court, uninhibited. Attempts at improving on nature fail with freakish flair. If your humor style could be described as "sick and somewhat twisted" - this may be the book for you. 

The last chapter has a helpful How to Stuff Your Own Mouse guide, a step by step process for home taxidermy. I pray it's tongue-in-cheek.

I received this book free, from the Blogging for Books program, in exchange for my honest review. Then I hid it from public view, till the next weird teenager visits and I force him to take this book home with him.


  1. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    My humor style could be described as "sick and somewhat twisted" but I don't find Crap Taxidermy the least bit amusing. This is one freak show that I don't want to see. To me the unnatural and grotesque arrangement of an animal's body and face is disgusting. In life or in death animals should be afforded the same level of dignity and respect as people. The mistreatment of animals is a topic that sets me off and puts me at risk of losing friends or potential friends as my rant expands to include sport hunters, trappers and poachers. There is nothing more heartbreaking and more infuriating than to see the head of a majestic creature mounted on a wall.

    Hey, Bungalow Bill
    What did you kill, Bungalow Bill?

    Thank you for another week of quality blogging, dear friend Cherdo. Please make it a safe and happy weekend!

    1. We're in the same neighborhood. But I saw the cover, it made me laugh initially. The humor factor was there.

      After I got into the book...ick. Who does this stuff? To her credit - not Kat Su (she is a designer). I noticed a majority of the pictures originated in places like Russia, China or Korea, for example. In spite of the ick factor, I'm sure this will fly off the shelf.

      I raised chickens on Ye Olde Farmlette and I cried every time one passed (turns out, as my husband says, "everything wants to eat a chicken") from wildlife that wanted to squelch my plan...raccoons, skunks, possum, fox, coyote...they all wanted my chickens. My plan was for each one to die of old age, ha ha.

      Ridiculously spoiled Coco agrees that I am a dedicated animal lover & slave. She told me so on the way to the poor house (prescription dog food and medicine were driving the vehicle).

      Nice Beatle reference; have a great weekend and as always, thanks for your comments, my dear pal.

    2. Hey, Shady...I requested Graham Nash's new book, Wild Tales, for the next review. It looks really good. I might need to send it to you when I'm done, if I don't drool on it too much.

    3. I'd love that, dear friend, drool and all! :)

  2. I certainly wouldn't want one of those "stuffed animals" in my house, but my sense of humor is quite expansive and includes the "sick and more-than-'somewhat' twisted". There are limits to what I will find funny, but 'Crap Taxidermy' does not exceed them.

    The book would probably give me some good laughs. Maybe I wouldn't keep it forever, but it seems as though it's the sort of book I would pull from a Barnes & Noble shelf and then wind up looking at every single photograph before putting it back on the shelf (and then spend the next few days trying to figure out which friend I should buy a copy for).

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

    1. Some of the animals were so wear worn, it was comical to think someone still had them around at all.

  3. Such a strange hobby to begin with. I'm glad there are people like Kat Su in the world to seek out the bizarre.

  4. The title of the book is funny, but the photos are creepy.


  5. Oh my gosh--that's scary! We were just talking about people who have their animals stuffed when they die. Seems like it would be even WORSE to have a taxidermy version of your beloved pet than just remembering him or her. I think I'll pass on that one!

    1. I am a HUGE pet nut, but I'd never do that. I'll take a picture.

      Kat Su's book contains all the best of the worst, so to speak.

  6. I've never understood the hobby or practice of taxidermy, unless it's for a museum. This does sound interesting, though.

    1. Different strokes for different folks. It was a clever idea, but it didn't ring any bells for me.

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