Quality Taxidermy In 90 Days With Animal Artistry

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    Our History
    Animal Artistry began in 1980 as a mid-life crisis. Disillusioned with my chosen career, I decided to try to do something that I really loved-taxidermy. Since childhood, I have been utterly fascinated with animals and with the concept of preserving their beauty. To that end, I tendered my resignation and put together a small studio in my garage. Much to the credit of my wife, she tolerated the mess and the fumes that transcended into our home.

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    Up to that point, I had never seen a financially successful taxidermist. Our initial goal was to give it two years. If it didn’t work out we would call it therapy and move on to a real job. Fortunately, we came along at the right time with the right concept. The vision I had of wildlife was not of a stuffed, stagnant trophy, but of a living, moving animal, with all the grace and dignity that they displayed. It was the right product at the right time, animals in motion, and the art of the animal.

    We were eventually kicked out of our garage by the neighbors and forced to take a small commercial building (which should have been condemned). Having no background in business, there was the dual struggle of developing a new form of taxidermy while developing some kind of business model. Probably made every mistake that can be made and eventually found a way that worked. Today, Animal Artistry is one of the most respected taxidermy studios in the world, employing thirty five people, having a facility of forty thousand square feet. It is truly an American success story and even now, it is not finished.

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    Animal Artistry is not a production taxidermy studio.
    That is to say, we do not buy a generic form and attach a skin to it as quickly as possible. Every trophy we mount is individually designed and sculptured to reflect anatomy accuracy and genuine wildlife behavior. Each piece is an original, designed to enhance the animal’s best features and to fit into the available display. This takes an enormous amount of time and creative talent, not to mention the extra material expense of an original design. We spend at least twice as much time on each mount as the typical commercial shop.


    We don’t stop there…
    When actually mounting the animal, we use exact standards with emphasis on symmetry, detail and overall durability.

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    We use only state of the art materials including custom eyes and custom tan. The same exacting standards continue when the animal is detailed out in its natural habitat set up. The end result is that you have much more than a mount… you have an original piece of wildlife art designed especially for you and for the best features of your animal.

    We look forward to working with you in creating a piece of taxidermy you will enjoy for years to come.


    Animal Artistry at Work by Animal Artistry posted Aug 6, 2019 at 2:23 AM
     
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    Taxidermy Complete in 90 Days
    I know there are naysayers out there that say it can’t be done – but the fact is, we have done this for nearly three years with huge success. We guarantee both the time line and the quality. Animal Artistry has been a leader in this industry in creativity and it is now time to lead in service and turn-around time.

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    Why do taxidermists take so long?
    The time delay in getting trophies back from taxidermists is often long and frustrating. To understand the problem, one must understand the origin of the taxidermy industry. The vast majority of taxidermists are small operations (1-5 people). Often, people get into the industry because they love to hunt and fish but do not have the business background or management skills necessary for an efficient operation. In order for a taxidermy studio to run smoothly, the business owner must be adept at long-term financial planning and be prepared for any number of unforeseen circumstances. With smaller studios and taxidermists with little experience, the financial requirements and unexpected circumstances often result in significant time delays for the client’s trophies.

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    Commonly, the process is as follows- animals come in to be skinned and when done, there is a significant time (weeks to months) of waiting until there is enough skins to be sent to the tannery. The skins can take 6 months or longer to come back from the tannery. Upon return, the skins are put on a shelf since there are other projects ahead of them. Due to limited staff and limited financial resources (needed to purchase the products for the mount-mannikins, eyes etc.) skins can sit for months, or even years, before work actually begins. Once your item is brought forth, it takes relatively little time for the taxidermist to mount, dry and finish your trophy. It’s getting to your trophy that is difficult.

    What does Animal Artistry do differently?
    Animal Artistry takes a much different approach. Mike Boyce entered the industry just like many others-he loved hunting and fishing and he had no business experience. He did know early on though, that in order for his vision to really come to light he would need to do things differently. Through trial and error, he was able to develop a new form of taxidermy while also building up a sustainable business model. It is through his many years of experience and our constant attention to an efficient process that we are able to produce quality mounts in 90 days…guaranteed.

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    At Animal Artistry, your skins do not sit. Upon receipt, skins are immediately sent to the tannery and they are returned to us within 30 days. While your skins are at the tannery, we are in contact with you regarding your deposit and your pose. We then make sure that we have all the supplies (mannikins, eyes, etc.) so that when the skins come back, they go immediately into production-no waiting. We are actually able to spend more time on your pieces since we are not behind and do not have a backlog of projects making it necessary to rush. Most importantly, each department is staffed with people carefully trained for quality and efficiency in the specific area they are working.


    OUR PROCESS

    Receiving

    Whether your skins are dropped off or shipped to us, we inspect them immediately and note any concerns and take photographs to send to you. If shipped, we make sure that the inventory that we have received matches the documentation. Once everything is recorded, the inventory notes are sent to accounting and a deposit invoice is created and sent to you.

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    Tanning & Supply Preparation
    Skins are sent to the tannery immediately after they are received and they are returned to us within 30 days. While skins are at tanning, we are in contact with you to get pose instructions. Once we receive pose instructions we will make sure that we have all the supplies necessary (mannikins, eyes, jaw set etc.) to get started as soon as the skins return.

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    Skin & Mannikin Preparation
    We have people who prepare the skins (sew up the holes, thin the nasal and eye membranes, put in the ear liners). Others will be sculpting the mannikin for gesture, size and correct anatomy.


    Skin & Mannikin Prep by Animal Artistry posted Aug 6, 2019 at 3:26 AM


    Mounting & Drying
    Then the prepared skin goes to a two man team that applies the skin to the mannikin-one sewing while the other adjusts the skin, tucking the mouth and eyelids etc. it is then pinned and dried.


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    Finishing
    In the finishing department we have airbrush artists trained for both quality and efficiency. The animal is airbrushed, groomed, and puttied.


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    Habitat
    Finally, life size and pedestal mounts go to the habitat department. These folks do one thing-they make trees, rocks, grass, snow etc. as the setting for the animal.

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    Final Invoice and Shipping
    The last step is the preparation of the final invoice and shipping/pick-up arrangements. After you pay for your final invoice, you will be able to make arrangements for shipping or pick up of your animal.

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    Wildlife Art Designed Especially for you

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    SERVICES

    Taxidermy
    Taxidermy is an art form in every sense of the word. To that end, Animal Artistry was named and that has been our vision. Animals are more than trophies, more than scores in a record book, they are dignified, graceful creatures that even the primitives somehow wanted to preserve portions of to bring into their dwellings. Animal Artistry has been committed to taking taxidermy to a higher level. One that respects the animal and his habitat and brings the art of the animal into people’s homes.

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    Our Work
    Whether you want a more traditional classic mount, or a dynamic custom display, we can do it! Our taxidermy catalog is a collection of some of the work we have done throughout the last 30 years. Pick a pose that you like, or come up with your own idea. Your imagination is the only limiting factor.
     

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    Trophy Rooms
    Trophy rooms are a major emphasis of Animal Artistry. We have taken trophy rooms to a new level. In the past, trophy rooms were simply a den of death, with severed heads hung on the wall, usually tightly cluttered. Our concept is to create a natural atmosphere that the animals lived in. To that end, we are designing rooms with higher ceilings, murals, reproduction trees, rock formations, water features, sound effects, all to the purpose that you not only see the trophy hunted but you see the environment in which he lived. Bringing that environment indoors is the focus of our trophy rooms.

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    Trophy Room & Mural Gallery
    Trophy rooms are a place of celebration for you and your friends; a place to remember your hunting achievements. If you are a serious hunter you owe it to yourself to have a space that tells your story.

    From design to final installation we deliver a turn-key project.

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    We can work with your architect as well as remodel existing buildings. We have taken old barns and warehouses and turned them into spectacular displays. We are constantly bringing new ideas to the process. Our goal is to make your room a unique experience unlike any other.


    Trophy Rooms by Animal Artistry by Animal Artistry posted Aug 7, 2019 at 4:11 AM


    Follow your passion without guilt or apology. If not now...when?
     

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    Murals
    Murals are an integral part of our concept of trophy rooms. Number one, they expand the room visually. Instead of hard walls, we now have vistas of Africa, North America, etc. We are even creating sky-scapes on the ceilings so that the entire room expands. In addition, each mural is site specific and transports the viewer to the different locations from Africa to the Arctic.

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    Trophy Room & Mural Gallery
    Trophy rooms are a place of celebration for you and your friends; a place to remember your hunting achievements. If you are a serious hunter you owe it to yourself to have a space that tells your story.

    From design to final installation we deliver a turn-key project.

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    We can work with your architect as well as remodel existing buildings. We have taken old barns and warehouses and turned them into spectacular displays. We are constantly bringing new ideas to the process. Our goal is to make your room a unique experience unlike any other.

    Follow your passion without guilt or apology. If not now...when?


    Animal Artistry Mural Gallery by Animal Artistry posted Aug 7, 2019 at 4:11 AM
     

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    Bronze Sculpture
    As a natural development of taxidermy, Mike began to create sculptures. It is simply an extension of the philosophy of the art of the animal. These sculptures are everything from small maquettes that sit on tables to monuments in front of football stadiums. Visit the Artistry in Bronze website to see the entire collection.

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    Mike's philosophy on art is routed in its significant role throughout human history. For him, art is the thread through which we are connected to our ancient human ancestors as it is found among the remnants of the first human civilizations. At a time when 99% of human efforts were geared towards survival, the human spirit still felt the necessity to express itself artistically.

    The pieces that he has created thus far represent a deep exploration into human nature, as well as our relationship with our planet and its wildlife. A delicate dance is taking place between those three elements, each one depending on the other for survival. While we live in a modern age filled with endless advancements, the human struggle remains. Through his sculptures, Mike embraces this human condition, encouraging others to both accept it and learn from it.
     

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    Reproductions
    More and more we are able to do reproductions of elephants, hippo, crocodile and rhinoceros. These are highly detailed, carefully painted and in most cases cannot be discerned from an actual skin. We are also doing reproductions of antlers and horns, all of which are completely life-like.

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    TAXIDERMY CATALOG

    Africa ~ African Animals
    Antelope | Cape Buffalo | Crocodile | Elephant/Hippo/Rhino | Giraffe | Hyena | Leopard | Lion | Primates | Warthog | Zebra | Other African Animals

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    North America ~ North American Animals

    Alligator | Antelope | Antlered Game | Bears | Cats | Coyote/Fox/Wolf | Mountain Goat | Sheep | Other North American Animals

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    Asian & Exotic ~ Asian & Exotic Animals

    Deer | Goats | Sheep | Tahr | Water Buffalo | Other Asian & Exotic Animals

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    Novelties

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    Trophy Cleaning Instructions

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    Body/Hair: For all trophies, it is best to remove dust by blowing off with an air nozzle connected to an air compressor. For short haired animals, it is best to blow in the direction of the hair. For long haired animals, blow against the hair to fluff. For extremely long haired animals, such as Bears, after blowing against the grain of the hair, finely touch up with a wired brush, such as a rounded dog slicker (dog brush). Do not run the brush to the skin: only place the hair in place with the brush.

    Eyes: For the eyes, take a Qtip and dip it into Windex. Make sure the Qtip is only moist and not dripping; it should be just slightly damp. Wipe the eye gently, making sure you only touch the glass and not the skin, and let dry.

    Horns: As for the horns, we find it best for African, and/or black horned animals to use WD40. For North American and/or brown horned animals, use Pledge. Spray on clean rag and wipe the horn clean.

    Of course we are always here to answer any questions you may have, feel free to contact us.
     

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    Some more Taxidermy pics

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    Some more pics

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    What Happens to Your Taxidermy Deposit

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    In many taxidermy companies, your deposit goes into the operating account. That means it is used to pay overhead, salaries, materials, taxes and other expenses. If your deposit has been with the taxidermist for six months or more – it has been used and is gone. To keep the lights on, these folks require additional clients to provide additional deposits. If for any reason, those deposits do not come in, they have no capital to continue work.

    This is one reason it takes some taxidermists so long to complete trophies that came in months before. They simply do not have the money to pay for tanning or materials for trophies that were dropped off a year ago. In short, it is a very unstable financial situation. Many taxidermists don’t understand that a deposit is not an asset, it is a loan from the client to complete his work. Be aware, some taxidermy studios are using your deposit for other clients in the hopes that more money will come in down the road. Good luck with that!

    Animal Artistry uses your deposit for your mount, your tanning, your materials and the labor to produce your trophy. It is all completed in 90 days! You are assured that the money you deposited was used specifically for your trophies, not for someone else’s. We are proud of the discipline we have in handling finances. It enables us to do quality work and complete it in 90 days. This should give you confidence that you are in good hands.
     

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