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NaturePunk
For the Wild-Hearted Souls!
Artist | Professional | Artisan Crafts
United States
To me, Nature is god. Without it, we simply would not exist. Conserving the world’s natural spaces and the creatures that live there is paramount to the survival of humans as a species, and I have therefore dedicated my life to studying environmentalism in order to help people co-exist more successfully and sustainably with the natural world.

All natural materials I use in my creations are either sourced from roadkill, Fish and Wildlife, or are antique. In this way, I'm ensuring that no animals were needlessly killed for the sake of the artwork I produce. I fully believe that no part of any creature should go to waste if a purpose can be found for it, but I do NOT support trophy hunters or overseas fur farms by buying 'byproducts' like bones, skulls, or claws directly from them. The only exception I make for this rule is for parts from animals legally culled for population control programs approved by Fish and Wildlife.

As a photographer and wildlife enthusiast, I've been involved with many fantastic organizations such as Images4Life and Wild Tiger, as well as the Sierra Club and many smaller, local groups.
I've been published, interviewed, and even featured on Rainn Wilson (Dwight from “The Office”)'s personal networking website, SoulPancake.com.

I’ve also been blessed with the opportunity to visit many of the world’s most amazing wild places, like Komodo Island, Bali, Lombok, Malaysia, and the Cayman Islands, and have even documented entirely new species previously unknown to science.

You may know me from Etsy or perhaps recognize my photographs from Flickr. I've been on the fence about getting a DeviantArt account for a while, and I don't know how often I'll make use of it, so if I don't reply to your messages or comments, don't feel bad - I'm probably romping around out in the woods.

Current Residence: Oregon
Favourite genre of music: Punk, Punk-Rock, Ska, Reggae
Favourite photographer: Jody Cobb, Willy Onarheim, Art Wolfe
Favourite style of art: Realism
Personal Quote: "Life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better" - Emerson
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Hey folks! In case you haven't already heard, Etsy had been trying to ban certain taxidermy items from appearing in search results by claiming that they fall under the category for "mature" content. The taxidermy community has endlessly been discriminated against by Etsy staff, and groups formed on Etsy to support the community have even been disbanded without justification. Please sign the petition and urge Etsy to instate a different means of 'censorship': www.change.org/petitions/etsy-…

You can also send Etsy HQ the following email to offer a suggestion as to what can be done as an alternative to censoring the taxidermy community: 

We in the taxidermy community - sellers, buyers, and supporters alike - are perfectly aware that many people are not comfortable with seeing dead animals, regardless of the mediums in which they are depicted and/or preserved.

We therefore wish for Etsy to simply instate a system for it’s viewers which plainly omits items tagged with “taxidermy” or “wet specimen” from those viewers’ search results.

This system would be akin to Tumblr’s ‘Savior’ plug-in, which simply hides posts that contain tags which the Savior user has selected to be blocked, effectively making Tumblr a safer and kinder place for the viewer while still allowing its users to freely post what they please without having to censor their works. 

On Etsy, this platform would be far better than forcing artists to censor their perfectly harmless creations, and would allow visitors to your site a much friendlier and worry-free experience tailored perfectly to their own comfort levels and needs, with applications far outreaching the taxidermy community alone. 

A feature like this would allow people with PTSD, depression, and other mental conditions to omit triggering material from their searches, or people with certain phobias to avoid content which may feature the subject of their fears. 

The taxidermy community is, and always has been, willing to work hand-in-hand with Etsy’s policy-makers to create a selling platform which is friendly for both sellers and buyers alike, but have felt continually ignored. This time, we’d like to work with you to ensure that Etsy remains a welcoming environment for taxidermists and supporters, and, hopefully, to make Etsy a better place for everyone. 

Thank you,
(Your Name Here)

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Sargeant-Knoxx Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing taxidermy work. If I wasn't so preoccupied with skulls  may take a summer to look at tanning hides. You really have some talent!
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18smiths Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! I've been looking through some of your taxidermy commissions. I saw a beautiful black wolf headdress, and I was wondering how much it would cost for me to commission one myself! I'd love a black wolf with light/forest green eyes, somewhat naturally colored! Thanks! :D
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NaturePunk Apr 14, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Black wolves are usually rather pricey for taxidermy-quality ones. But if you'd like a quote feel free to message me on Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/NaturePunk?r…
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18smiths Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, I haven't got an etsy. Do you have an idea of the price range? :)
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:iconnaturepunk:
NaturePunk Apr 15, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
You can send me a message here to discuss.
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WitchyMomo Apr 11, 2014  Student Artist
What type of cat is Paco? ;v;
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:iconnaturepunk:
NaturePunk Apr 11, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
He was a rescue, so it's hard to say. We think he may have had some Bengal in him. 
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WitchyMomo Apr 12, 2014  Student Artist
Ahh, sorry for bugging you x)

Thank you though!
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:iconjwiesner:
Thank you for sharing your wonderful works with us! Some, no, many of your works made me gasp in inspiration. Great beauty captured in expressive photography. Keep it up! I'm looking forward to seeing more. :)
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NaturePunk Apr 11, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Many thanks! Glad you enjoy! :D 
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