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grey wolf headdress WIP by AdarkerNEMISIS grey wolf headdress WIP by AdarkerNEMISIS
Personal wolf headdress I've been working on. She gave me a bit of issues. Her left eye was natually damaged while she was still alive I removed a large clump of hardened black skin under her eye. I atempted to try and salvage the eye and mount her normally but she just wouldn't turn out so I just closed it and realised she was absolutely perfect in every way.

She's quite the survivor and fighter it seemed. She's absolutely massive on just the size of her head alone. Her pelt was in the 80in plus. She's my ideal image of the wolf and took me quite awhile to find one like her. 

Still quite a bit of work that needs to be done but I'm just so super excited for her lol. She's going to be a dancing skin and as well as a display. I haven't figured out a name but I'm waiting for something wrong to pop in my head. 


I'll be working on more headdresses and I'm happy I get to. Be a nice change. 
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Tricksters-Taxidermy Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
how dose your headdresses fit on the head? Is it a modified rug form? I'm eyeballing a wold pelt that I'd like to be headdressed :)
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Scorpio-Mayu2Sempai Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Bet she would be even more beautiful ALIVE! -_-
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AdarkerNEMISIS Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah I'm pretty sure she was too but she's dead now and unless someone discovers how to bring back the dead there's nothing crying over her will do.
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OinaWarrior-LoonaIto Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
very unique
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Muddy-Coyote Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nem she still takes my breath away! Oh my gosh she is beautiful. I'm so glad that she's with you and was able to be mounted like this! 
I'm so eager to send you one of my wolfers now! 
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AdarkerNEMISIS Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I love this wolf the moment I set eyes on her. And I was able to get her by chance by a friend. It was like it was meant to be. 

I'm glad to have her as my personal, she has great character and seems to have caught a great battle. Its like we can relate with each other about our battle scars. 

I'll be more than happy to work on one of your wolves :meow:
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Muddy-Coyote Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey, I believe everything happens for a reason. She was supposed to come to you :) 

She's absolutely beautiful, and I understand that. It's amazing how much character these animals have.

Also you just let me know when is a good time for you and I'll have one sent your way! Whenever you're ready, no rush.
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tashimf Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
Poor baby...
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1masterwayne1 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
Stupid fuckers it would be beautiful to see it in its natural surroundings but after a sackless wannabe solider wants to shoot something to feel powerful and needs to skin it and take it home just begging for some approval,
if you can't eat it don't fkn shoot it
If it can kill you show a predator more respect instead of standing a field away feeling like Rambo get a bit closer put the gun down then you can earn that pelt
At least it died with its integrity intact considering a human felt so inadequate to it that it needed to use a weapon a child could use
This is disgusting
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CindarellaPop Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Considering human beings have been killing and skinning wolves without guns for thousands of years, I'd say the wolves had their chance and still "lost" that particular fight. But really, the gun is a much nicer way to die than more 'traditional' methods of killing wolves, using packs of hounds, pitfall traps, digging up dens, or even killing them by hiding sharp things inside of meat that's left out for them to consume. If people went out and "earned" the pelt the way you wanted them to, the wolf would suffer a great deal more for the sake of the pride of "earning it."

But no, frozen blood with a knife stuck in it or a pack of trained dogs that rend a living thing limb from limb while it's still alive has much more "integrity" than modern hunting with quotas, seasons, and quick deaths.
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NatsumeWolf Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015
If you are so offended by taxidermy either don't look at it or go out and make a difference. Go become a volunteer park ranger and help protect these animals during non hunting seasons or go make a petition to lessen the number of animals harvested near you. After all, complaining here WON'T make a difference. So many people who complain are do-nothings and are content just bitching. But bitch all you want, it's not going to bring it back to life nor help others. So get out and DO something instead of complaining.
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Muddy-Coyote Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Woah there, don't be so eager to jump to conclusions. Who knows what the carcass was used for, but the fact is Nemisis wasn't the one who went out and shot this animal. This is one of the most respectful ways I can see that the animal could be remembered. It's not a toy, but something personal and beautiful. 
But I'm sorry that you feel that way about this. 
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1masterwayne1 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015
That's fair
I did assume that
And apologize I thank you for refraining from insulting me and understanding my stand point and frame of mind in my responds as others did
I just disagree that this is respectful
The carcass was more than likely burnt or dumped I've worked closely with these animals and had the greatest opportunity to see them live tracking them
After that to see an animal as advanced as them hunted like the likes of deer etc is troubling people don't need to do this
You can't eat them
Few other animals in this world kill for killing
I just wish this was done for more of a purpose than decoration I appreciate they are beautiful animals for me the beauty is lost here
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ornismon Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just FYI I know it's been ages since you've left this comment - but you can eat wolf. Not every hunter takes the meat, but the ones I know personally do. They eat it like deer, bear, beaver, coyote, etc. Meat is meat, you'll be able to eat it if you process it properly. /shrugs

And even then, leaving the meat isn't a "waste". Sometimes I will see a deer on the side of the road or a raccoon and I catch myself thinking "aww, what a waste", but that can't be further from the truth. Death is still beneficial to all creatures - insects, fungi, plants, scavengers. They will find and eat what remains, and pick at it. Perhaps a bit morbid, but nothing *really* goes to waste, if you think about it. 

Also: wolves will kill for the sake of killing when there's a surplus of prey. :U It's fascinating, but this kind of hunting is not seen in human behavior only! Weird, but nifty, right? Many predatory species practice this behavior (I believe it's been observed in bears, wolves, lions, chimpanzees, certain birds of prey like bald eagles + harpy eagles and more, but I can't remember every species that's been observed practicing it whoops). It doesn't damn them or make them bad creatures, it's just a behavior that seems to pop up from time to time when prey species are overly abundant. 

If you don't like taxidermy, that's cool. It's macabre to many and I respect that people aren't fond of it, but everyone has different views on what constitutes art and respect for the dead. Everyone - every culture, every family, every individual - has their own beliefs and practices when it comes to how they handle the dead. For example: My family strongly disagrees with funeral concepts like burying the dead + such, to us it's seen as disrespectful and lacking in care or compassion for your loved ones to dig a hole and dump them in it. But that's not our way, and we get that to the people who practice such things, it's seen as a proper rite and respect to the dead.

I feel that it's disrespectful to jump in with (metaphorical) guns blazing when you see something you don't like or understand without trying to learn more. And if you're not comfortable trying to learn more or talk to people, you can always walk away without snapping or jumping to conclusions. Sometimes I see things I don't necessarily like on dA, but that doesn't mean they can't be considered art or that the creator didn't put time and effort into making it.

A taxidermist IS an artist, whether you agree or not. They spend hours and hours carefully studying animal anatomy and have to have a strong understanding of sculpting and painting in order to bring an animal back to life, so to speak. You don't just slap a skin on a base and say "done", it doesn't work like that. You have to work with your form (some taxidermists even sculpt their own from scratch depending on the circumstances), roughing it up, cutting it and carving it down to fit each individual skin if it doesn't quite fit, and then you have to use clay to sculpt the animal's "muscles"...And then when you overlay the tanned hide onto the form, you have to pin everything in place and frequently check it as it dries to make sure it doesn't shift. 

And after you need to paint the features carefully to ensure the most lifelike final piece. It IS art, it takes a lot of hard work and study to bring a sense of life back to an animal. You don't have to like it, that's okay, but it is art. And to taxidermists, this is their way of paying respect to the deceased animal, by pouring time and effort into making something out of their remains.

I don't see these kinds of comments on photos of skeletal articulation, even though it's the same basic concept. You take the remains of the deceased and you make something beautiful with them. 

Also:

"I just wish this was done for more of a purpose than decoration I appreciate they are beautiful animals for me the beauty is lost here"

It's a headdress/dancing skin. Nemi is native american (sorry Nemi, I don't know which nation/tribe you're a part of ;o; ), and so am I (I'm half Kanien'kehá:ka, or what some people call Mohawk). Some tribes use dancing skins as part of ceremonial and/or religious dances. It depends from nation to nation, but the use of animal skins + parts in dances is fairly commonplace. There IS A purpose, it's not just display. But even then - most art IS used for display. We hang up paintings, place sculptures in our gardens or on shelves, put plush dolls or handmade toys on our beds, and that's just a broad spectrum of what we do with the things we create. Taxidermy and skeletal articulations are displayed in museums and parks for educational purposes, hunters want to preserve the memory of their work, etc. There's a lot more to art than just being functional or nonfunctional. Again, there's a spectrum of how we work with what we create.

It's okay to not be a fan of a type of art - I know I'm not really crazy about some things myself, but I feel like it's rude to the artist to come in and act like this. And it's not from a lack of understanding your point of view - I get it! You love wolves, and to you it's morbid and disrespectful for someone to wear or display their skin. But to Nemi - this is his way of showing love and respect. We could spend hours arguing about the ethics of hunting and the fur industry, but really, I'm just here to point out that while I see why you might be uncomfortable with taxidermy, I want you to see why Nemi and other people are frustrated and upset with these types of accusatory and dismissive comments. You're kicking their hard work under the rug because you don't like it, when you could easily just walk away if you're not interested in discussion or learning from other people.

You would probably be unhappy or even angry if someone went to your gallery to leave these kinds of comments, so just think about what you're going to say before you do so, you know? 
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AdarkerNEMISIS Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I do got to ask; do you proof read before submitting a comment. Or do you think your cool by shooting out a comment like a wannabe Rambo and sounding like a complete and total moron in the process?   

Seems your a little new here but I'll advise you. Ranting about it like a uncivilized baboon isn't going to bring it back. Only incompetent people jump to conclusions because I'm sure your feelling pretty high and mighty you talked shit about some one over the internet. While all the same......it doesn't stop me from the 5 other wolves on my to do list. 
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1masterwayne1 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015
Well firstly when this would have happened with packs of dogs or other means it still was for purposes such as safety or competition for food what is this for other than harvesting skin I can think of many ways it could be remembered instead of being hunted for the value of its skin I do love however your assumptions of me as a do nothing given that i do my fair share to stop this from happening to animals that have no need to be killed other than to be skinned for money it's not survival I hunt myself actually but I do so responsibly and I do so to eat I do not harvest animals in masses
I do smirk as I read you calling me a baboon and I'm the one trying to be "cool" I'm not displaying and practicing completely inappropriate behavior and I'm not one of the morons buying this stuff because it looks cool this is trash compared to seeing a wolf in its element though you probably can't appreciate that. I do understand the uses and history of pelts and done for ceremony or tradition so be it this is for business and nothing you can say will make me seem more inappropriate than that I also have a respect for taxidermy to a point
High and mighty ? Read your last line again who is really getting high and mighty saying stuff out of spite I guess I hit a nerve so go for it I'm incompetent (assumption) and quite a unfounded one too what I said has bases that is factual given that I know you sell pelts you on the other hand know absolutely nothing at all so who is talking shit if we are honest ?
And of course in this small circle I'm the moron right ?
Well remember your the moron who calls this art
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TabbyFoxTaxidermy Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful. I will definitely buy from you once I find a wolf and can do it. I DO have a wolf like this girl, an enormous male with a mounted head that'd have to be take apart.  The pelt alone is extremely heavy and over 80 inches and I'm short though so who knows.
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Draqone Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
It looks so fluffy >w<
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InNaturesImage Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow! Talk about beautiful!!! What a gorgeous pelt and love the mounting with the scarred eye! I'm jealous. :love:
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wolfforce58 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
She is absolutely gorgeous; I really hope to see more pictures of her from you =) I think how you worked with her eye was very suiting, and she certainly has a stunning face full of character! Very beautiful wolf!
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silvap Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
art??? how can this be art? sick generic people
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NatsumeWolf Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
Ever hear of the saying " Don't like, don't look and Don't comment?" 
Regardless if you believe its art are not it IS art. Taxidermy is a beautiful form of art that breathes life back into once dead things.
Maybe do your research before commenting? Then you would see that wolves are not endangered and are actually considered pests in most states where they are over populated and NEED to be lessened because lets face it, we no longer live in a world where we can simply wait for natural selection. In harvesting wolves and their pelts everything is being used. So using the fur is a way to show respect for the animal.
Did you know you have to pay to hunt? Thats right and that money hunters pay go into the conservation of that animal so it can be hunted for the nest year? Thats more than do-nothings like so many anti-hunters do for those animals. 

Put it this way, if you are so offended by taxidermy either don't look at it or go out and make a difference. Go become a volunteer park ranger and help protect these animals during non hunting seasons or go make a petition to lessen the number of animals harvested near you. After all, complaining here WON'T make a difference. 
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silvap Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
since this is a comment section i can comment whatever i want. "Taxidermy" is only a color-full word for skinning. Were i live protest against it wont make any change since "Taxidermy"=skinning is not practiced at all. If u like it continue doing your thing hope some day he wolves practice "taxidermy" with you, That wold be natural selection doing the right thing. 

It is easy to confuse what it is with what it should be especially when what it is worked in the favor of your needs.
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NatsumeWolf Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015
How is this any different then stuffing your face with a nice juicy double cheese burger from a local fast food joint ? All those thousands of cows just standing around waiting for the slaughter. Tell me why put a wolf on a pedestal like that and deem it a more worthy animal to protect over common cows or chickens? Or even the rats you lay traps for around your house? Is it because they are " majestic" and are your " inner animal?"

If I ever were to come face to face with the animals I love and respect I can assure you I'd have protection on hand. I'm not some crazed delusional wolfaboo who's going to go running towards a wild wolf saying " I'm one of you ! My soul is a wolf too! Let me be part of your pack !"

Yes I agree, taxidermy is a fancy word for skinning. It's also the technical term for preservation.

But it will also help next time not to commenting on thinge you find so vulgar. After all , why waste time looking at or commenting on things you hate.
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zero-chan-01 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Then we need to kill humans too. If the wolves are not endangered and need to be lessend, then what about humans. Humans are over populated too.
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AdarkerNEMISIS Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Given how many are killed each year by other humans. Soon we are at a breaking point. The question is......would you have the courage to do it your self, or are you too weak to pull the trigger? 

Once you say shit like that you better damn well be prepared your self to be the one who has to die. 
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zero-chan-01 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I might be weak and scare of death. But dont you think animals are scare of death too.
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AdarkerNEMISIS Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Everything is scared to die that's why they fight. But without death there could never be life and every animal knows it. 
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zero-chan-01 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Well thats not i meant. Its like its okay to kill animals i guess, but its the same as killing a human there also living things, BUT the people wont care if a animal dies unlike a human. If some one kills a human is a crime. But what about if some one kills a animal, its like nothing. Im not hating or anything you might just take it like that. But belive what you want.
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NatsumeWolf Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
Agreed. But unless mother nature intervenes with a plague or other sickness humans will continue to over populate and kill our world. One way to help lessen the number is to practice safe birth control methods and not having kid after kid on welfare. 
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Kachina3 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
How is this art! What kind of a sick POS would do this to a beautiful being?
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wolfforce58 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
Taxidermy requires a lot of work; you need to know animal anatomy, have some basic skills with sculpting and painting, and overall it's a bit of a process that turns out a creation many find artistic. You are taking the skin of an animal and doing everything in your power to make it appear alive again, more often than not because you found the original animal to be beautiful and worth preserving. Taxidermy allows people to enjoy an animal they might not otherwise be able to see up close (and certainly not as close as you can get to a taxidermy mount...at least not safely), see animals who are unique, and preserve history. Being able to view taxidermy mounts can give people a greater appreciation for wildlife, and can actually help some people care more about animals, the environment, and the conservation of nature as a whole. Or it can just be used as a way to say, "Hey, look at this animal, aren't they great?" Some people take taxidermy to a new level and create very artistic mounts meant to make a statement, inspire, or otherwise enthrall others the same way any other art piece would. If done well, a taxidermy piece brings back the glory of the animal who once wore that skin. Compare that to using fur, bone, and feather for other creations (whether it be textiles, mashing them up to be used in part of paints, taking the meat to use in culinary masterpieces, crafting with a piece of an animal, or whatever else), and it's really one of the very few art forms that aims to simply celebrate the true beauty of the animal in its natural form.

TL;DR: taxidermy is art, and it allows you to be able to see these beautiful animals.
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NatsumeWolf Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
So how is this any different than you eating a double cheese burger from a fast food place ?
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icelandicsheep Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Good lookin lady ;)
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StolenFoxes Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
Look at those paws-she is gorgeous!  She looks very soft-are wolves softer than coyotes?
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NatsumeWolf Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
I think it depends on the tan. My wolf pelts feel the same as my coyote pelts. 
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StolenFoxes Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
Thanks.  I was not aware that the tanning process could affect fur softness. 
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Lyrak Featured By Owner Edited Sep 13, 2015   Traditional Artist
Wow! Is is just me or is there some scarring by the other eye as well? Looks like she was quite the tough one when she was alive.

Also for some reason I want to suggest Dirge as a name. Not sure if you've already got somebody named that though.
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Sharpe19 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ikani comes to mind when I look at her. Such a stunning animal though, her coloration is amazing!
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whisper-trees Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
omg i want it! XD
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ornismon Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful face! I love her eye, it gives her even more character. She looks a lot like Nero, actually, what a nice wolf!
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