I am a taxidermist working at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and owner of Prey Taxidermy where I teach classes. Ask Me Anything!
My name is Allis Markham and I'm one of those 'weird people' who play with dead things. I work at NHM in Los Angeles in taxidermy and recently opened my own studio in downtown Los Angeles where I do taxidermy classes and commissions for TV/Film.
I call my work 'ethical taxidermy' - the ethics I adhere to are using only specimens that were collected as salvage, from abatement work or otherwise not connected to the art. The museum generally follows these practices as well and I'm lucky to be a part of this wonderful institution. You are welcomed to ask me about the taxidermy process, life & death at the museum, the GoT three-eyed crow I just did for a friend (http://imgur.com/a/gPkqE) or anything else taxidermy related; I don't believe in trade secrets.
Proof: http://instagram.com/p/nLn4sGhMHm/ (Me inside of one of NHM's dioramas doing basic maintenance) My Tweet https://twitter.com/AllisMarkham/status/459754836909494273 announcing the AMA. My website for Prey Taxidermy http://www.preytaxidermy.com/