Remember my Twenty4Twenty project? I know it seems like I may have forgotten it but fret not, I’m just stretching it out. Some of the people on my list are quite hard to reach; others I’ve just decided I’m not so wild about anymore.
The piece I’m writing about today falls in the fan art category but isn’t quite a Twenty4Twenty gift as I orchestrated a trade for this mount.
If you know me personally, you know that I’m a rabid consumer of podcasts. Especially the ones falling into the comic variety. While I get a tremendous amount of laughs from these podcasts, they are also quite thought-provoking and mentally stimulating. Comedians are, in my opinion, the most observant, intelligent and unique people on earth. Recently I added another podcast to the weekly roster and it quickly become my favorite. It’s called Twisting the Wind– check it out. The host, Johnny Pemberton, incorporates music samples into the already captivating material and that’s what gave me the idea to reach out to him and propose a swap:
Every song I’ve heard on this podcast was new to me. And wonderful. It took me back to my grade school days of mixtapes, where I discovered most of the music I still love today. Perhaps I’m aurally lazy but I just prefer my favorite songs be spoon fed to me. Record shops are among my least favorite places on earth to be, right up there with live music venues. If someone else has really great taste, it only makes sense to me that I glom what I can off them.
SO. I wrote Mr. Pemberton on a whim and proposed I send him a custom piece of taxidermy in exchange for a custom mix tape. And he responded yes.
This was going great. I was working on the rabbit I’d dispatched with Farmer Thomas, and trying out a new mounting technique (new to me, at least) in which I taxied the skin over the rabbit’s actual skull and not a form. I also tried out a new type of ear-liner which produced mixed results.
The mount itself is riddled with technical issues but it’s still pretty rad- he holds a little mirror in his rabbit hands to serve as a “last check” point: something to look at before seeing another person or people, and make sure there is no food in your teeth or gunk in your eyes.
He also has a small tiara type embellishment because he’s dripping with meaning, history and charm.
I’m quite pleased with his exposed teeth- the neat and perfect little rabbit chompers are what inspired me to incorporate the skull in the fist place. It was a great experience to try something new and still be able to share it with someone while getting something in return, to boot!