BlackBearBathSalts

BLACK BEARS ON BATH SALTS

Beacon, New York · 5479 Sales

BlackBearBathSalts

BLACK BEARS ON BATH SALTS

Beacon, New York 5479 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(1750)

Announcement   PLEASE NOTE: As of January 1st, 2018, I ship (officially) once a week on Fridays. If I can squeeze in another shipping day, I will try to whenever possible (most likely, this would be a Tuesday). If your order needs immediate shipment, please let me know!

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Black Bears on Bath Salts provides the discerning shopper with a chance to enjoy a variety of biological specimens, taxidermy, and unsettling Americana –– all brought to you by a gang of black bears who just love getting fucked up on bath salts.

Payment plans accepted! Custom orders encouraged! Trades considered!

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Follow our Facebook or instagram at @blackbearsonbathsalts for updates and new items!

Recently featured on TV's American Horror Story (Coven and Freak Show), Sleepy Hollow, Oddities, and The Leftovers!

And don't forget to search "Bargain Bin" for HOTTTT DEAL$Z™

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We take our commitment to ethical taxidermy very seriously –– in addition to providing ethically sourced animals (see our FAQ), we are a proudly Trump-free business! None of the materials used in any stage of production –– from specimen collection to preservation to packing and shipment –– come from companies or organizations with ties to or who have expressed support of Donald Trump, his associates, or his administration.

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NEW: ETSY NOW REQUIRES YOU TO ENABLE MATURE LISTINGS TO SEE WET SPECIMENS

*You may have noticed the blurry thumbnails –– because of complaints lodged by PETA or PETA-like individuals, Etsy has determined it politic to require that wet specimens be marked "mature" and their thumbnails obscured. Please understand that this does not in any way imply that there is actually something "mature" or restricted about wet specimens. All items presented for sale in my shop are 100% legal to sell and own, are nontoxic to possess or handle (though please do not eat them), and no animals were removed from the wild (or from life) for this purpose. For more information please see my About or Policies pages.*

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Announcement

Last updated on Jan 29, 2018

PLEASE NOTE: As of January 1st, 2018, I ship (officially) once a week on Fridays. If I can squeeze in another shipping day, I will try to whenever possible (most likely, this would be a Tuesday). If your order needs immediate shipment, please let me know!

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Black Bears on Bath Salts provides the discerning shopper with a chance to enjoy a variety of biological specimens, taxidermy, and unsettling Americana –– all brought to you by a gang of black bears who just love getting fucked up on bath salts.

Payment plans accepted! Custom orders encouraged! Trades considered!

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Follow our Facebook or instagram at @blackbearsonbathsalts for updates and new items!

Recently featured on TV's American Horror Story (Coven and Freak Show), Sleepy Hollow, Oddities, and The Leftovers!

And don't forget to search "Bargain Bin" for HOTTTT DEAL$Z™

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We take our commitment to ethical taxidermy very seriously –– in addition to providing ethically sourced animals (see our FAQ), we are a proudly Trump-free business! None of the materials used in any stage of production –– from specimen collection to preservation to packing and shipment –– come from companies or organizations with ties to or who have expressed support of Donald Trump, his associates, or his administration.

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NEW: ETSY NOW REQUIRES YOU TO ENABLE MATURE LISTINGS TO SEE WET SPECIMENS

*You may have noticed the blurry thumbnails –– because of complaints lodged by PETA or PETA-like individuals, Etsy has determined it politic to require that wet specimens be marked "mature" and their thumbnails obscured. Please understand that this does not in any way imply that there is actually something "mature" or restricted about wet specimens. All items presented for sale in my shop are 100% legal to sell and own, are nontoxic to possess or handle (though please do not eat them), and no animals were removed from the wild (or from life) for this purpose. For more information please see my About or Policies pages.*

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Ethan heiner

Ethan heiner on Feb 18, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

My fiancè ordered this for me for Valentine's day and I love it! Super cool, weird little piece! (This is my fiancè's account)

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About

Your Mom & Pop Dead Animals Shop

Some selected passages from an interview with me by NYU Interactive Art and Technology student Ziv Schneider:

==Where do the animals you work with come from?==
There's no one source for my animals. They come from pet breeder or farm deaths, stillborns, things my cats kill, roadkill or hiking finds, scraps from taxidermists and tanneries, overstock from biological supply, antique scientific collections, etc. I wrote a very long explanation of where my animals come from as a response to this bonkers petition to remove my shop: https://www.change.org/petitions/etsy-remove-seller-ryan-biracree

==How long have you been practicing it and how did you start?==
My actual experience with taxidermy began when I was working on my graduate poetry thesis, studying the history of the wunderkammer and the alchemists. I liked the idea of having a cabinet of curiosities of my own, but as an adjunct professor was supremely and utterly broke (no human being can keep body and soul together solely on an adjunct's pay, and taxidermy is now essentially my sole source of income), so decided to do it myself. But I think that, rather than with animals in particular, it is the impulse to collect and to arrange that actually lead more directly to this point. The collector's peculiar fascinations with presence, wonder, and authenticity are not far from those things which taxidermy too values. In my mind, there are very few professions in which the concept of authenticity is so paramount –– certainly when we say we want a wolf's heart, we would not be satisfied by a dog's heart of identical measure. Illusion is appreciated (in traditional taxidermy, the mask of life is certainly a defining feature), but for many, it is the connection with the rare, the difficult, the only-glimpsed that gives a thing its value. In this cult of authenticity, two impulses coexist: one seemlingly of supreme practicality –– the desire for the concrete emblem of a defined object. The second, though, has an air of magic about it –– certainly if we want to possess the lupine heart above the canine, it is (at least partially), I would assert, because we perceive in the former animal some element of meaning –– dread, nobility, gravity, ferocity, what have you –– which can be witnessed or experienced by its remnants. I find it hard to believe there is nothing of the cave painter, the headhunter, or the shaman in the taxidermist.

==Do you think taxidermy benefits the animal and if yes, in what way?==
Does taxidermy benefit the animal? No, probably not –– it doesn't harm them either, being, as they are, quite dead. Does taxidermy benefit wildlife in a greater sense, though? That's a more complicated issue. The politics of "awareness" is hopelessly nebulous horseshit, something Facebook and car bumpers aptly demonstrate daily –– and yet, I do think that taxidermy provides a point of union –– intellectual or emotional –– with the natural world that is inherently valuable. It is patently easy to forget that one is part and parcel of a vast, incalculably strange universe of living things. Whether one sees a zebra's heart in a jar and recognizes it as identical to his own, or sees in a mounted lamprey the most absolute otherness, it is difficult not to feel something –– and to feel something other than mild distaste is a triumph (one is also confronted with death, and death, like wildlife, is the other boogeyman to modern Americans). Strangely, nothing to me sums up ones experience of taxidermy quite so well –– in a surprising cameo –– as Aristole's twin tragedic concepts of pity and fear (fear in the sense not of fright but of awe and dread). If we are lucky, we might see, if it's possible, a catharsis, even in taxidermy's stasis.

==Do you have pets now? Did you ever taxidermy your pet and/or would you do it in the future?==
My wife and I have two cats, Penny and Moose. We are unfathomably obsessed with them, and no, I cannot forsee any situation in which I would taxidermy them. Taxidermy presents the animal in a simultaneous state of familiarity and unfamiliarity, and the key intellectual dilemmas introduced by its presence –– for instance, to witness at once both one's kinship with and alienation from another species –– would be complicated (in an adverse sense) by the introduction of an emotional tie to the animal (or, even, species –– the only animals I will not work on are cats). With taxidermy, I am not trying to preserve an emotional attachment, but rather an example of biological wilderness for the purpose of intellectual, aesthetic, or metaphysical engagement. For pets of species that would be more alien –– insects, lizards, snakes, fish –– where interest and aesthetic appreciation prompts their keeping (as opposed to companionship), I would certainly consider preserving them. In short, although preservation of one's pets is common, understandable, even laudable, it does not appeal to me as an option, and would, frankly, probably be painful.

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  • Ryan Biracree

    Owner, Taxidermist

    The person who preserves and mounts each of your critters by hand (and by chemical) and the voice at the other end of the convo, Ryan is the full-time proprietor and taxidermist of BBBS.

  • Sarah Biracree

    The Muscle, Lady About Town

    Sarah is a prolific freelance writer and editor, but also the unsung ginger heroine behind BBBS –– helping with product descriptions, hunts for weird crap across the globe, and as the smiling face behind the booth at our convention appearances.

  • Tabitha Biracree

    Baby

    Born in April of 2015, Tabby is BBBS's official mascot and reigning monarch. When she was born, she clutched in her hand a necklace made from the teeth of her enemies; she now lays in a cradle of bone waiting for the day of her final triumph.

  • Penny

    Cat

    Cat, obviously

  • Moose

    Kitten

    I am a cat

Shop policies

Last updated on June 9, 2017
PLEASE NOTE THAT BY YOUR PURCHASE YOU ARE AGREEING TO THE POLICIES STATED BELOW

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If you receive the incorrect item or item is damaged as a result of causes OTHER than shipping, please contact me immediately to arrange return shipping (paid for by seller) and a full refund.

If you require a refund for another reason, please contact me immediately to arrange return shipping (paid for by buyer) and a refund of actual item cost.

Animal items can and will vary in appearance; if I have more than one item, usually a stock photo will be used. Please check the listing for more information. Pictures of the actual creature can be sent upon request.

SELLER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ITEMS LOST OR DAMAGED DURING SHIPPING. If you would like to add shipping insurance to your item, please contact me. For more information please see my shipping policies section.
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Hello! I love you. Thanks for looking at my shop! Let's get a couple of things out of the way –– I am sure as an intelligent fellow you must know this, but it never hurts to clarify, right?

1) I haven't killed any of this stuff. Come on now. Spoiler alert: no one is torturing animals in order to put them into jars. My animals come from pet breeder, zoo, or farm deaths; stillborns; things the stray cats I take care of kill; roadkill or hiking finds; scraps from taxidermists, butchers, and tanneries; antique scientific collections; etc. If anything met its end by any other than natural means, it was likely via euthanasia, predation, or automobiles, or in rare cases, as a nuisance animal. Nothing is removed from the wild –– or, simply, removed from life –– on my behalf.

2) I am a registered taxidermist in my state, and everything that appears here is legally collected and legal to sell and own. Specimens are carefully preserved according to the US Department of the Interior guidelines for museum and scientific preservation.

3) Specimens are nontoxic unless ingested, and free of any harmful biological or chemical material.
Shipping
HELLO PLEASE READ THIS THANK YOU VERY MUCH

I'm sorry in advance for the capslock –– it is inelegant, but effective.

JARS ARE FILLED WITH common 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol, available at any pharmacy for about $2 a bottle. All of my specimens have already been preserved in formalin (liquid formaldehyde), preventing decay — so all they need is a sterile liquid environment to stay preserved indefinitely, which alcohol best provides.

JARS 16OZ (1 PINT) OR SMALLER will ship with alcohol within the US unless otherwise noted (if the jar does not provide an adequate seal –– for instance if it is corked –– it will ship without liquid). ANYTHING LARGER THAN 16OZ WILL NOT SHIP WITH ALCOHOL.*

IF YOU ARE PURCHASING MORE THAN ONE ITEM, the jars will be drained of liquid prior to shipping. It would exceed permissible postal limits on liquid, and greatly amplifies the risk of damage in transit. Combined shipping prices will reflect this. I will send instructions for refilling the jar.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAVE ON SHIPPING, I am happy to send any item without solution (they will hold up perfectly fine) or even without the jar. Usually this can save a few bucks. Just convo me beforehand and let me know.

SHIPPING TIMES MAY VARY if you have specified alterations to be made (including custom dissection), or if you are having mummification done to a specimen. I will give you a ballpark shipping time, but especially in the last case, this will depend on the cooperation of the corpse.

SELLER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ITEMS LOST OR DAMAGED DURING SHIPPING. If you would like to add shipping insurance to your item, please contact me. I'll do the best I can to pack these safely but this stuff is glass, and sometimes a mailman just has to dropkick a package. Such is life. If your item arrives damaged please contact me immediately and we can figure out how best to work with USPS to reimburse you or help me replace the item. If possible, please include photos of the damage to speed up the damage claims process.

Shipping prices are for the least expensive
method of delivery possible — most often, this is Priority Mail, except to select states –– including TX, FL, CA, OR, and WA –– where Parcel Post will sometimes be substituted. Some larger items (such as bisected pigs, squid, or fetal cows) will ship Parcel Post, as will large orders. Shipments 16oz or under will ship First Class. If you would like a more rapid method of transit than is listed, please message me for options.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENT REQUIRES ALL SPECIMENS TO BE DRAINED of liquid prior to shipping. Because international post can be lengthy (no delivery date can be guaranteed, or mostly even estimated, for international purchases unless Priority is used. Please convo me if you're interested in this quicker but more expensive service), buyers should purchase knowing they are taking a small risk, should the specimen be exposed to unusual shipping times or conditions. International buyers should know the relevant customs laws for their country; seller is not responsible for items seized by customs. International items may ship on a somewhat later timeline than the ship times indicated, depending on how quickly I receive the necessary paperwork.

NO SHIPPING ON BIOLOGICAL MATERIAL TO AUSTRALIA OR NEW ZEALAND. LIKE, NONE. NOPE. EVER. SORRY.

*These items will be shipped sealed in a bag, wrapped in alcohol-soaked wadding — this will protect them for upwards of a year in transit. Some smaller items may ship without the sealed bag, but placed with wadding within the jar. Dissected animals must be shipped sealed to avoid displacement of organs during transit.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders are encouraged! If there's a critter you're looking for, let me know and I'll try to find it.

If you have a frozen critter or access to one and would like it preserved, I am happy to take on commissions. Convo me and we can discuss prices and options.

Reserves and payment plans can be negotiated. Please contact me to discuss. Unless otherwise specified, reserves expire after one week, and payment plan deposits are nonrefundable. Payment plans are available for two and four week terms, or for a period discussed. Not all items will be eligible for reserves or payment plans.

If you would like to write me hate mail, I encourage it, but please be aware I print them out and hang them above my work table. Also, by writing me hate mail, you agree that I have the right to repost said messages to social media (names redacted –– I'm not a monster), where people smarter than you will make fun of you.

More information

Last updated on Jun 9, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Do specimens ship in alcohol?

Jars 16oz or smaller will ship with alcohol within the US unless otherwise noted (if the jar does not provide an adequate seal –– for instance if it is corked –– it will ship without liquid). Anything larger than 16oz will not ship with alcohol.

However, if you are purchasing more than one item, the jars will be drained of liquid prior to shipping. It would exceed permissible postal limits on liquid, and greatly amplifies the risk of damage in transit. Combined shipping prices will reflect this. I will send instructions for refilling the jar.

No liquid can be shipped internationally.

If you would like to save on shipping, I am happy to send any item without solution.

What do I need to refill the jars?

All you need to refill the jar is common 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol, available at any pharmacy for about $2 a bottle. All of my specimens have already been preserved in formalin (liquid formaldehyde), preventing decay — so all they need is a sterile liquid environment to stay preserved indefinitely, which alcohol best provides.

For delicate specimens (like early fetuses), you may want to use 50% alcohol. In truth, any dilution from 50-70% will work perfectly well; do not, however, exceed this level, as high concentrations of alcohol can constrict tissue and cause shriveling.

My specimens will be shipped without liquid. Will they be okay?

There's almost zero chance that their condition will be affected in shipping. Their tissue has been entirely fixed in formalin, meaning that decay has been prevented. They will arrived sealed and wrapped in wadding soaked in alcohol –– it can last in this way for up to a year before it begins to dry out (as preservation has already been completed, all that's necessary is an alcohol-based holding solution to keep it sterile and hydrated. If left out of solution, it will only dry out, not decay). The only danger is if it is exposed to prolonged extreme heat or cold, which is unlikely during transit.

Where do your specimens come from? Is it all legal?

My animals come from pet breeder, zoo, or farm deaths; stillborns; things the stray cats I take care of kill; roadkill or hiking finds; scraps from taxidermists, butchers, and tanneries; antique scientific collections; etc. If anything met its end by any other than natural means, it was likely via euthanasia, predation, or automobiles, or in rare cases, as a nuisance animal. Nothing is removed from the wild –– or, simply, removed from life –– on my behalf.

I am a registered taxidermist in my state, and everything that appears here is legally collected and legal to sell and own. However, you may want to familiarize yourself with your local wildlife regulations. This excellent site has an breakdown by state: http://bit.ly/2s5K70x

Do I need to change the alcohol over time?

You do not need to refresh the solution –– the preservation is completed and the alcohol acts as a sterile, hydrating holding solution to keep the specimen from drying out or attracting mold. You can leave it in the same alcohol it came in for well beyond our lifetimes. 

However, alcohol, over time, does discolor –– the rate at which it does so will depend on things like exposure to light, temperature of the room, oils in the specimen's fur, etc. This doesn't affect preservation, but it does affect the aesthetics. Some people like the antique yellow look of older alcohol, and some people like it to be crystal clear all the time –– really, the choice of whether or not to swap out the liquid is all yours.

How are your specimens preserved? Will they last?

All our specimens are preserved according to the best practice guidelines for scientific and museum preservation set forth by the US Department of the Interior. After cleaning and positioning, specimens are fixed in fresh, never re-used formalin (liquid formaldehyde) at a very high ratio of tissue to fixative for two to six weeks in climate-controlled tanks, then acclimated to alcohol over a forty-eight hour period.

If properly cared for (and care is quite easy), your specimens will last for many hundreds of years. I guarantee all specimens I preserve myself, but cannot guarantee the lifespan of those preserved by others (i.e. vintage specimens; these will be noted as such).

I want to save on shipping. Can you help?

Of course! If you would like to save on shipping, I am happy to send any item without solution (they will hold up perfectly fine) or even without the jar. Usually this can save a few bucks. Just message me beforehand and let me know.

Combined shipping prices are automatically calculated at checkout. If you are placing a large order and would like an exact shipping quote before purchase, please message me and I can accommodate.

Combined shipping cannot be automatically done for international orders because of the quirks of the US postal system. Please message me for more information if you have questions about combining multiple international items.