You're invited on a FREE tour of the New York City Chinatown Garbage. Did you know you could make art out of dead animals? YES! I am going to show you how to collect dead animals from the garbage in Chinatown to make your own personal taxidermy! This is the first NYC CHINATOWN GARBAGE TAXIDERMY TOUR! You will learn how to dig in the garbage for dead animals. You can make art out of these animals. It's really cool!. I've found everything from sharks to frogs to plain old unidentifiable crap. Sometimes I find nothing interesting, but that is what makes it fun. You never know! RSVP is appreciated but not required. RAIN OR SHINE.
DATE: THURSDAY, MARCH 27TH, 2008
MEET: THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF CANAL STREET AND LAFAYETTE STREET, NYC
ABOUT ME (YOUR GUIDE): My name is Nate Hill, a NYC artist who makes new animals from dead animal parts. I sew together random animal parts to make a new animal that doesn't really exist (see pic below). Many of the parts I have used over the years have come from Chinatown's garbage.
WHAT TO WEAR: I suggest wearing clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Long-sleeve shirts are also good to keep your arms clean. Also fully enclosed shoes are recommended.
THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WILL BE PROVIDED: latex gloves, first aid kit, wet wipes, and antibacterial gel.
ARE WE GOING TO DIVE IN DUMPSTERS?: No sorry. We prefer not to get that dirty. We just dig our hands in trash containers.
DISTANCE: We're not going to be walking far. The tour consists of my favorite spots that are just within four or five blocks of each other.
HOW YOU WILL RECOGNIZE THE GUIDE: I will be holding an 8x11 sign that reads "CHINATOWN TOUR".
WHAT TO BRING: You may want to bring a plastic bag if you want to take a souvenir with you. You may also want to bring a flashlight, though I've never used one. I search by "feel".
DURATION OF THE TOUR: About 45 minutes.
TRAIN DIRECTIONS: Take any train to Canal street and walk to the meeting point.
DISCLAIMER: I cannot prevent you from injury on this tour. Rummage at your own risk. I have never been injured when digging my hands in fish crap, but the possibility is always there. SAFETY FIRST. Beware of sharp objects. It is very important that you are very careful and move your hands slowly. Treat that box of dead fish like a lady.
EVEN MORE IMPORTANT: After the tour is finished, I invite you to drinks at the bar Home Sweet Home (a taxidermy themed bar) located at 131 Chrystie St at Delancey street.
You may want to investigate other "rogue taxidermists" before coming to the tour. They can be found here.
See ya there!
The tour begins with a demonstration of some of the new animals you might make from animal parts salvaged from garbage in Chinatown.
The search begins! Here also is an example of the containers that we dig in.
Here is something you might see on the tour.
Some parts that you find in the garbage look cool, but they are damaged like this egg sack. After you become more experienced, you can tell quickly what can be used and what cannot.