It’s a helluva way to make a living, as far as I’m concerned, skinning skunks and stuff like that. It’s not my bag, it’s my son’s bag... but when you have a boy that’s interested in stuff like that, that’s the way it is.
People look at Ken as the Elvis Presley of Taxidermy... Especially young taxidermists that are just coming into the business. They look at him as an idol.
Sometimes when I go out with friends, we get talking and they’re like, “Hey, what do your parents do for work,” and I say, “My dad’s a taxidermist.” They’re like, “What, he drives a taxi?” “No, he doesn’t drive a taxi. He mounts dead animals.”
People think I’m just out here chewing tobacco and rolling around in rotten critters when really that’s not how it is. So they’ve just got to learn and get that idea about what a taxidermist is out of their head, because I’m not your typical taxidermist.
Where do you look for the expression? You look into the eyes of the mount. That’s what tells you that it’s a living piece of art, as opposed to just a still, stationary, lifeless collection of parts.
The best way to make a million dollars in taxidermy is start off with 2 million dollars, and in about 5 years you’ll be down to one million.
After I saw my second one, I was like, yeah, they’re here. Ken is very open in regards to Bigfoot experiences and I would say almost aggressive in his search to find the truth. I think that’s his goal, to be able to present it to the world.
Who’s to say what’s out there? There are pockets of this world that haven’t been explored, there is still some true wilderness out there, and thank God for that. I would like to think that somewhere there really is a Sasquatch and it’s thriving.
If we protect Bigfoot habitat, whether or not Bigfoot lives, we will have done something grand and something important. On the other hand, if we were to allow the land to become so tamed outright, that we can no longer even imagine the possibility of wild hairy apes out there, then we will have lost something deep, something profound, and something irretrievable.
The question is—How are we going to take care of our natural resources? That’s the big question. Because emotions aren’t doing it.