Rogue Taxidermist Shows You How to Fish for Animal Parts

Taxidermist: "It's like fishing. Sometimes you find something,
sometimes you don't find anything."Photo courtesy of Nate Hill


As faithful Nonsense NYC subscribers, weve been clued into everything from condiment wars to absinthe parties (mmm, absinthe), but weve never seen (or smelled) anything quite like the Chinatown Garbage Tour. Tonight at 9 p.m., Brooklyn-based artist and rogue taxidermist Nate Hill will share wisdom gleaned from his weekly searches for animal parts (he incorporates them into his YouTube show Chop Chop and his Dead Animal Man project which you probably dont want to know about). A test run of the tour, for friends, yielded precious bounty: We found some frogs heads, Hill remembers. Ive found small sharks a foot or two long. Usually youre overrun with fish guts or tails, so when you find something like a shark, its really special.

Asked whether hes learned anything about Chinatown restaurants and markets while combing through their undesirables (mostly unusable fish guts, scales, and gills), Hill says, Its ridiculous how much food is wasted. Ill find blue crabs that are still alive. His worst nightmare? Finding a human hand or finger; I feel like one day thats going to happen. Those who dont mind this possibility should meet Hill at the southeast corner of Canal and Lafayette where hell be waiting with latex gloves, a First Aid kit, wet wipes, and antibacterial gel, along with nuggets of wisdom such as Treat that box of dead fish like a lady. Riiight.

Chinatown Garbage Tour [Stoproadkill.org]