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What is Vulture Culture?

Liz Miller

The name Vulture Gear is inspired by a community called vulture culture that (to the best of my knowledge) started on Tumblr. It’s a unique group of people that found each other through a common interest in collecting animal bones and taxidermy. Some members of vulture culture consider themselves vultures because they collect animal remains and allow them to decompose in some way to later collect the bones. Some vultures also skin the animals they find for the fur, though it will depend on the state of the animal. 

Of course, not every collector has the means or desire to do any decomposing or skinning themselves, but many vultures also support the vulture culture community by purchasing bones on Etsy, Ebay, and craigslist. I consider myself a vulture-artist of sorts, I don’t really have the time or space to allow animal remains to decompose. Many of my skull and bone collection was bought or gifted to me, and I have a small handful of found pieces. I love that there’s an open community of people who have a shared affinity for the beauty of bones.

Vultures collect bones from animals that died a natural death, were hunted legally with the intent to use the entire carcass, or were unfortunately killed on the road. Vulture culture is about a love and appreciation of the natural world and animals, and vultures often feel they are keeping the spirit of the animal alive by keeping its bones and celebrating their beauty.

Many vultures also earn money with their bone collecting by selling the bones themselves or using bones as a medium in their art. The products range from jewelry and carved bones, to preserved wet specimens and articulated skeletons. Vulture Gear embodies vulture culture with handmade products that feature the beauty of animal bones and remains. Each product is made with photographic bone patterns, which is my personal way of celebrating the beauty of animals. Vulture culture brings to many people a fulfilling hobby and sustainable happiness, and it’s been a wonderful community of people to watch and grow with.

The free download today is a family photo of sorts of my favorites in my skull collection. It’s been an inspiring desktop background and now I’d like to share it with you!

My skull family has grown a bit since this photo was taken, but it's still one of my favorites. Click the button below to get the download!

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  • Thanks for the download! I have been intrigued with bones lately myself as I’ve been learning more about Buddhism. I saw a lot of malas (prayer beads) shaped like skulls. I did some research and learned that this is because meditating on death—essentially, the impermanence of everything—can actually lead us to savor the present moment even more. So, I’m loving this idea of art made with bones!

    Ashley

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