Kyle Ng’s Crazy Taxidermy Collection
This guy could make the Natural History Museum jealous.
Get this: Kyle Ng of the unfussy menswear line Farm Tactics has a taxidermy collection so epic that he can’t even fit it all in his house in Los Angeles, on the border of Fairfax and Melrose. Walk into Hairroin Salon just off Sunset Boulevard, and you’ll meet some of his overflow. “I have probably 30 to 50 pieces now. I have a sloth, a penguin, a baby llama, a baby leopard—it’s some cool stuff, man. I’ve been collecting for about six years from antique stores or trading with friends. They’re all over, at people’s lofts and studios,” he explains. Here, a look at some of his craziest finds. —seth putnam
Sloth: “My favorite piece ever is this sloth in the glass case. Getting it was some Indiana Jones shit. You could say it’s on perma-loan from a private collection. I love sloths, and I don’t really know anyone else who has one.”
Bottled sharks: “My friend was going to the mineral and gem show in Arizona, near a pretty famous taxidermy/natural-history spot. I just gave him a bunch of money and told him to buy what he found. He called me and told me about this, and I was just like, ‘Yeah get that, get that, get that!’”
Cobra: “I have two cobras that were bought from Necromance in Los Angeles. They’re probably from India. They’re just a more exotic vibe than some of the others.”
Hippo foot: “That’s the centerpiece for the dining room table always, and we have a little floral decoration. I traded someone for that. I have a lot of friends in that world who just love to trade each other. There aren’t many people who collect hardcore who aren’t just super-bizarre dudes. So we’ll do big trades like an ostrich head for an alligator and a penguin. I think I traded some birds for the foot.”
Bobcat and dik-dik: “It’s a very shittily made Mexican bobcat. And right next to it is a dik-dik. I just really love the curiosity of nature and natural history. Collecting them represents my love for nature. When you’re a kid at Disneyland, you go on the Jungle Cruise ride and see all these artifacts and animals and butterflies. I love the idea that you can really own these things and be a part of that. I like that idea of being a collector of knowledge and culture.”