So someone noted me today and brought to my attention that the coyote I posted in the last update ACTUALLY HAS AN UNBOXING VIDEO! Yes! They did a livestream of an unboxing on twitch of their coyote
Its a long video, but if you wanna check it out, it seriously shows and lists every single problem out of the box
(Woah i didnt know DA did this.)
For those who can't see the video player in the journal ====> [link]
And the same person also pointed out to me you can see on Mars' pictures, that there are visable flaws if you look closely, mainly, that muzzlehole
(you can see that rust or whatever spot on there too? the photos are still up in her gallery but I took screenshots if they get removed)
I'm still working through all the stuff everyones sent me mainly everyone asking for censors I really need to figure out how to go about it. That and so many papers due for school omg.
I'm sick as hell hi. Stomach flu has a hold of me, I'm trying to keep up with everyone I'm sorry I'm falling behind ;____; it seems Anyway heres some more updates.
First of all. Shel's newest journal if you missed it:
Also a user just recieved their coyote in from Mars. Hopefully we will get more photos in soon, but for now here's a small glimpse at what they recieved
(^is that Singed hair? Rust?? What is thisssss??)
(Yeah. thats a hole. in the muzzle.)
And Dani got another one of her mounts in from Mars, and, well, as said "Compared to the utter trash I got before this is 'alright' I guess"
Holes and pins galore.
Also let's compare this fox to a fox done properly.
The lip line, the eyes are over-sized and bulging out, etc.
SOOOOO the slopfest continues. Danis zebra came in and BOY. It was a wet soaked fucking mess. Its SO WET that you can wring out water out of the poor thing. it was shittily salted, and has CHUNKS OF MEAT STILL ON IT. And the tailbone LEFT IN.
Also a Video of the goodness known as BeebZeeb I wanna say theres flies in this? Dani said flies were swarming the pelt when she had it out.
(^click it and it should work.)
There MAY be hope for BeebZeeb, but he's still allll fucked up. And guess what? Mars won't take responsibility. Nor will she on the moldy beetle riddled pelts. Claiming "They weren't like that when I mailed them" Uhhh huh...
AYYYY screenshots from watching Dani rip apart TENDONS OUT OF BEEBZEEB over skype as well as resalting it since it was salted wrong.
East coast capes is a bad tannery tbh, they fucked up a ranch red plat and an alaskan lynx Knuxtiger4 sent them, and everyone ive known to ever buy tanned things off them have had them turn to mush when mounted. ALSO. YOU DONT FRIGGIN SALT THEN FREEZE A PELT. JFC. Also you don't leave fat on the face OR LEAVE BONES IN THE HOOVES.
How are you not responsible for a pelt youve had for god knows how long?? And how dare you try and make it sound like Clockwork--Crow was the one who ruined the pelts? Really? even after they were reported fucked up as soon as the box was opened? Shel may not be a big huge tannery but at least knows their head from their ass on what can be salvaged. The things you sent them were beyond repair almost 90%. The zebra MAY be saved be we don't know yet.
SPEAKING OF "LION"
HEY MARS. I DECIDED TO CALL TRUE LIFE TAXIDERMY. Y'know. the place you boasted "working" for and then got fired from as you said? Yeah. I gathered the courage to call and talk to Bob himself. He told me. You NEVER worked there, you NEVER mounted ANYTHING and you were an apprentice that "didn't work out" because you weren't picking up what they were teaching you so you were asked to leave and do your own thing. He said he didnt really care for the work you /did/ do. (I assume the ones you showed him to get the apprenticeship.)
Bob ALSO asked me, to have you REMOVE ANYTHING saying you worked or even associated with his business after hearing how piss poor your work is. So please do so.
I'm so done. I know I'm anxiety driven from being on the phone but I'm shaking in shock from this.
and yes, I did call.
Also I'd like to add, since the intial drop date of this journal. I have had SIX more people come forward and tell me about howmuch you bullied and lied to them. and how you owe them things from 2012 and act like nothing ever happened. You've ran off with peoples trade halves and never mailed yours. MORE BUGS IN PEOPLES THINGS. The list goes on and on. The ones whove noted me have asked I don't post their things yet cause they're trying to scramble to get more evidence, and one has asked I blurred out their name so I will do that accordingly. Another is waiting you'll make good on your word and send them their stuff.
Pretty sure it's also known that Vita Nova Taxidermy isn't an actual business either. theres no business license. I even looked at NY record lookup.
So after posting this journal. I received even more messages from some people who were having issues with Mars/Vita Nova. I will be adding those in here shortly but ONE PERSON, did report their pelt came in with a fucking dead beetle in it.
How is this relevant? Well. Remember when I said IcelandicFox 's items were shipped on Monday? (The day before I posted the journal?) well they arrived today (except for a zebra. which idk if its arrived today or not)
For starters Mars shipped the things via Parcel Select, which is cheapest route, Dani asked for priority shipping.
Heres the condition of the box
And the contents? Oh boy. Kiddos. Buckle up. We are on a roller coaster of bug holes, holes in general BLACK MOLD and weirdly salted half tanned things???
These things were supposed to be MOUNTABLE. Dani stated the following on the contents this box should of contained:
"4 raccoons, (she skinned and was supposed to salt and prep for taxidermy) 1 COMPETITION QUALITY grey fox, she was sent it raw skinned, overnighted for like 50 dollars. Ringtail cat COMP QUALITY (the "nicest" Mars had ever seen) she was just supposed to flesh and salt and prep.. and my baby tricolour rabbit she was sent frozen whole and was supposed to skin and flesh and prep and salt"
Heres the wave of pictures:
Yeah. these items were supposed to be salted/dry. The box was wet, and the skins were some weird tan job? Dani never gave anyone permission to tan them, and how the hell were bugs on there? Black mold doesnt form overnight either, it's deplorable and also fun fact. Black mold can KILL. YOU.
So basically sending these pelts KNOWING they have BLACK MOLD on them could count as hazardous waste/biohazardous materials. that's a crime. you are knowingly sending a material out that could KILL SOMEONE.
Disgusting. And we all believe this was probably done out of sheer laziness, spite, or both.
These photos were taken a little over an hour ago when the box arrived. And when the zebra foal arrives I will update the journal again with pictures if theres also problems (I'm sure there is)
you can read the journal from the handler of these pelts here -----> <da:thumb id="564062312"/>
(cause im a stupid ho and dont know much about stuff aside from its 100% ya nastee.)
Stay safe guys, and check your stuff for mold!
Also I just got sent this hilarious article: digg.com/2015/ripoff-report-re…
I gotta admit it's hilarious whenever people use pictures of Mars, its always her with Karma, a fox that is gorgeous. And a fox she didn't even fucking make. Actually I don't believe I have ever seen a photo of Mars with her own products ever. Kinda makes you wonder, and makes you wonder if she tells people when she takes Karma out if she made her...
Mars never won a taxidermy show, she got a ribbon for participating. Or third place, whatever, she didnt WIN a show. And as far as i know, she didn't drop out of college to focus on taxidermy.
Alright, where do I begin on this... Nakomii/ItsProbablyMars/Marissa "Mars" Hernandez/Vita Nova Taxidermy. In short, has ruined our community.
edit; now for the record all aliases and sites
Furaffinity- Nakomii/Itsprobablymars (claiming she "needed an FA on this account" and completely ignoring the fact she HAD one kind solidifies shes trying to run from her old name and rep to scam more people, this time for fursuits.)
Facebook- Vita Nova Taxidermy/Marissa Hernandez
I will state here, if you are brought up in this journal, as a victim. I apologize. I have been gathering information quietly for months now from lots of people and through the grapevine. I'll try to make this as informative as possible, and maybe have a few chuckles along the way. SOME people mentioned below are still in limbo with their items and have polietely agreed they do not wish to be used as proof examples until they have everything back from Mars. which means, YES, this journal WILL be edited and more things added to it if these issues are resolved.
I will also state, I don't really care about my reputation anymore, you can call me a bully for posting this journal. So on, but just think, when have I EVER made one of these journals without being right or having proof? Kyuu-No-Shamisien? Scammer. WhitecloudCreekTaxidermy? Scammer, shitty mount sender, photo stealer. Casey Byiers? Refusal to ship for months, no contact, sham. And many more. So please, hear me out. Mars isn't all a bed of roses.
How has she ruined our community you ask? First she started off so sweet and kind, seemed to be a genuinely interested member of our community and would take critiques/criticism, however, over time it has turned into a mess of lies, manipulation, and the blame game.
I will gladly say for myself, I am a blunt, rude ass. For a while I used to speak with Mars over skype, which, may I add, how I was shit upon and I assume it was chalked up as joking. I was first told "I was surprised to find out you were a girl! Then I was even more surprised to find out you had a boyfriend, I thought you were a dyke!" yeah. Seriously. our opening statement here. I was frequently insulted to my face about things ranging from "I'm hogging all of Nemis foxes" "I don't deserve to have more than one of the same colour fox, let other people have a chance" "I'd know how to draw a penis if I ever seen one irl" (Which Honey yes, I can see a dick whenever I want. Thanks. I was making a joke about having to draw a dick and then that remark was made)
I watched this girl shit talk every, single, big named taxidermist. CreatureUndertaker actually was able to log into my skype to see the bullshit she was spouting off.
for example. here we go, and yes, each of these artists does know what she said, and SAW what she said, this was back on my old phone where the screenshots from skype are, I don't think I can get them back but perhaps Misty will find them cause she took some too while logged into my account.
Misty also copy/pasted some of the convos into notes, so have a small sample. This was when she got the snowglow SkinnedFawxTaxidermy had sold her
She called myself and CreatureUndertaker hoarders of ranch foxes, same with AdarkerNEMISIS and said we make it impossible for people to buy anything good from "Breeder A"
After apparently @PankoLion got all their mounts from SpiritOfTheVixen in, she had the audacity to speak on Pankos behalf to me, saying they were displeased with ALL of their mounts and thats why they were all up for sale, and called Leslie "an over priced rip off" Panko was deeply offeneded when Leslie found out about all of this, and said they were never unhappy with any of their mounts, and how this strained the relationship they had with Leslie.
She called midnightwolfdesigns aka Urban Nature Taxidermy on FB, a poor artist, who makes "the same generic expression on all their foxes" and "I don't understand why she gets so much business, her work isn't all that great" Which yes, you can feel free to ask Katie about this, she was extremely disgusted to hear this.
Mars has a severe problem with anyone who has it better than her it seems, and has to hack away at them. After hearing she had been busted for the shit she said, she proceeded to bitch me out on skype, and I retaliated, and told her she was the biggest bully I had ever had the chance to know, and this coming from me, queen of the bullies. After I deleted skype off my phone, I recieved a text 20 minutes later from AdarkerNEMISIS saying that "I never said any of those things Kumos is talking about, she's nuts, she PHOTOSHOPPED THE SCREENSHOTS SHE SHOWED EVERYONE"
Keep in mind at this point in time, I didnt have a computer, and I didn't have any internet at home, all the screenshots were mobile screenshots and all we're timestamped accordingly.
After this, I noticed a severe decline in business, eventually hearing that Mars was lying to people about things and telling them to no longer buy off of me. Cute isn't it? Also I have watched my friends suffer because she has some vendetta, and that she was telling everyone she ran across to not buy off ANY of us, and piled on the lies. Why? Because she was pissed she was basically blacklisted by every big name in the community. (Except the ONE main name artist she didn't smack talk. Which was SkinnedFawxTaxidermy and we will get to some nonsense with her later in this journal.)
Speaking of that, I should include, whenever we would talk, Mars would probe at me on how to "Become a top dog" in the taxidermy community. Also, that she would constantly bug me to use my relationship status with AdarkerNEMISIS to "Get her the good stuff using my name" basically which I refused. Then when Nemi saw her behavior, a journal was made.
***Which I'd also like to add this in, although I do NOT have screenshots of it, it is just hearsay, and i heard it, A LOT. Around this time I kept hearing rumors I was turning sexual favours with Nemi TO GET MY FOXES. Which of course was the most outlandish of lies on the list. Along with but not limited to; I get free things, I get discounts, I get better things than everyone else, etc. etc. etc.***
But lets fastforward a bit shall we? Let's talk about mounts. A lot of them. And how shitty they are. And seriously guys? Why have none of you stood up over this and laid down taking this or better yet RESOLD THE DAMN THINGS?
Let's start with the wonderful catalyst that sounded a few alarms months back, Wolf-MySaviors sunglow, which Mars' excuse for being so horrificly bad was it was unmountable. I Guess she figured she could mimic Katie and be a mounting goddess and fix anything sent to her since she took on the project knowing it was indeed unmountable, but didn't care anyway and sent a sloptastic mount out anyway.
Luckily someone screengrabbed the journal (it's in odd segments whoops.) that show that, we all aren't crazy, someone else actually pointed out we we're all damaged by Mars' bad mouthing. Yeah. She ruined all of us for the most part. We can't even get sales unless we make it to no profit "just get it out of here" prices.
And How about we review those photos of the fox folks?
If you wish to check my time stamps in my stash, you will see these are from last year. wolf-Mysavior later took her journal down after being ATTACKED by people for expressing their disgust with the mount. Even admitting people attacked her! But now weirdly is back on "good terms" with Mars it seems but anyway. (Idk man whatever floats your boat n all that. After being screamed at I'd be 100% oh hell nawh")
So that was a fox that was finished and when complained about we heard every excuse in the book from:
"That's shipping damage"
"I was sabotaged"
until finally we heard the wonderful "Well i did the best I could it wasn't mountable anyway!"
Huh, well. How about we take a look at a fox x3TheBrokenArtistx3 had sent her? FROM BREEDER A. FULLY PREPPED FOR TAXIDERMY, fresh tan. everythings good right?
Here's the photos of the finished piece from Mars herself:
Ah, it doesn't look so bad! Looks pretty decent right?
When Andie got this fox in, this is what she received.
This fox was eventually sold, Andie didn't want to cause any issues with Mars over it for fear of being attacked by her or her fanbase.
Speaking of fanbase, how about Mars' side businesses of Fursuits and art dolls? I can't think of a single person who actually got an art doll from her that's commissioned her, and lets take a look at her fursuit timeline.
Aside from Mars' old account (which is still up, and the basic reason for leaving comes off as "bawww I'm not getting any attention here")
No. No seriously. Look.
Also apparently had a website for her fursuit making business to as seen here ----> www.hwcostumes.webs.com/
where fursuits were built (I Can't seem to find anyone who is actually around and can state for sure they are waiting on commissions for fursuits from her.) I noticed this little ditty in an old journal from 2012.
Two years later...
Where are the other photos with these fursuit commissions? And why are did you redo them? Seriously according to the website and twitter, the heads ran $70-125, and Mars even admitted she wasn't making money off them really. But really why aren't there any WIP shots, the old versions before the revamp, or before/after refurb shots? These are seriously the only pictures that even remotely discusses those commissions, and I assume the people either don't care anymore, or MAYBE, they got their stuff in and Mars just never showed the finished product with us (She apparently loves to do that with things she can't use trick photography or editing to cover up)
Like, oh, I dunno, one of the many things IcelandicFox has received, NONE of her pieces have been photographed and displayed in her gallery, why?
Maybe because they look like complete and utter trash and no photo editing, angles or tricks can save them?
The photos that were sent of that fox from Mars btw, never posted but they were sent to Icelandicfox
First of all is this guy, originally sent to mars to mount, he was sent back and looked like this.
Icelandic complained and Mars offered a remount. What she was shown?
What she got
That coyote was unmounted September 28th, 2015. Which these photos were sent in:
The top row is the "armature"
And here's some closeups
lookit all dat clay! JUST like Shasta the wolf. (keep this in mind when I discuss Shasta. Only. Imagine it on wolf sized proportions.)
And then the form finally unearthed from the pounds of clay
That's an EPOXY nose, not even a repo nose, or the actual pelts nose. It's Epoxy, and it's the wrong size. (Which is funny because x3TheBrokenArtistx3 did a wolf with an epoxy nose and Mars scolded the hell out of her and said that's not how you make a fake nose and told her she should buy repos.)
Also the eyes were apparently were too small for the coyote. I assume by the photo of it on the skin they may of been fox sized? Basically this "remount" was nothing but more epoxy and paint, And a little better tucking or whatever around the mouth t make it look less gaped. No sewing was fixed, bondo was caked on the fur, etc.
Then she unmounted her fox, cutting her losses and we seen this!
So like. The coyote had enough clay on it to build a volcano, yet the fox had two tiddlywinks of clay?
She then told Mars there were still issues and Mars replied with "well you can fix them yourself. It's easy, heres what you do"
if it's so easy why didn't you do it?? This ain't barbie dream house! There's no "some assembly required" for taxidermy!
Now, I know some of you are gonna sit there and say "Well people COULD be sabotaging Mars! And somehow are okay with ruining hunreds/thousands of dollars on pelts and mounts just for lulz to make her look bad!"
no no. no.
There was a mount that was owned by Saltypuppy, and then Sharpe19. Her name was Shasta, she was a wolf. You may recognize her:
Seems like a pretty wolf right?
Well, in person its another story
One night during the span of the PA Taxidermy show, Muddy-Coyote had Knuxtiger4 was visiting for the show when Shasta was in Maria's possession. And they decided to unmount Shasta to see how she was on the inside, in a skype conversation with CreatureUndertaker and Myself, we saw the horrors of whats inside of a mount from Mars, and what we witnessed was horrific.
YEAH. Thats a rusted nail holding in the ear, better get a tetanus shot if you're gonna handle unmounting anything from her! This isn't the first mount to have these in here.
We WATCHED this wolf be taken apart, this poor wolf was so caked in POUNDS upon POUNDS of clay. A chewed up headform, rusted nails, popped seams, the works.
Along the way, Mars began to grow bitter with Maria, she sent her the bear to mount while she was working under the taxidermist Bill, later to find out, she said she didn't even send it to Maria for her to mount it, nah, she wanted Bill to do it all. For free. which yes, she did win Maria's raffle, but that doesnt mean you won a mounting from Bill.
Speaking of that, how about why Maria quit interning for Bill? Bill was an older man, old enough to be Maria's dad, he had a wife and kids, but guess what? He felt that it was okay to sexually harass Maria when they were left alone together, it happened once, and Maria called me distraught on what to to, I told her to put him in his place, she said she did, but almost a month later he tried to RAPE. HER. And guess what Mars had to say about that?
"She's lying. That never happened"
How nice! Like almost every other person who hears a story of rape, lets call the victim a liar! That'll work. Then again, Nakomii offered up her own fursona for a NONCON/Rape commission when an artist asked for kink suggestions for freebies. Seriously. I'm not even kidding. I wish I had that screenshot too.
But, what I do have. Is a screenshot to show how wonderful of a human being she really is when it comes to sympathy.
I am sure we ALL remember the event that shook the community one year ago. AdarkerNEMISIS being involved in a shooting, losing their father, cousin, a close friends, and almost losing their life and their sisters life. IT WAS IN THE NATIONAL NEWS. IT WAS NOT BULLSHIT. Nemi couldn't walk or really even function from loss and pain, as well as their injuries. And during this timeframe, Mars had a commission with Nemi. Finally, what she had always talked to me and dreamed about, a mount from as she addressed Nemi "Her hero" you think she would be extremely sympathetic right?
Nemi made an announcement journal, stating some commissions would be refunded, and others would have to wait to be shipped when Nemi could WALK AGAIN.
Mars had expressed much impatience of this as time went along, and then finally she expressed her disgust with Maria when Nemi said she would receive a refund. How did she express it?
Oh? How dare depression and a BULLET WOUND TO YOUR LEG stop you from doing business Nemi! How unprofessional! How rude! How dare you not kiss my feet and have my fox sent to me!
Even better, Mars threw a tantrum about Nemi wanting to refund her for the fox, calling Nemi a coward, and the whole nine yards, later on x3TheBrokenArtistx3 eventually mentioned how happy she was to be TRADING a few pelts of hers for the fox Mars was getting a refund on! Nemi eventually caught wind of this hoax trade and had to tell Andie do NOT ship those pelts because she doesn't own that fox like she said she did. Nemi then told Mars if she wanted to for sure trade with Andie, she would have to send the refunded money back (aka buy the mount back) and Nemi would ship the fox to Andie directly so Andie would safely get the mount, so she could ship the pelts to Mars and the trade would be done deal.
What did Mars say to this? "I don't have the money I already spent it."
Nemi said he is willing to share the notes as proof over this, I do not have access to these notes to screenshot them. Or texts or whatever they were said on.
I feel so bad for Maria, because Mars proceeded to rip her apart for sending the screenshot to Nemi about the shooting remark, which then led to spite and then Bear pelt drama. which hey why don't we discuss that too?
Maria sent her stepdad to mail that bear pelt and he threw the receipt away. Maria has bent over backwards to prove that she DOES NOT have the bear, but what has Mars done to prove she doesn't have that bear? On top of hypocrisy, Mars has NUMEROUS times said she had "Her mom mail her packages, I'll get you tracking" and NEVER DID.
Example being poor LynxBrush
In a discussion on a soft mount group we had a brief encounter (Please don't randomly add me on FB. I'm usually never around except for when people direct me to shit like this. Sorry.)
Which the guilt tripping I refer to is this beautiful piece of conversation.
Talk about professional!
I'd like to add, Jasmine still hasn't received her items (as of the FB discussion post says.) and if I understand right, never received proof of her items being shipped so. Pot meet kettle? I believe so.
Back at more shoddy work that's come up, lets look at this sweet little coyote pup! (I actually have no fucking idea who owns this pup. I just got sent the photos unmarked)
Awww! What a patoot! Right?
Nah, Chuck Testa. I mean, Vita Nova Trick photography!
This rabbit's pictures aren't even in Mars' gallery, similar to Wolfmysaviors sunglow I assume after word caught on about how horrible it was, Mars simply removed the photos she had up that showed the mount looked good with her photography skills.
Honestly I forgot this rabbit even existed until I thought about it for a while.
Which this person I bring up again later on, the screenshots I have are very, very old. But this is in a recent conversation and huh, seems funny it's still an issue now.
And what about that red whitemark she got from AdarkerNEMISIS and then tried to blame Nemi for why it was mounted horribly saying "well. they tanned it. its their fault" again. Blame game.
You say to me "this one HAS to be okay Kumos. Just HAS to, theres all kinds of angles and even WIP pics!"
Don't those eyes look a little... odd...?
ah! that explains it. Literal upturned eyes. that's not how eyes sit in a headform FYI. That's not a "style" thats not something cute to do or any other thing I have heard, it's NOT okay to do eyes like that, there's a place for the eyes to sit for a reason. It's almost as bad as people who can't draw anatomy and claim "It's my style" to waiver for it. Then theres all this...
Weird armature, fursuit head/upholstery foam? Holes, etc.
How about those raffle winners from years back, y'know, you win the raffle and send her a pelt she does work for supply cost? well randomly last year I got these statements from a disgruntled customer and raffle winner
Now, these are the oldest complaints I have, they date before Wolfmysaviors fox, however, just more proof NOTHING has changed in YEARS.
Speaking of complaints, and looping back to why I get no business anymore, either people ignore my sales posts... or stuff like this happens.
YEP. Seriously, I'm sure they arent the only person whos parents refuse to let them buy off the internet because of her dragging her rear on ALL THE SHIT SHE HAS QUEUED. Yet does nothing unless people complain or she feels like it. I'm also sure this explains why our community's market has friggin tanked so hard, everyone is either cockblocked by parents or significant others who are pissed she's slacked so bad, they refuse to let them buy anything else online, or, they're too scared to buy anything for fear it will be a hunk of junk, or they won't see their mounts in 3+ years. I checked on this person and it looks like they got their mount way later, months later. I dunno if they have anything else but I see they got a coyote from Mars.
I don't want to sound crude, but, Urban Nature Taxidermy has a wait time of almost 2 years, however, Katie works full time, does volunteer work, and does taxidermy at night. What does Mars do all the time? Last I looked, she said she was no longer in college, lost her job, and was still living at home. What is the hold up? You should have all kinds of free time. It's funny because during the whole her being upset over her commission with Nemi souring, when called out about it she proceeded to try to tell Nemi how to conduct business?? Wow Okay.
Talk about conducting business, how about a bum shot with the person she wanted to have be her personal tannery?
Welp, there's that.
She's a fine one talking, considering she has numerous customers wondering where she is 99% of the time, wondering where their stuff is, if it's been shipped, why tracking numbers don't work or aren't given. WHY THINGS LEGITIMATELY ARE BROKEN.
The mounts she claims are broken from shipping, lots of the damage isn't from shipping unless she somehow shipped the mounts with a knife factory order, no, those are lies about damage, I'm talking about skulls being broken from NO PADDING. Nothing! Not a goddamn thing, no bubblewrap, nothing. Just tossed in a box and hope for the best.
Like so for example!
Also here's a laugh, for two weeks IcelandicFox has been asking Mars to ship her items and outright ignoring her and saying she was out in Florida, etc. etc. Yet quickly would reply to anyone else it seemed who messaged her (Have proof of that but they asked me to not use their name, or expose the screenshots. Yet. Eventually they will be posted too.)
ANYWAY, it wasn't until Icelandic threatened legal action against Mars (which, hey guys. This is an awful lot like the scenario with Casey Byiers AdarkerNEMISIS and I had with her refusing to ship out the fox she owed. It was viewed as mail fraud and theft when I called NYPD. And yes, they went to Casey's address, sadly she had moved at that time so they couldn't retrieve the fox for us. They told us if we flew to New York we COULD file civil charges. And this was all happening after just a few short months (I want to say 4 months. It was after paypals window of refund was up.) of waiting for her to ship. Food for thought.) that she said she would ship "By sunday"
Now, I dunno about anyone else here, but I read "By Sunday" and my brain went immediately to
And... sure as shit then this arrived on Saturday
You didn't know??? (Here and just about everywhere I know, it's open on Saturdays, half day.)
I thought you we're professional
***FINALLY, Mars was on her word and the package was shipped Monday, however, she shipped Parcel Select (aka cheapest route with tracking.) instead of priority like Icelandic stressed multiple times. The contents include salted pelts so we will see how this holds up, we're worried about how well the pelts are salted.
I've also heard and seen lots of people complaining how their animals from her have popped stitches.but also, those characteristic holes in the back of the head, I'm sure you're all noticing the trend
Holes that should be able to be sewn by someone of her skill level that she claims to be, could easily fix that hole. or be able to stitch up any issues a pelt could have,
What's that you say?
she can't even sew right on her own personal plushies? Oh.
then blames the tan job again... And why is the nose paint coming off? You bumping the poor thing into every wall you see? Jfc. SkinnedFawxTaxidermy did this fox, the paint should not be coming off. Unless oh I guess maybe she painted over it again herself. But Krissy says that the stitching should of held on the legs. Kirssy NEVER touched the body on Karma. Anything wrong with the body is Mars' fault. Krissy did the head and expressed theres no reason paint should be coming off unless it is neglectfully bumped and rubbed on hard surfaces.
Speaking of Krissy, how about the marble lifesize she commissioned her for?
Krissy apparently "was taking too long" so Mars gave her the ultimatum, saying she wanted the fox done and shipped by a certain date, or she wanted, okay guys, get this.
1. A FULL refund
2. ALL the supplies, and the pelt
ALL of this. Eventually the mount was worked on and then this happened
ah okay, so, seems good right? well, things veer off in the comments on the picture of the fox
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errrkkkk... okay... then threw it up for sale as soon as she got it saying it wasnt what she wanted. >___>
Double talking, and again, I've heard this from a group of people, you guys remember she had rats right? If I faintly recall she said she had a sale or something to pay for a vet bill but then he died? Yeah, according to a number of people who used to talk to her, she KILLED her rat herself for having what (from my knowledge of rats) was either URI, or Mycroplasma. Which URI could of been treated with $20-35 worth of meds, Mycro never goes away sadly, sad life of a mill bred rat. But it is possible to make them more comfortable, but no, apparently Mars said she wanted to save the money for a pelt or some other mundane thing, and just killed him. (I'd really like to not think this even happened since I know I love my rats too much to think of that. I would at least like to give Mars a small glimmer of her being at least decent enough to not be an animal killer to save a dime. I'd REALLY like to think this was said to me to just upset me but if anyone has proof this did happen please let me know. It's been making my heart ache since i was told this a few weeks after she claimed he died at home.)
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since this was the only thing I was actually ever shown, I was told she never took him to a vet, and instead put him in a closed container filled with baking soda and vinegar, which if thats the case, her journal saying "He died in my arms" was a complete lie. Either way a rat died and it fucks me up thinking about it.
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As a pet owner it is your responsibility to care for them and take them to the vet even when you don't want to hear what the vet has to say. Your Rat didn't die in your arms, he died in a froth of vinegar and baking soda, suffocating, wondering why he was being loved one minute and the next minute in hell. Yes, I have used this dispatch method, ON MICE, I could NEVER do it to one of my rats. The only times I have ever done this was when my mice clearly were suffering, one having a tumor as big as she was, and one that had a stroke and was dragging itself around in circles and was unable to even eat or drink without assistance and even then she was unable to really move her mouth. THAT is a mercy killing, your rat having sniffles isn't grounds for a mercy killing. I still cry about my mice, I WATCHED this dispatch method and it was single handedly the only thing that has EVER made me want to vomit. And yes, I have spoken to my vet about this when i did it and was told I did do the right thing. I took pictures and video and showed the vet the mice, they we're suffering.
again, I'd really like more solid proof this is all that happened, I'm REALLY upset by this, and I'm still sticking to I hope this isn't true. I really would like to think someone who truly loves their animals wouldn't do this over something so small... Especially when you have commissions pouring in.
Augh, anyway, sorry, rats are my super soft spot. I love them like little puppies.
I know there's been a buzz of a lot of illegal activity, and the fact in a podcast interview, Mars said she never sold or tried to sell a kangaroo. Or any other illegal activity so let me just repost alllll this so people who missed out, or want to laugh at how theres a blatant lie in the new interview here you go.
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Speaking of Zoey the wolf... that wolf belonged to UrbanSunset, and, for what it's worth, I know a lotta people are pissed at her but. She ALSO claimed to be extremely displeased with her mount from Mars. Claiming it was a hot mess with popped stitching and holes. The fox was bought as a reject from AdarkerNEMISIS and funny enough, again the blame game was played. "It's Nemi's fault the body fell apart, even though I'm the one who did it and Nemi just did the head."
And more lies for lulz. I knew someone who had a rabbit with Mars, and that was sent raw, and was supposed to (I guess?) be skinned/prepped/salted and then shipped off to be tanned? Anyway it was a LONGGGG LONGGGG time, and they asked what was going on with their rabbit. Mars then said she "Need a special kind of salt to salt it"
Anyway the person then said there's no such thing as special taxidermy salt and Mars apparently went off the deep end and claimed "I'M the professional here, not you"
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My next stop on the "this is so much" express, Mars' partner in crime or "Employee" InNaturesImage, now on the surface she seems all golden right. Had me fooled for a while until I sat there on taxinet and saw a post of the same wolf Mars is viewed selling in the third picture above. I noticed the name. Miniaturepaws.
Now. Call it speculation but after looking into it, Miniaturepaws was an old user here. Who also was known as a "red flag user" among a lot of the old members. And people often tried to keep tabs on her many, many accounts.
I can list them off but for now, I will say, @Neonicide was her FIRST account and she was a problem child with AdarkerNEMISIS which SURPRISE AND FUN FACT, SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO ORIGINALLY OWN HEX!* Yep! She had claimed his pelt for a commission, But she screwed that all up and caused a ton of drama flip flopping around between Nemi and Leslie over foxes. And I'm sure you're going "But Kumos how the hell did you figure all that out? Nobodys ever connected those two accounts before."
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amazing how resourceful one can be when they really want to dig. *(also thanks for that and letting me be able to buy one of the best foxes ever, and with his payment plan, making me gain the best best friend I could ask for, who also brought along even more best friends and I love them all very much. Seriously. Thank you.)
I'd also love to go into a short story about friendship. Mars is such a salty person, that on the sly years back, I became friends with x3TheBrokenArtistx3 and for a while we were quiet about it because, yep, I called it. When Mars caught wind of how friendly we were, she immediately interrogated Andie, asking how long this had been going on, and then proceeded to tell her "stay away from her, she's just using you for foxes and money"
(which, I'd love to add, how she boasted to me on skype how "Andie was getting her a Burgundy for her birthday! For free!" That never happened lmao.)
ANYWAYS... So yes lets combine someone who had a dramatic past onto people Mars has as a "business associate/employee" or whatever. Great team! I'd also like to point out that InNature is always one to run to Mars' aid whenever there's an issue, then it seems everyone else who thinks "If I stand up for Mars maybe my commission will get finished sooner!" joins in the fray as white knights. Along with the scant few people who somehow got a good mount (either that or they have no clue what makes a good piece of taxidermy a good piece of taxidermy or something idk.) and got their mount done in a timely manner somehow. Basically jump all over the person with the issue.
Recent example? All the blind led sheep from a biased PODCAST lmfao. a Paid for podcast and some girl I am sure is friends of Mars' after I poked around a bit. Wowee. She only looked at what Mars handed to her, and didn't even do any research further than some screenshots and the two journals made by FrontierFurs and NightsGem.
"Interview" here ----> gimletmedia.com/episode/40-the… (Tl;dr: "Bawww everyones so mean and jealous of me.")
Feel free to look at the pack mentality all her beloved fans have. Which I would love to add, that although YOU may be one of the lucky ones who got your mount in decent shape, on time, etc. Mars seems to be extremely choosey and manipulative at who has priority in her queue. For example, got a dog you want a remount on? Sure she'll take it to say she did a dog as a soft mount. Treat her like a queen or give her tons of compliments? Sure your work is done faster. You have a big following or an unusual mount? Sure lets do it. Got an old mount you want a facelift on? Sure! Gives me a reason to talk poorly of the original artist who did it in the first place! Like she did with Muddy-Coyote and wanted to do with AdarkerNEMISIS reject sale foxes. Which I'd also love to point out that InNature bought a reject fox off of Nemi, complained how it looked, Nemi offered to fix it no problem even though it was sold as a reject with flaws. Nope! Off to Mars it went. Hm. Odd. Also seems odd that InNature gets all the "best" work from her, I'm sure there's nothing wrong with anything that shes made for her.
and back at Icelandic and her issues. She's been bugging Mars for months now to ship her items, and then finally Frontiers beware journal came up and this happened.
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Gotta love how InNature has to always get involved then bow out when shit's too deep. But dat attitude tho.
Also more gloriousness from Frontiers journal with MORE people standing up about their situations
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(again, poor Jasmine still having issues)
(and on that journal there's this)
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but... Icelandic (Dani) is still waiting for her stuff months after this. Yeah, she sure has changed. I guess you really feel like your foot's in your mouth right about now almost 3 months later and still nothing was shipped. ***they now have, as of September 28, 2015. Still, hella after the fact***
SkinnedFawxTaxidermy Also told me that a customer of her's got fed up with waiting on Mars and asked her ship everything she paid for (pelt, eyes, head form, etc.) she said it took SIX MONTHS to get the items in and there was no head form.
Another thing people complain when asking Mars about shipping, they get a tracking number and it doesn't work, or, doesn't update for days/weeks past the "Shipping label created" status, which means she just printed a label and gave the number to shut the person up until they realize it still hasn't been shipped or even picked up by the post office. How quaint.
Many people who fall to this often remove/hide their posts, or journals or deviations. And better yet, more word through the grapevine is a LOT of people with multiple commissions and get a crappy mount in first, are often too scared to speak up to Mars BECAUSE of innature/any other white knights, and are even more scared of what she will do with their items that she has left in her possession. Since it seems the more you bug her, the worse your mount is. Or like many state, not even know where their items even are.
Like the comment just left on her journal about this so called "Interview"
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huh, what's that? Unhappy with your mount? Too bad, I'll group it into "I was a newb lulz ur fault" (which at this point its kind of shit to use that an excuse, you've been around long enough, also, if you're such a newbie why the hell take on all these projects??) and I'll just keep all your stuff and money!
SPEAKING OF MONEY!
Anyone currently waiting on a refund from Mars? I bet some of you are, but she claims she'll get back to you cause she doesn't have it right? So you say okay take your time. Well Sunday (September 27, 2015) this was sent to me
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ah yes, let's offer up on a rare coloured squirrel, because fuck responsibilities. *By the way, last i looked this was highest bid at $100 soooo... if she gets it ya'll have fun with that.*
I'm not doing this journal really out of any other reason but this.
Mars, if we are ALL so WRONG, WHY ARE THERE SO MANY OF US WHO ARE SICK OF YOUR "PROFESSIONAL WORK ETHIC?" WE ALL CANT BE WRONG. You can even try to claim all the people in this journal are my buddies and I'm just a big ol' doodiehead and I have spite for you or whatever the hell, but oh little do you know. There are MANY more people than this journal has listed, and they're all just too scared to speak up. But they've talked to other people in our community, and I do have proof of that, but they BEGGED for the proof to not be shown because you are holding their items hostage. Theres so many people who have left our community because of your actions and things you have said about them. If you are SUCH a GREAT business person, artist, hell, even a friend, why do I have PILES UPON PILES of people who are absolutely DISGUSTED with your little "empire" on here and Facebook? Surely if you were as amazing as you claimed you'd stop having people complaining, stop doing these petty games with people, because you're being extremely emotionally abusive with your customers and ruining their trust with future commissions with anyone in the future.
I would really love to know the good transaction to bad transaction ratio with her clients. Since it seems any time someone has a complaint 3-6 people swarm them and tell them they're wrong and making shit up. But let's all have a giggle at how often Mars stresses "If you have a problem tell me!" yeah, right, and feed the sharks. Which most of the time it seems only ONE of the people actually have a mount from her, and the rest are all falling over themselves to get thrown a brownie point or two with her in the hopes of their commission that's on the bottom of the queue to be knocked up a few slots. Speaking of, there's even more people who are disgusted with their mounts and they are quietly seeking help from guess who? The people you shit talked the most. Their eyes are opening every single cringey mount they get and more people are up to your games, and they don't like it.
I can't wait to see even more people step forward, and even MORE people be sent things from you to be remounted. What a shame their stuff wasnt done the right way the first time and now they have to spend more money to fix your mistakes. Trust me, there's a lot of remounts of your work that will happen when people get the money scraped up, they REFUSE to deal with you anymore. And I am sure once they are done, and once everyone gets their items back (if that ever happens.) more people are going to get the courage to stand up about the bullshit you served them all around.
I guess even with all these statements, photos, and unmountings, Mars and company will still find a way to say I photoshopped things or people ripped apart mounts they waited YEARS for in some cases, and spent hundreds of dollars on. Seems legit. I'd also love to point out in case nobody has noticed, you can SEE that over the span of time how many different styles of screenshots from phones there are. Yeah. Those for almost everything are all my phones. Which you can also feel free to browse my journal archives, and see how many times I announced getting a new phone and compare time frames. I also am sure that one of the little flunkies will try to make me out to be a bad guy, look, I'm no angel. I've never said I was, I've had my reputation go down by some of my actions but moreso from biased shit talking. So honestly? I don't care what you try to pin on me, what else is new. I've heard all of it, I've tried fighting it, I'm not trying to save face, I'm just done. I want people to know just what they're dealing with. I have one customer out of god knows how many, who is waiting on me to ship her tails, and thats because I feel so horrible it took so long for my tail dealer to get their shit together I'm making a small giftbox for her. I used to be pretty laggy on shipping when i first started out, but after my first year of selling and all the obstacles in my way, I got a schedule together for shipping. But, I'm pretty much done and over the community since it seems a very good portion of it is either gone, or brainwashed by Mars and can't see the light. The last shreds we had of this community were stripped away, it was never perfect, we all had squabbles. But it was never truly this dead quiet, never this hard to sell anything, never this ghost town it feels like now. There's no fixing it, it's too damaged to be saved. I will come to deviantart to keep up once in a while with my favourite artists here, taxidermy or not, and occasionally post funny memes and scribbles I do.
I'm not really leaving, but I have real life things that are far more important than trying to peddle furs on an art site where I have wrongfully been bashed into the ground and stayed completely quiet on how the person doing all the bashing is really one of the biggest hypocrites of all. I'd rather be focusing on becoming a functioning member of society and working in the healthcare field, than claiming I'm some great artist and counting my likes/faves/follows/watches as I spread myself into every social media outlet while sitting on my ass. I'm sorry, I can't. I'm letting this all out so people will hopefully realize how wrong they are for not giving all of us who were bashed a chance, so I'm speaking for us all.
Leslie left to explore the world, and she was sick of the drama.
Misty has backed away from the community because of the drama.
Katie refuses to become regular on DA because of drama.
I am backing off because of the drama.
And guess what? Nemi is backing away from the community too. Claiming this whole thing has poisoned his love for fur and taxidermy, and he doesn't give a shit anymore. So Soon, I'm sure he will either leave or back off even more.
Krissy I'm sure is pretty fed up with the drama too. But she's stayed a good bit out of this except for the points I brought her up in this journal.
Other than that, what are you guys going to do if you want to keep buying soft mounts? All that will be left is Mars, just like she planned all along, she wanted to be top dog. And now she has it. And well, you've all now seen these pictures, do you really want this to be basically the go-to for plushies? Because seriously, everyone else is done and moved or is moving on. And if Nemi moves on, there goes a ton of unique colours since no way does Mars have a reputation good enough to score colours Nemi does with Breeder A, and Misty knows a lot more breeders out there, so I'm sure they won't want to offer out rare or unusual colours to Mars either. (Which speaking of that, she did preorders for foxes last year for Icelandic and screwed that all up. I'm sure someone can write about that in the comments. I'm running out of steam writing this there's just too much bullshit to handle.)
Also, if you ever heard anything about me shit talking anyone via skype, I am happy to fully announce after all these years that HAH HAH, Jokes on you, when the shit talking on her end first started and everyone saw, they told me proceed to talk more openly and be extremely disgruntled about other people in the community, just to see how she would react and if she would join in, bait her per say, so any "dirt" she has on my from skype conversations is a load of hooey that was to see if she'd react. Who coaxed me into this? Well, almost everyone. Many were wanting to know if it was everyone she disliked, if it was a real true dislike or if it was a conditional thing (eg "so and so upset me. Im not friends with them anymore." then the next day they're fine.) and more proof of her smack talking anyone she viewed as a threat. If you didn't receive anything from me, you're more than likely okay. It was fun "playing spy" as we called it.
I'm tired, this mammoth of a journal took the last bits out of me. I have school work to do, I will not be answering comments really. If you have had problems with Mars, and would like for me to add your story into this though, please note me, since I'm sure if you comment you'll get a bullshit storm sent your way. If you want to comment and get a shit storm though. I will gladly leave your comment up, and ask the people harassing you to leave, if they refuse, I will block them. YOU as a customer, should NEVER feel ashamed of how you feel when you get a piece in that is Not what you ordered, and not what you we're shown. And sending people to attack those speaking up on being unhappy is just horrific. SO. Unless you have something constructive to say, leave each other alone. Dismissing someones bad experience because you had a good experience is also not okay. I won't mind it as much, but it comes off as really douchey and makes the person wonder why they were picked to get a bad mount. Was it because they bugged Mars too much? Is it because they set a deadline and Mars slapped it together? A person shouldn't have to ask or feel this way. So please don't call someone a liar just because your mount was good, and you got it on time, etc etc etc.
I'd love to point out in a joking manner, it sure is funny how Mars handles people's business depending how loyal you are and how you act, and she owns a fox named Karma. Well, I find it funny anyway.
****THE SUPER TL;DR OF THIS IS: I guess what I'm saying is, if I ever ordered a mount from Mars, I'd call it John Cena, Cause I'd never see it anyway. Or if I did, It'd probably make me feel just as uncomfortable looking at it
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I will leave the discussion with this last nugget of funniness, I have this queued in my stash from November 13, 2013.
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oh... what a hypocrite we have become.