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Taxidermist Cat Grey’s giant ‘Nightmare’ spider loses to 9/11

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on March 7, 2013 at 10:34 pm with No Comments »
March 7, 2013 10:38 pm

Tacoma rogue taxidermist Acataphasia “Cat” Grey’s nightmarish gigantic spider lost to a patriotic themed competitor on AMC’s “Immortalized” Thursday night.

Read the feature I wrote about Grey here.

She was bested by “Immortalizer” Dave Houser who sported a pink mohawk on the show. Houser is a traditional taxidermist with an unidentifiable accent who said he didn’t care for rogue taxidermy.

Grey commented that Houser didn’t appear traditional. I’d have to agree. Especially when he started dancing.

The show’s theme was “Your worst nightmare.” Grey told the judges: “I went with a generalized ‘Nobody Escapes’ nightmare.”

Grey’s piece was a huge spider straddling a couch. It’s head was mostly horse skull. There were a lot of eyeballs.

The judges were impressed but commented that the legs were not organic enough. They looked like what they were: pipes. They also thought a bed would have been a better choice over a sofa.

Houser created a September 11-themed piece. It had a mutant-looking bald eagle (made from a chicken) on top of a helmet, rifle and boots – the classic soldier memorial that we’ve seen so many times at Fort Lewis memorials. Well, minus the chicken/eagle.

Grey lost by one point, 72-71.

A crew for the show came to Tacoma to film Grey in her home working on her project.

Grey’s partner, Mike West, plied her with gin and tonics during the creative process.

Grey referred to herself as a “morbid, evil genius” in the show’s intro. During the first act Grey and Houser were required to stare each other down. But Grey couldn’t help giggling at the ridiculousness of it. Good for Grey.

The show was filmed in November but Grey had to keep the secret of her loss a secret until today.

Despite “Immortalized” host Zach Selwyn’s lie, uh, statement he, in fact, didn’t send Grey and Houser home to work on the assignment. The show was all filmed on one day in Los Angeles. Grey got her assignment and made her piece before the studio filming began.

Alas, one day I hope I will cover a “reality” show that doesn’t fake its temporal facts and deceive its viewers. But, I’ve seen worse. That would be “Cupcake Wars.”

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