27/02/2012 12:13 GMT | Updated 27/02/2012 12:17 GMT

Taxidermy For Hipsters: Mouse Models Take Off In New York (PICTURES)

Historically a hobby for game hunters and the wealthy, the wholesome practice of stuffing dead animals is becoming popular among the masses.

Anthropomorphic taxidermy has taken off in New York, with regular classes being led by Susan Jeiven, who also specialises in tattoo art.

This branch of taxidermy, which was popularised in the Victoria era by artists such as Walter Potter, sees the practice of mounting and displaying animals as if they were humans.

Jeiven’s class supplies mice, with participants invited to bring in miniature props to decorate their efforts with. Offerings so far have included tiny guitars and gypsy skirts.

She told the New York Post: "It looks less like an animal and more like a weird art project.”

Jeiven buys the mice already dead at pet shops and removes their blood with syringes before handing them out to students.