The image you see here is a sockeye salmon "fish rubbing" done by my friend Scott Wells. The process is called Gyotaku, pronounced ghe … yo … tah … koo.
"Gyotaku is the ancient art of fish rubbings. Fish rubbings are a very accurate way of recording the species and size of a catch, much better than hero shots along with their inevitable 'hidden elbows,'" Wells said.
I actually own two of his prints. The first is a large carp from the South Platte here in Denver and the other is an oversized "pink" salmon from Alaska that I put on ice and flew home to get printed. One is hanging in my office and the other is in my bedroom. They are incredible pieces of art and I feel very lucky to own them. These are the closest thing I have to a fish "mount" and I gotta say they speak to me so much more than some fabricated piece of plastic.
If you're in the market for a very cool piece of fish art, check out his limited edition list of fish for sale. It's a mixed bag consisting of everything from amberjack and tuna to trout and goldfish. Wells is also in the business of printing your fish of a lifetime and is available for commissioned pieces of your trophy fish. Of course, you'll need to communicate with him in advance for that one -- as the care, handling and shipping of the fish is very important. Head on over to Reel Fish Ink for more info on how this can be done.