e.e. cummings once said that to destroy is always the first step towards creation, so he's probably okay with the fact that his name is under constant threat of obliteration by spell check. An artist with an appetite for destruction: Wounded Wood.
Wounded's the wood-shop project of a jack-of-all-crafts with three decades of experience in the professional art world, who now reclaims discarded timber, then uses a torch to burn lines and textural accents into the grain, creating rustic and surprisingly realistic portraiture that's finished off with tung oil -- don't let Louisiana congressman Jeff Landry know yours contains any, or he will start drilling in your mouth. Much of the oak-framed longleaf pine collection is inspired by real-life outlaws (whose stories he mysteriously refuses to divulge), like a thin-haired, furtively browed Johnny Depp look-alike, and a mustachioed tough guy who resembles D.D. Lewis in There Will Be Blood; more wholesome persons of interest include a clean-cut young man from the '40s, and a contemplative Buddha, who despite being made of longleaf, pines for nothing. The animal kingdom is represented by a crown-adorned crow stained blue after the outline was burned into an old table top, and a demonic chihuahua with bulging eyes and snaggled teeth ("yo quiero going to have a hell of a time getting adopted").
In addition to the pieces in his online store, the guy behind Wounded also offers low-cost custom pet portraiture, so you'll have something to remember yours by e.e.ven after it's obliterated.