We were sent this Bearded Skull t-shirt design by a fellow skull-lover called Art Never Dies. It’s up on Threadless in one of those competitions which require t-shirt enthusiasts to vote on the submitted illustrations.
You only have 1 or 2 days left to vote so follow this link now.
There might not be many skull paintings by Michael Hussar but I’m glad I could rustle up these few to share with you as this man is so damn talented. If you are into dark, gothic, erotic and macabre style paintings then be sure to check out the rest of his website.
Image above found on Tatunga Tumblr
This skull was created by Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco and was featured on a limited edition Casa Dragones tequila in honour of his mid-life retrospective art tour heald in leading museums throughout 2011. This gorgeous looking bottle of tequila was available for a whopping $1850, limited to 400 with each bottle being dated and signed.
The skull designs is an engraving of Black Kites, one for the artists most iconic creations.
Image above from Insecula
We featured Skull Spider from artist and tattooist Resonanteye a few months back and now we are back with some more creepy skull oddities. Skull Spider is still available for purchase from her online Etsy store for £1962.32. It’s pretty amazing and is probably something that will end up in a museum one day.
I really loves this little excerpt from here commission info page for paintings:
“no fucking robot vs zombie with chariots and unicorns in the majestic landscape”
Check out her website here.
Here’s another skull by us, Mr Four Fingers, and this time in the form of a t-shirt design called Bittersweet. We were invited to join the Maison Twenty collective to design some t-shirts for their collection and we obviously had to do a skull one. This skull t-shirt is one of many designs from Maison Twenty and is currently on sale at for £55 through their online shop.
‘THE ROUCHOMOVSKY SKELETON’: IN SILVER-GILT SARCOPHAGUS
This fully articulated golden skeleton, with velvet-lined coffin, was recently sold at Sotherby’s for $365,000. The decorated coffin is just as impressive, the designs visualising the course of life with graphical representations of the Angel of Death, arts, war and children.
The figure is signed in Cyrillic, on the right splint-bone: Mozyr 92 Odessa 96 and on the left splint-bone Rouchomovsky; Sarcophagus signed on lid: Israel Rouchomovsky and in Cyrillic on base Israel Rouchomovsky Odessa 1901.
This old-school skull calendar was one of my favourite parts of Richard Harris’ exhibition at the Welcome Collection called Death: A Self Portrait. The illustrations were done by Louis Crucius (or Crusius) between 1882 & 1890 and were sold to the Antikamnia, a chemical company based in St Louis in 1890. Antikamnia then used the illustrations in an aggressive marketing campaign including these calendars.
Funny thing is, well not at that funny but you’ll see the irony, this chemical company used these ‘dance-of-death’ inspired illustrations in calendars, sample packs and postcards to market antikamnia medicines which contained the coal tar derivative, acetanilid, an anti-fever drug with pain relieving properties somewhat related to paracetamol, but which would be later shown to be a toxic compound.
These small resin skulls are created by Brownister Hen and are entitled Waste. The name is derived from the process in creating these skulls as the waste is the left over resin from his paintings (last image) that is then poured into a mould, creating these one of a kind skulls. These skulls are then sanded and polished. If they turn out well, they are sold, if not, they are pulverized and reused in the painting process.
What is even more remarkable is Brownister Hen’s life story as not only did he lose his parents in a boating accident that left him permanently disfigured with 3rd degree burns but he was miraculously saved by a passing boat. He was 8 years old. You can read the rest of his story here.
These resin skulls are available to buy from his website, they measure 7x5x5, created from resin and pigment, (cm I assume) for $40-$60.
Here are a couple of skull prints available to buy from Brian Ewing’s online store. The first one is called Galtan Kaiju and is a 5″x7″ (8″x10″ frame) Giclee print on German Etching Watercolour paper, edition of 20 for $50. The second is called La Nouvelle Morte and is a 18″x24″ hand tilted print onto Coventry Rag (335 gsm), signed limited edition of 125 and will cost you only $50.00.
We have featured some skull tattoos from the extremely talented, British born artist, Thomas Hooper before but here we are again with some designs not featured in that post. One of these skull designs is a t-shirt design, unfortunately sold out but still good none the less. I for one would love too see some more skull apparel from Mr Hooper.
If you also love geometric mixed with organic designs then you should definitely check out the rest of Thomas Hooper’s website and merch store