This great skull sticker book, titled Stickerbomb Skulls, was put together by Studio Rarekwai and published by Laurence King. We, Mr Four Fingers, were lucky enough to be included in the project – we submitted some ‘skull people-inspired‘ illustrations which have been turned into stickers.
Stickerbomb Skulls is the latest themed book in the Stickerbomb series, featuring many forms of design and illustrations of skulls by an eclectic mix of artists from around the world. Skulls are a very strong visual icon used extensively in the worlds of fashion, jewellery, graphic design, music, street art and tattoos. The book will appeal to existing Stickerbomb fans as well as new fans who love skull imagery.
This digital painting of a horned skeletal figure by Telthona reminds me of the white walkers from the Game of Thrones. I reckon Telthona’s icily evil ‘ Whisperer’ is fit to be their king. If you are into fanstasy paintings then be sure to go and peruse the portfolio of Sandra Duchiewicz A.K.A. Telthona on Deviant Art.
Yes you read that correctly. Here we have, one massive, beer bottecap skull. Though the core is foam, the ‘skin’ as it were is made from hundreds of bottlecaps. We initial found out about this unusual skull on the blog called Green Diary, where they state the skull is made from “Bear Bottlecaps”. My sleepy brain was slow to realise there was no bear in sight and it was indeed’ beer’ and not ‘bear’ bottlecaps that were used. Gaah, damn you beer addled brain.
This huge skull tips the scales at close to a hundred pounds and was created by Mathew Causey who carved the foam and Molly Painter who re-skinned with beer bottlecaps.
Self-proclaimed as the designers of the world’s most detailed rock ‘n’ roll jewellery, Fourspeed Metalwerks live up to their own hype by producing some of the finest, and meanest looking skull rings around. The skull rings are bold and referred to as ‘metal arts,’ and they been created through a number of collaborations with artists, musicians, skaters and brands from all corners of the globe.
The Consumer, a Pacman inspired piece, is by street artist SHOK-01. SHOK usually creates street art/graffiti which contains bones and inside the iconic Pacman-like figure is a skull. The meaning of the piece is quite literal and is aimed at all of us, including SHOK himself, who are constantly consuming whatever we can, sometimes without knowing why.
As skulls can’t speak, it is up to clever human beings, science, observation and a fair amount of ‘well maybe’ hypotheses to find out what they would say. One such case was the skull of a 14year old girl from Jamestown 1609/1610 that told a story of supposed canabalism.
During the winter of 1609/10, Jamestown was hit with a severe food shortage crisis which saw the residents eating their horses, cats, dogs, rats and even their shoes. The skeletal remains of a 14yr old girl were unearthed by chief archaeologist William Kelso. Later studies showed that the bones have what appears to be chop marks on the skull and cut makrs on the jaw. Marks that are post mortem.
Read more about this interesting article or listen to the orated version over at Bay Area Bites.
Fun illustration of a skulled (chimpanzee?) cosmonaut called Abrek, created by comic illustrator Henrik Sahlstrom. You can check out the rest of Sahlstrom’s portfolio over at Deviant Art where he goes by the name of ‘Bumhand’.
It feels like it’s taking ages to create this post for Dave Rapoza. This is due to the fact that once you start looking at his portfolio it’s hard not to want to look at it all. There is a lot to look at and it’s all good.
You may have seen Rapoza’s work before via his dark version of the Ninja Turtles and the whole TMNT clan. The new re-boot coming out on cinemas soon has a definite Rapoza flavour. I even bought and donwloaded a 5hr tutorial from his website.
As you would have guessed he has various skulls dotted about his portfolio but his two stand out creations have to be Skeletor (featured here before) and Skull & Shark. The latter appears to be a comic series and/or characters used in a Lazerhawk album. Think dark city, Skull guy, brutish man shark, leather and 80′s vibes.
This epic illustration is done by the super-talented illustrator and designer Samuel Ho, or just ‘Sho’. The drawing, titled Wanderlust, features some skulls half-way through, complete with Facets and surrounded by other amazing illustrative work. His work has been featured in the world’s most popular magazines and books including the likes of; Fast Company, Wired, Playboy, Azure Magazine, NOT COT and Trend Hunter to name a few. View his online portfolio here and prepared to be in awe.
Cement Eclipses is a series by French Artist, Isaac Cordal, who creates mini skull sculptures, similar to Roy’s People without the skulls, and leaves them on the streets after photographing them in situ. I find this discreet form of street art amazing where you are not shouting from your piece of work, wanting the world too see, but rather whispering from the rooftops and hoping someone will glance up at you just once and take notice.
This outtake is taken from David’s Sketchbook - “With the simple act of miniaturization and thoughtful placement, Isaac Cordal magically expands the imagination of pedestrians finding his sculptures on the street. Cement Eclipses is a critical definition of our behavior as a social mass. The art work intends to catch the attention on our devalued relation with the nature through a critical look to the collateral effects of our evolution. With the master touch of a stage director, the figures are placed in locations that quickly open doors to other worlds. The scenes zoom in the routine tasks of the contemporary human being”.
Jacky Tsai and I have so much in common – 1. We both love skulls and 2… well I don’t actually know the guy so that’s all but hopefully one day we can meet and share a beer or 8. Anyways, Jacky is pretty famous in the art and design world and has also worked for Alexander McQueen, which is where he draws inspiration from (my own opinion).
We have blogged about his floral skull design before and now we are delighted to be sharing this stunning collection of skull t-shirts designs with you too. Let the feasting of the eyes commence…
We have featured some skull work from Aryz before but we felt that this time instead of one image, we would gather a few for you. If you are like me then you will gaze upon these in wonder. This amazement is then doubled when you realise how massive most of his murals are.
I have heard the term ‘ reverse graffiti’ before, when instead adding marks (spray paint, paint etc) you actually remove areas of dirt to create your image. Selective cleaning if you will.
So that puts the police in a strange position as you are not vandalising but rather cleaning. Alexandre Orion did just that in a São Paulo street tunnel. As you can see from the video Orion uses some form of solvent to erase the grime from the tunnel fence to create a “catacomb of skulls”.
He spent wto weeks creating this skull piece as message to show people the tragedy of pollution. The only way the government could stop Orion was to wash away his skulls. When he carried on working elsewhere in the tunnel, they decided to wash the rest of the tunnel. To make sure he stayed away, the government ended up cleaning all the tunnels.
This latest Macaw Skull creation by Mr Four Fingers has been created for an upcoming exhibition called ‘ZOO’. So at least on of their two submissions has to be a skull. A very large bird skull.
As you can tell by the title this bird skull is based on a Gold and Blue Macaw, hence the stylised plumage background. The skull was hand drawn with extra fine dip pen (outlined with brush) and indian ink. The background was created by filling in each section with a thin layer of water into which blue ink was dropped. Light blue copic marker was applied, followed by some mare hatching. Process shots here.
This Macaw Skull piece measures 50cmx70cm and is available as a framed original for £230. It is currently collection only, so if you are in London then make sure to visit the Hanbury Arms Pub to check it out, come this Friday the 11th July and we may even buy you a pint.
Follow this link for more information about the ‘ZOO’ exhibition, curated by Mr Gresty.