Identifying Skulls

We were recently contacted by one of our fellow SAS followers about identifying a certain animal skull which we are, ehum, in the process of finding out. One our searches on the interwebs we found this cracking website called Skulls Unlimited. The collection of skulls on this website is mind boggling whether they are real or replicas I’m pretty sure you will find what you are looking for.

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also works closely with the Museum of Osteology, Americas only skeleton museum located in Oklahoma City where they have over 300 skeletons on display. If you live in that area, then check it out and tell us all about it.

Whilst perusing their skulls I also realised that fish skulls are pretty damn weird, many with bones like interlocking plates of armour. Below are some of the fish skulls and some other unexpected finds.

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Can you guess the skull below?

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NEW ONLINE SKULL SHOP

If you follow our skull blog at all then you’ll have no doubt noticed that we’ve launched an online skull shop. The shop stocks a variety of skull merchandise including prints, t-shirts, jewellery, sculptures and home wares, all from a collection of artists from around the world including the UK, Australia, Canada and America.

All the artists are independent and postage costs do vary as they are posting from various corners of the globe so please double check the full price before completing your order.

We are always on the lookout for new additions to the store so if you would like to join the collective then please email us and we’ll send you the details.

Artists include: MR FOUR FINGERS / BEN ALLEN / DUTCH / ELIZABETH DUNN / RUST & REGRET / MIKE EGAN / GERRARD KING / KIERAN BROWN / NICK SIMON / DANIJELA

Visit our online skull shop.

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Triceratops Skull

This skulltastic Triceratops Skull is soon-to-be on sale at Christie’s London, the famous auction house. The sale is called “Out of the Ordinary” and it is opening next month. There are over 150 other bizarre artifacts, from a caged taxidermy ostrich to a massive triceratops skull to a 1950’s Italian robot. But let’s not digress and list all the things that aren’t skull related!

THE SKULL OF A TRICERATOPS, HELL CREEK FORMATION, MONTANA, Estimate: £150,000 – £250,000.

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Ink Illustrations from Michelle Harvey

These amazing A3 illustrations have been created by Deviant artist Michelle Harvey. The detailed pen illustrations have a gritty feel to them and the stylised-imagery is powerful. My personal favourite is ‘Within Us’ and it is also a very piece of personal art by Michelle, and it certainly shows.

Your can view Michelle Harvey’s Deviant Art profile here.

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A Selection of Skulls GOTH CHIC ACCESSORIES

It’s been a great few days with regards to getting sent some sweet skulls from our fans. This selection of skulls is from Goth Chic Accessories and can be found on Etsy. The skulls range from cuff links, ornaments and replica fetal skulls.

The skulls range from around £6 to £40+ so there is an affordable option for everyone.

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GOTHIC ODDITIES - NEW Raven Skull

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Giant Dragon Skull Found on Beach

This is a obvious sign that Daenerys Targaryen, Queen of Dragons, is coming for the British Crown. Or maybe she has already been and we defeated her and her dragon-army and this bad-boy skull just washed up on the shore, after evading fossil hunters for years and years…

Actually the dragon skull is part of a publicity stunt by BlinkBox promoting the fact that they have the Game of Thrones series available on their new video-on-demand service. The 40-foot dragon skull was left on Charmouth beach, along England’s Jurassic Coast, which has been the site of many fascinating dinosaur-fossil discoveries over the years.

Dragon SkullThere is also a short video on how they made the dragon skulls.

Macabre Gadgets Rings

Skull-styled rings are all the rage at the moment, and why not. The shape of a skull works perfectly with the style of a ring and these Macabre Gadgets rings are fine examples of that.

The rings are handmade with an industrial material and mass production, such as polymer plastic, chosen for the specific characteristics of durability and flexibility, but the end result has a patina of old and used. A part of rings is encrusted with metals and semi-precious stones.

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Erick Swenson’s Rotting Deer Skull

This gruesomely beautiful decaying deer skull is indeed an extremely well crafted piece of sculpture cast in resin. As you can see from the detail shot, there is also some mysterious ship and motif with further script writing underneath.

This deer skull, called Ne Plus Ultra, measures 30.5 x 40.6 x 35.6cm and was found on Saatchi Gallery

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Black Rhinoceros Skull

Originally from South Africa I have had the opportunity to see this beautiful creature in it’s natural habitat before. They are truly amazing creatures, they have a peaceful nature and are truly a sight to behold in the African bush, and not in my garden, which is a common misconception us South Africans have to rectify when travelling to different countries. The picture of the rhino skull is that of a black rhinoceros, with the other type of rhino being a white rhino.

Unfortunately the rhino has been added to the critically endangered species list, the highest category for animals that are close to being extinct. They now face a fight for survival as they are targeted by poachers for their horns as they contain ivory, a valuable commodity which is still traded today, most of it on the black market. Because of this the western black rhinoceros is extinct as of 2011.

There are many ways you can help, even if you just donate some money to a charity to help them combat poaching or give them the resources they need to create safe enclosures for rhino’s to breed and hopefully stay with us on this amazing planet. I have included some pictures of rhino’s in the wild to hopefully show you some of their beauty.

Some links, if you wanted to help:

The Rhino Orphanage
Save the Rhino
Rhinos.org

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More Skull Creations from Resonanteye

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.

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Porcelain Animal Skulls

If you fancy some porcelain animal skulls then head over to Oakleaf & Acorn and grab yourself one or all ( a mantlepiece covered in them is one idea). One of the options is a beaver skull with 23k gold glaze teeth. Having visited the website I noticed that these skulls are created by Beetle & Flor, who supply stockists like Oakleaf & Acorn.

Now these guys love skulls and it certainly shows in their collection and with a master like Christine Facella orchestrating behind the scenes, there’s no wonder they look so gorgeous.

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Animal Skull Clad Figures

These animal skull wearing guys were a part of the festivities and celebrations at the recent 2013 Rijeka Carnival in Croatia. Rijeka is located in Kvarner Bay, an inlet of the Adriatic Sea and a quick search on Google Images will show you how beautiful it is. I’m not sure if there is a particular reason for the Carnival but it certainly looks good telling by the great photographs taken by Rudolf Abraham.

Check out Rudolph’s blog here.

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Art and Graffiti by Nychos Featuring Skulls

Quick Intro Clip of some London Street Art by Nychos

I walk past these most days and now that I’ve watched the video’s I can’t believe what an amazing talent this man is.

NYCHOS is incredible and his work can be seen in most major cities – just watching his video’s now and the man is a graffiti machine, I still don’t know how he does it. Through Rabbit Eye Movement he has been mentioned on most high-profile art blogs and websites and is definitely one of the most well-known street artists of our generation.

Nychos’ work focussing heavily on dissection, anatomy, skeletons and skulls. His style is instantly recognisable and even if you don’t know the ‘art scene,’ once you’ve seen his work you will know straight away when you’ve seen it again. He is able to create art on a variety of mediums including A3 prints to huge fantastic murals which are cartoon-like in their execution but the level of detail he gets out of a tin of spray paint is mind-boggling.

Even though the main focus of his art is not skulls, what kind of Appreciation Society would we be if we didn’t mention him and give you the chance to see his creations and some great little vids too which show you some process shots.

Follow his Tumblr Blog here and Like his Facebook page to be kept up-to-date with his latest projects.

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Some Cool Nychos Videos

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The Beautiful Remnants of Wildlife

World Wildlife Products is the animal division of Atlantic Coral Enterprise and as you can tell by the name they sell an absolute plethora of items from nature ranging from wholesale sea shells, animal bones, skulls, eggs, decorative fish nets… the list goes on. This is a shop that would be damn awesome to visit. They are based in Saint Augustine, Florida, so if that’s a little out the way then be sure to visit their online store.

As far as I can see they do not ship internationally and there is a $100 minimum order required.

Below are a selection of skulls we found.Some pictures are pretty small but on their website they also provide a written description of the products which will proves useful when buying.

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Kudu Skull

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Vervet Monkey Skull

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Racoon Skull racoon-skul

Wildebeest Skull

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