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
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.
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.
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.
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.
NYCHOS for iOnArt- Cheesebrain image courtesy of IONART.
Some Cool Nychos Videos
Splatterface Graffiti Video
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.
Vervet Monkey Skull
Some amazing skull photography by Robin Loznak. He does not normally photograph skulls as this was only a way to show off his new studio upgrade for better and seamless backgrounds. We are glad he did because they are great.
You can check out the rest of the skulls here and you can also visit his website here.
This Little Shop of Horrors Skeleton, titled Audrii muscipula, is by Tim Price from Forgotten Boneyard. The skeleton is made up of Mink vertebrae, box turtle shells, skunk skull, coyote teeth, and raccoon mandibles.
I actually remember the Little Shop of Horrors as being my favourite musical when I was growing up, but more in my teens as I was petrified of the monster flower when I was younger than that. But sssh, don’t tell anyone as I need to keep my manly image intact or did that get destroyed when I mentioned I like musicals?
Found this skull image online on another Tumblr blog where the masses of Tumblr folk have once again not bothered to credit the artist/creator/photographer. Cheers guys, YOU SUCK!
Here it is anyway. It’s a bit odd but it’s a powerful image complete with animal skull and skull tattoo.
*Updated: Thanks for those who leave comments! We’ve just been told the image is from Flote’s Deviant Art profile and can be seen here.
Found these curious and often impressive skulls on the New York Times website and are also featured in a book called “Skulls: An Exploration of Alan Dudley’s Curious Collection”. This book is written by Simon Winchester with photography by Nick Mann.
Find out the names for these skulls and more by popping over to the NY Times website.
The book can be bought on Amazon for $18.82