INCLOUDS Print By MR WALTER

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This beautiful skull-themed print is by a french artist called Mr Walter from the Art&Toys website. I love black and white imagery and this piece also reminds me of an African-styled painting hanging in a typical African pub, only this time, it includes some sexy skulls.

The print is limited to 50, with a signed certificate of authenticity, is printed on 300g of Innova fine art paper and is 40x60cm. It can be yours for just €60. DO IT.

Deaths Head Hawkmoth and Dali

deaths_head_hawkmothsilenice-of-the-lambs-movie-poster-optical-illusionI’m pretty sure we have all been introduced to the creepy looking Deaths Head Hawkmoth, notoriously featured on the famous ‘ Silence of the Lambs’ film poster. The skull is not what it seems upon closer inspection. Some of you may know this already so forgive me if I’m a little slow.

silence-of-the-lambs-death-head-moth-blownup dali-skullThe Deaths Head Moth on the film poster has a skull but it is based on Dali’s skull image, ‘In Voluptate Mors’. Dali’s creation is is a group of women assembled to resemble a skull.

Read more about this interesting critter on Synapse. Article originally found on Visual Fun House

Another movie to utilize this the style of Dali’s skull is the film The Descent. If you have not watched this film then be sure to add it to your list. Not for those of you who suffer from fear of claustrophobia or blood sucking bastards.

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Mounted Animal Skulls by Stephan Alexandr

Stephan Alexandr is an American designer and artist. He sources these animal skulls locally and imports these too, if not available in the US, paints and decorates them and in doing so transforms them into mountable pieces of striking art. The style reminds me of a simplified version of a recent artist I saw, when I attended the Blow My Mind’ exhibition  by Lauren Baker.

I really like the shape of the Buffalo skull, and would love to see this in person as I think the size of it would surprise me, plus it’s proportionately very symmetrical which I love :)

Stephan has got a big selection of work to offer – visit his shop but do check out the rest of his site as it gives you plenty of info about him, his history and his work.

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You Blow My Mind – Exhibition by Artist Lauren Baker

You Blow My Mind is a current exhibition by Hackney-based artist, Lauren Baker. The show is taking place at the Hang-Up Gallery in Stoke Newington, London, and also features a collaboration between Lauren Baker and artist Sequin Kay. The exhibition runs until the 24th January 2014 – see you there this weekend?

The following pictures and extract (below) has been taken from the Hang-Up Gallery’s website.

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“The show will take you on a journey through Baker’s Enchanted Afterlife series of beautifully hand painted, embellished human and animal skulls and then onto The Storm, an appreciation of science in the form of a powerful sound and light installation set up in room two of the gallery. The production will incorporate lightning bolts, smoke and crackling thunder.

Baker’s work explores the relationship between life, death and afterlife – inspired by time spent in the Peruvian Amazon and the Mexican Day of the Dead celebrations. By experimenting with different colours and textures such as crystal and neon, the artist aims to challenge the perception of her chosen objects. Each piece holds a unique spiritual power, creating an added depth.”

Visit their website to view more of Lauren’s work and to take a look at the other art coming up this year.

The Art of Naomi Chen

There is something quite delicious about monochromatic images with spots of colour as shown here with Hyperion (first image) by Concept Artist and Illustrator Naomi Chen. The rest of her portfolio pretty much follows suit with desaturated landscapes, darkly fantastic characters, nightmarish horses and some suited skull fella with horns.

Naomi Chen also works for Psyop which is pretty feckin awesome. Check out more of Naomi Chen

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Skulls in Elvis’ Graceland

In my short road trip through the States I stopped at Elvis Prestley’s Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee. My mom is pretty much his biggest fan and I promised her some pics of his pad.

The last thing I expected to see in his TV room was a collection of skulls. Skulls that that rock king used to see whenever he was watching his 3 TV’s.

If this blog was about gold and platinum records I would’ve run out of memory on my 32GB card as the man has hundreds and I still would’ve been there taking photo’s of all of them.

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La Mano de Cuervo

La Mano de Cuervo , translated as Raven’s Hand (or Crow Tongue?), is a random Flickr account find of a fella with a whole bunch of lovely photography from excursions into the forest. Amongst these gems are a few diamonds, in the form of skulls.

Check out the rest of La Mano de Cuervo and his photography over at his Flickr account.

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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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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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