Skulls Spotted at the Minnesota State Fair

I haven’t been to the Minnesota State Fair myself but someone, photographer Nikki Tundel, was kind enough to take some snaps of the various skulls spotted there. Without stealing their thunder and reposting the skulltacular work on our blog you can follow this link to view the awesome skull post :)

This carved skull piece, by Brent Brager, caught my eye though and I had to share. This oak skull carving titled “Appointment,” is on display in the Fine Arts Building at the Minnesota State Fair.

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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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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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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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Black Obsidian Skull

This shiny black obsidian skull was tracked back through numerous Tumblr accounts to what seems to be the originators, Skullis, who we have featured a few times. I can’t seem to find the actual link to this skull as there are hundreds.

This skull measures 5.3 inches long with a removable jaw with teeth finished with Australia opal. If you want it, you gotta hunt it.

Originally found on Fuck Yeah Skulls Tumblr

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Gemstone Skull Pendants by August Voss Arts

These gemstone skull carvings have been made by August Voss Arts. I was reading the info on his Facebook page and looks like we both have much in common when it comes to our view on skulls – August also sees skulls as a celebration of life, and as a reminder that life is short so we should make the most of it.

I would love to see some process shots on how he creates these beautiful gemstone skull pendants – the detail is first class! He’s got loads of these skull carvings so be sure to visit his FB page to see the rest of his work.

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Untitled Skull Sculpture by Kris Kuksi

I am always amazed by the different types of work we find in our search for skulls. People seriously blow my mind and this Untitled sculpture, featuring some skulls, by Kris Kuksi is mind boggling. It was also sent to us by a Facebook fan, so cheers for sharing!

Kris creates all sorts of detailed sculptures, each one as beautiful as the last, and I’ve spotted more than 1 skull in there!

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Skull Woodwork by Maskull Lasserre

This creative woodwork skull carving is by Maskull Lasserre. We’ve featured a skull of his before where he carved a skull out of a book which had been clasped in a vice. The man is amazingly talented and you can see some of his other works here, which include carving skulls and skeletal systems out of wood.

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Skull Nickels

Nickel carving originated in the 18th century and the coins themselves were referred to as Hobo Nickels – the name is derived from the great depression when unemployed artists spent their time carving these little pieces of art in the hope to make some extra money – there is even a Hobo Nickel Society!.

The craze really took off in the 20th century due to a softer metal being used to mint the coins known as Buffalo Nickel. There are many different coin designs and patterns from this era but we love these skull nickels the most, for obvious reasons!

Shared via the awesome blog – This is Colossal.

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Bali Organic Arts – Skull Carvings

One of our previous posts showed some insane skull carvings on buffalo skulls available from Beachcomber (Yorkshire, England) has smashed out almost 200K Stumbles on StumbleUpon (not sure if that sentence is correct). Anyway, they are awesome.

We have posted a few times about these amazing carvings and have since come into contact with the actual artists from Bali from a company called Bali Organic Arts (FB Page). Below is some recent work and definitely some of their most intricate. There are also some nice process images how they take an already beautiful skull and elevate it to splendid beauty.

I will own one of these one day!

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Crazy In The Coconut Skull

This coconut skull has found it’s way into the dark folds of the Skull Appreciation Society and we all welcome you. This fiendish mask-like skull was carved by skull nut (badum tish) Scott Middlehurst,  a self taught artists hailing from Canada. Scott has made me aware that these skulls can be made available for purchase but do take a month to create from start to finish (includes getting the coconuts). If you dig this skull as much as we do then we recommend popping over to Scotts Facebook page (liking it of course) and get in touch with regards to pricing.

Hopefully we will see many more skull creations in the near future.

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Empire of Death by Paul Koudounaris

The Empire of Death by Paul Koudounaris is a must-have book for any skull lover. I was lucky enough to win this beautiful edition through another skull-themed website called Obsessed With Skulls. I actually received my signed copy around 16:30 on Christmas eve, and boy was I happy, as it turns out it was my best Christmas gift (but don’t tell my girlfriend that).

The Empire of Death is available from Amazon and is on offer for £19.16.

Empire of Death Book

The Empire of Death is a cultural history of ossuaries and charnel houses. Paul Koudounaris takes us on a well-documented and beautifully illustrative tour of numerous tombs which are situated  throughout Europe including famous sites such as the Catacombs of Paris, the Sedlec Ossuary and the crypt of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini. The book actually got its name from the Catacombs in Paris where visitors are greeted with a sign telling them they are about to enter The Empire of Death.

Most of the tombs are covered top-to-bottom in skulls and bones, with the focus being human bone. These marvellously macabre surroundings are rather harrowing but intriguing too as they tell a story of religion, cultures, beliefs and views from different centuries past through architectural masterpieces.

Some of the images below have been taken from the book can also be bought as prints if you follow this link here.

Skeleton of Pancratius

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Robed skeleton from Roman Cataccombs

Robed skeleton from Roman Cataccombs

Bavarian painted skulls (Dingolfing, Germany)

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Capela dos Ossos (Alcantarilha, Portugal)

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Mummified monk in the crypt of Santa Maria delle Concezione (Rome, Italy)

Mummified monk in the crypt of Santa Maria delle Concezione (Rome, Italy)

I have yet to finish it but so far it has blown my mind right out of my skull and back again. I would suggest getting yourself a copy now and get yourself educated on the interesting world of death.

Dall Sheep Duality – Sheep Skull Sculpture

This amazing sheep skull sculpture was created by the amazing Shane Wilson (featured on here before) and is definitely one of the best skull sculptures I have seen. This was a commissioned piece by a man who hunted the sheep (that does sound amusing) and you can even see one of the bullet holes on the right horn.

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