I went to South Africa a few months ago to spend my 30th with my friends and family and had arranged with my younger brother to get matching skull tattoos. It was my bro’s first tattoo and I had already convinced him that skulls would be the best first tattoo to get! We also wanted to get a tattoo which represented our family and thought 3 skulls would be perfect to represent our dad, mom and each other.
We made a few phone calls and managed to book a slot at SA Hardcore Tattoo in Parkhurst. The team of guys there were very helpful and did a sterling job – cheers guys!
Media Militia have created this amazing downloable file of human skulls for you to use as reference for illustration and other creative projects. It can be used for personal and commercial purposes too. Heck, how amazing is that?
The file contains 54 human skulls, from fetal skulls through to decrepit skulls, and all skulls are photographed in a number of positions on a black background. Have I mentioned it’s free???
There is something entirely creepy about a human skull that still has hair on. This photograph can be found on Fine Art America and can be printed on a variety of products like canvas prints, greeting cards, art prints, framed prints, acrylic print and metal print.
This skull photograph was taken by internationally known National Geographic photographer Ira Block.
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.
What a great idea! I wish I had thought of it first TBH but I guess I’ll just have to get over it and go have some fun creating a cool skull at the Lauren Baker Skull Workshop.
Lauren’s skull workshop was a huge hit at Tate Modern where 200 participants decorated skulls. Plus her previous workshops at Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch House and Museum of Pathology were all fully booked. You should probably go.
The Workshop includes:
3.5 hour workshop includes materials and refreshments
Learn about the use of skulls in art
Hear about Lauren Baker’s journey of skull art
Use a diverse range of materials to paint and embellish your skull
Here are a selection of skulls the I found on the wonderfully macabre Midnight Gallery Tumblr. As they are Tumblr images I will spend some time tracking down the artists/photographers/creators if I can and create a post for each of them with any extra historic information. I recommend that you check out Midnight Tumblr blog if you are into the dark side as there are some amazing images many of which are pretty freaky.
These oddly shaped neon skulls have been created by Portland-based artist Eric Franklin. This trio of skulls are lit internally by ionised neon, krypton and mercury, and have been created using a network of glass tubes, tightly sealed together in a vacuum.
I’m not really sure about the whole scientific procedure but the results are incredible and these skulls, as weirdly-shaped as they are, are another great asset to our society’s walls. Thanks to This is Colossal for blogging about them in the first place and to Eric for making them – you have our skull respect!