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I recently visited The Cleveland Museum of Natural History and wanted to share some of the incredible skulls and skeletons I found (mostly dinosaurs).  Had a great time, I just wish they had some skull-themed souvenirs!  If you ever have a chance to visit, I highly recommend it.  

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Russian Folk Skulls from Artist Sasha Vinogradova

Russian Folk Skulls from Artist Sasha Vinogradova

Artist Sasha Vinogradova painted this series of skulls.  Each one is painted to demonstrate a different form of Russian folk painting, including Khokhloma, Gzhel, North-Dvina, Zhostovo, Mezen and Gorodets.  The end result is quite striking and perhaps gives us an idea of what Day of the Dead skulls would like like if the holiday originated in Russia(…)

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The Legacy of the Salvador Dali/Philippe Halsman Skull

The Legacy of the Salvador Dali/Philippe Halsman Skull

In 1951, Salvador Dali, everyone’s favorite mustachioed surrealist, teamed up with Magnum photographer Philippe Halsman to create one of the most enchanting, morbid and bizarre photographs of all time. Entitled “In Voluptas Mors,” or Voluptuous Death, the black-and-white photo stars a melange of nude women, expertly arranged to resemble a macabre skull. Dali stands next(…)

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Zdzisław Beksiński

Zdzisław Beksiński

Zdzisław Beksiński (24 February 1929 – 21 February 2005) was a renowned Polish painter, photographer, and sculptor. Beksiński executed his paintings and drawings either in what he called a ‘Baroque’ or a ‘Gothic’ manner. The first style is dominated by representation, with the best-known examples coming from his fantastic realism period when he painted disturbing(…)

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Garbage Pail Kids Skulls

Garbage Pail Kids Skulls

Riding on the coat tails of the famous Cabbage Patch dolls, but in the satirical tradition of the infamous Wacky Packages trading cards, the Garbage Pail Kids were first introduced in 1985, and have been in some form of production ever since.  Produced by the Topps company and conceived of by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art(…)

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Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day in style!  We have everything you’ll need right here, from great pirate movie recommendations to pirate wallpapers.  Don’t forget to find your pirate name first!  Insist that everyone call you by it throughout the day.  You’ll also want to make sure you are properly speaking like a pirate: And(…)

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Slayer Art

Slayer Art

Get your Slayer merch HERE! With the recent passing of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman (January 31, 1964 – May 2, 2013), it seemed only appropriate to put together a retrospective of skull-themed Slayer art. Hanneman was perhaps best known as a founding member of the band and the author of numerous of their most popular(…)

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Kapala

Kapala

A kapala (Sanskrit for “skull”) or skullcup is a cup made from a human skull used as a ritual implement in both Hindu and Buddhist Tantra. Especially in Tibet, they were often carved or elaborately mounted with precious metals and jewels. Many of the deities of Tibetan Buddhism, including Mahasiddhas, Dakinis and Dharmapalas are depicted(…)

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