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Bearded Skulls Everywhere!

Bearded Skulls Everywhere!

Considering how popular each of them are on their own (see, for example, hipsters and viking metal), it’s not surprising that the combination of skulls and beards has caught on as well.  Whether it’s fine art, band logos, concert posters, t-shirts, or advertising, bearded skulls seem to be everywhere.

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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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The Empire of Death by Paul Koudounaris

The Empire of Death by Paul Koudounaris

If you have not yet read ‘The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses‘ by Paul Koudounaris, do yourself a favor and get a copy. You will be glad you did. This is one of those rare gems of a book that is destined to become a prized collectible, especially among(…)

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