Hobo Nickels, a subject we've been doting on for 12 years now, had a bumper year in 2013, as is evidenced by this gallery of Mr The's nickel-carvings (not all the coins are nickels, but the term is generic regardless of the coin) from the past year. Mr The specializes in big head/mini man carvings that add a tiny torso, arms and legs to the nickel's traditional head (it especially rocks with monster heads).
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We're big fans of Dan Hillier's work around here -- the iconic, instantly recognizable grotesque Victorian collages. Now he's branched out into 3D printing. He writes: "I recently collaborated with a 3D printing design consultancy called Modla, for The Other Art Fair. Having met with their Creative Director, Jon Fidler, we worked on the creation of a 3D version of my work, 'Nothing Matters'. The piece is now available in a limited edition of 20."
Street artist Maldito Juanito installed this perspective-driven paste-up in Geneva. It wraps around the corner of a concrete pillar, and depending on your angle of approach, you see a boy's face, a skull, or a half-boy/half-skull. (via Kadrey)
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Here's Harow's polygonal skull armchair, which does a pretty good job of hiding the skull from the front, making it just the thing for supervillains with a need for furnishings that work when on the job or taking a break. Price on demand, which probably means, if you have to ask, you can't afford it.
HAROW - Fauteuil Crâne
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IgnacioEspejo's "Join Me In Death" is a makeup/costume piece on DeviantArt, photographed by lamuchan; it's spectacular design, and beautifully shot. He says it took 2h30m to sit through the makeup, but clearly, it was worth every minute.
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The Sugar Skull Spoon finally provides a good reason to dip your wet spoon into the sugar-bowl (yuck). Their kickstarter is fully funded, but there's still time to get one for £8. It comes from London's Hundred Million, who have a good track record for successfully shipping, so there's probably a good chance you'll get what you pay for here.
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Etsy seller Beadedmischka sells this death's head hawkmoth beaded brooch for $75. The beads are Japanese Toho and Miyuki Delica; the skull is glass.
Bead Embroidered Brooch Death's-head Hawkmoth
This 1863 image from the Wellcome Trust illustrates a distinctly vampiric set of "Syphilitic malformations of the permanent teeth" -- makes you wonder if the visual image of the vampire was inspired by the widespread horrors of untreated syphilis (for an exceptionally visceral window into a society wracked by untreated syphilis, have a look at the Mutter Museum's display of syphilitic skulls).
L0021139 “Syphilitic malformations of the permanent teeth”.
Buddyjiang's "Metalic Skull" illustration outgigers Giger. It's the kind of thing I'd have killed to have a giant poster of when I was 15.
metalic skull by buddyjiang
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I previously admired a lovely and affordable silver-bronze handcrafted skull ring by Lost Apostle available from our wonderful sponsor ShanaLogic. Now it's also available in solid bronze. It comes in many sizes and costs just $55! And Shana says, "Free USA shipping on this ring!" Bronze Skull Ring
I'm always looking for an elegant skull ring and this handcrafted silver-bronze handcrafted specimen from Lost Apostle is a beaut. "Look closely and you'll see each tooth is carved, the jaw bone tucked away behind the zygomatic arch and the nasal bones all beautifully detailed. Even the back of the jaw and teeth are carved, as is the roof of the mouth, showing the palatine bone and nasal aperture." It's $65 from our pals at ShanaLogic. "Silver Skull Ring
From November 2011, a set of photos documenting the creation of a sugar skull-and-bones set that can be served with macabre beverages, designed by Snow Violent and made by DR.HC.
Skull Sugar — from sketch to prototype. Part 1
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Katana Leigh sez, "I want to provide memorable ways to learn to draw that are interesting and visually entertaining. The proportions of a red spotted button mushroom are the same as a skull and these LSD colors provide maximum contrast so you can see the process and hopefully copy it. Not your boring art lessons but a new way to think about seeing."
How To Draw A Skull 2: when a mushroom is like a face
Here's Telma Costa's beautiful, knit skullkerchief -- perfect for staying warm, attending Misfits concerts, or everyday use.
Marko Popadic's photo "Oko" captures a spooky, sweet moment in which a butterfly alights in the eye-socket of a skull.