Monday, July 28, 2014

The Skull Show

I was honored to be asked share my work as part of The Skull Show at the Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for The Arts in Walnut Creek, California. The show is up through August 31, so definitely check it out if you're int he area, but for those of you who can't here's a look at my own work on display, including pieces and images from my original Skull-A-Day project as well as some of my 100 Painted Skulls and several Skeletubes...





More photos from the exhibition can be seen HERE.

More info on The Skull Show is HERE.

Here's a complete list of the incredible collection of artists featured in the  exhibition:

Helen Altman
Chuck Anderson
Robert Arneson
Donald Baechler
Shawn Barber
Andres Basurto
Shaun Beaudry
Tony Bevilacqua
Tim Biskup
Jamey Brzezinski
Rachel Caldwell
Enrique Chagoya
Lisette Chavez
Bill Claps
Kim Cogan
Melissa Cooke
Ben Cuevas
Fred Dalkey
Boo Davis
Merek Davis
Marc D'Estout
Brian Dettmer
Lorenzo M. DurĂ¡n
Fred Einaudi
Esque Studio
David H. Everett
Jeremy Fish
Jeremy Fisher
Coco Fronsac
Jiri Geller

Mike Giant
Magnus Gjoen
Grady Gordon
Scott Greenwalt
Quinn Gregory
Andres Guerrero
Ali Gulec
Dana Harel
Joshua Harker
Molly Hatch
Stephanie Henderson
Ester Hernandez
Pete Hickok
Stephanie Hirsch
Evan Hobart
James Hopkins
Iggy & Lou Lou
Beto Janz
Paul Johns
Angie Jones
Erik Jones
Jules Julien
Vance Kelly
Joji Kojima
Chase Kunz
Markus Linnenbrink
Gabriel Londis
Brian Luong
Robert Mars
Karl McDade

Frodo Mikkelsen
Ryan Milner
Portia Munson
Gordon Parks
Francesca Pastine
Chris Peters
Beverly Rayner
Jim Riswold
Matt Ritchie
Phil Roberts
Laurel Roth
Anthony Santella
Gerrel Saunders
Noah Scalin
Bryan Schnelle
Lucien Shapiro
Richard Shaw
Maureen Shields
Jim Skull
Laurel Skye
Mike Peter Smith
Hunter Stabler
Andy Stattmiller
Clayton Thiel
Jeral Tidwell
Winnie Truong
Derik Van Beers
Beth Van Hoesen
Ben Venom
Jake Watling
Todd Ryan White

Friday, July 25, 2014

Simulacra Buddies

A couple more skull simulacra finds from Skull-A-Day friends...


Here's a spooky fellow Dustin Richardson found in his shower.


And Kerosene found this one in her old neighborhood on a formerly graffiti covered underpass.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Box Skull


Evan Wright AKA Bearteeth shared this cool use for an old cardboard box.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sink/Swim Skull


Bizhan Khodabandeh created this awesome illustrated poster for Sink/Swim Press. He explains, "The point of departure was crabs reanimating the corpse of a deep sea diver to battle a squid."

Friday, July 18, 2014

[BONUS] 425. Fingerprint Skull II

I was recently commissioned to create a new piece using only my fingerprints. This one is 19" x 14" and made with archival ink on board using only my right forefinger.


Detail view.

[CONTEST REMINDER] Win a "Skull with Concentric Circles" Print from Paul Johns

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Don't forget you have until 11:59pm Eastern USA Time, TODAY, Friday, July 18th, 2014, to enter the the current giveaway. Paul Johns is giving away a "Skull with Concentric Circles" Print to one lucky Skull-A-Day fan. You can find the original contest post by clicking the side bar ad, or this link.


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Skull Simulacra – Junior Edition

Had to share a couple of recent skull simulacra finds from the children of some friends of mine...

Thea Brown wrote, "My 10 year old son, Loki Moore, found this on the counter of our local coffee shop Rostov's this morning."



Jenny Kasberger wrote, "Holden (14) spotted a skull on Natural Bridge!"


in location

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

[CONTEST REMINDER] Win a "Skull with Concentric Circles" Print from Paul Johns

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED. Thanks for participating.

Don't forget you have until 11:59pm Eastern USA Time, Friday, July 18th, 2014, to enter the the current giveaway. Paul Johns is giving away a "Skull with Concentric Circles" Print to one lucky Skull-A-Day fan. You can find the original contest post by clicking the side bar ad, or this link.


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Nightly Owl Skull


Tanya Green of Fredericksburg, Virginia shared this lovely image from her yearlong daily project
The Gnome's Studio...Home of The Nightly Owl. She explains, "I am currently on my own 365 journey of nightly owls. Thanks to Noah, and finally making a commitment to creativity, I have been using the prompts from his book 365 A Daily Creativity Journal every night since October 2, 2013 to create...well...something owl-esque. Last night was Day 244: Get Framed. Instead of going literal, I decided to create the framework of an owl...the skull. The image attached was created with oil pastels on black paper."

Monday, July 14, 2014

[CONTEST] Win a "Skull with Concentric Circles" Print from Paul Johns

THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED. Thanks for participating.

Paul Johns is a graphic designer and artist based in Los Angeles California. He's created a piece called "Skull with Concentric Circles", which is currently on display at the Bedford Gallery for "The Skull Show". Paul would like to give away a screen print of this piece to one lucky Skull-A-Day fan!



PRIZE INFO: One copy of Paul John's screen print, "Skull with Concentric Circles". This is a three color screen printed poster drawn, signed and numbered by me and hand-printed on French 100# Pure White Cover by the awesome guys at Family Industries in Los Angeles. Each measures 11 x 17 inches, and has an edition of 50. This will never be reprinted.

HOW TO ENTER: To enter this contest, comment below with an answer to this question. Let's keep it simple this week. Since Paul's artwork features circles, what is your favorite shape? Not that you need an example, but I'm fond of circles and triangles.

CONTACT INFO: The winner, chosen at random, will be contacted via email by one of the Skull-A-Day editors within 7 days of the end of the contest. If that winner doesn't respond, another winner will be chosen. With your comment, please INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS!!! Entries are only valid with this information.

WHERE TO ENTER: All entries must be made on this blog post, on Skull-A-Day.com. You CANNOT enter this contest by commenting on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.

CONTEST CLOSES: 11:59:59 PM Eastern USA Time Friday, July 18, 2014.

NUMBER OF WINNERS: One

PRIZE SHIPS: This contest is open to all skull lovers around the world.

IF YOU DON'T WIN: Don't fret, Paul Johns is offering at 20% off your entire order for Skull-A-Day fans. Enter coupon code SKULLADAY at checkout in Paul John's store.

Friday, July 11, 2014

[CONTEST REMINDER] Win a Tiny Mermaid Skeleton Deluxe Kit from Tinysaur

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Don't forget you have until 11:59pm Eastern USA Time, TODAY, Friday, July 11, 2014, to enter the the current giveaway. Tinysaur is giving away a Tiny Mermaid Skeleton Deluxe Kit to one lucky Skull-A-Day fan. You can find the original contest post by clicking the side bar ad, or this link.



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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Skull Trike

Sam Couch shared this incredible custom trike covered in over 2,500 skulls!



He explains, "The trike was built 5 years ago and then I decided to put skulls all over it and this is the first skull I put on my custum built V8 trike. I found this skull in a flea market for $10.00... I wasn't sure where to put it but a friend told me to place it where everyone could see it so I placed it in the front on the forks... I added the ruby colored glass eyes later....



I went to a Liquar store and bought a bottle of Crystal Vodka... I walked outside and poured the vodka on the round... the store keeper asked me what I was doing and I told him I needed an overflow for my raditor... He did not understand what I was talking about so when I was finished I went back and showed him what I had done... When the motor gets to warm it fills the skull and the head turns green and as the motor cools down it pulls the coolent back into the raditor leaving some in the bottle... I am going to put an LED light at the base underneith the bottle so it will glow green at night...


I made some coffin shaped wind deflectors for my trike and added a Punisher skull to the coffin along with smaller skulls at the six points of the coffin... The smaller skulls are tag fasteners but they look cool on the coffin so I used them instead of spikes... The bottom coffin wind deflector I used a smaller skull... I did this for the right and left side which turned out pretty cool... The back side of the wind deflector has a skull on it as well..




This skull is from walking cane my dad give me that I cut the head off and placed it on my front fender... I added the red marble later because a friend said it would look cool...




Here you can see I updated the tag frame to one with skulls... I also used mini lanterns as tag lights by painting three sides black leaving the tag side open so the light would shine on the tag... I placed skulls on the mini lanterns on both sides... You can see the rear bumper also has skulls as well as coffins I made and placed skull on them as well... I also used fence post finals to give that grave yard effect...



Here is a picture of some skulls on the rear bumper... mud flaps... and rear fender... I have over 500 individual skulls on my trike and over 1000 skulls on the rear fenders if you count each skull...




This is some skulls I placed on the dash and console... The one on the console is a large punisher skull and the skull on the dash was a tag with a skull on it that I cut down to fit the dash... You can see the skull key ring as well... I also cut coffins for foot rest that I am going to ad skull to later... The shifter has a skull as well... Some of these skulls are the first ones I used before the changes of the trike where I added more skulls... I placed an emblem that had seven skulls on the battery box... I placed two winged skulls on the right and left of my trike just between the coffin windows... I still have to finished the inside of the trike before I trim out the windows which will be held on with skulls...

 



These are shifter boots I used on the fire wall where the steering tubes come through to the handle bars... I placed skulls on the boot trim to hold them to the firewall... I cut out eight coffins out of old aluminum I had in the yard for years and then polished the coffins to look like chrome and placed skull on them... I placed 64 skull tag fasteners on four coffins and 4 skulls 3" tall on each coffin... That's 136 skulls total of 8 coffins... I then made a frame to put them on and fastened them to the motor compartment of my trike...



This is the side of my trike to show how I mounted all the skulls...




I have just built me a trailer to pull behind my trike and it is still a work in progress...  I am going to have the trailer fenders skulled like the trike fenders in the near future... I also used the mini lanterns which I am going to add skulls to in the future... I will be adding skulls to the front of the trailer very soon but these pictures show the cooler I placed a skull on that I bought in an auction... It also shows the skull I used on the tongue of the trailer...




This picture shows the way I have skulls on the trailer right now but my plans are to put at least 500 individual skulls on the trailer not counting the skulls on the fenders.... I have more large Punisher skulls and smaller Punisher skulls still in the shop waiting their time to be add to my Skull Trike...



This is the rear of the trailer where I cut down a skull grill insert for a ford 150 pickup truck... I have other skull ideas for the rear of the trailer just as soon as I get all the lights wired up... I will be putting coffins in the bumper with skulls on them like the trike and larger skulls above the large skulls...
 


I will be adding more skulls all the time..."


Thanks Sam for sharing such an impressive creation!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Skull Studded Jacket

Masayoshi Yoshino collaborated with leather artist Robert Warner, to create this jacket. Masayoshi made all the studs and buttons, totaling about 700 skulls. Robert is known for making custom leather jackets for rock stars. I love the texture all the skull studs and buttons great. Each one is finely detailed. It does remind me of the stacks of skulls in catacombs. You can see more photos of the jacket, here. I spied some other skull adornments on Masayoshi's Pinterest.




[CONTEST REMINDER] Win a Tiny Mermaid Skeleton Deluxe Kit from Tinysaur

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Don't forget you have until 11:59pm Eastern USA Time, Friday, July 11, 2014, to enter the the current giveaway. Tinysaur is giving away a Tiny Mermaid Skeleton Deluxe Kit to one lucky Skull-A-Day fan. You can find the original contest post by clicking the side bar ad, or this link.



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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Skull Violin

Mark Noll shared this incredible customized violin made for a fundraiser.  He explains, "Cantebury School purchased a dozen violins for their Suzuki Music Program. The violins were unusable and not able to be returned. The Florida Craftsman Gallery asked artists to transform them into pieces of art to be auctioned off, with the proceeds befitting the Music Program. The violins will be auctioned in an on-going silent auction both at the Gallery and on the website. Bids will be taken from July 18th to August 23rd. 100% goes to buy new instruments for the kids"