Thursday, July 27, 2006
Skulls for everyone, printed on everything, way beyond Goth and well into Smileydom
But most of the citations in the article are from the Hot Topic to Ralph Lauren commecialization of the cranium pictorium. In one interview Colman heard, “It’s a pity it’s so commercial now,” Mr. Pellat-Finet said. For more than five years, he has splashed oversize skull graphics — sporting, say, Mickey Mouse ears — on his sweaters. “Maybe Wal-Mart will replace their smiley-face with a tête de mort,” he added, using the French term for skull. “It’s lost its meaning.”
Well, it still has one meaning for Mr. Pellat-Finet, whose latest skull sweaters are embellished with Afros and top hats, among other images. Asked if he will stop using the motif, he responded with a chuckle: “No, no, no. It’s my best seller!”
So I'm wondering whether Shreveporters or those reading SptBlog are selling products sporting the skull. Are we on the bandwagon? Making money while the skull shines?
As far as I can tell, artists should incorprate the balded head whenever possible. In the 90's I made a Halloween / Dia de Los Muertos T shirt for a downtown arts association. I appropriated Leonardo's nude Proportions of Man image - aka Vitruvian Man - and did a skeletal version. That T shirt, amazingly, can still be glimpsed at parties. Thanks to Michael G Moore, Chuck Loridans and a few others, it has become my most enduring graphic work.
Hey, send me a photo of your work in which the skull - despite this momentary ubiquity - is bobbing.