The Book of Skulls

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The Book of Skulls by Faye Dowling.


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The Book of Skulls

The skull is one of the most recognizable symbols of today’s contemporary visual culture. Since its 1970’s renaissance in the iconic album designs of bands such as the Grateful Dead, the skull has found its way into the visual vocabulary of urban life, adorning T-Shirts, badges and rock memorabilia as the ultimate symbol of anarchy and rebellion.

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Repurposed and recast by artists, illustrators and designers, it has become one of the most iconic cultural symbols of our time. In response to this cultural phenomenon, The Book of Skulls presents a cool visual guide to the skull, charting its rebirth through music and street fashion to become today’s ultimate anti-establishment icon. From Black Sabbath to Cypress Hill, skater punk graffiti to Gothic tattoos, from high-couture to Hello Kitty and Dali to Damien Hirst, this book is the ultimate collection of cool and iconic skull motifs. Drawing together artwork from music, fashion, street art and graphic design The Book of Skulls is a celebration of one of today’s most iconic cultural symbols.

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Faye Dowling is a freelance editor, curator and art buyer specializing in photography, illustration, design, and contemporary visual culture. She has worked for magazines including Dazed & Confused, Varoom, Frieze, Eye, Edit and Pictured.

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You can buy this book from Amazon:    The Book of Skulls


If you like skulls you may be interested in these books:

Skulls: An Exploration of Alan Dudley’s Curious Collection

The Day of the Dead: El Dia De Los Muertos

The Day of the Dead: A Pictorial Archive of Dia de Los Muertos (Dover Pictorial Archive)


SKULL STYLE: Skulls in Contemporary Art and Design (NEON CAMOUFLAGE COVER)

Mike Giant: Muerte (36 Chambers)


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