Few symbols are more powerful than the human skull. On signs and labels, it’s an immediate and unequivocal statement of danger. As a theme in art and design, that sense of warning is transformed. Skulls become an edgy aesthetic statement, a rueful reminder of mortality, or even objects of whimsical fun.
Here are a few bone-rattlingly good takes on this iconic motif.
A cheerily macabre teapot adds unexpected flavor to a cup of tea.
A teeny skull necklace is perfect for those times you feel just a tiny bit goth.
A hint of mortality makes cookies taste even sweeter.
Inky shadows and luminous highlights create a mood of hazy mystery.
This rough-hewn skull evokes the grim decorations on old tombstones.
A patch with two stitched skulls waits to adorn a backpack, jacket or favorite pair of jeans.
Make bone-chilling music with this unique single-stringed instrument.
The impression on this handmade pendant comes from a vintage French seal heralding the inevitability of mortality.
Layered and letterpressed, skulls become a striking pattern.
Malevolent eyes of glittering diamond peer out from this incredible memento mori.
A tiny crocheted skull waits to adorn your little finger or the top of a favorite pen.