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Happy Skull Appreciation Day!

We were recently informed by @hi_im_monkey that today, June 4, is Skull Appreciation Day. Let’s celebrate!

Skull Appreciation Day is the brainchild (skullchild?) of Noah Scalin of Skull-a-Day, a fantastic exploration of skull art and pareidolia that everyone should check out. If you live in Richmond, VA consider attending the official event at Gallery 5. For those of us that live in other parts of the world, consider this a skull appreciation open thread.

More skulls after the jump!

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Surly Amy sometimes makes sugar skull jewelry, and has also been drawing space and DNA sugar skulls:

Donna found a cool skeletal font by photographer Francois Robert and wrote out the word “skulls:”

UPDATE: I had not read through the linked article until now, and I need to emphasize just how amazing this typeface is: the letters are photographs of formations of actual human bones. Hell yes.


I took this photo of pig skulls at a pork belly dinner in Houston:

Professor Donald Johanson with the Australopithecus skull he discovered in 1974 that belongs to the skeleton we call “Lucy:”


Do you guys have any skull art or inspiration to share? We’d love to see it in the comments!


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Anne Sauer is an atheist with an appetite for science, good food, and making connections between the two. She is currently pursuing her MBA in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. Her favorite foods are salted caramel ice cream and chicken tikka masala. You can find her on twitter @aynsavoy.


  1. June 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Protect your skull with this phrenology helmet! (Not actually scientific, despite the -ology)

    Found: Hand Painted Phrenology Helmet

  2. June 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Nice (despite the pseudo-science)! Some of her other painted helmets are also quite lovely:

  3. June 4, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I like my old laptop bag, which is pretty and skully all at once. It is just too small for all my stuff right now 🙁



  4. June 4, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Skull-flowers, cool!

  5. June 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I made a few necklaces will skull beads –
    and here

  6. June 6, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    My most favorite skull – Fritz Scholder Blood Skull Drawing [Artist’s Blood and Diet Coke]

  7. June 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm
  8. June 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Awesome. Thanks for continuing to contribute stuff here, guys!

  9. June 7, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    arenaldi is one of my bestest besties and her collection of skull-related objets d’art is astounding. So thanks to Anne S. for making my friend’s day!

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