Thursday, July 31, 2008

[BONUS UPDATE] The Fate of #262 (Alas, poor Mr.) Potato Skull

On February 20th my skull for the day was a carved potato: #262 (Alas, poor Mr.) Potato Skull

One day later I posted a picture of how it had aged:

In the intervening five months it has sat drying out in various places in my house, most recently on the mantle (along with a bunch of other skulls I haven't put into storage yet). It's only carved on the one side and I left the peel on the back side. That side started to grow a few eyes, but then dried out and sucked inward making it concave! Aside from some flaky pieces around the edges which are breaking off the majority of it is now rock solid (and about 2.5 x 2.5 in [6.35 x 6.335 cm])...

Snooker Skull

Trevor A. Gordon made this amazing cue chalk carving...

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Skull-A-Day Press: The New Yorker

Skull-A-Day featured 0n The New Yorker website's Book Bench on 07/30/2008. Check out article here!
On 07/30/2008

Shattered Skull

Mike in Cocoa, Florida says, "Here is a skull that I made from the shattered remains of my car's passenger window after I busted it out"...

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

T-Skull SALE!

Hey folks I want to make a new T-skull, but I've got to clear out some space first so I'm putting the remaining Ornament(al) and 13 Line shirts on SALE for 25% OFF!

Buy a 13 Line Skull shirt on sale for just $15 HERE!
Buy an Ornament(al) Skull shirt on sale for just $18.75 HERE!

Voting for a new T-skull design will start soon!

Fruity Skull

Angela in Alaska made this great skull (and companions) out of fruit stickers!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Steak Skull

Well it took ├╝ber fan Justin Lovorn A.K.A. Tatman to finally get a carnivore skull up here! He says, "I know it's not gonna be your favorite, being vegetarian and all, and it goes against the veggie idea, but I have a new submission for all of the meat eaters. I was having lunch at work when I noticed this guy smiling at me. A couple of choice cuts (pun intended) later and here he is. I'll try to come up with a veggie skull also to even things out."

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sunday Simulacra - Round 4

Jack Koloskus found this sneaky fellow hiding in his turkey grease...

Michelle Ramsey discovered this skull house in the Haight/Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco...

and Mia spotted this one in a brake light while driving in Los Angeles...

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Longhorn Skull

Larry Pierson has made yet another incredible steel skull sculpture (skullpture?). The piece is 17 x 20 x 14 in (43cm x 51cm x 35.5cm) and if you want to buy it Larry will give you a $500 discount on it if you mention Skull-A-Day! Check out more of his works on his site HERE.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Naughty (but Safe For Work) Skull

My friend Igor of Driven By Boredom made this custom ping pong paddle for naughty behavior (shown just after use)...

UPDATE: Igor has posted an Instructable on how to make your own custom paddle HERE!

Thursday, July 24, 2008


I couldn't resist passing along this call for entries for the appropriately themed "Death Show" in Winnipeg, Canada which opens August 21st. Details below...

More info HERE.

Skull Dollz

Couchgirl 13 from Ontario, Canada made these fantastic Skull Dollz! She says, "The man like one is Skully Stan and the other is Skully Kitty Scruff. Stan died during surgery to remove his gall bladder. And Scruff died chewing on, his favorite, electrical cords, as you can tell by his 'frizzy' tail. Scruff's scare is from when he was neutured. lol I now have a Skully Biker Bunny who had an unfortunate accident while riding his motorbike one day, but he's not completely finished. They're made of reused terry cloth towels and a suede shirt I found at the thrift store."

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Collection Skull - Runners Up

I got several Collection Skull submissions just after the winning seven came in and all got runner up prizes!...

Alex in Argentina made this one from mini-DV tapes of his own video work!

Flaming Atheist made this one from his Star Wars figures collection...

from Corpus Christi, Texas made this from her plug collection for her stretched ears (5/8in if you're wondering)...

Nieves Uhl from Nashville, TN dismantled her mantle top skull/skeleton collection to make this one...

AND an honorable mention to Brandon Cariveau who sent in this one made from his "collection" of sticky notes mere minutes after the contest was announced...

Better Red Than Dead Skull

A beautifully spooky acrylic on canvas painting by Sarah Lynn Duncan of Midland, Michigan!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Collection Skull - Winner #7

Congratulations to Taylor who is the seventh and final Collection Skull winner with this one made from jewelry!...

Stay tuned for the runners up tomorrow!

Welcome Death Skull

A lovely watercolor painted postcard from Leann Meixner...

Monday, July 21, 2008

Collection Skull - Winner #6

Congratulations to Becka from New York (but currently in Pittsburgh) AKA Doomination (the person who suggested this contest) is the sixth Collection Skull winner with one made from hubcaps and license plates she's found on the side of the road!...

As a bonus she also made two from her shot glas collection...

Rocker Chick Skull

This fun painting "Sashi Rocks On" is from Sarrah S. Steiner in Atlanta, Georgia! She says, "This is my inner-self-portrait/unofficial mascot for my website, While I don't play bass (or any instrument for that matter), I do have the pink in my hair and do wear at least one skull item a day. A rocker chick just isn't a rocker chick without at least 1 skull in her outfit, right? ;-)" She also told me that Skull-A-Day was one of her inspirations to get back into making art work!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

[UPDATE] Skull of Cabbage: The Movie

Well, no real changes in the Skull of Cabbage since last week, so perhaps it's reached a point of stasis. In place of a new image here's a great little video of the Cabbage's progression, made by Alex in Argentina!

p.s. You can watch it in higher quality on the YouTube page HERE. The option is under the number of views.

Collection Skull - Winner #5

Congratulations to Maria who is the fifth Collection Skull winner with this more abstract piece made with 520 corks she's been saving for years!...

Sunday Simulacra - Round 3

Richard in Berlin, Germany spotted this skull hiding on his own property...

David Brown spied this guy in a truck's wheel well...

Jim Lein in Fargo, North Dakota says, "I work at an anonymous navigation system production office and noticed this skull simulacra while mapping texture to a 3D landmark of ours." Me, I see at least two in this view, how about you?...

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Collection Skull - Winner #4

Congratulations to Hank who is the fourth Collection Skull winner with this 3-D glasses creation...
His e-mail signature said he's walking 60 miles to fight breast cancer. You can support his effort HERE.

Holster Skull

David Brown a custom sheath and holster maker in Arizona created this incredible skull shaped one for a gun...

Friday, July 18, 2008

Collection Skull - Winner #3

Congratulations to Mike Griffey from New Hampshire who is the third Collection Skull winner with this one made from 61 Jone's Soda bottles...

P.S. I've already got my seven winning submissions, but I'm offering a few runner up prizes as well, so if you've got something awesome in the works, why not send it in anyway!

Hopeless Old Men on Skateboards Skull

My friend Mark Conahan (who did all of the hard work making my Skullphabets into fonts!) shared an appropriate episode of his comic Hopeless Old Men on Skateboards....

Read more and buy his book HERE.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Collection Skull - Winner #2

Congratulations to Mike who is the second Collection Skull winner with this 5 x 4 ft (1.5m x 1.2m) piece made out of 58 regular decks of cards, 1 mini deck and 8 cards from jumbo decks...

Bottlecap Skulls

Borkmadjai in France made this lovely fellow...

And Wendy Edsall-Kerwin in Elizabethtwon, PA made this sweet one from caps from beer her and her husband drank "over the past 6 months or so"...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Collection Skull - Winner #1

Congratulations to Balint Markus from Hungary who is the first Collection Skull winner with this appropriate material...

[BONUS] Sidekick Skull

Frequent commenter Arbyn, created a fun custom Sidekick screen using my Sketchy Skull and Skullphabet font!

Bacteria Skull

Niall Hamilton is a part-time microbiologist in New Zeland, who creates "art on agar"! In this case he made this fantastic skull with a "run-of-the-mill ubiquitous environmental species" of bacteria on sheep blood agar (shown after 2 days incubation)...

You can see more of his work HERE.

He says he's working on a fungal skull as well, which I'll gladly post when I get it!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

[CONTEST] Collection Skulls

OK it's time for another contest! Thanks for all of your great ideas, this one was suggested by Doomination...

Make a skull out of your collection.
What do you have a lot of? Shoes? Autographs? Star Trek Collectibles? Skulls? Arrange them in a skull shape and take a picture and send it in! (The ususal submission rules apply).

The first 7 submissions (that I like!) will win one of the limited edition Ornament(al) Skull prints. I'll post the winners one a day as they come in so you'll know how much time is left to submit.

Now get to it!

UPDATE: Take your time and make something good! Winners will be selected at my discretion based on collection materials and quality of photography.

UPDATE 2: I've got all of my winners! Thanks everyone for your submissions! Stay tuned for more contests in the coming months...

LP Skull

Corrine aka Jafabrit created this excellent painting in acrylic on an old vinyl record!

Monday, July 14, 2008

[UPDATE] Gear (Head) Skull Redux

Before dismantling #341 Gear (Head) Skull, my friend Dave spraypainted over the entire thing and left a semi-permanent version on the floor of his workshop at Scoot Richmond! Here's the picture he took of the resulting image...

Camera Skull

Wayne Martin Belger, whose work was featured in a Braincase previously, shared this simply fantastic camera "Yama" he made out of a real 500 year old Tibetan skull...

And here's a bonus photo he made with one of his cameras...

Sunday, July 13, 2008

[UPDATE] Skull of Cabbage: Day 47

A rather drastic change in the Skull of Cabbage after more big storms and hot weather! It got totally overwhelmed by the fungus/mold that appeared on it last week. It had a rich deep green color for a little bit while it was wet, but now it's basically black and feels like it is dry all the way through. At this point it has shrunk to only about 2.5 x 2.5 x 3in [ 6 x 6 x 8cm]. Are there still more surprises in store or has it reached the end of its lifespan?

If you're wondering what this is all about, you can follow the Cabbage's progression HERE.

Skull-A-Day Press: Blog Of The Day Awards

Skull-A-Day featured 0n the Blog Of The Day Awards website on Sunday, July 13, 2008. Check out the award here!

Sunday Simulacra - Round 2

Neil Brock of Vancouver B.C., Canada found this scary looking rock formation on Saturna Island in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia...

My friend Carol found this spooky fellow in the yard of a house she rented in Santa Fe, New Mexico...

And Ale Psycho from Milan, Italy discovered this sneaky "teschio" upon waking up...