Thursday, December 31, 2009

Screaming Skull Bag

The terrifying fun never has to end if you're a fan of classic B and horror movies. Julia Griffin of sends us a pic of her favorite hand painted leather purse. One of many that she offers on her site.

Of course the skull bag would be my favorite also, but if I were a woman, I might consider toting around the Creature From The Black Lagoon as well. Great stuff, Julia. Thanks for sharing.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Embroidered Skull

Lauren from Lo-Fi Creations sent us this skull piece she made for her friend Peabe.


Grill C says:

I am sure your friend enjoyed this as much as we did just seeing it. Thank you for submitting your work .

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tuesdays With Tatman #30

There's a new utensil overlooking the goings on in my kitchen.

I carved this "skatula?" with my trusty dremel tool. Is there anything it can't do? Well, except maybe flip skull pancakes. That's where the skatula comes in handy.

Each Tuesday in the 3.0 year will bring a new Tuesday With Tatman. As a tribute to the Skull Master's astounding feat let's all get creative and try something new(and hopefully skull related).

Pecan Pancke Skull

Pudge is back at it with a tasty breakfast he recently had. He writes, "I don't know if anyone has made a pancake skull yet, but I was eating breakfast this morning and saw inspiration. My wife, Shannon, made pecan pancakes and he tasted just as good as he looked. I wanted to make cross bones out of bacon, but we had sausage instead. Enjoy."

Actually, the Skull Master has made vegan skull pancakes in the past, however, they did not have the nutty goodness that yours possessed. Pudge, if you still crave bacon crossbones then just go here. And what's wrong with sausage crossbones?

Monday, December 28, 2009

[UPDATE] 374. Snow (Day) Skull: MELTDOWN

I've been documenting the demise of the snow skull that I made with my friend Paul from DudeCraft. Generally snow doesn't last very long in Richmond and it almost never comes this early in the season, so it wasn't a big surprise that it's almost entirely gone in just over a week, though I was impressed how long it retained its original shape despite several days of intense sun.

Two days old...

Four days old...

Six days old...

Seven days old, after a major rain storm came through town...

Nine days old...

I'm guessing there won't be much of anything to photograph in two more days. It was fun while it lasted! FYI the original post, with "making of" photos can be found HERE.

C-Rations: 0C11110

This week’s offering is Coal and Conifer.

“Naughty List” 10" X 7.5" West Virginia Coal and recycled spruce branches arranged.

Stocking C says:

As this holiday season wraps up for another year, I thought I would share one final holiday tradition with you, the Christmas Stocking. When I awoke Christmas morning, I found my stocking filled with coal. You know what I always say... When life gives you coal, make diamonds.

Remember each Monday during the 3.0 year I am posting an original skull design. My weekly offerings are nothing compared to the one-a-day massive project done by the Skullmaster in 1.0, but hopefully you will find some nourishment in these weekly offerings.

[BONUS] Skull Notebook In Use

Adin (aka @vesper385) recently got one of my Modofly journals (featuring my Interlocking Skull pattern) and sent this awesome picture of herself with it underneath a War of the Worlds tripod in Woking, Surrey, UK!

Poetry Skull

Scardia from Chicago, IL sent us this: “A Graphic I created for a poem I wrote entitled, ‘Face Me’.”
Muse C says:

This is a beautiful piece you created. I am drawn to the soft, lighter than air appearance of this skull. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sunday Simulacra - Version 3.30

This week's round of simulacrum come from (almost) everyone's favorite woody perennial plant, the tree. Now these are not tree skulls as you might think, but they are all made possible by the loveliest thing that Joyce Kilmer ever saw.

First is this bit of woodgrain found on an entertainment center by Jana in California.

Jose Miguel Alvarez was visiting Barcelona, Spain when he discovered this newspaper skull on the ceiling at a bar called Le Journal.

And finally, Jeremy Laura of Karma Body Art in Monroe, Michigan keeps finding skulls on his paper towels that he uses while tattooing. He writes, "A while back I noticed, while I was tattooing, that from time to time when I unfolded my paper towel, a skull appeared from the way it was folded and the ink was wiped. I decided that next time I found a good one, I would send it in. This isn't the nicest one I've discovered, but it is the best one in a while."

I think that I shall never see, a skull as lovely as a tree. Although a lot of you are coming pretty close with your finds. Thanks to all of you skull hunters out there for the finds. Keep them coming to the submissions inbox and don't forget that since we only do this once a week it may take a little longer before it gets posted.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Hockey Mask Skull

Today's skull was a tag team effort from John-Paul & Renee Albinati of Williams Lake, British Columbia. They painted this mask for a friend's son. I'll bet he has the most intimidating mask of the league.

Score a goal and an assist to the Albinatis for their great work. If you are new to the hockey mask art wave then check out this site for more of the NHL's best mask art. Thanks for the submission John-Paul & Renee. Remember kids, always keep your stick on the ice, and not on someone else's skull.

Friday, December 25, 2009

[BONUS] Snow Day With Tatman

I wanted to add a bonus post for today since it is a holiday for most people around the world. I'm sure you all saw the excellent snow skull posts by Noah and Citizen Agent(here and here) and I wanted to follow suit, but I had to wait for any kind of snow here in Texas. Well, my wish was granted and we received the snow I needed. I had to take advantage of what we have because Texas doesn't always get snow like this. So I made two....

This is the snow drift skull...

And a snow ball skull...

Also, my wife was in the Skullmas spirit so she made a Santa Skull sugar cookie to wish all of you a Happy Skullidays!

[Flashback Friday] 113. Skull Pick

Flashback Friday is a weekly countdown of the fan selected top 52 skulls of Skull-A-Day 1.0. Each week I'll be posting an original skull along with some additional commentary in order from lowest to highest rated, with the #1 skull appearing in the last week of year 3 of the project...

#23: 113. Skull Pick

I found this guitar pick on the floor of a bar in NYC and carved it with a Dremel Tool. I'd love to mass produce these, anyone have a connection to a guitar pick company that might want to license the design?

Santa Skulls

All of us at Skull-A-Day would like to wish all of you Happy Holidays & a Happy New Year.

Elizabeth Valdes Morales sends us holiday greetings from Mexico with this skull.

Joanne Dhody of Design Unlimited made these patches for everyone on staff at the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Longtime fan of Skull -A-Day, Larry Pearson sent us his Holiday wishes.

Lock ,Shock, and C says:

Thank you all for submitting your holiday skulls for us to share. Wishing you all the best today, and always.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

[BONUS] 8X8 Skull In Use

A couple people have done some cool stuff with my 8x8 Skull recently...

Mike says he "Made this out of mini Rubik's Cube keychains, so I had to make it a 9x9. I'm going to do this with full sized cubes and frame, as soon as I get 9 new cubes, I'll share that when it's done."

And I discovered that Darius Kazemi is using a variation on the skull as the "GAME OVER" screen for a lo-res game he's working on...

Heavy Metal Skull

Jeff Thorsgaard of North Dakota has set the mark of achievement in the trailer hitch cover/plug world. Jeff tells us, "It is life-sized, and has a barbed-wire "Crown-of-thorns"...we call it "King of Pain" It is a receiver hitch cover/plug. A heavy one! 21 pounds!"

I really dig this one for three reasons. It's a skull, it's a truck accessory, and it is literally HEAVY METAL!(how many of you were fooled by the title?) Plus, if someone were to rear end him then they would have a skull imprint on their bumper. Awesome work, Jeff!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

[BONUS] 375. Menagerie Skull

Arranged Victorian illustrations. I created this as a proposal for a client project, but it wasn't used, so now it's an official part of Skull-A-Day. I think I may need to make a print out of it. Interested? [UPDATE] I can't make a print because the art is going to be used commercially. I'll provide the details when I can share them!

Then & Now Skulls

Karen Applegate from Portland, OR sent us these skull pieces.

The Then: “This is a paper mache skull I made back in 1996.”

The Now: “Here is a skull I made out of clay. I raku fired it with white crackle glaze.”

DeLorean C says:

Before I run “OUTATIME” here I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed seeing this two pieces together. I really like the style of skull you do that includes the tiny individual teeth. Thank you for submitting your work for us to share.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tuesdays With Tatman #29

It's still that time of year again. I hope all of you are having the happiest of Skullidays!

I used mini candy canes to make this cheery fellow. My 4 year old son only ate two of them in the process.

Each Tuesday in the 3.0 year will bring a new Tuesday With Tatman. As a tribute to the Skull Master's astounding feat let's all get creative and try something new(and hopefully skull related).

Skull-A-Day on Tour: Skulls & Teens

I did three talks to teenagers about skulls this month!

 The first one was at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for their Teen Symposium program. I was one of several invited artists asked to speak to about 100 students and art teachers from across the state. In addition to a lecture on the Skull-A-Day project I also led a workshop in which people were asked to do a mini-project on a subject of their choice. I loved all the creativity on display. A few people even chose skulls as their subject matter!...

The other two talks were for the New York Public Library (which included my book Skulls as part of their Stuff for The Teen Age 2009 list). The first was at a branch in the Bronx and the second at one in Manhattan. I enjoyed meeting the young people that came out and seemed to have make an impression on at least one, as evidenced in this doodle that was drawn while I was talking...

I am available to do talks/workshops in other cities, so if you know of a university, museum, or group that would be interested in bringing me out please get in touch.

For The Love Of Candy Skull

This delicious looking piece of confection comes from artist Royalsteez. He tells us, "Last year Damien Hirst exposed his 'For the love of God' in Amsterdam. I immediately was inspired to cover a skull with yellow handmade sweets (passionfruit flavour) and exposed it not more than a mile away from the real deal. I gave it the name "For the love of Candy".

Here's the creator:

Seriously, that is pretty sweet. Excellent work!

Monday, December 21, 2009

C-Rations: 0C11101

This week’s offering is Caramel.

“Sugar Great-Granddaddy” 8.5" X 6" handmade Caramel Candy, molded.

Sticky Fingers C says:

I wanted to explore another Christmas tradition this week and decided to choose the experience of making candy. Wow! What an experience it was. I commend anyone who does this on a regular basis. Caramel is a temperamental item to cook and to play with, but if you want to give it a go here is the place I got my info from. Just a word of warning, watch out for boiling sugar, and don't worry, great-granddad will find a good home this holiday season.

Remember each Monday during the 3.0 year I am posting an original skull design. My weekly offerings are nothing compared to the one-a-day massive project done by the Skullmaster in 1.0, but hopefully you will find some nourishment in these weekly offerings.

Another 365 Skulls!

Skull-A-Day fan Eric De La Fuente in Los Angeles, was inspired by my work to start 365 Skulls, his very own year long skull making challenge! He's already a month in and doing some amazing work. Here's a sampling of my favorites so far...

You should definitely add 365 Skulls to your daily reading list if you need more skulls in your life!


Gloria from Sacramento, CA said: “ I love skulls and all things skully. Here are some of my holiday skull creations. I use polymer clay to hand sculpt each skull and then I adhere them onto purchased snowflakes for a festive holiday look.”

Six Sided C says:

With today being the official first day of winter I thought these snowflakes would be appropriate to share. I really like the look of these skulls. They fit in very well for their intended holiday use. Thank you for sharing them with us.

If any of you get the desire to start making your own snowflakes on this first day of winter, here are great instructions of how to fold the paper to get the correct number of sides. Also to our friends in the Summer Hemisphere, happy first day of summer, but think cool thoughts with some snowflakes.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Skull-A-Day Press: Bent Objects Interview

My friend Terry Border recently interviewed me as part of a new series on artists he's doing on his fantastic Bent Objects blog!

You can read the entire thing HERE.

[BONUS] C-Rations: 12·19·09

This week’s [BONUS] offering is cold

“Global Warming” 18" x 18" snow with coal pieces

Copenhagen C says:

We had a little bit of snow here, and being inspired by the Skullmaster’s 373. Snow Skull I set out to make my own. I had no idea that when I got home last night I would find 374. Wow how can I top that?

Today's skull is dedicated to all that has happened this week in Copenhagen, did anyone else find it interesting that President Obama left the conference early to avoid the pending winter weather? I left this skull where I made it for others to find. If no one disturbs it, the coal will remain after the snow is gone a fitting commentary on the future of our winter enjoyment if we don't act to seek out energy alternatives to coal and cut our greenhouse emissions.

Remember each Monday during the 3.0 year I am posting an original skull design. My weekly offerings are nothing compared to the one-a-day massive project done by the Skullmaster in 1.0, but hopefully you will find some nourishment in these weekly offerings.

Sunday Simulacra - Version 3.29

You are going to love today’s simulacra a bushel and a peck.

Lexa in Richmond, VA shared this with us: “Tonight's dinner, [stuffed butternut squash local, from the Farm to Family bus], was made on a whim using ingredients already on hand. One half of the finished product inadvertently appeared to me as a skull.”

Miranda Benham in Riverside, CA wrote: “I found this skull while peeling potatoes for dinner!”

Amy Dilling from Orange County, CA said: “I was shopping at the local farmers' market and snapped a picture of this Heirloom Tomato Skull. ”
Hand Picked C says:

Another round of great skulls brought to us by mother nature. It seems like it has been a long time since the summer markets, but before we know they will be open again. Thank you all for keeping your eyes peeled (especially you Miranda) for simulacra and taking the time to submit your finds.

Keep sending those pictures in to our submissions address. Just keep in mind that since we only post simulacra once a week it might take a little longer than normal for it to be posted.