death's head symbol: designboom article death's head symbol: designboom article
jul 01, 2004

death's head symbol: designboom article

you might want to express your inner pirate

 

there is a definite seriousness to the human skull.bound by mortality, death’s head has long been themark we associate with secret societies, toxicsubstances and black-flagged pirate ships servingmost commonly as a warning to those who fearputting their lives at risk.dangerous and horrific, this image certainly doesn’tseem like an obvious icon for fashionable living.which is why it’s surprising that not only does thismark turn up on this days tattoos, t-shirts, trucker hats,but also must-have designer toys, so what’s the deal?is the human skull still the same signifier it once was,from ancient iconography to its appearance alongsidea history of alienated youth culture – or is it placed in therunning for some kind of image makeover?

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