The Book of Skulls

By Faye Dowling

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  • Paperback
  • 164 illustrations
  • 160 pages
  • 180 x 140 mm
  • ISBN 9781856697002
  • Published August 2011

The skull is one of the most recognizable symbols of today’s contemporary visual culture. Adorning T-Shirts, badges and rock memorabilia as the ultimate symbol of anarchy and rebellion, the image of the skull has found its way into the vocabulary of urban life.

In response to this cultural phenomenon, The Book of Skulls presents a cool visual guide to the skull, charting its rebirth through music and street fashion to become today’s ultimate anti-establishment icon. From the Grateful Dead to skater punk graffiti, from haute-couture to Damien Hirst, this book is the ultimate collection of iconic and unusual skull motifs.

Packaged in an amazing 'skeleton' binding and drawing together artwork from music, fashion, street art and graphic design, The Book of Skulls is a celebration of one of today’s most iconic cultural symbols.

About the Author

Faye Dowling is a freelance editor, curator and art buyer specializing in photography, illustration, design, and contemporary visual culture. She has worked for magazines including Dazed & Confused, Varoom, Frieze, Eye, Edit and Pictured.

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'The Book of Skulls is an excellent reminder for creative professionals and students that there are ways to breathe fresh life into subject matter that is often fuel for clichés.'

Anna Steinberg, AOI

'The Book of Skulls, a look at the skull as graphic symbol is far from an exercise in morbidity, instead offering a range of contemporary renderings of the subject in myriad forms.' 

Creative Review

'From ancient sculptures to the Damien Hirst, via Shakespeare's Yorick and the Grateful Dead, the skull has reigned as an omnipresent and multi-layered symbol in human culture.'

Eye Magazine

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