Telling the Stories of Oaxaca
Sofia, Bulgaria-born and NYC-based artist Snejina Latev escaped to Oaxaca at the end of last year, leaving the city (and its mental baggage) for a few months to create work in a new environment. After falling in love with the city of Mexican artisans...
Peacock Feather Memento Mori
Across myriad religions and ancient myths, the peacock feather has always carried a positive symbolic meaning, especially that of renewal. Porcelain manufactory of the Bavarian crown, Nymphenburg, has incorporated the avian emblem into their works...
Death From Above
If you're not familiar with the name Steven Vogel, it's likely you've seen his work before; be it his pioneering music and menswear blog, his expert projects for Burton and Levi's, or his brazen T-shirt and print designs created under the moniker Black...
Van Doren Halloween Print Era
Paying tribute to the brand's humble beginnings rooted in 1970s and '80s skate culture, Vans continues to reissue vintage prints as part of the Van Doren Collection. One of the latest to get bumped back into production—and just in time for Halloween...
Egg-A-Matic Hard-Boiled Egg Mold
Inject some life—or, rather, a hint of death—into your snack with the Egg-a-Matic skull mold from Fred & Friends. A yoke becomes a delicious, protein-rich brain to scoop out of whites formed to resemble some pretty spooky remains.
3D-Printed Skull Planter
Make a clear style statement and add some personality to your home with a 3D-printed, full-scale skull planter. Each is made to order, so you're free to pick from any color via the PMS, RGB, CMYK or HSV scales. The angular piece offers plants a happy...
"Light of the Moon, Embers of the Evening" by Talon Jewelry
We first took note of Talon's mystical jewelry by way of their vintage vial amulettes back in 2010. Their newest line, called "Light of the Moon, Embers of the Evening," once again invokes the ancient and the magical, making use of the Tudor rose...
The Last Laugh
Take a bite out of death with "The Last Laugh," a pair of watches from Mr. Jones that sport hour and minute readouts on the bare teeth of human skulls. The hour marking on the upper teeth uses a "jump hour" feature that flips the time over on the...
Anatomica di Revolutis
The last time Joshua Harker took to Kickstarter, the 3D-printing artist broke records—his "Crania Anatomica" became the most funded sculptural project in the history of the platform. His second project, "Anatomica di Revolutis" (roughly...
Le Punk Français
Street artist Ludo takes to the gallery with "Le Punk Français," an installation-meets-exhibition that deals with themes of metamorphosis and global issues. Among the many transformations that occur at the artist's hand are a mosquito turned...
Conjuring Arts Playing Cards
We visited Bill Kalush last year and learned about the Conjuring Arts Research Center—his hidden library of rare texts and artifacts related to the history of magic. The center is also a community hub for the occult, publishing the biannual...
Cool Hunting c/o Quarterly Co: Shipment Two
Back in November 2011, we announced our partnership with the subscription service Quarterly Co., which offers users the chance to receive gifts in the mail from a roster of design-minded contributors four times per year. For the second shipment...
Long lauded as a dark symbol of the occult, the skull has endured a rather fashionable resurgence in recent years. Cataloging some of the most intriguing and sometimes unnerving displays of the symbol's use is Skull Style, a newly released visual...
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Bell & Ross BR 01 Airborne Watch
Launching exclusively at vogue Parisian shop Colette next week, the BR 01 Airborne by aviation watch experts Bell & Ross is a chic tribute to U.S. Airborne paratroopers in memory of D-Day. The first to reach a danger zone and the first to go...
The Great Frog London Jewelry Online Store
Fans of bold, rock n' roll jewelry will be excited learn that cult jewelry store The Great Frog recently joined the 21st century by launching an online store that carries. This family business, located just off London's bustling Carnaby Street...
Frankie Table Lamp
Brazilian designer Fernando Akasaka continues to impress, this time with Frankie, a skull-shaped table lamp with eyes that emits piercing light beams. Using luxe materials like those in his recent and fun Cowboy Junkie saddle stool, the 11-pound...
Nightmares, conspiracy theories, mystic symbolism and allegories on family tragedy are all fodder for Brooklyn-based artist Ken Madore's work. Crafting obsessively-detailed and intricate works of ink on paper—often on a huge scale—...
Rise and Fall Floral Love Pillow
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Cool Hunting favorites Rise and Fall created a romantic heart-shaped pillow that wouldn't be complete without their hint of macabre. The Brooklyn-based design collective designed this black and white floral...
Picking up where H.R. Giger left off, Christopher Conte makes some pretty menacing bio-mechanical sculptures of robot insects and Terminator-esque skulls. It's nice to see the techno-goth flame still burning brightly.
I Am As You Will Be: The Skeleton In Art
While some have already dismissed skull imagery as a passing trend, we think when it's done right it can be a timeless memento mori. If you're anything like us, you're going to enjoy "I Am As You Will Be: The Skeleton In Art,"...
Santa Muerte Summer 2007: Renegados
While often accredited to '80s punk nostalgia, the lingering obsession with skulls in fashion also owes a debt to Mexico's Dia de los Muertos traditions. It's that Mexican heritage that fuels Santa Muerte's latest line of tees and...
Mouse Skull Necklace
Skulls might be last year's thing but to me they transcend fad, and I know I'm not alone. This little mouse skull is made of oxidized silver and cast from a found original. Crafted in Brooklyn by Andrea Gentl and India d'Arthenay of Thorn...
Skull Stationery by D.L. & Company
Blank note cards with a black tissue lined envelope featuring an engraved skull design. Perfect gift giving for the Absinthe-inclined. Each card is 5.5 x 7.5 in a black boxed, exquisitely packaged, set of 12. $58, Buy it at BASE
From Southern California designer and motorcycle enthusiast Mitchell Binder. A sterling silver skull on a plain sterling chain, much like we imagine a biker might wear. Chain is 19" long. $215, Buy it at BASE