It's officially the countdown to Halloween.
Call me a weirdo, but I've always been attracted to skulls. As a kid growing up in Colorado I had a little shelf devoted to my nature finds, many of which were little found animal skulls. In high school I dyed my hair pink and wore skull wristbands (I was so punk rock, I know). As a grown up I buy skull art from my world travels. I believe this skully-appreciation is assisted by the fact that as an artist I have a well-developed appreciation for the curvature as well as the highlights and shadows of a skull. I really respect a well painted or photographed skull. There is an essence to them. Some sort of personality exists within each skull. Perhaps due to this, I am also partial to skulls as home décor. Now, you might be surprised to learn that I'm not the biggest fan of Halloween. I just don't really care much for over-done ghoulish decorations and an overabundance of that fake spider webbing that you can never fully peal out of your bushes. I don't love getting dressed up or kids ringing my doorbell. I appreciate Halloween for two things:
- Easy access to a crap-ton of candy in the grocery store,
- Skull decor available at places I normally shop.
I have a few really cool hand-painted skulls that I've picked up on trips to Mexico displayed on a bookshelf and a jade skull from studying abroad in Taiwan, but am always open to add more to my collection. Lately I have my eye on a carved stone or quartz skull. Below are some of my favorites, including some more morbid Halloween-y options like a bleeding skull candle and a fancy flocked throw pillow to add a little pizazz to your Halloween fête.
Remember! Skulls don't have to be saved for Halloween! They add a little mystery and intrigue to any home. I’ve seen some really beautiful decorating with filigree skulls or skull etched martini glassware. A gold skull looks chic and glam on bar cart, bookcase or coffee table tray and I love the rustic-eclectic touch a found or flea marketed animal skull adds to a wall or a shelf.
Make sure you take advantage of the season and pick up your own skull decorative piece. After all, they're not just for witches and Hot Topic-shoppers!
Have your own cool skull art or relics? I want to see 'em!!!!