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SKULLS Paperback – October 7, 2008

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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600593755
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600593758
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 7.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,549,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kasia S. VINE VOICE on October 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
The first time I have stumbled upon this magnificent little book was during lazy browsing on Amazon, it looked cute so I added it to my wishlist. Few weeks later I was browsing my favorite bookstore and lo and behold, this was near the Halloween section ( my favorite section haha) and of course I had to at least take a look at this but after seeing 4, 5 pages I simply had to have it so home with me it went.

I remember the first time I became fascinated with the actual image of the skull, it was a superficial moment when one of my favorite fashion designers, Chloe, ran a tee shirt with a glittery gold bunny skull with a bow, the shirt was made famous when Sex and The City (love the show) had one of the characters wear it and I went gaga over the image. Ever since I liked the shape, I think most people consider it morbid or scary but in fact I agree with the author of the book, it represents respect for life and the mystery of it all. Every human being has a skull (now whether most people have something inside it is another topic) so why not deem it as something worthy of attention? Art all over the world represents it in fascinating ways and each culture has its own way of admitting its beauty and rendering it immortal, whether for Halloween or any other holiday.

This book is absolutely amazing, the first time I sat down and read it cover to cover I wanted to make my own project, in the end there is a section that lets the reader download or accomplish something from this book and make it themselves. Noah has made one skull a day for a year from some of the most random items in the house and on the street. There is the rice skull arranged with chopsticks, one carved out of an old computer mouse, even toy soldiers arranged to look like a skull.
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This book is a series of examples from the author's blog where he creates a skull a day out of various materials. He's incredibly creative using such items as computer keys, bubble wrap, petroleum jelly, army guys and more to create skulls. I bought the book two days ago and I've already gone through it three times, and it's inspired me to start a daily art project of my own.
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The book is a real tribute to the author’s combination of imagination and determination, and as such it is sure to be an inspiration to other artists and would-be artists. I can recommend it, not only to anyone who likes weird art in general and skulls in particular, but to anyone who wants to see a playful yet serious and wide-ranging response to a self-issued challenge. The challenge was to make a skull every day for a year, using different media each time. All 365 skulls are not shown here, but I believe they can be found on the blog that Scalin issued during the project, [...]

Although some of the skulls are recognizable mainly by courtesy, others are quite striking, and above all, the range of media involved is impressive—everything from pancakes to pushpins stuck into a telephone pole. Some of the skulls were indoor projects, while others, like the pushpin one, were done outdoors in city streets. Most of the skulls were either destroyed/recycled after being photographed or left for other people to find and be boggled by. As a bonus, Scalin includes photos of some skulls that other people made following his example and, sometimes, using skull stencils he supplied. He also makes a few explicit directions for skull projects that readers can do, but of course the whole book is a gallery of inspiration in that line.

Scalin attaches a brief note to each skull, naming the medium he used and, sometimes, adding a comment about the work or his experience in creating it. He makes a point of telling us that everything is organic and/or recycled (either before or after being turned into a skull); for instance, he specifies that the egg into which he drilled a skull-shaped set of holes was a “local, organic, free-range egg.” (I could just see those eggs rolling happily around their range.) This seemed rather unnecessary to me, but no doubt it was part of the thrust of Scalin’s day-job specialty, “socially conscious design.”
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THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME. WOW! WHAT THIS ARTIST COULD DO MAKING 150 SKULLS FOR 150 DAYS.
I SHOWED MY FRIENDS AND THEY LOVED IT.
I THINK HE IS GIFTED. I MEAN MAKING SKULLS OUT OF RICE, SOAP SUDS, PASTA, VEGETABLES AND ON AND ON. SO INTERESTING.
ANYONE WHO LOVES SKULLS WILL LOVE THIS BOOK. CANNOT SAY MORE BECAUSE IT IS ALL PHOTOS AND YOU MUST BUY IT AND I AM SURE YOU WILL ENJOY IT AND LAUGH AND BE ENTERTAINED.
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Whether you are a casual reader or fervent fan of Skulladay.com, this book is a much needed addition to anyone's coffee table. The book's many pictures are beautifully laid out, documenting many of Mr. Scalin's original work from the first half of his year-long project.
Included in this book is Mr. Scalin's thoughtful introduction to the project, as well as "Do It Yourself" skulls that allow the reader to experience Skull-A-Day at home.
What impressed me most about this book was Mr. Scalin's inclusion of projects his readers completed after being inspired by his work. This gesture illustrates Mr. Scalin's reverence for his readers and shows the development of his project into a communal movement in which he was inspired by others as much as he inspired them.
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