- 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: #1,304,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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SKULLS Paperback – October 7, 2008
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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.Read more ›
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.”
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Most creative use of many many many mediums. I would recommend this to any of my wild and crazy friends!Published on January 26, 2014 by Suzann Collins
I used Noah's 365 Skulls as inspiration for my own year long project. I missed his blog as he did his project so I am very glad to see his skulls in book form. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by Vicki Jurica
The book itself is awsome, but it's price is ridiculous. I saw this book at Barnes & Noble for around twenty-five to thirty dollars. Read morePublished on December 14, 2012 by Mike
An inspirational book that motivates the reader to look at a subject from a variety of perspectives and create a multitude of different results.Published on December 11, 2012 by artsy dude
Too bad this book is out of print. Noah Scanlin's endless creativity is very inspiring. A great book for artists, Halloween enthusiasts, or anyone wanting to see what imagination... Read morePublished on November 26, 2012 by J
Creative dedication. That's what artist Noah Scalin has. As part of a 365 project (making a piece of art EVERY SINGLE DAY for a year), the Richmond, VA artist chose to work around... Read morePublished on April 21, 2012 by MagicTricks.com
Interesting book if you are fascinated with skulls. Creative interpretations of the subject matter with interesting materials. great size. not to big or clumsy. Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by Marilyn Guadagno
a wonderful compilation of photographs, edited to entertain you with so many ideas, & the challenges that each person contributed to a now,pop-icon. Read morePublished on November 4, 2011 by ilovedrops
This book is everything you ever wanted to see about skulls.
Its amazing how many ways skulls can be created.