by Noah Scalin
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Skulls by Noah Scalin

On June 4th, 2007, artist Noah Scalin came up with an ingenious idea: he cut a skull out of orange paper and posted it online with the note, "I’m making a skull image every day for a year.” His uniquely witty works became a wild success: five months later, nearly 250,000 people have visited the site, many sending in skull photos of their own and turning Scalin’s blog into one of the world’s top sites.

Why skulls? Noah answers, "why not?” He’s always found them fascinating—and these days, they’re found on everything from t-shirts to bumper stickers. But nothing equals Noah’s incredibly beautiful, odd, and often humorous pieces: they’re made from an astounding variety of materials, from toothpaste to melted candle wax, from tea leaves to plastic straws. One is even carved into a watermelon! (Yes, it was eaten.)

Each of the 150 skulls shown is accompanied by a brief description and fun anecdotal stories. As a bonus, there are four skull projects to make. Irresistibly merging pop, Internet, and craft culture, this fantastic collection provides an inspiring example of how to find creative potential in every aspect of daily life.

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ISBN-13: 9781600593758
Publisher: Lark Books NC
Publication date: 10/07/2008
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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clopez44 More than 1 year ago
So much fun to look at and get artistic inspiration from. It shows that Art can be from anything- all you need is a little imagination.
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Kasia_S More than 1 year ago
The first time I have stumbled upon this magnificent little book was during lazy browsing online, it looked cute so I added it to my wishlist. Few weeks later I was browsing my favorite Barnes&Noble 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. Peanut butter and skully as he calls it was one of my favorites fallowed by a pencil with carved skulls that looked like a totem pole, arranged vegetables, carved metals, push pins and paper cups, containers of all sorts and even bread that cut open reveals a sweet surprise inside, the list goes on and on. This is such a creative and inspirational little gem that I will bee looking through it for years and smiling at the myriad ways the human mind can be creative. I recommend visiting the author's site for a taste but there is no greater joy than holding this in my hands and wondering what everyday objects I could shape and turn to a cute skull.

This is what I call a mini coffee table book, best kept by my desk in case I am desperate for some inspiration.

- Kasia S.
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If you¿re a fan of skulls or pirates, you¿ll love Noah Scalin¿s Skulls. The book contains 180 skulls created by Visionary Pirate Noah Scalin who gave himself the challenge to create a skull a day every day for a year. He created the now award winning Skull A Day blog to document his artistic efforts. The blog has created a bit of a worldwide cult following, as Skull A Day joins the motley likes of International Talk Like A Pirate Day and The Flying Spaghetti Monster. The book caught my eye while working at Barnes & Noble the other day. When I picked up Skulls and thumbed through it, every page made me smile! The book is skull eye candy for the skull! The creativity within it¿s pages made me want to get all the neighborhood kids together to make skulls, and see what they came up with. Most of Noah's skulls are made up from found objects, and everyday stuff just lying around the house. He even had skulls made from vegetables from his community supported agriculture group, which inspired me to finally get to my local Farmer's Market today. As a pirate, I found myself in the ironic situation of having laryngitis on Talk Like A Pirate Day this year. As Arrgghing was out of the question, I decided to stay home and join the Skull Art Movement by creating my first skull. I believe that the legalization of the industrial crop hemp is the best answer to saving and restructuring our economy, so in a pirate¿s ode to hemp, I created a skull out of hemp seeds and peanut butter and titled it ¿The Seeds of Revolution, Skull of Hemp Seeds.¿ It was so much fun, that I made a second skull out of angel hair pasta, meatballs and black olives for the Flying Spaghetti Monster. I¿ve now created 3 skulls in 3 days. Warning: Skull Art is definitely contagious. Art is good for the soul. A skull a day just might keep the doctor away. Thanks to Noah Scalin for getting me off the computer and back into the land of hands on art! Skulls makes for a fun, happy, coffee table book that just might inspire you to make your own skull. Skulls is the perfect gift for pirates of all ages. Make sure to track it down and have a peek next time you¿re at Barnes & Noble! You'll probably be smitten.