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Butterfly Eye - Marko Popadic

Butterfly Eye - Marko Popadic

Sculpture by Matthew Day Jackson

This skull was deformed by binding wood to the skull of a new born baby, a common Inca practice.  - Yucay valley, Peru. -  
Photo by Dennis Jarvis

This skull was deformed by binding wood to the skull of a new born baby, a common Inca practice.  - Yucay valley, Peru. -  

Photo by Dennis Jarvis

Canine Remains
Dog skull in the desert.

Canine Remains

Dog skull in the desert.

Lace skull on sheer black shell -
I would have bought it, but it was a size small.  Curses, foiled again.
Far away, it almost looks like a koala bear face in the middle.

Lace skull on sheer black shell -

I would have bought it, but it was a size small.  Curses, foiled again.

Far away, it almost looks like a koala bear face in the middle.

Equester 

Equester 

Horse Skull 

Horse Skull 

Goats Skulls and jaw bone in the desert

Goats Skulls and jaw bone in the desert

Chocolate Skulls Gone  Nuts - Designer, Sparganum

Chocolate Skulls Gone  Nuts - Designer, Sparganum

This Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)
print collaboration was mostly executed by my friend and co-worker Ernesto Yerena with a little help from me. Ernesto is the closest thing to an apprentice I’ve ever had, but beyond just learning my art and design style, he brings his own influences into the mix at our studio. Read what Ernesto has to say about the inspiration for the print.-Shepard
Being from the border-towns of El Centro CA, U.S. / Mexicali B.C., MX  I have always been proud of both of my cultures and never belonged to one particular group or subculture.  Since Mexicali is more of a modern city compared to most cities in the southern region of Mexico I never really got to experience the full effect of the Day of the Dead until I moved to Los Angeles where I see iconic DOTD sculptures, painting, posters , etc.. really often because of the Latin population that originates from southern region of Mexico and throughout Latin America.  Overtime the DOTD culture has been adopted by many different people not just latinos from skaters to art collectors which is a good example of the same type of cultural overlay that has made this country what it is.  This image is my interpretation of your typical DOTD skull that symbolizes my heritage, my home of LA, and what we do here at Obey Giant.-Ernesto 

This Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos)

print collaboration was mostly executed by my friend and co-worker Ernesto Yerena with a little help from me. Ernesto is the closest thing to an apprentice I’ve ever had, but beyond just learning my art and design style, he brings his own influences into the mix at our studio. Read what Ernesto has to say about the inspiration for the print.
-Shepard

Being from the border-towns of El Centro CA, U.S. / Mexicali B.C., MX  I have always been proud of both of my cultures and never belonged to one particular group or subculture.  Since Mexicali is more of a modern city compared to most cities in the southern region of Mexico I never really got to experience the full effect of the Day of the Dead until I moved to Los Angeles where I see iconic DOTD sculptures, painting, posters , etc.. really often because of the Latin population that originates from southern region of Mexico and throughout Latin America.  Overtime the DOTD culture has been adopted by many different people not just latinos from skaters to art collectors which is a good example of the same type of cultural overlay that has made this country what it is.  This image is my interpretation of your typical DOTD skull that symbolizes my heritage, my home of LA, and what we do here at Obey Giant.
-Ernesto 

CRANANAS Drawing by Rémi Andron

CRANANAS Drawing by Rémi Andron

In collaboration with the Huichol people of Mexico, the 

Late Night Chameleon Cafe (LN-CC) created a series of beaded skulls in the traditional style of the Huichol. The skull is cast from resin and each skull features intricate craftsmanship.

The Huichol people believe in the power of the Sun God, ancestor spirits and the four principle deities – Deer, Corn, Peyote and the Eagle. They live in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Western Mexico and have a long history of creating beaded art.

Weathered moose skull found near Pilgrim Hot Springs, located 60 miles northof Nome, Alaska and 80 miles south of the Arctic Circle.

Weathered moose skull found near Pilgrim Hot Springs, located 60 miles north
of Nome, Alaska and 80 miles south of the Arctic Circle.

Food Chain in Action 

Whenever I go out to the fields in the west valley, I look for the highest perch that the birds of prey will roost on and sometimes mark as their territory.  At the bottom of that perch (in this case a very tall power pole), you find their feeding leftovers.  There are balls of regurgitated hides of eaten field mice, gophers, wings of smaller birds, bones that were not digestible, especially small skulls.

What exactly is my fascination with this, I am not certain, but think it is because I am trying to figure out what was the meal of the day.

I also have a collection of larger skulls I have found in my recent travels, from cattle to coyote, to rabbits, to mice.  Sometimes it is just a jaw bone.  I have them on my patio and one day I may make a mobile out of them.  Someday soon.

Cow Skull on the cattle chute - Double Check Ranch - Pat Shannahan - Arizona Republic

Cow Skull on the cattle chute - Double Check Ranch - Pat Shannahan - Arizona Republic