30 Culturally Relevant Skulls


Halloween may be last weekend’s news, but the season of spooky holidays isn’t over yet. Today, November 2nd, is Dia de los Muertos, the day when Mexican families construct altars and share feasts of traditional foods in celebration of the dead. One of the holiday’s most recognizable icons is the painted sugar skull. In tribute to our neighbors to the south — and the many Mexican-Americans who observe the holiday in our country — we present our very own roundup of 30 culturally relevant skulls, from Jolly Roger to Yorick to Damien Hirst.

Jolly Roger

Damien Hirst, For the Love of God

Yale’s Skull & Bones society

The Skulls

The Misfits

The Goonies

The work of Jose Guadalupe Posada

Yorick’s skull, Hamlet

Salvador Dali, The Skull of Zurbaran

Dan Deacon – “Trippy Green Skull”

Frida Kahlo, Without Hope (among other works)

Screaming Females – “Skull”

Alexander McQueen’s skull scarves

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Mastodon – “Crystal Skull”

Iggy Pop’s Skull Ring


Cezanne’s Still Life with Skull

Emo skull

Skull, Scarface

The Red Skull, Captain America

Soft Skull Press

Guns N’ Roses

The Screaming Skull

Sonic Youth – “Screaming Skull”

Mondo Guerra’s Project Runway finale collection

Street Artist Skullphone

Skull and Bulk (Power Rangers)

Andy Warhol – Skull

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They Might Be Giants – Back to Skull