Spot the Jacket at M***s

I slid my car into the mall parking space. With nothing more than my hand-painted jacket and camera, I stepped cautiously into the brightly lit department store. It was mid-morning and the store was nearly empty; other than a couple of women leisurely sliding dresses across a clothing rack. I …

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Steampunk Next Fashion Trend

(Excerpted from Time Magazine style section article, “Will Steampunk Really be the Next Big Fashion Trend” by Erin Skarda, January 17, 2013)
Recently, IBM released the findings of a “social sentiment index” that predicted that Steampunk would be the next big trend to take hold of the retail industry. No offense to …

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What is Steampunk?

According to Forbes Magazine, it’s a science fiction/fantasy sub-genre that’s a mixture of 19th century industrialized looks and Victorian flourishes. Sounds fancy, but it’s easier to explain it in reference to pop culture: Steampunk is Sherlock Holmes meets the Wild Wild West, with a dash of Inspector Gadget. (Excerpted from Time …

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Skulls in Biker Culture

The image of the skull is very popular in the biker culture. Many bikers have skulls on their motorcycles, clothes and tattooed on their bodies. It is possibly the most frequent symbol used by bikers today, but why? The most common meaning associated with the skull is a representation of …

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Chillin 15 Anniversary

I am so excited to tell you that I have been invited to participate in the Chillin Productions 15th Anniversary show June 15th at Mezzanine in San Francisco. Come out and see all of my latest hand painted skullwear denim jackets!

Here are all the details. Hope you can make it!

Chillin’ …

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Skulls & the Grateful Dead

For those who are too young or from another planet, the Grateful Dead was an American rock band that formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. The band was known for its unique, eclectic style. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame  in 1994 and have sold more …

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Fashion & Carpe Diem

The unique combination of “cute but bad” has been increasingly popular in recent years, though it can probably be traced back to the 1950’s, if not earlier. We are now seeing it used in everything from toys and clothing to wallpaper and watches.

Clearly, the skull has no shortage of symbolic …

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Skull Symbols

The skull as an icon is seen as the seat of intelligence, representing the spirit.

A Symbol for Luck

Skulls were often used by ancient cultures to ward off any type of evil influence or illness. Remarkably, the skull is the part of the skeleton that is least susceptible to decay, which …

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Why Skulls?

The human skull is a powerful symbol with a long history and multiple interpretations. Generally it represents death and mortality, but a skull can also be a symbol of caution, vanity, transition, courage, rebelliousness, nonconformity, luck, life after death, celebrating the memory of the dead, celebrating life, a fashion statement and decoration.

Part of …

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The Winged Skull Symbol

The skull with wings logo is used extensively in motorcycle club/gang art. In the early 1930s, motorcycle riders started to develop a kind of modern-day outlaw reputation, inheriting some of the heritage of the outlaw pirates of the past. Harley Davidson played to this image and capitalized on it by …

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