I know we don’t usually post showcases of artists’ work, but I just had to share with you guys what Jacob Dahlstrup does. His unique art is an inspiration for us all, in the sense that with patience and perseverance, we can accomplish anything. So today we’re going to take a look at a small collection of his designs. He works with paper and his illustrations are hand embossed with a tattoo needle. Yes, you heard me.
When I think of Halloween, a couple of thing pop up in my mind: carved pumpkins, freaky costumes, bats, ghosts and an old, mysterious mansion. I bet you have all heard of the saying “the haunted mansion” or “the haunted house” – which usually is a dark colored old house, with cracked walls, it usually has two windows at the upper level, it’s surrounded by bats and it has a gloomy deserted background.
Sugar skulls are literally exactly that: skull shaped sugar. Sugar skulls are closely related to Dia de los Muertos, an Aztec ritual which celebrated the lives of those who have deceased. This sugar art dates back to the 17th century, when Mexicans had very little money and plenty of sugar. They created molds of sugar as decorations and used them to adorn the church for the Dia de los Muertos. Each sugar skull represented an individual and their name was inscribed on the forehead of the skull.
Today, artists all around the world are inspired by this Mexican folk art and create handmade decorations, graphic designs, t-shirt designs, accessories with this symbol – the skull. I’ve put together a list of sugar skull inspired designs, from leather accessories, prints, tattoos and digital artworks, you will certainly feel inspired to go create a colorful, creative sugar skull of your own.