Skulls, once seen as sinister symbols, are now used on everything from children's shirts to underwear. Sara Dickerman of Slate takes a look at how the trend developed:
- In the 16th century, artists like Albrecht Dürer were still using skulls to remind people of their mortality.
- French pirate Emanuel Wynn was the first to use the skull-and-crossbones logo on his ship's flag.
- As skulls came to symbolize bravado, fighters—from US special operations to the Nazi SS—used them on uniforms.
- Mourning jewelry was fashionable in the 19th century, and the "look" lived on thanks to bands like the Grateful Dead and Loree Rodkin, who launched a line of Goth jewelry in 1989.
- Mexican art of smiling, dancing skulls, used to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, helped skulls become more widely accepted.
- The skull became an icon in 1970s London counterculture, where Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood launched a series of skull-inspired punk gear.
- Skulls became truly fashionable thanks to Alexander McQueen, whose scarves have been spotted on Kate Moss and the Olsen twins.