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What's With all the Skulls?

Ancient death symbol becomes a favorite modern fashion accessory
By Clay Dillow,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2008 10:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – Heavy metal and Halloween, make room for haute couture. “What used to be a symbol for borderline-sociopathic tough guys with weird design fetishes—Hells Angels, pirates, Nazis—has become a trope de luxe,” writes Stephen Marche in Esquire. The skull, a symbol of death with deep religious significance, “has suddenly become hypermodern, totally in and of the moment.”

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The latest installment of the Indiana Jones series is just one manifestation of the craze. British artist Damien Hirst’s diamond-encrusted platinum skull sold for $100 million in 2007, and yuppie fashion has co-opted what was once the accessory of rough-hewn metalheads. Writes Marche: “We stare into the face of death and ask ourselves, 'Can I get it in pink?'” (Read more skull stories.)

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