16/4/12 – Just another skull t-shirt

Skull t-shirts do seem very popular and there quite a lot of people within the city that wear the image of the skull in different styles or designs. I have also recognised t-shirts, which have combined the skull with other popular subjects or icons such as Mickey Mouse or Albert Einstein. These particular images may formulate a different meaning or perhaps the skull has become another commercialised product with other representations within the 21st century.

I have also noticed many people around the city wearing misfit t-shirts and the icon frequently appears on a daily basis. Amber Easby & Henry Oliver  explain that the image originates from a television series also known as the ‘Crimson Ghost, 1946’ . The misfits used the image to represent their own band, which has become one of the most recognisable and influential icons within the contemporary culture.

One may argue that simplistic composition of shapes significantly contrasts against the dark background, which creates a visually captivating logo or representation. Easby and Oliver also mention that the ‘Melvins Fiend Club’ who also use the image from the misfits, which has been extracted from a popular television program. Does the continual appropriation of the skull initiate distance between the skull and the subject of death / mortality? Does mass production modify or distort the original meaning of an particular image?

Easby, Amber & Oliver, Henry. The Art of the Band T-Shirt New York: Simon Spotlight Entertainment, 2007

Crothers, Lane. Globalization and American Popular Culture Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2010

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