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Skeletons promote diversity in an uplifting campaign, “Love Has No Labels”

Promotional Video by the Ad Council

Today I just discovered the most inspiring, yet heartwarming promotional campaign by the AD council that delivers a very powerful message to the wider community locally and internationally. This remarkable three-minute video, “Love Has No Label” features a range of skeletal figures behind a X-ray screen embracing one another and the overall campaign tackles some of the biased assumptions regarding ‘sexual orientation, same-sex relationships, age, race and disability,’ as referenced by Amy Lewis from the Dailymail.1

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This is such a uplighting campaign that does raise some very significant concerns regarding our prejudices or preconceptions. According to Cameron Keady, “the skeleton is a symbolic reminder — simply put — we’re all human, despite our varying identities.”2 I agree with Keady’s comment, while we may have our differences or discrepancies, the X-ray screen becomes an expression of humanity, we are human inside and out.

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The skeleton is used to create a remarkable campaign in order to promote diversity that has captured the hearts of the audience as well as millions of viewers worldwide. Katie Richards from ADWeek explains that the campaign has accumulated “more than 11 million views, 50,000 likes and 100,000 shares.”3 This is quite an astonishing number that demonstrates the impact of social media and viral advertising. The campaign was installed in Santa Monica on Valentine’s Day and the video has established an ongoing debate amongst a range of non for profit organisations including the media and the online community.

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I’m fascinated with the intention behind the promotional video and the Ad Council have suggested that “we do 98 per cent of thinking in our subconscious mind.”5 This particular type of thinking may produce assumptions or biased opinions that may impact the way we communicate with others. Amy Lewis cites the Ad Council who suggest that “Many of us unintentionally make snap judgements about people based on what we see – whether it’s race, age, gender, religion, sexuality, or disability.”4

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Overall the skeleton has become a very powerful form of communication that successfully unites friends, families, partners, couples, parents and siblings in this delightful, yet captivating campaign. Skulls and skeletons don’t always have a scary or frightening connotation, they can be used to promote something quite positive or uplifting.

References

http://lovehasnolabels.com/

1.Amy Lewis, “Same sex couples, inter-racial love and pensioner passion: Moving video uses SKELETONS of people kissing behind an X-ray screen to challenge prejudice,” 5 March 2015, The Daily Mail Australia, 2014 (Accessed 7/3/15) http://goo.gl/jPwy6x
2.Cameron Keady, “Giant X-Ray Screen Erases Gender, Age, Race To Prove ‘We Are All Human,” 3 March 2015, The Huffington Post (Accessed 7/5/15) http://goo.gl/VhzJXg
3.Katie Richards, “Ad of the Day: This Beautiful Ad Council PSA Reminds Us We’re All Human Underneath,” March 3 2015, Ad Week, (Accessed 7/5/15) http://goo.gl/f2sgFK
4.The Ad Council, “The Truth About Bias and Prejudice,” 2015 (Accessed 7/5/14) http://lovehasnolabels.com/about-bias

5.Amy Lewis, “Same sex couples, inter-racial love and pensioner passion: Moving video uses SKELETONS of people kissing behind an X-ray screen to challenge prejudice,”


New Twitter Page for Black Calavera

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Hey there everyone, I finally created a Twitter page! I have wanted to create one for a while but I just needed to find the time, now I’m just getting used to all the different settings…this is kind of fun. I’m specifically using the social media sites as a way to record / reference my inspiration for future blog posts and reviews. I discover so many different artworks and designs featuring the skull, it’s often difficult to keep up with everything.

I thought I would sneak in another photo with me experimenting with the skull makeup, I would love to create some additional patterns / designs and I’ll have all next week to devote to some experimentations, yay. I just need to work on the shadows and the shape of the teeth but I’ll release a post later in the week anyway.

You can now follow me on Twitter, just click on the link below, stay tuned!

https://twitter.com/blackcalavera22


OMG Literally Dead is one Instagram Account worth following this year!

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While I was scrolling through my news feed through Facebook, I discovered the most entertaining Instagram page known as “OMG Literally Dead” by Dana Herlihey. The site features a skeleton known as ‘Skellie’ who enjoys life’s everyday moments, whether it’s enjoying a cup of Starbucks coffee or going out for lunch, Skellie won’t miss a thing!

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As soon as I discovered the Instagram page, I was immediately fascinated with this deathly, yet animated skeleton who ‘literally’ won’t take life for granted. The site features a prefect blend of satire, humour and creativity that has inspired me to follow Skellie and her daily activities.

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It is interesting to view the subject of death from a satirical point of view and Herlihey’s Instagram page presents a unique, innovative concept that is rather addictive to follow at times. I have recognised that Skellie has rapidly increased in popularity amongst various social media sites and the online community. This has invited me to question whether we are searching for something different, a representation of death that isn’t overly morbid, sinister or grotesque.

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In reference to the article via Skullspiration, Herlihey began to take photographs of the ‘office skeleton’ that eventually transformed into a popular Instagram page with thousands of followers and she realised there was a market for “contemporary satire.” Herlihey’s idea has successfully transformed just an ordinary skeleton into a loveable, yet entertaining figure with some very humorous characteristics, as referenced by Skullspiration.

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If you love skulls or skeletons with a combination of humour and satire, I would recommend viewing this Instagram page, hopefully you’ll enjoy Skellie as much as I do! Check out the links below to view some more images or photographs featuring Skellie.

References

Skullspiration, “OMG Literally Dead,” http://www.skullspiration.com/omg-literally-dead/

http://instagram.com/omgliterallydead/

http://danaherlihey.com/

http://danaherlihey.com/omgliterallydead/


Black Calavera Facebook Page

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Hey Everyone,

I know I haven’t been posting that regularly, however I’m determined to get back into it! I’m posting and updating the Black Calavera Facebook page with contemporary artworks or designs that depict the human skull. In fact there are so many different designs / illustrations, Ive decided to use Facebook as well as the WordPress Blog in order to remain updated with the latest trends or styles. 

The actual design and layout is expected to change very soon! 

If you wish to follow Black Calavera on Facebook, please click on the link below. 

https://www.facebook.com/BlackCalavera22


Skull Implants and Body Modification Revisited: The Latest Internet Sensation


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Jason Traeger’s Skull Implants

Hey Everyone,

I know I’ve been away for a while, although I’m back to discuss something that has gained international recognition! Over the past few weeks, I have noticed photographs across the internet featuring extreme forms of body modification including silicone and subdermal implants. In 2012, I decided to write a blog post in regards to body modification and skull implants. I discovered a photograph through the internet featuring at least two skull implants that were inserted into the back of a person’s hand. At first, I was quite shocked and the thought of having these silicone objects inserted beneath the skin just sounds excruciating to say the least.

It has been quite difficult to find the name of the person, although there are other sources on the Internet that relate these skull implants to Jason Traeger, although there is limited information in regards to this particular image. In my previous post, I also discovered a photograph of a person with a skull implanted into the front of his chest.

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Implants by Steve Haworth in Samppa Von Cyborg’s Chest –  Shannon Larratt, BME

I honestly find the stitches quite disturbing and the skull does appear sinister; I have noticed that this particular implant has become an area of interest and the photograph has circulated across the internet including blogs as well as other social media sites. I decided to take a closer look at the implants and to my surprise, I have realised that the skull is place inside a cross, I have never noticed this before!

According to Shannon Larratt from BME, these implants were created by Steve Haworth who has inserted them into the chest of Samppa Von Cyborg, a Finnish artist whose work specialises in body modification. In reference to Cyborg’s Facebook page, the artist currently works within within the UK as well as other countries around the world.

Larratt’s other article explores transdermal implants that were introduced by Steve Hayworth who is renowned for his extreme body modifications including the “metal mohawk.” This is pretty extreme, as Cyborg has metal studs inserted into the very top of his head, although I won’t go into too much detail for the moment.

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Samppa Von Cyborg – Chest Implants, BME – Tumblr 

Larratt has also displayed another skull implant on the BME Mod Blog that was inserted the back of a person’s hand, I’m not entirely sure if this particular implant belongs to Cyborg himself or whether this implant was performed on someone else. This is personally my favourite one compared to the others and the patterns do create a very interesting effect. I must admit, the implant reminds me of Edvard Munch’s Scream painting, however I have noticed that there are images displayed on the internet featuring skull implants that are placed onto the back of a person’s hands.

This appears to be quite to be quite a popular trend at the moment and I have wondered why these implants are inserted into the hand? Is this just a popular part of the body for implants? I’m not just talking about skulls either, people have  inserted crosses, love hearts, stars and even flowers. I mean these implants are inserted in various parts of the body, although I have noticed that the skull implants in particular do appear to be placed on the back of the hand.

I also discovered Cyborg’s Tumblr page with all these skull implants, however I’m not too sure whether Cyborg has inserted these implants for a client or whether these implants are inserted into Cyborg’s own body. Anyway I would recommend visiting the Tumblr page if you’re interested in skull implants or body modification.

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Samppa Von Cyborg & BME – Skull Implants in Hand

Over the past couple of years, I have noticed that my article relating to body modification and skull implants has received the highest number of views compared to any of my other posts. WordPress displays the figures for each individual post by week, month and year; the statistics have provided some very useful information.

The post has received at least 7,367 views of all time, this is significantly higher compared to my previous post relating to Kermit Tereso that received 4,989 views and My Chemical Romance that received 2,680 views. I decided to investigate the statistics in further detail in order to determine whether these implants have increased in popularity. In 2013, the post relating to skull implants and body modification received 2,202 views and this has increased in 2014 to 5,164 views. This particular form of modification has become a very popular subject that has attracted attention from Internet users worldwide.

After viewing these statistics, I began to wonder why these skull implants are so popular? I’ve received comments asking why these artists have decided have these implants inserted into their bodies and it would be interesting to find out! I suppose people are interested in something that is considered as strange or unusual. I must admit, I am particularly fascinated by the skull implants, however I am slightly perturbed at the thought of having these foreign objects placed beneath the skin. I haven’t seen anything like this before, the shape and the size of the implants are disturbing yet interesting at the same time.
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Hand Implants by Samppa Von Cyborg 

After writing my first post about the skull implants back in 2012, I believe my thoughts and perspectives have changed. When I viewed these images for the first time, I was immediately horrified, even repulsed at the mere sight of these implants. I have now viewed these images several times and I’m interested to learn more about them. I wouldn’t personally get one myself, however I’m intrigued to find out whether the skull has become a popular image  in regards to body modification.

I remember watching a television program on ABC known as Bodyshockers featuring Katie Piper who interviews a range of people with tattoos, piercings and surgical operations including body modifications. Piper meets people who regret their decisions and those who can’t wait to get their latest tattoo or operation.

In the fourth episode, Piper interviews Scott who decides to get a skull implant inserted beneath his tattoo. Scott expresses his interest in skulls and his desire to provide his skull tattoo with a ‘three dimensional effect’. The episode reveals the procedure and Scott’s arm is sliced open in order to insert the implant, I must admit this section was quite hard to watch. The show definitely provides insight in regards to tattoos and extreme forms of body modification.

The skull implants have generated interest amongst the public and it would be interesting to investigate this particular area in further detail. The statistics have identified that my previous post relating to skull implants has become a popular subject over the past couple of years and the photographs has captivated audiences internationally.

So why are these implants popular and why are people interested in them? At the moment I’m still searching for an answer, as there are so many unexplained reasons as to why these implants have attracted such a a large audience.  I’m hoping this post with answer some of these questions and I’m hoping the subject will generate some discussion, please feel free to leave a comment I would love to hear your thoughts or opinions. For more information, please visit the links listed below.

References

Shannon Larratt, “More 3D Skull Implants”, Aug 31 2012, BME Mod Blog, http://news.bme.com/2012/08/31/more-3d-skull-implants/

Shannon Larratt, “The Transdermal Implants of Samppa Von Cyborg”, July 27 2012, BME Mod Blog, http://news.bme.com/2012/07/27/the-transdermal-implants-of-samppa-von-cyborg/

Shannon Larratt, “Full Ear Reshaping by Samppa”, Oct 4 2012, BME Mod blog, http://news.bme.com/tag/3d-implants/page/3/

Samppa Von Cyborg, Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Samppa-Von-Cyborg/127644570656037

Samppa Von Cyborg, Official Website, http://voncyb.org/#

Samppa Von Cyborg, Tumblr Page, Chest Implants, http://samppavoncyborg.tumblr.com/post/57625369164/samppavoncyborg-anetavoncyborg-skull-3d

Samppa Von Cyborg – Skull Implants / Hand, http://www.tattoodonkey.com/samppa-von-tattoos/2/

Scott in Katie Piper’s, Bodyshockers, “My Big Boob Hell: Episode 4”, ABC, 4/6/14

ABC, “Bodyshockers: My Big Boob Hell” 4/6/14, http://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/bodyshockers/

Channel 4, “Bodyshockers”, http://www.channel4.com/programmes/bodyshockers/episode-guide


The Black Calavera Facebook Page

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Ok so the other day, I created a Facebook Page for Black Calavera, I had this planned for a while, although I was incredibly busy at the time. At first I wasn’t quite sure what to add to the page, although I decided to include a photograph of the Mexican beaded skulls that I received as a birthday present. The photograph I have taken is displayed next to the logo that Sean has designed, Sean is also apart of Black Calavera who does quite a lot of the design work.

So you are properly wondering….doesn’t Black Calavera already have a logo? it sure does, although the logo on the Facebook page is specifically designed for both our design and photography work, you could say the skulls project has become a sub brand of Black Calavera.

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The page is primarily used to advertise the Skulls Project and Sean’s blog, Art&Stuff is also linked to the Facebook site aswell. I guess you could say the page contains everything all on the one site so the viewer can visit various social media profiles.

We’re still currently working on an official website, which should be finished in the next week that will contain a range of work associated with the skulls project as well as other design / photography projects. The Facebook link is attached below if you would like to have a look, if you would please be able to like the Facebook page that would be fantastic! Don’t forget to tell your friends, enjoy! 🙂

https://www.facebook.com/BlackCalavera22