Thursday, September 18, 2014

Skull-A-Day Book Events: PHILLY / RVA / NYC

Skull-A-Day the book will be officially released at the beginning of October! To celebrate we are having a series of book signing events around the country, starting with New York City, Philadelphia, and Richmond, Virginia. Copies of Skull-A-Day will be available for purchase at all events listed...

October 2, 2014 – 6-8pm
149 Orchard St. South, NYC
The event coincides with my exhibition of new portrait work: Manhattan Project.  

October 7, 2014 – 5-7pm
2913 W. Cary St. Richmond, VA
This is the official release party for the book at the bookstore that published it!

October 23, 2014 – 4-6pm
120 Spring St., NYC
One of my favorite places in NYC, pick up an actual skull or two when you visit!

November 4, 2014 – 6-8pm
19 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia, PA
The Mütter's curator and longtime Skull-A-Day friend, Anna Dhody wrote the foreword to the book!

Photo via Jill Tracy

Stay tuned for future events in other cities later this year and in early 2015. And hey, if you want us to visit your town and have a connection with a local bookstore or museum drop me a line. Hope to see you soon!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Skulls of Human Kindness

Photo by Ansel Olson.

I recently had the pleasure of co-teaching a workshop with the amazing Patience Salgado AKA Kindnessgirl as part of the Shop Class program here in Richmond, VA. Our class was titled The Skulls of Human Kindness and was designed to be a mash-up of our two aesthetics and done in the spirit of our mutual interest in creating real connection through the practice of making and sharing art. For this class we focused on one big question: "What is one thing you know to be absolutely true in your bones?" We asked participants to answer this in a variety of ways and ended the workshop with a call to action. Each person was required to decorate a skull we provided and then add a tag with two things: a truth that they wanted to share with other people and the statement, "What is the #TruthInYourBones?" They were then given 24 hours to leave that skull in a public place and document and share it via their favorite social media platforms. The workshop was a really wonderful and moving experience and we hope you'll take up the challenge as well. Please comment below or post online with the hashtag #TruthInYourBones and let us know what one thing you know to be true in your own bones. Don't think to hard about it, just do it!

And if you'd like Patience and I to bring this workshop to your business or group reach out to us through the The Alternative Speakers Bureau

p.s. The truth in my bones: Everyone is faking it.

Photo by Ansel Olson.
Photo by Ansel Olson.
Photo by Ansel Olson.
Photo by Ansel Olson.
Photo by Ansel Olson.
Photo by Ansel Olson.
Photo by Ansel Olson.
Photo by Ansel Olson.
Photo by Ansel Olson.
Photo by Ansel Olson.
Photo by Ansel Olson.
Photo by Ansel Olson.
Photo by Ansel Olson.
Photo by Ansel Olson.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Modern Hieroglyphics Magazine

I'm honored to be featured in the premiere issue of Modern Hieroglyphics magazine! Here are a few sample spreads from the 17 page(!) article that features several pieces from the original Skull-A-Day project as well as some of my newer works. There are also nine other fantastic artists featured in this gorgeously designed publication. See more and pick-up your own copy HERE

Friday, August 1, 2014

Skull-A-Day 2007–2014

Thanks to everyone who has followed and contributed to the Skull-A-Day project over the past seven years! After such a wonderful run we've decided to transition the site from an active community to an archive of the project from June of 2007 to July of 2014. It's been an absolutely incredible experience and I can't thank you enough for supporting this project for so long.

This project would have never lasted as long as it did if it wasn't for the tireless work of the three über-fans turned editors: Citizen Agent, Justin "Tatman" Lovorn, and Abby Davis. So a huge kudos must go to the three of them. Be sure to check out Abby's blog and Justin's store to support their other endeavors.

While we will no longer be accepting submissions I will still be posting my own skull art here periodically as well as news related to the new Skull-A-Day book from Chop Suey Books Books (coming October 2014!). You can pre-order a copy today HERE.

Thanks again!
–Noah Scalin

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Skulls In Use

I love seeing how people use my free downloads for their own projects!

Wade Watson at 15 Year Comics used my Skullphabet to create this T-shirt.

David Morales in Mexico City used my wallpaper to create a custom phone case!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Skull Show

I was honored to be asked share my work as part of The Skull Show at the Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for The Arts in Walnut Creek, California. The show is up through August 31, so definitely check it out if you're int he area, but for those of you who can't here's a look at my own work on display, including pieces and images from my original Skull-A-Day project as well as some of my 100 Painted Skulls and several Skeletubes...

More photos from the exhibition can be seen HERE.

More info on The Skull Show is HERE.

Here's a complete list of the incredible collection of artists featured in the  exhibition:

Helen Altman
Chuck Anderson
Robert Arneson
Donald Baechler
Shawn Barber
Andres Basurto
Shaun Beaudry
Tony Bevilacqua
Tim Biskup
Jamey Brzezinski
Rachel Caldwell
Enrique Chagoya
Lisette Chavez
Bill Claps
Kim Cogan
Melissa Cooke
Ben Cuevas
Fred Dalkey
Boo Davis
Merek Davis
Marc D'Estout
Brian Dettmer
Lorenzo M. Durán
Fred Einaudi
Esque Studio
David H. Everett
Jeremy Fish
Jeremy Fisher
Coco Fronsac
Jiri Geller

Mike Giant
Magnus Gjoen
Grady Gordon
Scott Greenwalt
Quinn Gregory
Andres Guerrero
Ali Gulec
Dana Harel
Joshua Harker
Molly Hatch
Stephanie Henderson
Ester Hernandez
Pete Hickok
Stephanie Hirsch
Evan Hobart
James Hopkins
Iggy & Lou Lou
Beto Janz
Paul Johns
Angie Jones
Erik Jones
Jules Julien
Vance Kelly
Joji Kojima
Chase Kunz
Markus Linnenbrink
Gabriel Londis
Brian Luong
Robert Mars
Karl McDade

Frodo Mikkelsen
Ryan Milner
Portia Munson
Gordon Parks
Francesca Pastine
Chris Peters
Beverly Rayner
Jim Riswold
Matt Ritchie
Phil Roberts
Laurel Roth
Anthony Santella
Gerrel Saunders
Noah Scalin
Bryan Schnelle
Lucien Shapiro
Richard Shaw
Maureen Shields
Jim Skull
Laurel Skye
Mike Peter Smith
Hunter Stabler
Andy Stattmiller
Clayton Thiel
Jeral Tidwell
Winnie Truong
Derik Van Beers
Beth Van Hoesen
Ben Venom
Jake Watling
Todd Ryan White

Friday, July 25, 2014

Simulacra Buddies

A couple more skull simulacra finds from Skull-A-Day friends...

Here's a spooky fellow Dustin Richardson found in his shower.

And Kerosene found this one in her old neighborhood on a formerly graffiti covered underpass.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Box Skull

Evan Wright AKA Bearteeth shared this cool use for an old cardboard box.