You'll have to forgive the fact that the follow up post to my catacombs experience is about skulls. It's just one trend that doesn't seem to be going anywhere. And it's not just adorning bad-ass biker t-shirts. Skulls appear on everything - even babies booties and scatter cushions. It's certainly not a new emblem to embellish fashion and home decor items, but it seems to be everywhere I look in Paris.
I actually quite like the application of this icon when it's used in an unexpected way - as a minute pattern on a cashmere jersey, for example. Something that appears at first glance like a ditsy floral print is revealed as being more interesting or subversive. But most times I think it's just become a meaningless symbol. I certainly don't believe most people who sport clothing with skull decoration think about death at all. I guess we have the Damien Hirst's of this world to thank for the prolific entry of this icon into recent pop culture - but I think the really interesting representations are those that stem from solid cultural roots - like the Mexican 'day of the dead' iconography.
What do you think of this trend? Macabre, meaningless or marvelous?