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Author: Subject: When did skulls become "evil"?

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  posted on 4/8/2002 at 05:18 PM
I find it very interesting, on how people instantly move away from you, or become "overly religious" when they see you wearing anything doing with skulls. The religious community almost considers my wearing of a cross of skulls as blasphamy, and love the outfits I have, until they see the skulls on the shirt....

And so, I ask, does anyone know why skulls have now become akin to evil? The automatic assumption that if you have anything to do with skulls, youīre also into satanism or witchcraft? Granted of course, I have no problems with peopleīs reactions, and find it quite enjoyable to see how they try to compose themselves

 

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  posted on 4/8/2002 at 07:47 PM
My son,

Iīm not touching that with a 60 foot pole.

Try pink pom poms.

 

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  posted on 4/8/2002 at 08:46 PM
Well most of them might have a problem with that because itīs a sign of death, and death is scary, and since itīs scary itīs bad.
I wear skull stuff all the time. I have little hair sticks with a skull on the end of each...I have a shirt with one on it and "rotten little girl" in old english over it...I have a LOT of skull stuff, and nobodyīs EVER bugged me about it.
Ever.
Donīt know why theyīd make a point to bother you about it.

 

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  posted on 4/8/2002 at 09:37 PM
The people that are giving me probs about it, are those at my office (all of which are highly religious, and also old enough to be my parents). There are a few who like the skulls, but they also are very open minded about things. I guess it really has to deal with the personīs view of the world, and how sure they are of themselves and their beliefs. I have found no problem with those who are strong in their beliefs - Strange hm?

 

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  posted on 4/8/2002 at 11:17 PM
Iīm going out on a limb here, but it might have something to do with the fact that all the skull iconography in western culture represents something to be wary of (viz. skull and crossbones as icon of piracy, eventually shifting to represent poison, the skull insignia of the shuetzstoffel, the secret "Skull and Bones Society", et cetera). It has come to be deeply internalised as a symbol of impending danger. The question is really: What does it mean to you? You are, after all, the one wearing the things. Iīm presuming that it is precisely for the reaction that it gets.

 

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  posted on 5/8/2002 at 06:49 AM
If the problems are popping up at the office, are you supposed to be dressed better. I could be wrong, but if they are wearing buttoned collared shirts or even suits, and you have on a t-shirt that is covered with skulls, you might not fit in with the unofficial dress code.

 

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  posted on 5/8/2002 at 02:11 PM
i personally like the skull and cross bone look. arrrr! shiver me timbers and the like. but really. people act weird around anything that isnt the norm. now persay if brittney spears came out on stage with a skull on her tight little cleavage wrap she calls a shirt... every lil teeny bopper/kiddy winky would be walking around with that on. sick isnt it?

i have three shirts with skulls and even shoes with skulls on them, and i wear them proudly.. you should too.

 

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  posted on 5/8/2002 at 04:54 PM
Well, Iīm Catholic, but I see nothing wrong with skulls and neither do my Catholic friends. Skulls are even on Rosaries (something the Catholics pray with), they represent the sign of mortality and are highly reverred.. :-P

 

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  posted on 6/8/2002 at 06:51 AM
Too true, good idea to bring that up.
Thank you also Xaos for breaching the "well, are you in business attire?" bit...I was in a rather unconfrontational mood and didnīt wanna be a bitch for onece*gasp*. You probably said it better than I would have anyway in my usual mood

If its an office, and you are supposed to be in business professional attire, I doubt skulls fit into that clothing criteria, unless itīs something small and inobtrusive like a ring or a bracelette or something. My husbandīs work has a loose "business casual" dresscode, and I"ve bought him a shirt with skull cadilac buttons (a little skull with the caddy V beneath it) and a few workshirts that have one or two...Okay, one is a black button up work shirt with a big skull, pistons, dice and black cats on the back, but nobody seems to have an issue with it. Of course itīs shirt and tie when the coprorates come through, but day to day as long as itīs in basic good taste itīs cool.

Itīs funny...at my work weīre encouraged to get our freak on clothing wise when the big heads come through *snicker*
Iīm such a lucky retail diva

 

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  posted on 6/8/2002 at 08:14 PM
Skulls to me are comforting, they bring me a sort of solace, if you will.

The skull jewelry decorating my room, necklaces that I have, shirts with a skull or two on them, to me, just attracted me to them. I love their design, the feel, there’s simply something so basic and beautiful about them.

A skull and a rose go hand in hand, no? A red skull, a grey rose...

As Monolycus
has covered before, religious bigots and the ignorant will immediately conceive skulls as a “sign of Satan, evil, death” etc. It’s just a stereotype that society has attached to them over time with the rest of our art...well, a good portion of society has atleast.

 

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  posted on 8/8/2002 at 10:48 AM
ACTUM NE AGAS

 

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  posted on 9/8/2002 at 12:19 AM
AloneSoul: that was not precisely what I said, but itīll do.

 

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  posted on 9/8/2002 at 04:31 PM
i think its because we wear black with tthem and alot of them sometimes and stuff.. and about how hell is "full of skulls " or whatever.. you get the idea?

 

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  posted on 10/8/2002 at 09:57 PM
Or it could be that they just donīt understand/like your taste in fashion.
nothing new.
youīll live.

 

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  posted on 12/8/2002 at 09:33 AM
Probably since...forever....Its possibly because skulls represent death. And people are usually frightened by death. I dont really get it....

 

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  posted on 15/1/2004 at 07:51 AM
Not only death does it inscribe but also poison on random bottles. True the death term may be the most akin the the response you are recieving from your office mates. However, there is a time and place for everything, and as aforementioned, unless you are working in an ultraliberal store where all of the products being sold are akin to what you are wearing, you probably shouldn't alienate yourself so much as to violate a dress code to a job that you probably need to pay rent.... Example: If you worked at mcdonalds... would you not be wearing the green shirt, pants and funny hat? although, it is barely above minimum wage and a shit job, if it is not ultra-liberal and understanding. Be careful to secure at leat the short term future of your income.

 

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  posted on 15/1/2004 at 09:27 AM
It's never really become a symbol of "evil," necessarily, but rather it stems from the psychology that the human mind relates to anything grim or morbid. I mean, I admit that I live in an overtly-Christian area, and they all used to think I was a blasphemy in my own right, but now that I've been here for a few years, they've learned about me and have just sucked it up. I guess it's also come to mean a symbol of danger or violence in our society. But enough of my rambling, I'll open the floor to someone else...

 

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