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Death by Christmas shopping

Wednesday, 3 October 2012



Posted by Richard Rawlinson


There was a time when the skull and crossbones symbolised ‘Danger’ when displayed on poisonous products or worn on the clothes of Punks, Goths, Hell’s Angels, pirates and SS soldiers.

For some years now, it’s been a ubiquitous part of mainstream fashion, found on everything from Debenhams babywear to John Lewis cushion covers.

If you go to Google Images and key the word ‘skull’ followed by pretty much any product, you’ll be spoilt for choice: duvet covers, wallpaper, plant pots, teacups, loo brushes, dog baskets, mobile phone holders, trainers, umbrellas, cufflinks, bras…

3 comments on “Death by Christmas shopping

  1. Wednesday 3rd October 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Judith! You forgot to mention the prices…. Was quite fancying the platinum bath overflow
    “Extremely original, yet beautiful, hand cast skull. Lie back and watch your bath water slip through …”
    Till I saw this:
    “Prices from £377 to £18,961”
    Ah well keep dreaming…

  2. Judith Hibbert

    Wednesday 3rd October 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Here’s another to add to the Christmas present list – I bought a pair for my husband years ago:
    They do corkscrews and bath taps as well
    Go on – you know you want to.

  3. Wednesday 3rd October 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I flip between finding this fascination with skeletons and their broken up bits obscene, and finding it funny.

    I have had three calls this week from media companies asking to film/interview/do a documentary on ….. a bereaved family/their funeral planning/ green burial.

    It used to be said that a culture is either obsessed with sex or with death;

    Is our culture going to trump all others and obsess about both?

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