Walk the Plank, Please.

I love the dark appeal of skulls in fashion and art.  It may not be revolutionary but if Alexander McQueen can maintain on such morbid details, there is hope that it remains 'cool'.  There is something quite fascinating about the interpretation and the meaning when they are used in different mediums and cultures.  Early on in my time at Condé Nast Traveler (I have been an intern with the fashion team there this semester), an incredible book came across our desks called 'Skull Style' which delves into the usage of skulls in contemporary design.  It is full of incredible visuals and descriptions of some of the most famous and some of the lesser known, but no less impressive, usages of skulls in fashion, art and design.

But I must digress that this post is not to prove that using death in art is high-brow...because I am about to follow the above with saying 'how cool are pirates?!'  Not the kind that are existing today and really making a horrible mess of safety and international relations but those of the Disney fables that offer some kind of dark humor and impeccable fashion.  I get very little rush out of being frightened but I do like a bit of the dark-side's appeal.  So there we have it.  I'm talking about skulls and I'm talking about pirates.  All because of this scarf I found on Etsy that I adore.

Hand-painted on silk, the watercolor look of the design gives what would otherwise be a childish print a grown-up and dark appeal.  It's sweet while being badass.  It's silly while being a bit dark.  You can customize the color you would like and also can personalize the scarf with your initials or name.  Awesome.  I think it would be a great gift for a fashionable little one or, ya know, me  :)

Check out more from Crystal J. Silk here on Etsy!