I’ve been picking up a variety of items with interesting skull-motif artwork lately, and not just because Halloween is coming. (Two of my favorite recent acquisitions are the skull-decorated high-tops and belt by Menno Ophelia.) The skull and skeleton are fascinating figures in art, especially in Mexican Day of the Dead artwork, which I see a lot of in Los Angeles. I think their use and appearance in artwork, and our response to them, says something interesting, even revealing about our paradoxical fear of and fascination with the idea of Death. (Whoah, sorry, I didn’t mean to get all philosophical on you there.) This week, I’ve added to my growing collection one of Tyreak Takashi’s new sculpted neckties, just out at The Syndicate. Five different designs are currently available, but I found myself immediately clicking “Buy” on the one called “Skully”…although in fairness I was awfully close on the pink cupcake.
The ties are carefully sculpted, and the result is a graceful, naturally draped shape, with a realistic Windsor knot that actually looks tied. Needless to say, I love the artwork, which is bold and dramatic. The only drawback (and I hesitate to use that word at all, since what we’re talking about here is entirely a technical limitation and in no way an artistic shortfall) is that sculpties cannot also be flexi. I do like flexi neckties for the way they move–for me, it adds a lot of welcome realism. This is highly subjective, though, and not a complaint, just an observation (and perhaps a hint to the technical powers that be). In any case, I do so love the natural shape and flow of this tie, the way it curves around the neck and the thickness of the long front piece–it’s not just a flat prim that goes invisible when viewed from the side. Very nicely done.
Permissions are Modify / Copy / No Transfer. Tyreak’s sculpted ties are priced at L$175 each, or L$600 for a pack of all five designs.
Available at The Syndicate (Divine Oasis 32, 162, 34).