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Old 11-24-2006, 07:41 PM
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Why the Fascination with SKULLS??

O.K. Guys; I will admit right up front that I'm a grumpy old fert that is out of touch with the times!!

But would one of you hip guys mind sharing with me the rationale of what seems like an obsession with HUMAN SKULLS in hot rod related art/graphics/decor/paint jobs and tattoos?

Now I know (and certainly agree), that every aspect of hot rodding is and should be an expression of the persons "individualism"; but SKULLS?? Don't get me wrong - to each his own; but SKULLS? I also believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder; but SKULLS??

While my personal tastes re the areas mentioned above runs to snakes (Cobras, Rattlers, Vipers, etc.), large cats (Tigers, Panthers, Lynx, etc.), birds of prey (Eagles, Hawks, etc.) and flames - I'm just trying to understand and/or learn to appreciate the fascination that it seems like the majority of rodders have with SKULLS!!!

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Good question.
I could never understand why so many would have a decoration like that.

Bad boy image maybe

I don't mind seeing them occaisionally---but, they are too frequent.

Thought (smily with lightbulb) "Hells Angels" wannabes can't ride bikes

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Skulls, Reasons

My theory is that it has something to do with that part of the anatomy that is apparently terribly defective if it allows people to make cars their hobby. Or, maybe it's because by viewing skulls you get to see the thing that makes that noise when you bang your head against the wall trying to get a part to fit or work like you expected it to.
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Old 11-24-2006, 09:19 PM
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I think its a lot of things. Think back to lord of the flys. You put a head or skull on a stick and it stands as a warning to others. Dont mess with me! Also fast rods and bikes are giving you the feeling of being close to death sometimes. Thats what really pumps the adrenalin. So the skull is that reminder of your mortality. I dont know what I am talking about.
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They like them because it shows their attitude and to be different............But wait, they are all doing the same thing and are all the same...............As are most fads. We were the same when we were kids.

Now, its also the tattoo thing.................they mutilate their bodies for life, just because its a fad.............just dumb IMO.

When I was a kid, the Maltese crosses were a big thing.................until my old man saw me with one and paddled my arse. That made it even more tempting...................
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Being a T-Bucket owner, I take a second look at other T's I run across. I've seen a couple that were absolutely loaded with skulls, other bones, creepy & grisly stuff - even one that was towing a coffin behind it. How about a differential cover that is stamped to look like a skull? Yup.

I seem to remember that Herman Munster drove a T in the comedy series 'The Munsters'. The skull theme would fit well with that series. Was that where it started or was it earlier than that?
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The adornments a person puts on their car are only an extension of what they want others to believe is their personality. It is just a part one more uniform for a person to wear.

I think many people put images on their stuff to compensate for something they feel that they might lack.
Associating themselves with skulls, dragons, snakes, lightning, flames, will make that person somehow stronger, as all are universal symbols of death, destruction and mayhem.

I'll put my own feelings out there too. I figure that I will be with skulls and flames soon enough, when I pass into the next world. I really don't feel the need to start hanging with them now.

I want a picture of Alfred E Newmann on MY car.

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I always thought it was a sculpture of the mother in law......
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I have a racoon tail hanging under my dash...........What does that perversion mean???
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I have a racoon tail hanging under my dash...........What does that perversion mean???
That you like eating racoon?
I keep souveniers of my lunches on my dash too.

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The adornments a person puts on their car are only an extension of what they want others to believe is their personality. It is just a part one more uniform for a person to wear.

I think many people put images on their stuff to compensate for something they feel that they might lack.
Associating themselves with skulls, dragons, snakes, lightning, flames, will make that person somehow stronger, as all are universal symbols of death, destruction and mayhem.

I'll put my own feelings out there too. I figure that I will be with skulls and flames soon enough, when I pass into the next world. I really don't feel the need to start hanging with them now.

I want a picture of Alfred E Newmann on MY car.

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Looks like this is turning into a FUUUUN thread (which was my real intent)!!!

I was talking with a friend last night and his theory is that since the SKULL "motif" really got it's start in the biker community - it was probably a self-portrait of some biker after accidentally laying his bike down on a slippery stretch of asphalt!! OUCH!!! It's known in their culture(?) as "Road Rash"!! My youngest brother has the permanent scars to prove that it happens!!

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I would think that the skull thing has been around since well before cars were even invented. Didn't the savages encountered by the ships on trade and exploration voyages in the 1400s keep skulls and bones of their conquests hanging around to scare off their enemies?
(like weirdbeard had said in his post, I'll bet he is a little more connected to those crazy cannibal guys than he'd care to admit , Just kidding )

I know that the association with skulls and other powerful images was really brought home in a much bigger way when servicemen who had fought in WWII came back and started car and motorcycle clubs.

IIRC Hells Angels was initally a group of WWII airmen who used the skull with wings as their symbol of victory and earned badness. HA history lesson The Hells Angels motorcycle club used the image of the skull with wings as a symbol to their own badness. Whether or not they truly earned the right to use the image is going to be uncontested by me. Those guys were definately a force to be reckoned with, and no one with any sense would try to impersonate a member.

The real meanings of so many of those images have been so obscured by commercialism that they have lost all of their original meaning.
Example:
My 14 year old daughter has a belt with a buckle cast in the shape of a skull. How scary is that?

Well ok, anyone who HAS a 14 year old daughter knows that they are scary without skulls and flames, but you get the idea.

What did the Von Dutch flying eyeball mean in the 50's and 60's and what does it mean today?


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(like weirdbeard had said in his post, I'll bet he is a little more connected to those crazy cannibal guys than he'd care to admit , Just kidding )


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