By  on November 16, 2011

Ron English likes it with a smile, Sante D’Orazio prefers his with tattooed figures in the buff. Scott Campbell does it in stacks and stacks of uncut one-dollar bills. And Damien Hirst? Covered in 8,601 flawless diamonds.

We’re talking about the skull, of course — the bony, hollow-eyed symbol for all things mortal and macabre — and Patrice Farameh’s new coffee-table book “Skull Style: Skulls in Contemporary Art & Design,” which is devoted to the enduring motif. Released this week, it features nearly 500 pages worth of skulls, variously represented by those artists — and then some. The book, with covers by fashion designer Lucien Pellat-Finet and, in limited edition, pop artist Peter Tunney, features an endless list of names who have tackled skull imagery, all divvied up into the categories of art (English, Hirst and crew), product design (e.g. a teapot by Trevor Jackson), fashion (usual suspects Pellat-Finet and Alexander McQueen) and jewelry (Kerri Halpern, see story, opposite page). Next month at Art Basel in Miami, Tunney is also curating a special exhibit, “Skull Sessions With Peter Tunney,” tied to the book.

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