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Sean Michael Ragan has created what he calls the “Deathblinger.”

He describes:

“[A 2006 BoingBoing article] describes what might be called the ‘gentrification’ of the skull as cultural icon; the death’s head–once a decidedly kitschy, lower-class, and marginalized symbol–has gone uppercrust, or so they say. Striking evidence is presented in this pavé diamond watch face by Lucien Pellat-Finet/Jacob Arabo, the price of which is left tastefully to our imagination. Being generally opposed to the gentrification of, well… anything, I undertook to reclaim this design in more accessible, familiar, and kitschy materials, viz. rhinestones. Copying the paving pattern from the photo was easy enough with the aid of some hex-graph paper from Some fancy footwork with Illustrator and Photoshop produced [an] image, which was printed to scale on 65lb card stock and used as a pattern.”

I love Sean’s sensitivity to the irony in the designer watch face. Not only is this a smart and funny project, he also provides great documentation for making your own rhinestone skull clock face. Link.

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern is director of wearable electronics at Adafruit Industries. Her personal site:

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