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post #41 of 161
When I think of skulls, the first thing I think of is momento mori. Hamlet pondering over the skull, for example. I see it as the symbol for our own mortality and would personally never be offended by it.

Although I don't think that children really understand that symbolism, there's no reason I can see why they can't wear them. I mean, little girls don't exactly understand the symbolism of rainbows either.

Anyway, the skull motifs on kids clothes today are really a throw-back to nineties punk and are really trying to appeal to the nostalgia of the parents, just like wide leg pants and floral prints were "cool" when I was growing up (70's throwback). Notice that plaid is making a comeback in kid's clothes, too? It's a great marketing scheme.

P.S. I think people are so afraid of death in our culture that anything that represents death is considered offensive. Seems like a pretty old-fashioned notion to me, and not an idea that I particularly endorse imposing on our children. Death is a normal part of life, and not something to fear.
post #42 of 161
I have a few goth leanings myself, but I'm not into skulls - I find them creepy and macabre. So I wouldn't dress DD in them. But if you like them, more power to you!
post #43 of 161
Don't particularly care for them. There are better/original/creative graphic art clothing available.
post #44 of 161
i love them my ds caden has a black all in one with a white skull and crossbone on the front, my ds cameron has a raincoat with skull and crossbones also.

http://s75.photobucket.com/albums/i2...=iphone002.jpg

http://s75.photobucket.com/albums/i2...=iphone004.jpg

a couple of pics of caden wearing his all in one although not very clear will try to get a better one next time he wears it
post #45 of 161
My thoughts are this: I don't like it at all. Our children will not be allowed to wear skulls on their clothing, especially when young. I guess as they become teenagers they'll have more of a choice but I still won't like it at all. Skulls are a symbol of death.. just don't know what's cute about that.
post #46 of 161
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Really? Around here, I find that this kind of thing is more of a rarity than the norm. I am purposefully looking for it too. I find it much more common to find sports, Disney characters, military and television-themed clothing than anything else. I wonder if it's a regional thing.
same here, only place i saw them was a shop called sohos and the smallest size was 9-12 so i had to wait till caden was big enough before i could get him one
post #47 of 161
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We have tons of skull/creepy/spooky clothing for DD (and us too), but that might be normal for formerly punky/gothy people who like pirates and wait all year for Halloween.
same here, me and my sister love all that sort of stuff as do my kiddies especially cameron he loves his pirate clothes and toys also
post #48 of 161
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My thoughts are this: I don't like it at all. Our children will not be allowed to wear skulls on their clothing, especially when young. I guess as they become teenagers they'll have more of a choice but I still won't like it at all. Skulls are a symbol of death.. just don't know what's cute about that.
Just have to ask, what is your big issue with death?

Also, why do children need to be "cute"?

And, what is "cute" anyway?
post #49 of 161
I don't buy clothes with skulls mainly because ds is only 3 and most of the skull clothes seem older to me. I figure he has his older years to wear older clothes so I'll stick with fire trucks and dump trucks and animals now that he is little. I don't actually have a problem with them or anything. If I was going to buy him a pirate shirt at this age I'd probably stick to something with a pirate ship rather than the skull and crossbones.
post #50 of 161
Nope. Won't put them on my kids.
post #51 of 161
I never looked at the skull and crossbones thing as pirate stuff--I always associated it with ghoulish and spooky.

Anyway..........as far as skull and crossbones, Ed Hardy was the main influence in bringing that to the forefront of recent and current fashion---and now everybody has copied it.
post #52 of 161
DS loves pirates and he's always loved the skeleton model that DH has in his classroom.
While it is not something I'd pick for him, he can very well choose to if he wants to.
post #53 of 161
DH, DD and I love skulls and skeletons, but we love it from a scientific standpoint and we also love Day of the Dead imagery. Day of the Dead is celebratory in Mexican culture because it celebrates and honors those who have passed. We don't view that as morbid. DD is fascinated with bones...loves going to the Natural History museum, loves identifying creatures by bones, loves looking at x-rays and loves anything relating to human anatomy. DD has a skeleton sweatshirt and winter gloves that glow in the dark (bones of the hand). I don't view it as cute, I just view it as a healthy interest in bones. We've got 'em whether we're dead or alive.

Can't say that I dig skull and crossbones imagery, but bring on the skeletons!
post #54 of 161
horrid, horrid horrid.
end of.
post #55 of 161
As someone with a master's degree in medieval death and dying and a danse macabre tattoo...I love me some skulls!! DS has a bunch of cute skull/skeleton wear, including this:http://www.gymboree.com//shop/dept_i...=1253666599771 which glows in the dark!!
post #56 of 161
Both our older kids have Halloween clothes with skulls on them. My son had a regular shirt with skulls on it as a baby that my new baby will wear this fall/winter.
post #57 of 161
I had the cutest pair of pink robeez-type slippers for DD when she was little. They had a little skull and cross bones, and the skull had a pink flower in her "hair". I thought they were great. But then, I used to play in a punk band, so that's kind of my thing
post #58 of 161
I was into the skull thing way back in high school, way back (the 80's) and then it was edgy. Now it seems trendy, especially if it's on gymboree clothing! I don't like trendy things, so for that reason I don't often buy them. She did have some diapers with skulls on them though. Also, I liked them when they were more 'punk' but now it's all about pirates and I just don't get that. I am not into pirates.
post #59 of 161
We're way into pirate stuff here, so lots of skulls. They even had skull-and-crossbones onesies as infants. They were smiling skulls. DD2 has a little pink jacket all covered in skull-and-crossbones now, and DS used to have babylegs with skulls on them. We also have quite a lot of Grateful Dead stuff with skulls. I don't like Halloween/ghoul kind of skulls a lot, but I wouldn't restrict them if the kids liked them.

I'm the whack-job, though, who dressed her little girl in black anarchy t-shirts when she was a newborn, though, so who am I to say?

I can't see getting into an argument with a child old enough to choose his/her own clothing, over something like skulls. But I think it's fine to just not buy the stuff for young children, if you don't like it. I don't buy sports-themed stuff for DS, because I don't like sports. But once he's old enough to be interested, I wouldn't tell him he can't have those clothes, if I can afford them and they are otherwise okay clothes.
post #60 of 161
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Originally Posted by Mama2Bug View Post
Really? Around here, I find that this kind of thing is more of a rarity than the norm. I am purposefully looking for it too. I find it much more common to find sports, Disney characters, military and television-themed clothing than anything else. I wonder if it's a regional thing.

Could be. I'm looking for more young boys clothes than toddler or baby though so that might make a difference. Don't get me wrong we have more than enough character clothes too, it's just lately I've been noticing a lot of skulls.
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