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post #61 of 161
We wear skulls! Boys and girls! Children and adults!

I even made a skull print dipe for lo!
post #62 of 161
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Originally Posted by Drummer's Wife View Post
What are your thoughts?

Cute or Horrible?
My daughter has been wearing stuff with skulls on it, wherever she can find it, for almost a year now. In the yearbook, they listed peace signs and skull signs as the favorite fashion trends of the 4th grade class. I don't really care one way or another, but I don't actually feel like it's up to me. Within reason. I'm having issues with her style sense clashing with her lack of money.
post #63 of 161
Well I have a skull and cross bones tattooed on the back of my neck in the middle of a compass with the cycle of the moon around it. So obviously I have no problems with skulls.

I have done a lot of research into historical and modern piracy, both the seven seas and copyright style.

ds has a lot of clothes with skull, skulls and crossbones, and other things with crossbones or crossed other things. I'm thinking a diaper with crossed rattles for instance

he's currently laying in my lap nursing in a pair of heart pants and a shirt with checks and skulls all over it.
post #64 of 161
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well, besides the 2 yo, my kids can and do choose what they want to wear (including picking out what I buy). Actually, come to think about it, the 2 yo does insist on wearing certain things, like a specific horse sweater over and over again even when it's dirty (and hot outside).

There in lies the rub... My DS could care less what he wears. Sometimes I can convince him to pick something out of the drawer but most of the time its a no go for him (unless it has a dino on it). He's probably saving it all up for when he's a teenager.
post #65 of 161


Ds wears skulls! I bought ds a onsie short set with a big skull on it and now a friend's ds wearsit..its adorable. My aunt bought ds a pair of glowing brightorange crocks so I had to punk them up and bought a skull giblet(is that what their called???)

I LOVE SKULLS!!!
I would LOVE to find skulls for dd!!..Anyone know of any??
post #66 of 161
I'm not a fan of "mini" adult clothes, I like my children to look like kids, but I adore skulls. We don't own anything with them on it but I do find them cute. On the other hand, I refuse to buy sports theme clothing for DS so to each there own.
post #67 of 161
I do think they can be kind of cute, but I don't dress DS in them. Skulls scare some children, and I don't want DS to wear something that might scare some other little kid. My nephew gets completely freaked out by the whole skull/skeleton thing, and would be very upset if DS ever showed up wearing them.
post #68 of 161
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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.
For me, the pirate skulls don't represent death, they represent raping and pillaging. That's not a normal part of life to me. Most ghoulish imagery represents ghoulish things...violence, evil, negativity. Of course, there's some ghoulish imagery that doesn't (eg. Day of the Dead stuff, crucifixion) - I don't lump it all into the same category.

Some kids may not know what rainbows represent, but most kids are curious and will ask questions. I asked my 3 yr old DD what rainbows meant and she said 'Happy'.

Symbols are powerful. I don't split hairs about 99% of the stuff (Lacoste alligators? etc. ad nauseum), but the skull and crossbones to me would be like, oh I dunno, dressing my kids in swastikas. I just don't.
post #69 of 161
We have no problem with skulls on clothing, though the cartoonized Jolly Roger that most kids clothes have are not really our cup of tea. DD has one shirt with a very realistic skull on it.

Also just want to point out (I haven't read the whole thread so this might have been said) most pirates didn't utilize the skull and crossbones, the used a plain black or red flag. Also there are other organizations that have utilized the skull and cross bones at some point, including the US Air Force.
post #70 of 161
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...but the skull and crossbones to me would be like, oh I dunno, dressing my kids in swastikas. I just don't.
Yikes!

I do appreciate all the various opinions, b/c I was curious as to why people felt they weren't appropriate for their children.

Thanks for the historical/cultural information regarding skulls as well. It's all very fascinating to me.
post #71 of 161
I see it a lot at work with my student's wearing some Gap items too. I think it is adorable, personally. None of the clothing that I have seen with skulls on it has offended me, it is not like they are showing skulls dripping with blood, which might be more offensive to people. I like the skull theme and have some items like that myself
post #72 of 161
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Originally Posted by Drummer's Wife View Post
Yikes!

I do appreciate all the various opinions, b/c I was curious as to why people felt they weren't appropriate for their children.

Thanks for the historical/cultural information regarding skulls as well. It's all very fascinating to me.
FYI in Catholic imagery St. Francis of Assisi, Mary Magdalene and um - someone else I don't remember - are often portrayed with skulls. Where Jesus was buried, Golgotha, is the place of the skull.

It's not all rape and pillaging.

For whatever reason I'm more comfortable with skulls than Lacoste.
post #73 of 161
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Originally Posted by GuildJenn View Post
FYI in Catholic imagery St. Francis of Assisi, Mary Magdalene and um - someone else I don't remember - are often portrayed with skulls. Where Jesus was buried, Golgotha, is the place of the skull.

It's not all rape and pillaging.

For whatever reason I'm more comfortable with skulls than Lacoste.
Thanks for the additional info.

and now I'm curious about Lacoste, b/c I have no idea. I saw a pair of shoes with the little crocodile on them the other day, but other than that I haven't noticed that brand since I was young. I'll have to google it to see what up.

eta: or do you just mean b/c it represents a particular brand?
post #74 of 161


Only on MDC will people choose the Jolly Roger over Lacoste and Disney!

post #75 of 161
I don't think they are cute... but I don't think it's "wrong" to have them on childrens clothing.
post #76 of 161
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Originally Posted by GuildJenn View Post
FYI in Catholic imagery St. Francis of Assisi, Mary Magdalene and um - someone else I don't remember - are often portrayed with skulls. Where Jesus was buried, Golgotha, is the place of the skull.

It's not all rape and pillaging.

For whatever reason I'm more comfortable with skulls than Lacoste.
Yeah, infact the skull at Golgotha represents the skull of Adam, with the blood of Christ dripping on it to wipe away the sins of humanity. So here the skull represents redemption.

In the danse macabre the skeletons represent the universality of mortality...in other words that all social classes end up in the same place so what you do is more important than what you have...proto socialists!
post #77 of 161
LOL I think they are ADORABLE! I used to have a pair of skull converse myself! I love dressing my little three year old like a rockstar( a clean non drug using rockstar!! ha ha!). My husband is a musician , and I'm really into fashion so doing things a little outrageous with my kids is fun for me! For example, the other day at preschool was wacky hair day.. SO I put on his black tee shirt with green lettering that said " My dad rocks!" , slipped on his green converse, then put temp BRIGHT green dye in his hair! He looked awesome!
post #78 of 161
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Originally Posted by GuildJenn View Post
FYI in Catholic imagery St. Francis of Assisi, Mary Magdalene and um - someone else I don't remember - are often portrayed with skulls. Where Jesus was buried, Golgotha, is the place of the skull.

It's not all rape and pillaging.

For whatever reason I'm more comfortable with skulls than Lacoste.
Have to admit I've only ever seen Francis of Assisi with birds... Or may that's another saint.

Will admit I haven't seen very many depictions of saints though.
post #79 of 161
There's a difference between "skull" and "skull and crossbones".

I'm good with skulls.
I think some of the popularity could be the growing Latino/a demographic. I still remember making skull cookies for Dia de Los Muertos in Spanish class in Junior high. It felt really wierd / uncomfortable at that time. But what I saw in Texas (and understand about Mexico) is that it really is normal, and I guess my views on life have evolved in the decades since then.

Death is, ideally the natural, normal ending of a good, long life. We cannot live without death. Carnivores require the meat animal to die so that they can live. But vegetarians don't get a free ride either. Plants are alive too, if not as mobile or vocal.

Skull & crossbones pirate imagery...
I think DS has already had, worn, and now outgrown a onesie with that imagery on it. I agree with pp's about the historical pirates not being good people. OTOH, Disney and other movies have created this mythos of romantic pirates that are kinda fun to play with / pretend about. I think I would prefer to limit wearing (any further) skull and crossbones imagery to obvious pirate costumes, and not part of normal outfits. But I don't think I would restrict DS from wearing a pirate costume if he so desired.
post #80 of 161
Skulls are totally hot right now (especially when crafted from bling on black fabric).

There is definitely a market for this sort of thing. I would totally allow my daughters to wear it if they wanted to.
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