According to the the book "Skull Style Skulls In Contemporary Design" curated by Patrice Farameh, the definition of a skull is as follows: 1;The bone and the brain, etc. the formal definition... 2;Historical picture representing death or danger... 3;Informal the head: regarding as the center of knowledge and understanding... 4;Derogatory; the head regarded as the mind or intelligence.
I like 3 and 4, the first is obvious. Death and danger, eh...I prefer knowledge and understanding! Have a look at the Art Basel pics, skull style....below a mega 8" silver, metal piece at the entrance of The Catalina Hotel for the INK show.
Street art skull style at Wynwood Walls
All above, featured at Scope & Pulse
Peter Tunney's new skulls on old album covers, megs piece above, individuals below...
Skulls at Avant Gallery, above / below...
Alec Monolopy above / below
Above by James Lahey, "You Want To Start Over, mixed media on canvas, 72x48, $24,000.