Photographer Creates Amazing Human Sugar Skull!
Photographer Rene Rodriguez and bodypainting artist Cheryl Lipstreu combines their talents to create a human sugar skull using 7 models!!
Ornate and highly decorated sugar skulls are traditionally created for the Mexican festival, Day of the Dead, to celebrate and honor family members and friends who have died and help support them on their spiritual journey. Photographer Rene Rodriguez and bodypainting artist Cheryl Lipstreu however combined their talents to create a rather alive human sugar skull using seven beautifully decorated life models!! Each model was beautifully painted with traditional sugar skull patterns before being arranged together to form a larger skull image.
The image was the idea of Rodriguez and inspired by the famous Salvador Dali work, pictured below, where seven women were arranged to form a skull.
Rodriguez and Lipstreu created the image back in 2014 but it is still an awesome piece of art and definitely worth sharing! Sugar skulls have a become a very popular tattoo choice and it is refreshing to see them used in different ways and mediums! Lipstreu and her assistants spent four hours painting the models in white paint before adding the more decorative colors and patterns. Once Lipstreu arranged them in the correct positions Rodriguez photographed them from above.
Speaking about the project last year Rodriguez gave further insight into its inspiration;
'I'm not Mexican but the iconography of the sugar skull and the meaning behind the Day of the Dead, celebrating loved ones that have passed away, really touched me. Having thought about my own mortality and death it spoke to me on a primal level and I became addicted to looking at these visuals. Many years later I launched my photography company and I was inspired by the work of Savador Dali and Philippe Halsman'
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Even a year after the initial image was created the finished image is still an amazing piece of art and a great way to see sugar skulls in another context, maybe the image could even inspire you to get your own Day of the Dead tattoo!!