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hirst is sheer and utter shite.

Posted by bing | June 5, 2007 7:29 PM

It's a fucking skull with some diamonds in it. Yes, it's basically reprehensible bling, and yes, it's also trite and tacky. It looks like something out the Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Master's handbook. "The Skull of Modain causes 6d8 damage on all lawful good creatures within a 50 foot range. Exp. 30,000."

Posted by Jay | June 5, 2007 7:35 PM

50 million pounds, not dollars. That would make it 100 million dollars, not 50 million.

Posted by Tiffany | June 5, 2007 9:05 PM

Jen -- where's the photo of the skull?

Posted by Mark Mitchell | June 6, 2007 8:48 AM

Never mind. I Googled it. Don't really know what to make of it, though. I think diamonds are pretty. I'm a "tattoo guy" who has been using skull images for many years. And this just seems like a really pricey bauble to me. But, had it been unearthed from an ancient tomb I would have loved it, so I guess it's the context and not the object that bothers me.

Posted by Mark Mitchell | June 6, 2007 9:40 AM

As I think more about it, if it HAD been found in a tomb, it would have had some grand significance, perhaps having been made to commemorate a great warrior-king, or to put to use the spoils of a victorious looting. But now, and by Hirst, it just seems like a sad memento of our celebrity-obsessed times. I swear to God that's Paris Hilton's skull.

Posted by Kurt B. Reighley | June 6, 2007 10:55 AM

Oops. That comment is mine, not Kurt's. I am using his computer.

Posted by Mark Mitchell | June 6, 2007 10:57 AM


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