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The Skull Project by Matthew Amey A limited edition of 2000 hardcover books signed and numbered by the author.


151 skulls, 151 different artists, 18 different countries represented in 1 book!

This is just a sampling of the artwork contained within the book.

Visit skullproject.com for ordering information.


Limited Edition


the Skull Project

by Matthew Amey

“The science of design, or of line-drawing, if you like to use this term, is the source and very essence of painting, sculpture, architecture.”

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- Michelangelo

rt arises from inspiration, and that spark can ignite from most anything — a peculiar dream, the hardened stares of unfamiliar faces looking out from a faded photograph, or an intricate spider web sprinkled with morning dew. As an artist, I use the world around me for both inspiration and reference — to give me ideas and the framework to express those images I see in my mind. My work tends to be peppered with several underlying themes — the battle of good versus evil, remembrance, faith, fantasy, heritage, culture. One theme that has interested me in tattoo art is the use of skulls — potent symbols of the temporary nature of our lives. Skulls have been used to signify danger, as religious icons, and to represent both piracy and secret societies. A skull can be evil, mystical, chilling, sorrowful or even comical. And it is a constant reminder of our own fragile mortality. This paradox has fascinated me, and led me to develop skull reference material for artistic work — an extensive framework of images to aid myself and other artists who are inspired by the many ‘faces’ of the human skull. That work culminated in “Skull Reference,” a book I created in 2003 of 151 line drawings of a human skull. Now I have taken that book one step further. I assigned those 151 line drawings to as many artists and asked them to pull from their own experience and inspiration to draw or paint their interpretation of the image. The results are compiled in this book. Enjoy.


Participating Artists The numbers correspond to the “Skull Reference” page each artist was given.

38 Sieto Netherlands van der Velde 39 Jeroen Derks Netherlands

79 Nic Montgomery

USA

121 Daniel DiMattia

80 Chad Koeplinger

USA

122 Bert Jackson

40 Rob Schwager

81 Johann Florendo

USA

123 Nico Schroder

Germany

82 Korie Wilson

USA

124 Chriss Dettmer

Germany

41 Hiro

USA Japan

Belgium Canada

1 Matthew Amey

USA

42 Paolo Acuna

USA

83 Jay Cavna

USA

125 Rob Conroy

USA

2 Todd Noble Holloway

USA

43 Jason Kundell

USA

84 Biagio Pagliarulo

USA

126 Steve Cross

Australia

3 Jay Cooper

USA

44 Erik Reith

USA

85 Jay Langer

USA

127 Matthew Ellis

4 Tres Denk

USA

45 Luke Stewart

USA

86 Jay Crockett

USA

128 Mike Shea

USA

5 Hoode

USA

46 Joe Capobianco

USA

87 Mike Bellamy

USA

129 Shawn McDonald

USA

6 Stacy Jascott

USA

47 Scott Smith

USA

88 Jamie (Tank) Smith

USA

130 Jeff Rassier

USA

7 Dave Fox

USA

48 Julio Rodriguez

USA

89 Tom Murphy

USA

131 Lee Hanna

USA

8 Jason Goldberg

USA

49 Tim Harris

USA

90 Nick Arena

USA

132 Annie Rubinstein

USA

9 William Thidemann

USA

50 Mike Giant

USA

91 Jack Rudy

USA

133 Bruce Gulick

USA

10 Ben “Chase” Thompson

USA

51 Steve Moore

Canada

92 Adam Mazza

USA

134 Grady Spades

USA

11 John Furse

USA

52 Bo McConaghie

USA

93 Max MacAndrews

135 Chad Soner

USA

12 Dan Pryor

USA

53 CanMan

USA

94 Paula Clark

USA

136 Phil Holt

USA

13 Christian Nguyen Switzerland

54 Jim Miner

USA

95 Fish

USA

137 Danielle DiStefano

USA

14 Brian Bruno

USA

55 Jackie Dunn

USA

96 Yoni Zilber

USA

138 Matt Rousseau

USA

15 Rodney Raines

USA

56 James Kern

USA

97 Shane Woodward

USA

139 Roger Selinger

USA

16 Dave Cummings

Canada

57 Joe Hegarty

USA

98 Chris O’Donnell

USA

140 Joel Long

USA

17 Dave Knight

Canada

58 Brent Vann

USA

99 John Guesr

USA

141 Yushi Takei

USA

Scotland

18 Anthony Pagano

USA

59 Daniel Albrigo

USA

100 Coco Electra

19 Robert Atkinson

USA

60 Jason D. Leisge

USA

143 Jime Litwalk

USA

20 Ron Wharton

USA

61 Jeremiah Barba

USA

101 Roberto Puerto Rico Torres Sierra 102 Bert Krak USA

144 Dave Waugh

USA

21 Martin La Casse

USA

62 Tina Forever

USA

103 Justin LiPuma

USA

145 Tim Hendricks

USA

22 Steve Tiberi

USA

63 Alex Reinke

104 Cody Meyer

USA

146 Corey Miller

USA

23 Josh Hoffman

USA

64 Tin Tin

147 Hunter Spanks

USA

24 Jack Mosher

USA

65 Nikki Lugo

25 Jon Kellogg

USA

66 Jon Dix

26 Boris

Hungary

67 Amina Reardon

Germany France USA Spain Denmark

Denmark

Canada

105 Lee Chien-Chihh

Taiwan USA

148 Genziana Cocco

Italy

107 Jay Fish

USA

149 Scott Silvia

USA

108 The Gus

USA

150 Shawn Barber

USA

Taiwan

151 Luke Atkinson

Germany

Switzerland

68 BJ Betts

USA

109 Benjamin

28 Titine Leu

Switzerland

69 Colby Long

USA

110 David Guthrie

29 Wido de Marval

Switzerland

70 Henning Jørgensen Denmark

111 Damien Rivera Puerto Rico

30 Rinzing Thaptzangky 30 Pat Lewis

Switzerland

71 Mike Rubendall

USA

112 Jessica M. Guzman

USA

71 Sean Rhodes

USA

113 Avi Vanunu

USA

72 Aaron Bell

USA

114 Vinnie Myers

USA

73 Eric Desmond

USA

115 John Reardon

USA

USA

116 Joseph Ari Aloi

USA

Netherlands

117 Matthew Amey

USA USA

32 Mick

Switzerland

Japan

106 Ron Domstead

27 Filip Leu

31 Seth Mushrush

142 Shige

33 Lal Hardy

UK

74 Matthew Amey

34 Jeff Srsic

USA

75 Marco Hengst

35 Kevin LeBlanc

USA

76 Zam

USA

118 Jacob Redmond

36 Tim Lehi

USA

77 Doug Hansen

USA

119 Papito

37 Justin Weatherholtz

USA

78 Needles

USA

120 Kurt Wiscombe

USA

USA Israel

Puerto Rico Canada


The Skull Project by Matthew Amey

Many artists were involved in the creation of this book and I can not thank them enough for their participation. I would also like to thank my wife, Lisa Tossey, for her love and support. To my knowledge, no people or animals were hurt in the making of this book.

Copyright Š 2007 TossAmey Studio All rights reserved.

www.skullproject.com No portion of this book may be reproduced, in any form, without written permission from the copyright owner. By submitting artwork for this project the artists have given permission to reproduce their work in this book.

Published by TossAmey Press 108 Tail of the Fox Dr. Ocean Pines, MD 21811 USA

www.tossamey.com

ISBN 978-0-9795197-0-3


the Skull Project by Matthew Amey


“What Skulls Mean to Me ” by Dave Fox

W

hen I was five years old, my younger brother was having a birthday party. He and all his two-year-old little friends were sitting around eating ice cream and cake, listening to Sesame Street songs on the record player. I decided that between songs I would secretly replace their good time singalongs with my Kiss Love Gun album. Seconds after Kiss started playing, a little girl began to cry. My mom slapped me, but I still had a great laugh. At nine years old, my grandmother bought me a copy of Ozzy Osbourne’s Speak of the Devil. In 1982, while most parents were scared of the Satanic ramifications of a heavy metal band leader dressed as the devil with blood dripping from his mouth and surrounded by evil minions, my grandmother was handing me this record and wishing me a “Happy Birthday.” Grandma was the best. As far back as I can remember, I loved loud music, dark images, and basically most things evil. Maybe it was just my disinterest and boredom with everyday life that made me this way, I don’t know. But something about breaking the norm and stirring up fear and emotion always felt satisfying to me. While other kids were doing their homework, I was playing Dungeons and Dragons and dreaming of monsters and demons. While those other kids played soccer, I was out doing tricks on my BMX bike in the middle of the street, being honked and yelled at by passersby. While they were listening to rehashed hippie music that their parents turned them on to, I was listening to heavy metal with my friends, going to shows and beating the crap out of each other. The “good” life bored me. I needed mayhem. As an artist and admirer of art, the skull is the ultimate representation of all that I live for. It is visual heavy metal. I see a skull and instantly have subconscious flashes of the morbid and diverse curiosities in this world that make me happy. It is the basic representation of all otherworldly and ungodly images and meanings - not a rose, heart, or sparrow, nor love, beauty, or affection. The skull is their antithesis: death. The freedom to be separate from the false hopes and dreams of the rest of the world. It is an escape from life. When I tire of other art, the grand ideas, twists, turns, bells, whistles and repetitive gimmicks that people come up with to express their innermost thoughts, I can always fall back on a skull. Always a breath of fresh air from the hard, thought-out world of art, skulls work anywhere, anytime. Simple, complex, or abstract, skulls are interesting. Skulls are powerful. Skulls can make little girls cry.


Matthew Amey

Oil on Panel

Skull Reference Page 1


Jay Cooper

Watercolor on paper

Skull Reference Page 3


Tres Denk

Watercolor on paper

Skull Reference Page 4


Dave Fox

Watercolor on paper

Skull Reference Page 7


Jason Goldberg

Watercolor on paper

Skull Reference Page 8


Rodney Raines

Acrylic on panel

Skull Reference Page 15


Dave Cummins

Watercolor on paper

Skull Reference Page 16


Joe Capobianco

Skull Reference Page 46

Acrylic on panel


Scott Smith

Watercolor on paper

Skull Reference Page 47


William Thidemann

Watercolor on paper

Skull Reference Page 9


Ben “Chase� Thompson

Watercolor on paper

Skull Reference Page 10


Yushi Takei

Mixed media on paper

Skull Reference Page 141


Shige

Acrylic on canvas

Skull Reference Page 142


Christian Nguyen

Watercolor on paper

Skull Reference Page 13


Brian Bruno

Watercolor on paper

Skull Reference Page 14


Filip Leu

Ink on paper

Skull Reference Page 27


Titine Leu

Acrylic on canvas

Skull Reference Page 28


Dave Knight

Watercolor and colored pencil on paper

Skull Reference Page 17


Anthany Pagano

Watercolor and gold paint on rice paper

Skull Reference Page 18


Luke Atkinson

Skull Reference Page 151

Ink on paper


151 skulls used for this project


Matthew Amey A self-taught artist from Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Matthew has been tattooing since 1991 and creating artwork for over 20 years. When not using a tattoo machine, he works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, glass, and digital design and continues to experiment with new mediums and techniques. Matthew is part owner of Independent Tattoo in Delaware. In 2005 he and his wife, Lisa Tossey, cofounded TossAmey Studio in Ocean Pines, Md., to showcase their photography and design work.

www.matthewamey.com www.independenttattoo.com


This is just a sampling of the artwork contained within the book.

Visit skullproject.com for ordering information.


Skull Project by Matthew Amey  

151 skulls, 151 artists, 18 countries, 1 book.

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