Sugar Skull T-Shirt – Halloween Sweetness

October 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

day of the dead t-shirt

Calavera de azucar – A tasty memorial on a tasty tee

As Halloween is fast approaching, I think it’s only right that I dedicate the blog to the t-shirts associated with everything spooky and scary. Let’s start with this Sugar Skull T-Shirt.

Oddly enough, unless you have a particular aversion to skulls, the candy versions that appear during Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations are actually quite sweet. While those of us in the UK or the US are obsessing about devils and witches, Mexican families are gathering together to celebrate and remember the people closest to them that they have lost. Sugar skulls are used on alters and even get munched afterwards, and can be used purely as decorations or as representations of the deceased. Often painted with patterns and flowers, they’re just another part of the very colourful celebrations that take place at this time of year. I really like this idea. The whole thing strikes me as not only healthy, but also very sweet (and that’s not just because of all the consumed sugar skulls). Ghosts stop being things to be scared off, and instead you can feel the presence of those you’ve lost, even that just means remembering them and talking about them with other people who also loved them.

The iconography of these celebrations, most famously the sugar skull, has now been taken to heart by the design community too, and this is just one of many Day of the Dead T-Shirts that’s available, though I think it’s a particularly nice one. I found it at where it costs £14.99 for either men’s or women’s styles. There are plenty of colours and sizes to choose from so no worries there. And as they say in Mexico: “Hay mas tiempo que vida…”



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