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the Kata Kichwa by skulpturro the Kata Kichwa by skulpturro
tHe most GreatlY anTicIpAted eVeNt iN tHe liFe of a YouNg Kata Kichwan iS wHen tHey mAy uNdErgo tHe rItuAlistIc moDifiCatIon Of theiR sKulls

tHe sKiN iS pEelEd bAck cArEfuLly tO reVeaL tHe BesT CarVinG sUrfAce tHe WorlD hAs eVer KnowN

pAiN iS TempOraRy For a LifEtiMe oF pRiDe
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:iconneuronautical:
Neuronautical Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
Great for inspiration, but please I hope nobody here is buying looted artifacts from online auctions or from anywhere.  Fortunately well over 90% of artifacts being passed off as genuine and sold in any fashion are fake, and the online auctions jump up to like 99%, but there's so many that that 1% still represents a tremendous amount of looting and destruction forever of science, of the archaeological record. It destroys data that can never be recovered, those out of context artifacts have had the majority of what we can learn from and about the ancient cultures they belonged to stripped from them.  -signed, a Maya archaeologist
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Dr-Twistid Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
I never seen this one. Slipped it past me. It is now a part of my favs. Thanks for sharing and as always love your works.
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mauxuam Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow
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FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
They look so happy go lucky. :D

Seriously though. I can't believe I missed this one. but then again like you I've been off and on with this place. I'm glad I took the time to take a look at your gallery again.
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:iconskulpturro:
skulpturro Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am honoured, hope you find something to make you smile. Or soil yourself. Either or.
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FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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tobiferret Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
Amazingggggggggggg!!!!!
i love it
you rule.
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:iconskulpturro:
skulpturro Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you Mr. Ferret!!! :)
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:iconmirosslav:
mirosslav Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010
íLe deseo felicidad y muchos a&ntildeos de vida!Estoy agradecido mucho.
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:iconskulpturro:
skulpturro Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Muchisimas!! Felicidades a ti!!
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:iconnhytefall:
Nhytefall Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
Stunningly amazing. Wow. Just... wow.
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:iconskulpturro:
skulpturro Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a wonderfully supportive comment!!

I am grateful to you for stopping by my gallery, hope I can entertain you in the future as well :handshake:
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:iconnhytefall:
Nhytefall Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks... the piece just literally blew me away. Everything from the concept to the execution - exquisite. Thank you so much for sharing it :)
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:iconquarkhopper:
quarkhopper Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, the peeling of a fresh skull. The skin so vitally perfused, and the bone so supple under the knife. They'll never forget that day.
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Yiska25 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008   Photographer
Wondering how you did that and how long it took... awsome work :)
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:iconyiska25:
Yiska25 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008   Photographer
Crazy!
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:iconskulpturro:
skulpturro Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Difficult question to answer - I put (overlayed) photos of carved tibetan skulls over photos of african children - all photos from Google searches.
Photoshop 7 is the program I used, and just placed photos on several different layers and blended them together.
Hope that helps a little, I ver much appreciate your interest. Something like 10 hours went into that manipulation, I think :P
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Tapajos Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2006
Hey, I can use this work of yours as an example of what is undeniably art (Im an arts student)
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:iconskulpturro:
skulpturro Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmmmmmm..............I dunno about that - are you being sarcastic?
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:icontapajos:
Tapajos Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2006
Not at all. I spent some time thinking about your work, there are so many concepts of what is art that suports the fact that this piece of work is, indeed, art.
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skulpturro Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, then, Thank you!!! :hug:
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:iconmindtuber:
MindTuber Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
in a one half its manipulation and two half part is very halucinate
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:iconskulpturro:
skulpturro Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The kind of thing you 'think' you see, and then you blink your eyes and it looks different or normal again. Exactly the feeling I intended. You and I seem to think very much alike :)
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tetbow Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
i love this!!! haven't seen this one at GFx. +10! LOL
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:iconskulpturro:
skulpturro Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was one of the things I submitted in the first month that I was there - I routinely cleared out my gallery every month until someone noticed and criticized me for it; I leave things where they are now.....I guess I just never resubmitted this one (of course I was criticized for resubmitting as well). I'm glad you like, I appreciate the fact that you found humor in it and thought enough to :+fav: it.
Thx again!!
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Xbalanque Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2005
What style/s are those carving on their faces?

Xbalanque
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:iconskulpturro:
skulpturro Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tibetan, from skulls carved by monks. Source photos obtained on E-Bay. Search with the words 'human skull' and 'real'.
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Xbalanque Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2005
Sweet. They actually reminded me of a human mandible engraved with Mayan glyphs (presumeably looted from a burial) that I saw at an online auction.

Xbalanque
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kiki-doodle Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
IN the preview image, I coulda believed that these were mummified children. creepy and yet awesome
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skulpturro Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, an unexpected bonus from the Thumbnail!! Go DA! And I'm very into Creepy, I take that as a big compliment!!
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kiki-doodle Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
The thumbnail actually does something good for once ;)

Yes, certainly holds the element of creepy. I think it has just as much to do with those intricate designs that seem to be etched out onto their skin.
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skulpturro Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those are actually from carvings in real human skulls, done by Tibetan Monks on, of course, people already dead. ;)
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n--e--x--u--s Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2004   Interface Designer
Neat photo :) and funny :D good manip :!:

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:pointr: Please visit my gallery ~n--e--x--u--s
:pointr: Don't forget to check out my work. Comments are always welcomed.
:pointr: Thank you.
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n--e--x--u--s Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2004   Interface Designer
Yay :D I am glad I did :)
Thank you :!:

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:pointr: Please visit my gallery ~n--e--x--u--s
:pointr: Don't forget to check out my work. Comments are always welcomed.
:pointr: Thank you.
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:iconskulpturro:
skulpturro Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why Thank You!! I'm glad you saw the humor in it, you're the first person who has.
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toppyoushimonai Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2004
this pic sent chills down my spine lol><
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:iconskulpturro:
skulpturro Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:clap: Chills are what I live for!! Don't miss the dead stuff in the rest of the gallery!! Thx so much for the :+fav:, I'm glad you stopped by!! :)
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utarefson670 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2004
I try avoid using this word but I think a WOW is in order, so WOW! Double WOW! A bazillion WOWs. Your work is as scary as it is original.

There are actually some African ritual customs that make this seem quite not as far fetched as one may initially think.

The detail in this is impressive..... those carvings..........here's another WOW for good measure.

:D
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:iconskulpturro:
skulpturro Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Coming from a native South African, an opinion and observation of the highest order. I salute and Thank You!!! :D
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djyturz Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
damn, what can i say?
you just get more amazing by the minute.
unbelievable.
you should go live with the easter bunny, man.
down the rabbit hole with you!!!
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djyturz Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
explosive!

and, were i you, i'd kill the pharmacist and take them all!
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:iconskulpturro:
skulpturro Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Should I take the red or blue pill? And how do you like your eggs?



And thanks! :hug:
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elvyrus Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2004
Wow... besides the skull effect of course, I was sitting here trying to distinguish what was photomanip and what was already there... I guess that's a good thing right?=D
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skulpturro Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just three squeaky clean kids from central Africa - all 'mud' and marks put on in P.S. None of these kids appeared in the same photo. Only the middle one had the pinkish background. And yeah, that's a huge compliment, Thanks!!!
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elvyrus Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2004
Good job!=D
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:iconthe-seal:
the-seal Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2004
They scare the crap out of me. I absolutley love it!

I don't even have the words to describe this, it just speaks to me - Its both incredible and inspiring! :)
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skulpturro Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am flattered. What better compliment is there? It might sound corny, but what you described is why I am here and why DA is important to me. To inspire, and much more importantly, to BE inspired by this amazing community of imaginative people. Thanks again!!
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julip Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2004
so bizarre, i love it. this fuels my desire to own a curio museum. actually alot of your art does that. <3
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skulpturro Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
PLease do start one, stock it with cryptozoological art, and mail me an invitation. Start with a nice 2004 version of the Feegee Mermaid.
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
*has an art-induced seizure of joy* *froths at mouth* :crazy:

Davey, baby. Jumpin' Jeebus Cripes on a pogo stick. :love:
If this piece were an involuntary noise, that noise would be a "GAH!" of wonder and amazement.

If this fantastical, marvellous photomanipulation were food, it would be chocolate cake with vanilla bean icecream and a side of sheer TERROR. :D

This feeds my heart, my eyes, and my brain and makes them all dance around with joy and glee.

So beautifully terrible, terribly beautiful, painful and wondrous... Strikes me to the very core of my being.

After saying all that, using all those words, I realize that there really are no words for how this makes me feel, and that what I've said only scratches the surface.


You put a lot of work into this, and goddamn, it paid off a hundredfold.

You're brilliant, and I love you. 'nuff said. :heart:
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