Día de Muertos, the celebration of life and death in Mexico. Death is a rite of passage, something to celebrate rather than mourn. Homes, streets and even ancient Aztec ruins are adorned with colour and calaveras as a reminder to enjoy life and embrace our own mortality, and families and friends gather to pray to and celebrate their loved ones passed.


But why do these calaveras, these intricately decorated skulls, hold such an aesthetic importance for the Day of the Dead?


The answer is simple: because, as Mexican illustrator and political satirist, José Guadalupe Posada posed in his La Calavera Catrina illustration, no matter what your position in society, we’re all just a skull and bones in the end. It’s a humble reminder that we are all the same.


Still on my own journey of discovery through Mexican culture, timidly clutching at Frida Kahlo’s skirts, I wanted to create a calavera of my own. In my research, I found so many beautiful designs that I knew I had to share! Here are my top ten…


José Guadalupe Posada MOAMM

José Guadalupe Posada


Frida Kahlo MOAMM

Frida Kahlo


Kate O'Hara MOAMM

Kate O’Hara


Kate O'Hara 2 MOAMM

Kate O’Hara


Kate Collins MOAMM

Kate Collins


Derrick Castle MOAMM

Derrick Castle



Anna W


Thaneeya McArdle MOAMM

Thaneeya McArdle


My own calavera – bringing together my fascination for the Aztec warriors and my love for Mexico’s Día de Muertos:


Creative Portfolio - Calavera