Because honoring the dead should go beyond just lighting up before lapsing into discussions on how goddamn freaky Bob Weir’s eyes are, there's Binary Prints: a collection from Philly artists whose usual work includes everything from badass sailor tattoos to reproducing old jerseys, but who decided to cheer their lives up a little bit with a side project focusing on all things death-related, from Dia De Los Muertos-style mini-coffins to ghastly takes on classic starlets, only one of which you want to get inside. Some of the best:
Scarilyn: The ex-Mrs. Arthur Miller is painted up with a feather boa, a red carnation, and a white face made to resemble a lucha libre mask, because lord knows the poor thing had to wrestle with her feelings on which extremely famous public figure to bang each night.
Our Vader of Guadalupe: Depicted with hands pressed in prayer while wielding a lightsaber, this tribute to the asthmatic Sith Lord would look at home on a prayer candle, though it'd probably go out all the time, 'cause, y'know...Dark Side.
The PROGRAMMER: This rendition of a 200 Czech Koruna is covered with mystical rings and geometric symbols, while the portrait, originally of Czech "father of modern education" John Comenius, is decked like a witch doctor with white eyes, face tats, and a skeleton grill, so clearly not a Weber Genesis E-310 complete with accessory cabinets -- that thing's robust!
Because Star Wars used to be awesome before suddenly Vader felt guilty for killing the Emperor, Binary's also got a run of sugar skull-themed prints coming, including renditions of Stormtroopers and Boba Fett...a man whose death is difficult to honor, considering he's still currently undergoing a lifetime of pain and suffering.