Tattooed Top Hat

Found in The New York Times’ slideshow “Goth Endures.”  While I don’t really like the material of this pig skin tattooed top hat by Justin Smith, I do love how the different pieces are stitched together.  It is a beautiful piece, and the stitching reminds me a bit of the lampshades in my mom’s house.  The hat was featured in The Museum at FIT’s “Gothic: Dark Glamour” exhibit last year, and in Valerie Steele’s book of the same name.

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