I wasn’t sure if I should post these spoons because I basically still don’t know what to think about the skull as a symbol even if I think it takes a really unique form here. But as I read Hagakure again at the moment (yes, the one from Ghostdog), I feel it fits quite well. You’ll understand what I mean when you read the second “selection” of the Western translation which starts out like this: “The Way of the Samurai is found in death. When it comes to either/or, there is only the quick choice of death. It is not particularly difficult. Be determined and advance. To say that dying without reaching one’s aim is to die a dog’s death is the frivolous way of sophisticates. When pressed with the choice of life or death, it is not necessary to gain one’s aim.”
But back to the spoons. They are made from vintage silverplates by
Pinky Diablo aka Tom Sale and come as tea- or tablespoons.
Some other works of his include to etch words into surfaces of different silverware and plates and dishes all done with the wish to keep prices of his pieces low and accessible for everyone.
There is a longer feature on Pinky Diablo at examiner.com and a nearly 4 min documentary here on youtube.