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Jas. Hook

When a Pirate isn't a Pirate

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I was in a local supermarket yesterday an ran into a lad working in the meat section. As he was wearing a black knit beanie cap with an embroidered skull and crossbone I said that I liked the embroidery and asked if he was into pirates? He explained that he was wearing the emblem because of his schooling. He explained that wasa two year mortuary art student therefore the skull and bones.

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The skull and crossed bones was more a sign of death than it was of pirates during the GAoP. The pirates who borrowed the emblem did so to inspire fear.

There was a whole design school of jewelry and art which grew out of the concept of 'memento mori' (Latin for "Remember that you will die".) It dates back to the medieval ages, if not ancient Rome. The artwork actually has its roots in religion, which is about as far from piracy as you can get.

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