39.The Screaming Skull/Alan Lathwell/2007/Digital Art/Unknown size. Skulls have become the mascots for Gothic art. Universally accepted as a symbol of death, the skull is has become a visual by-word. If a piece of work has dark overtones coupled with a skull, it will be inevitably labelled 'Gothic'. For many contemporary Goth Artists, the skull motif is a defining feature that makes them a genre to themselves.