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WTF? A skull? Really? Why?

Because Endymion’s pose and cane were actually based on this 1988 photograph called “Self-portrait” by Robert Mapplethrope!

It’s interesting to note that she also maintained the effect of the black clothes fading into the black background, using his tuxedo for that purpose instead of putting him in Prince Endymion’s blue uniform to match Serenity’s dress.  To me, this photo has a very haunting, Hamlet-like appearance, so it’s interesting that she chose something so dark for Endymion.  Perhaps as a reference to their ultimate fate in the past.

IIRC, she also mentioned Memento Mori for this picture, which is a Latin motto meaning “Remember you will die.”

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