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This Cat is the Most Beautiful We’ve Seen… But It’s Just Been Named “Most Awful Sleeping Face” in Japan

Thursday 12.25.2014 , Posted by
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With gigantic blue eyes and a snow-white coat, this Japanese cat named Setsu-Chan might be the most beautiful feline we’ve ever seen… that is, until she takes a cat nap.

After gaining a substantial following on Twitter, she has recently been dubbed “Most Awful Sleeping Face” by a number of Japanese publications, and it’s not hard to see why. This looks like the most relaxed cat in history. As soon as she nods off, her tongue pops out, her eyes roll back (but don’t quite close). If we didn’t see the before and after shots, we’d think she wasn’t gonna make it. [Read more…]

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Mosaic Faces Accompany A Spread For Psychology Today

Wednesday 12.24.2014 , Posted by
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For a magazine spread about love, fear, and change, Antonio Rodrigues Jr. re-edited some of his early illustration work. The unique portraits have mosaic features in swirls of nature. Birds, butterflies, and flowers swarm the portraits and text in a special style. The article asks three questions. Who do we love? Why do we change? What do we fear? [Read more…]

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From Action Sports Athletes to Pop Culture Superstars: There are Some New Style Influencers in Town

Tuesday 12.23.2014 , Posted by
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Welcome to a new paradigm. Surf, skate and snow are no longer the sports reserved to low budget, flannel shirt wearing, flip-flop clad punks. The standard ‘throw on a hoodie and drink beers by the fire’ for after surf or apres ski is not so typical anymore.  Now that action sports athletes have emerged in the spotlight as very well paid and very well-dressed icons, they are contending with the usual suspects of fashion and style like models, rappers, and movie stars.  With bigger pocket books, and more attention than ever before, the philosophy of no suits and no stress has been substituted for Oscars parties, private jets and hobnobbing with who’s who at events all over the world. [Read more…]

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Beard Grooming Acrobatics by ‘Incredibeard’

Tuesday 12.23.2014 , Posted by
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Isaiah Webb is the owner of an incredible beard. Sometimes it’s stylish, and others times it’s crazy… but it’s always incredible. From wrapping it up into a fab bow tie, to coiling it into a bowl for some hot ramen noodles, his beard is nearly as dexterous as his imagination.

Webb got his start beard sculpting in September 2012 when he posted a photo on Instagram featuring his facial hair splayed out into a fuzzy ‘Lorax beard.’ The photo went viral, and so did his newly groomed persona ‘Incredibeard.’ [Read more…]

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Every Year for Christmas, This Photographer Dresses Up His Dog

Tuesday 12.23.2014 , Posted by
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20 years ago, photographer Peter Thorpe started a wonderful Christmas tradition. For his annual holiday card he enlists the help of his dog, using elaborate costumes to transform him into different animals. It’s hilarious fun, and very, very clever. [Read more…]

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Delicate, Lace-Like Table Cloth Made With Thousands of Seeds

Monday 12.22.2014 , Posted by
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When looking at this intricate piece by Kansas-based artist Rena Detrixhe from afar you would think it’s a lovely example of vintage embroidery. But upon taking a closer look, you can see that the lacy design is not made from thread, but rather thousands of seeds. For this piece, which she calls Heirloom, Detrixhe gathered the seeds in Lawrence, Kansas, then spent countless hours meticulously stitching them into stunning patterns. [Read more…]

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The “Mothership Space Net Penthouse”: A Base Jumping Hammock 400 Feet in the Air

Monday 12.22.2014 , Posted by
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It’s a thrill-seekers dream come true. Combining the relaxation of a hammock with the sports of highline walking and base jumping, this intrepid crew spent their Thanksgiving holiday jumping through the hole in the middle of the “Mothership Space Net Penthouse.” That’s the grand name behind their creation, slung 400 feet above the Moab desert floor in Utah. [Read more…]

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A Ghost Ship Spotted Along A Canal in Amsterdam

Sunday 12.21.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve seen plenty of ghost ships in movies, but this one doesn’t require animation. This vessel appears at night along a canal in Amsterdam and you won’t believe your eyes. Using stage lights and water curtains, the ship appears in the water and the wind only adds to its eerie qualities. Created by visualSKIN for the Amsterdam Light Festival, the apparition shows up in front of Amsterdam Center for Architecture and The National Maritime Museum. [Read more…]

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Shadow of Knives: Awesome Silhouette Art Cut Out of Butcher Knives

Saturday 12.20.2014 , Posted by
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In this sharp series by Chinese artist Li Hongbo, butcher knives are transformed into works of art. Created with an intention of spreading the message that “human beings will eventually destroy themselves because of their gluttony and their abuse of animals”, Hongbo created silhouette shapes as metal sculptures in the blades. The butcher knives were on display in his solo exhibition. [Read more…]

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Iconic Western Stories & Fairy Tales Get an Eastern Makeover

Friday 12.19.2014 , Posted by
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South Korean illustrator Na Young Wu has been re-imagining western characters and fairy tales in a delightfully eastern fashion. From the Little Mermaid to Little Red Riding Hood, you’ve never seen the classics like this before. Using the Korean “manhwa” style, she gives each iconic story a makeover using traditional Korean costumes, hairstyles and themes. [Read more…]

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