Udo Schmidt is fascinated by beetles. Now 70-years-old, the retired German researcher has been collecting them since his late 20s. The drawers housing Udo’s awesome collection contain 30,000 specimens representing over 6,000 species.
“Since more than 350,000 species of beetles have been classified, and I have published photos of just 1,600 of them, there is absolutely no danger that I will run out of work,” Schmidt told Wired.
Schmidt’s hobby has taken him to 22 countries around the world. “I prefer to collect in Africa, in the dung of mammals,” he said.
He is inspired by the “overwhelming variety of shapes and colors, beauty and elegance,” of beetles — the largest group of insects in the world. Evolutionary biologists struggle to explain this seemingly excessive diversity.
Thankfully Udo is also a skilled photographer, so we don’t have to knock on his door in order to get a close look at his stunning insect archive. Visit his website and Flickr stream to view many more astonishing images of Udo’s beautiful beetles.
These adorable Sushi Trucks are the work of Japanese artists Yasuhiko Hayashi and Yusuke Nakano. They created this awesomely kawaii method for transporting pieces of delicious sushi to hungry customers in order to demonstrate how serving food can be a fun and creative enterprise.
Of course, no matter how hungry we were, we wouldn’t be able to resist the opportunity to drive our sushi trucks around the bar, pretending to be voracious kaiju, before driving them right into our mouths. Om nom nom nom!
For a stunning new series entitled Little Wings, Latvia-based graphic artist and illustrator Alex Konahin used fine pens and india ink to create awesomely intricate insects whose ornate bodies are made of beautiful scrollwork and floral designs.
New York-based photographer Ryan Burke is a master of self-transformation. He spends anywhere from three to eight hours skillfully using makeup, clothing, and creative props to achieve each new appearance. However Ryan rarely plans an outfit in advance. Instead he allows each look to evolve organically. Once he has completed the awesome transformation process, Ryan documents each new manifestation by taking a stunning self-portrait. As you can see from the ten examples above, each new guise is nothing short of jaw-droppingly gorgeous.
Mr Burke grew up in Virginia and has spent time living in both Los Angeles and New York. His work has been influenced and shaped by his experiences with artists, drag queens and other colorful people during his travels.
He told the Huffington Post of his photo project, titled ‘Self’: ‘My self-portraits are a documentation of my life. When you spend three to eight hours putting together your face and outfit, an iPhone picture just doesn’t seem like enough.’
Ryan keeps an ongoing public record of his favourite guises, which you can follow right here on Tumblr.
The Richards Family in Canberra, Australia used 502,165 Christmas lights to transform their home into an awesome holiday light show and reclaim the Guinness World Record for the most lights on a residential property. They do this not just to create a fantastic spectacle for their friends and neighbours, but also to raise money for the charity SIDS and Kids.
Back in 2011 they set the record using 331,038 lights. In 2012 a family in New York beat them using 346,283 lights. This year the family was so intent upon winning back the record that they strung over half a million lights along 31 miles of wire. They also installed light-up reindeer and a sound system.
“With over half a million lights on our house, breaking the current record by over 150,000, I hope we’ll hold the record for longer than we did last time and raise even more money for SIDS and Kids. On the downside, my neighbours will think I’m just a tiny bit crazier,” said David Richards.
The extravagant display is synchronized to music and includes more than 50km of LED string lights, 520 Lightorama channels controlling a 50-meter multi-colored canopy, and an 18-meter light-controlled tree. The lights are powered by ActewAGL’s Greenchoice renewable energy, as part of the family’s efforts to be eco-friendly.
[via Design Taxi]
November has ended, so let’s all gather round and celebrate the hirsute glory that was Movember 2013 by marveling at the face, neck, and chest of Jonathan Burnside. For his 4th year as a Movember participant, Jonathan grew a splendid handlebar mustache that he eventually connected with his beard and chest hair in order to create the unmistakable shape of a playful cat.
‘I just did a handlebar moustache and then cut half of it off,’ he explained. ‘I made a template to get the basic shape. Then I shaved negative space lines for the details, which did not show up on camera. Then my wife did an outline in eye liner, which also did not show up on camera. Then I just went ahead and outlined it in Sharpie.’
We love how the Einstein tattoo on Jonathan’s left arm appears to be marveling at the fuzzy feline right along with us.
Behold one of the most awesomely tentacular sights ever captured on video. You may think you’re looking at an alien, but this is an extraordinarily rare glimpse of a deep-sea cephalopod known as the Bigfin Squid from the family Magnapinnidae. It was caught on camera in 2007 by a Shell Oil Company ROV at a depth of 2386 meters (roughly 1.5 miles) at the Perdido oil drilling site down in the Gulf of Mexico. This fantastic image is a composite created using the haunting ROV video footage. (Click here to watch the original video.)
Magnapinna squids are one of the deep-sea more ethereal creatures. Little is known of these squid as very few have ever been captured, although over the last decade with the increased usage of remotely operated vehicles (ROV) and submersibles more and more video is emerging of them.
They are unusual in both that the fins are up to 90% of the length of the body, i.e. the mantle, and the ridiculously long length of the arms. The squid often will hold some of the arms at a 90˚ angles from the side of the body.
DevinSuperTramp filmed this awesome parkour video of Chris Romwell cosplaying as a character from the forthcoming Ubisoft video game Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag while skillfully free-running throughout the recent 2013 San Diego Comic-Con. As you watch the video you may notice that, thanks to Comic-con being such an notoriously wild and bustling event, barely anyone even turns their head as this costumed figure runs, jumps, flips, and tumbles over and past them. For them it appears to be just another (completely awesome) day at Comic-con.
[via Fashionably Geek]
It was one of 5 cat-themed elements of an art installation that the studio assembled in 2010. The 3.5-meter long cat fills an apartment master bedroom. Visitors to the exhibit could sit on it for what Unfold calls “sweet revenge.”
It may be time to consider replacing the conference table here at Geyser of Awesome headquarters. Although there would be a slight risk of dozing off for anyone who happened to sit in a sunny spot, this awesome lounging kitty looks like an amazing place to hold our creativity meetings.