Battle Ready + Ridiculously Cute = Awesome

Canadian cosplayer Andy Smith created these beautifully detailed and thoroughly kawaii suits of Hello Kitty and Pikachu-themed samurai armor. Hard hats serve as the base for both helmets and all those armor plates were fashioned from plastic garbage cans. We love that the Pikachu armor even features a lightning bolt tail.

Visit Andy’s DeviantArt page for additional process photos. If you happen to be attending Animethon, taking place this weekend in Alberta, Canada, keep an eye out for Andy, who’ll be wearing at least one of these fantastic costumes.

[via Neatorama and Geekologie]

The latest addition to the Archie McPhee Library is a must-have for any Crazy Cat Lady. Entitled Fashion Cats [Buy on Amazon], it was compiled by Japanese photographer Takako Iwasa, “Japan’s #1 Cat Tailor,” who used his own adorable cats, Prin and Koutaro, as kitty supermodels to document fashion trends for fabulous felines.

"Prin and Koutaro are two cats who don’t get out of bed for less than the best catnip and 10,000 American dollars. They aren’t just cute, they are extraordinarily cute and know how to make Haute Cature look as good as it should. Here they don the latest Japanese Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter collections, featuring gorgeous, flowered paw bracelets, lace veils, tuxedo fronts, wool capes with matching caps, and much more.:

It’s 160 pages of nonstop kitty couture that’s guaranteed to brighten the gloomiest day.

[Images via Design Taxi and Design Faves]

It’s never too soon to share more of Hoang Tran’s pop culture-based crayon sculptures (previously featured here). In addition to the extraordinarily careful carving (check out how thin Jack Skellington’s neck is!), Tran melts other crayons applies the melted wax to his sculptures to accentuate the tiniest details such as clothing and facial features.

For a regular dose of creatively-carved crayons follow Tran here on Tumblr at Wax Nostalgic. You can also purchased original pieces via his Etsy shop, CarvedCrayons.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

Washington-based artist Paula Strawn found a way to turn a necessary medical device into an adorable accessory. She customizes tiny corrective helmets worn by babies with Brachycephaly or flat head syndrome. It’s a treatable cosmetic condition that simply requires the infant to wear a helmet for 3-4 months. The cranial remolding helmets are plain white devices. That is, until Paula Strawn gets her hands on them.

According to the artist, many people become uncomfortable and avoid eye contact when they see a baby wearing a helmet. With Strawn’s artistic creations, however, parents and infants receive compliments and curious questions instead of pitying or worried looks. She says, “Often, it creates an opportunity to have a conversation and explain what the helmet is for and that it is not a scary situation.”

Strawn got her start with a request from a friend who wanted to beautify her infant granddaughter’s helmet. When that baby’s doctor saw the wonderfully painted helmet, he asked Strawn for business card and fliers for his office. So many parents were interested in custom-painted helmets that Strawn has since started her own business, Lazardo Art. She’s been in business for 12 years now and has painted over 1200 head-shaping helmets for babies all over the US.

Visit the Lazardo Art website to check out more of Paula’s painted baby helmets.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

We hope you’re thirsty for some more amazing 3D coffee art. These exceptionally frothy works of art art the work of Yuuichi Ito, who works at Belcorno, an Italian restaurant in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.

Head over to RocketNews24 to check out more of Mr. Ito’s kawaii and colorful coffee art.

[via RocketNews24 and Kotaku]

We love a Crazy Cat Lady here at the Geyser of Awesome, so it’s our pleasure to introduce you to Junko Suzuki. Ms. Suzuki lives in Tokyo and loves cats so much that, in addition to sharing her home with feline friends, she’s been collecting cat-related items for the past 40 years. She owns so many cat-related things, over 10,000 pieces, that she spent 2.5 years organizing her collection and turning her house into a cat museum.

Dubbed “Nyanyamoan” (にゃにゃもあん), the museum opened in 2012 and is located on the second floor of Suzuki’s house. Suzuki decided to create the museum because she thought it would be sad to just to pack away these faux cats she had acquired over the years. Creating a museum would be a good excuse to keep the items out.

Cat merchandise of all sorts, including plenty of Hello Kitty stuff, is neatly arranged on the floor, stacked on numerous shelves, displayed in cabinets and hung on the walls and ceiling. Items are themed to suit the room in which they’re displayed - so bath-related products are in the bathroom and so on. For a modest entrance fee, Suzuki personally guides visitors through her collection.

Visit Kotaku to view more photos of Junko Suzuki’s awesome cat collection.

Check out this awesome suit of Hello Kitty kendo armour or bogu (防具). Hello Kitty has appeared on all sorts of products during her 40 year career, but this may be the first time we’ve seen Sanrio’s beloved Kitty-chan being used to prettify a set of Japanese training armour, complete with a shiny red bow atop the mask. Protective gear festooned with kawaii kitties may not intimidate your opponent, but it might lull them into a false sense of superiority or at least distract them long enough for you to get in a good strike or two.
[via Kotaku]

Check out this awesome suit of Hello Kitty kendo armour or bogu (防具). Hello Kitty has appeared on all sorts of products during her 40 year career, but this may be the first time we’ve seen Sanrio’s beloved Kitty-chan being used to prettify a set of Japanese training armour, complete with a shiny red bow atop the mask. Protective gear festooned with kawaii kitties may not intimidate your opponent, but it might lull them into a false sense of superiority or at least distract them long enough for you to get in a good strike or two.

[via Kotaku]

When it comes to cuteness, Hello Kitty is a kawaii force to be reckoned with. So what happens when you take an almost universal symbol of cuteness and hurl her into a churning pop culture stew? Awesomely strange tattoos happen and Neatorama assembled a fascinating collection of some of the strangest examples they could find.

In these photos Hello Kitty meets Hellraiser, Jesus, tokidoki and the Living Dead, the perils of biohazardous waste, Star Trek, The Silence of the Lambs, and The Terminator.

But that’s not all. Head over to Neatorama to view even more Hello Kitty mashup tattoo weirdness.

We love it when the natural world produces something that’s as awesomely cute as it is surprisingly creepy. Such is the case with this endearing little caterpillar whose face bears a striking resemblance to Hello Kitty, complete with adorable kitty ears.
This kawaii caterpillar is the larval form of the Chinese Bush Brown butterfly (Mycalesis gotama).
Photo via Meiwa Suisan
[via Neatorama]

We love it when the natural world produces something that’s as awesomely cute as it is surprisingly creepy. Such is the case with this endearing little caterpillar whose face bears a striking resemblance to Hello Kitty, complete with adorable kitty ears.

This kawaii caterpillar is the larval form of the Chinese Bush Brown butterfly (Mycalesis gotama).

Photo via Meiwa Suisan

[via Neatorama]