65 posts tagged Strange
65 posts tagged Strange
Is this a still from a lost episode of The Twilight Zone? Nope, it’s a photo of waiters wearing amazing masks in the kitchen of a restaurant in Munich, Germany during Mardi Gras in 1933.
That they have such a long, strange history is one more reason we love our awesome selection of animal masks. The creepy characters in this photo feel like our ancestors. (Although that impressively freaky fellow second from the left looks like he might actually be a Rage Comic grandpa.)
Photo from the Nationaal Archief
A few weeks ago we shared a couple photos taken at a Japanese pigeon mask party. Today, thanks to Kotaku, we learned that that festive occasion was just the tip of an awesomely weird Japanese iceberg.
A Japanese comedy site called Daily Portal Z recently held a “Hato Event" (‘hato’ means pigeon in Japanese) at Osaka’s Grand Front shopping center. Attendees wore our Pigeon Masks and had their photos taken at the massive and fashionable Grand Front Osaka shopping center.
But there’s more, so much more. It seems Twitter is full of Japanese users posting their own photos while wearing pigeons masks - during meals, at the office, at the bar, lounging at home with their cats, riding the subway, even at the park hanging out with live pigeons. It’s amazing. When we go to Japan, we’ll be sure to pack a Pigeon Mask.
Visit Kotaku for more photos and complete photo credits.
We first dipped our toes into the world of creative dog grooming last summer. Now, thanks to New Zealand born, New York-based photographer Paul Nathan, we get to share another amazing glimpse of this strange and spectacularly colorful class of competitive dog grooming.
After traveling to numerous high-profile competitions, Nathan published a book entitled Groomed [Buy on Amazon], which explores the art of dog grooming. These are photos of contenders in the ‘Creative’ category at last year’s Intergroom, the world’s largest conference devoted to dog and cat grooming. Over 2000 dog and cat groomers attend each year.
The photographer explains in an interview with Feature Shoot that the priority is to make sure the dogs are comfortable. “In most cases the colors are done in stages on different days, usually in sessions of no more than three hours with plenty of breaks for the animal.” He states, later adding, “There is a vast variety of hair coloring products for dogs. They are all non-toxic and semi-permanent. Depending on the kind of coat the dog has it can last from a few washes to a few months.”
Head over to Feature Shoot to read the complete interview.
Here’s yet another awesome thing about Japan: Pigeon Mask Parties.
Whether they’re made of feathers or latex, hanging out in the park or at a bar, it’s clear that pigeons love to flock. Did you know that a group of pigeons is called a loft? That means you could also call these gatherings Loft Parties. It sounds like Pigeon Mask code.
Nothing says I love you like a molded chocolate model of your own teeth. Right? A Japanese dental student named Matsumtoooo thinks so:
“It’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow so I made some chocolate!!!!! I’m attending dentistry school so it’s denture chocolate!!!!! Both the upper and lower jaw!!!!! My folks don’t really like it!!!!! I’m bringing it to school tomorrow so everyone eat up!!!!!”
Whether or not these chocolate chompers successfully woo anyone is secondary to how impressively detailed they are, from the crenulations on Matsumtoooo’s molars to the texture of her soft palate.
These are (you had to know this was coming) some seriously sweet teeth.
Inspired by the artwork of Salvador Dalí, Spanish artist Oscar Tusquets and Deyrolle, a famous French taxidermy studio known for working with Dalí, collaborated on a series of 21 remarkable nightstands made using taxidermied sheep.
Each bedside table sheep stands on bronze feet and features a wooden tabletop and single drawer. They were made in reference to a Dalí painting entitled “Interpretation Project for a Stable-Library” [see bottom image], on the left side of which appears a lamb featuring a drawer in its flank and a phone set atop its back.
There will be 20 white sheep and 1 black sheep with white legs. The Daily Mail explains that the black one is a reference to a Catalan expression, “a black sheep with white legs,” which is something that is impossible.
The cabinets will sell for roughly £50,000 ($82,000) each. We can’t help but wonder if it’s easier to fall asleep with one of these sheep beside your bed.
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.
Yuko Higuchi’s artwork combines so many of our favourite things, such as tentacles, cats and anthropomorphism, that looking at her drawings feels like we’ve fallen down a rabbit hole created just for us. We were delighted to learn that the adorable kitty featured in so many Yuko’s pieces is based on her own pet cat named Boris. He’s her primary source of inspiration.
These pieces are just a small sampling of Yuko Higuchi's surreal world. You can see lots more of her artwork on Facebook, via Twitter, or right here on Tumblr. She also recently published her very first illustrated book.
[via Spoon & Tamago]
We recently experienced first hand how our Squirrel Mask instantly transforms a party from a fun gathering into a wonderfully surreal experience.
It turns out that almost everyone has an inner squirrel that they’re eager to let out. Now we understand that there should always be at least one latex animal mask on hand in order to enable a party to achieve its potential awesomeness.