It’s been a while since we last checked in on the amazing work of real-life invisible man, Chinese artist Liu Bolin, master of creative camouflage (previously featured here).

If you aren’t already familiar with Liu Bolin's awesome artwork, you should know that there are no post-production tricks used to create these images. The artist is able to seamlessly blend into all sorts of urban environments and busy background scenes thanks to a team of skilled assistants who painstakingly reference photos of the space in which Bolin is standing as they paint him from head-to-toe so that he seems to disappear completely, no matter what that background might be.

Bolin has an exhibition of new work, entitled Liu Bolin: A Colorful World, opening at the Klein Sun Gallery in New York on September 11th and running through november 1, 2014.

Visit designboom for additional images.

If any of you are ophidiophobic the Department of Awesome Camouflage would like to offer reassurance that, no matter what your eyes or adrenal cortex are trying to tell you, the animals in these photo are NOT snakes. They’re a wily species of caterpillar that wards off predators by expanding and turning the end of its body, which bears the unmistakable markings of a snake’s head on the underside. If approached, they’ll even go so far as to strike like a real snake. These strikes are completely harmless, but they look so convincing that we’re pretty sure we’d flinch all the same.

This fascinating photo was taken by Daniel Janzen, a biology professor at the University of Pennsylvania, in the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in northwestern Costa Rica. He’s working there cataloguing caterpillars and says this specimen is a member of the genus Hemeroplanes

[via and Geekologie]

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.

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.

Check out The Pigeon Mask website for more glimpses of our Pigeon Mask in the wild.

[Bottom photo via dots_and_loops via The Pigeon Mask]

To celebrate Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Horse, RocketNews24 has assembled an awesome collection of animals and people wearing our creepy Horse Head Mask.

These are just some of our favourites. Head over to RocketNews24 to view them all.

Happy New Year! It’s the year of the horse on Geyser of Awesome!

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.

[via Liquidnight]