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Even superheroes and villains take a day off from saving or destroying the world and they need something a little more casual than their usual attire. Artist Mingjue Helen Chen has imagined what some of them might look like when they’re kicking back, relaxing, and plotting their next move.

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the blue box of cats

We have another walzaman design on Shirt Woot and it’s got a serious case of the Doctor Who adorbz.

I haven’t seen anything this cute since the Adipose were wandering through London headed for the mothership.

Plus, a fez or 3D glasses on a cat is always a hit.

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burned paper nails

Whether you want to protest banned books or just want nail art that looks really cool and different, these Burned Paper nails should do the trick. Basically, it involves soaking newspaper in alcohol and transferring the text onto your nails atop a coat of light nude polish. The burn marks are painted in and sealed with a matte topcoat.

Head on over to Glitter Fingersss for the complete tutorial.

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turtle cozies birthday cake

Katie Bradley has a passion for crocheting and helping rescue and rehabilitate tortoise so, naturally, she combined her passions to make these cozies for them.

She also has a shop called MossyTortoise on Etsy where she sells the cozies and patterns for other tortoise fans. She donates a portion each purchase to the International Reptile Rescue.

She even keeps a tortoise blog if you want to see more about her rescued tortoises and pets.

Check out more of her work after the break.

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paula strawn baby helmet

I’m over here totally having a heart squish moment, so pardon me if I gush, but this is too awesome.

Flat Head Syndrome affects roughly 48% of babies and requires them to wear a helmet as treatment. The helmets are generally white and look like, well, head fixing helmets.

But artist Paula Strawn isn’t going to let babies go around in some boring old helmet. She makes a living painting the helmets to be more than a medical apparatus, but a work of art.

Check out some examples after the break.

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NASA has come up with some new designs for the next iteration of its spacesuits and they’ve opened it up to the public to vote on which design will be the final choice. The Z-series started off with the Z-1 prototype but the public will vote on the next phase, the Z-2. They explain thusly:

After the positive response to the Z-1 suit’s visual design we received, we wanted to take the opportunity to provide this new suit with an equally memorable appearance. The cover layer of a prototype suit is important as it serves to protect the suit against abrasion and snags during the rigors of testing. With the Z-2, we’re looking forward to employing cover layer design elements never used in a spacesuit before. The designs shown were produced in collaboration with ILC, the primary suit vendor and Philadelphia University. The designs were created with the intent to protect the suit and to highlight certain mobility features to aid suit testing. To take it a step further, we are leaving it up you, the public, to choose which of three candidates will be built.

There are three designs, each focusing on a different area. The “Biomimicry” suit draws inspiration from the ocean with electroluminescent wire that become visible in low light, just like bioluminescent creatures found in our oceans. The “Technology” suit features Luminex wire and light-emitting patches designed to make it easier to identify crew members during space walks. The final design is “Trends in Society” which uses electroluminescent wire in a suit designed to look like the everyday clothes we might wear in the future.

You can vote for your favorite through April 15, 2014 at 11:59pm EDT.

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robocat tee

This Robocat design by Elan Harris over on Threadless proves that Robocop is awesome whether feline or human.

That mouse is gonna get it.

Dead or alive, you are coming with me.

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mcgee nails

A new Tumblr called Nail Art History is introducing the internet to stunning nail art that shows off the skill of the nail artist and the works of master artists at the same time.

Nail artist Mei Kawajiri takes on Barry McGee (pictured above), Ami Vega pits Warhol against Basquiat, Hana recreates Jonathan Lasker and that’s just three examples. The blog is fairly new and I think we’ll be seeing a lot more cool nail art as we go.

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3d printed corset

It’s no secret that 3D printing is improving by leaps and bounds. Designers are leveraging the abilities of 3D printers to create incredible things, and Michaella Janse van Vuuren is using a new printer – a Objet500 Connex3 – to create dazzling fashion. The print has three nozzles which means it can print in three materials at the same time or in different colors of the same material.

Van Vuuren has used the mixture of textures and colors to develop her new “Garden of Eden” line. It includes the intricate and gorgeous corset pictured above as well as some eye-catching footwear pictured after the break. I can’t help but imagine what this technology will do for cosplay as 3D printers become more widely available and more affordable.

Watch a video showcasing what the printer can do after the break.

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While the fashion world has definitely opened up to a variety of geek fashion, there are still lots of clothes we may wish we had but can’t buy off the rack.

Say, for instance, this stylish Super Mario shirt.

Instructables contributor mactothefuture not only made it, but has given the world a tutorial on how to make you own, right down to custom printing the fabric, which opens up the possibility to anything you can imagine.

For now, you admire the keen style and epic nature of this Super Mario shirt in more pictures after the break.

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