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This unbelievable footwear was made by Japanese designer Masaya Kushino as a part of his Bird-Watched collection. It was inspired by artist Jakuchu Ito who painted real animals in unique ways back in the Edo period of the 18th century.

Masaya makes custom women’s shoes inspired by nature, and although some of his designs can’t be worn and are intended only for ogling, these pieces are actually wearable. They’re currently on display at the Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art and will be making their way to the US where you’ll be able to see them later on this year at the Brooklyn Museum.

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Artist Jan Mráz brings his flair for illustration into his tattoo work at Bobek Tattoo in Prague. It looks as though the images were sketched onto the skin.

Head after the break to see more of his unique style.

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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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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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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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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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Her Universe will be presenting the first-ever geek couture fashion show and design competition at San Diego Comic-Con this year, and if you’re an aspiring designer then your fashions could appear in the show. Initially, there will be thirty contestants chosen from the pool of submissions. Anyone can win by entering a design at Her Universe. These have to be clothing designs, not cosplay costumes, and they can come from any fandom, but must be submitted by April 4th.

Thirty winners will be chosen by April 18th and they’ll have their fashions featured at the show. Designers can choose to have a model wear their work or they can choose to strut down the runway in their own design. Those thirty contestants will then be whittled down to two grand prize winners at the show with one being chosen by an expert panel of judges and the other being selected by the audience.

Grand prize winners will each get the chance to co-design a Her Universe fashion collection for Hot Topic along with Ashley Eckstein (who happens to look fantastic in this Darth Vader couture piece).

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A superhero has to keep up with the times, as evidenced by this poster with the uniforms of the X-Men in their many incarnations. It’s the work of artist Rogan Josh who has drawn all of them and even included pithy quips from the X-Men on their feelings about their uniforms. The poster is available in a variety of sizes so you can decorate your home with a little X-Men fashion.

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FilaFlex filament sneakers

Here’s something that’ll make you feel like you’re living in the future.

A company named Recreus makes a flexible filament called FilaFlex for 3D printers that actually lets you 3D print your own custom sneakers.

Aside from the fact that they look like shoes Marty McFly would wear, we’re talking about shoes that are literally created using plastic and your imagination.

Oh and, you may want to add some airholes until someone creates a breathable plastic version of FilaFlex. But, foot sweat is a small issue when you’re living in the future.

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