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Hoang Tran Crayon

Hoang Tran, also known online as Wax Nostalgic, is an artist that specializes in taking regular Crayola crayons and transforming them into pop culture icons. He told online webzine Lost at E Minor that he was inspired to make these after seeing the artwork of Diem Chau. Each character that you see here can take from 15-minutes to a few hours to carve, depending on if it's his first attempt or not. Continue reading for more.

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Clever Tattoo

Have you ever looked at someone's tattoo and wondered if they'll regret getting it later down the road? If so, these creative and geeky designs might change your mind. First up, we have someone who decided to tattoo musical notes streaming out of their ear, perfect for when wearing earbuds. For those who don't know, while the rest of our body shrinks as we get older, our noses, earlobes and ear muscles keep getting bigger. That's because they're made mostly of cartilage cells, which divide more as we age. Continue reading for more.

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Secret Life of Superheroes

Photo credit: HR Joe Photography

HR Joe Photography proves that superheroes have lives outside of fighting crime (and each other). Edy Hardjo, the photographer behind the project, uses custom action figures to put these well known superheros into hilarious and sometimes compromising positions. After placing the figures into their picture-perfect poses, he removes the stands used to prop them up, and then removes some of the more obvious joints with Photoshop. Continue reading for more.

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Unusual USB Drives

USB Flash drives come in all shapes and sizes, but there are some companies who come up with out of the box designs, like the examples above. Our favorites? Definitely the NES controller, mini DSLR camera, Jason and Steampunk drives. Unfortunately, many of these are just one-off creations, but if you search hard enough on Etsy, a few of these items may surface. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a steak knife weed wacker.

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Wire Animal Sculpture

Photo credit: Kendra Haste

Using only layers of painted galvanized wire atop steel frames, UK artist Kendra Haste creates life-sized animal sculptures. She specializes in using chicken wire as a medium because to her, it "the sense of movement and life, of contour and volume, the contrasts of weight and lightness, of solidity and transparency - values that I find in my natural subjects." Haste adds: "What interests me most about studying animals is identifying the spirit and character of the individual creatures. I try to create a sense of the living, breathing subject in a static 3D form, attempting to convey the emotional essence without indulging in the sentimental or anthropomorphic." Continue reading for more pictures.

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Ultra Creative Home Idea

Most bookshelves are boring, this one is not. Simply put, you'll have to climb a few stairs to reach whatever book you want to read, but it does save space for those living in a high-ceiling home. That is just one of the many ultra creative home ideas that we've rounded up for you today. Others include: glass floor over water, secret tree house playroom, space-saving stairs, stained glass door made of pantone swatches, and more. Continue reading to see them all.

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Cool Creative Repurpose

Before throwing out that old piano collecting dust in the garage, consider turning it into a waterfall, should you have the skills / tools / supplies. Or, if there's a sea mine at a local garage sale, having it repurposed into a fireplace isn't such a bad idea. Regardless of what you might consider junk, there's probably a way to reuse it in a cool and creative way, even old suitcases. Continue reading for more.

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Geometric Tattoo

They look 3D and/or computer-generated, but these are just clever tattoos by Chaim Machlev that use intricate, crisscrossing lines. They flow from body part to body part with elegant, sweeping marks that look like twisted structures. Sometimes, these geometric lines and shapes mimic the appearance of lotus flowers or other organic forms. Even more surprising? He's only been a tattoo artist since 2012, so persistence and hard work really do pay off, even if it's not a talent you're gifted with at birth. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Frozen Sand

Photo credit: Joshua Nowicki

With the power of computers these days, it's hard to believe any photo is real, but this one, captured by photographer Joshua Nowicki, most certainly is. While walking the shore of Lake Michigan (St. Joseph area) last week, he stumbled upon dozens of small sand towers rising out of the beach, some over a 1-feet-tall. These layered creations are formed when blasts of wind slowly erode layers of frozen sand, much like how a river might slowly create a canyon. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Elven Ring

Photo credit: Dovas Art

Dovas of Bored Panda wanted an engagement ring that his fiancee would remember for a lifetime, and what better way than to make it yourself? Simply put, he specializes in sculpting in wood and clay, so what started as a normal-looking piece of wax, quickly became a beautiful Elven-inspired ring, once a jeweler was found that would cast anything in gold. Continue reading to see the entire process.

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