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Ukrainian tattooer Rita “Rit Kit” Zolotukhina has developed a unique method for her designing her flora-inspired tattoos, which she describes as “botanical fingerprints.” The artist dips a leaf or flower in stencil ink, places it on the client’s skin, and then creates the tattoo with the lingering impression of the greenery as her guide.

Each resulting piece appears almost like a precious fossil or a carefully pressed plant, honoring the frailties and flaws inherent in the original specimen. Patchy patterns and pigmentation pay homage to the pure shapes of weathered foliage, unpruned by the perfectionistic tendencies of the typical human artist's hand.

Zolotukhina explains, “We don’t know the definitive…

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With sleek monochromatic tones, Chulsu Kim strips away unnecessary distractions from his visually stimulating street photography, leaving behind just the candid expressions of the people he photographs. Originally from Yamaguchi, Japan, Kim has now become an expert at capturing human moments in the urban jungle of Tokyo. As he explained to Instagram Blog, he maintains a triple pronged rule set for taking exceptional street photos: “Go with your instincts. Take lots of photos. Just keep walking.”

With camera in tow, Kim roams the city taking hundreds of photos a day. This relentless pursuit of the perfectly timed snapshot is apparent on his Instagram page, which shows an amazing array of uncontrived instances. From a…

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It's been another great month of discovery on My Modern Met Selects, our recently launched project/website where we gather unique products made by artists and designers all over the world, to celebrate creativity and help share inspiration.

Sticking to the spring theme from March, this month our selections touch upon the great outdoors as well as literature. A nature-inspired wooden wall clock and vintage books transformed into planters are just a few of the finds that have really stood out to us over the past few weeks. We've also curated some adorable, hand-made accessories to top off any spring-time outfit.

See all of our colorful April items below. And, be sure to follow…

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Kindles might be all the rage, but e-reader technology can’t replace the pleasure of sitting down with a hard copy of a good book. A Cherkasy, Ukraine-based shop called Cool Bookmark celebrates and encourages the use of physical books by creating stylish metal placeholders that cap publication pages with minimalist icons. The tiny symbols represent facets of pop culture—superheroes, Game of Thrones, and Harry Potter, to name a few—along with animals, social media icons, and much more. Despite their simplicity, each of the clever designs is instantly recognizable.

Unlike many bookmarks, the laser-cut creations appear inconspicuous—you can only see one of them when you’re looking at the bottom or top edges of a book. This allows them to be easily placed on a shelf and…

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Nature produces an array of incredible gems that look simply out of this world. Opals, specifically, have a mesmerizing amount of visual diversity. Some seemingly contain small fireworks hidden within them, while others resemble a prismatic universe bursting out of wood. There are continually new discoveries of these gems that are each more dazzling than the last, like the Virgin Rainbow. This stunning opal made its public debut just last year in Adelaide, Australia.

The Virgin Rainbow was discovered in 2003 by miner John Dunstan in the opal fields of Coober Pedy, located in South Australia. It’s technically an opalized fossil, the result of land that was once a vast…

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Birds are fascinating creatures, just bizarre and beautiful enough to remind us that they are related to the ancient dinosaurs that used to roam the earth. The recently released winners of the 2016 Audubon Photography Awards celebrate the bizarre and majestic nature of these unusual creatures. From over 7,000 images across 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 6 Canadian provinces, winners were selected based on quality, originality, and artistic merit in the categories of Amateur, Professional, Fine Art, and Youth.

Audubon is a conservation organization intent on working as a community to restore natural ecosystems and biodiversity across America. They aim to engage the public into…

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Charity organization Together We Rise is putting foster care adoption into a powerful numerical context. With its #fosterlove social media initiative, the nonprofit shares photographs of smiling kids on the days that they finally find their "forever homes," each with a chalkboard sign or poster that shows exactly how many days it took to get their adoptive parents.

At any time, at least 100,000 children are waiting for adoption, and over 1,200 more enter the foster care system on a daily basis. When they do eventually get adopted—after anywhere from several hundred to several thousand days—the joy seems to gleam from their faces, as captured by local photographers who donate their services to support the project.

Though Together We Rise also offers resources like bicycles, school supplies, and scholarships…

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Photographer Zsolt Hlinka captures the beauty of architecture in creative and often unconventional ways. We recently marveled at his alluring Urban Symmetry, in which he displayed exactly symmetrical representations of grandiose buildings. In that series, Hlinka faced the structures straight-on, but he’s since shifted his gaze upwards. A project titled 100 Year Old Houses represents ornate architecture in extreme one-point perspective. The dizzying stare transforms the buildings into tunnels that lead towards infinite blue skies.

Hlinka’s photographs feature historic dwellings located in Nagykörút, Budapest. First constructed in 1896, these vintage designs are reinvigorated…

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Frida Kahlo, with her bushy brows and brightly draped prints, is an iconic figurehead for artistic inspiration. For Brazilian photographer Camila Fontenele de Miranda, the passion and energy that Frida epitomized is something that motivated her to create a unique photography project. Todos Podem Ser Frida (All Can Be Frida) is an unusual concept that gives anyone the opportunity to don the appearance (and hopefully attitude) of the legendary woman.

The project initially started entirely with male subjects, with a theme of role reversal that sought to explore motifs that ran throughout Frida’s life, such as her painful illnesses, colorful love life, and abortion. The nuanced photos refer to moments in Frida’s life that…

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In Thomastown, Kilkenny, Ireland, a man named Patsy Gibbons has taken three wild foxes under his wing, caring for them as one might tend to any average household pets. As he explains to the Irish Examiner, Gibbons never intended to take on the role of being an owner to three foxes, but the animal lover simply couldn’t desert these furry new friends who needed his help.

The oldest of the pack is Grainne, who Gibbons adopted when she was just seven weeks old, about nine years ago. He and his brother-and-law first found the solitary pup stuck in a box in a storeroom near Thomastown's Columba's Hospital, malnourished and cold. They knew they needed to take action.



Gibbons took Grainne to a nearby vet before bringing her home to nurse her back to health with tender love and baby food—and she's been with him ever…

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For cat owners, this tale might seem all too familiar: regardless of how fancy a feline’s furniture is, the fickle creature is only content when they’re sleeping or playing inside an empty cardboard box. Luckily, the company Poopy Cat created a purrfect compromise for aesthetically discerning pet owners and their furry friends. Landmarks is a series of cardboard playhouses for cats (and other small animals) that beautifully represent seven iconic places around the world.

Landmarks were designed to reflect our achievements as human beings. Poopy Cat sees it as “an appreciation of collective human strength and our vote for confidence in an improving global society.” Their creations include the impressive likes of a Mayan Temple, the Taj Mahal, and the Sphinx of Giza (which seems especially appropriate…

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Tristan Jacobson, like many entrepreneurial kids, started a lemonade stand to earn money. But instead of using his profits to buy video games or a new toy, the nine-year-old boy from Springfield, Missouri is trying to pay for something much bigger—his own adoption. Every dollar made through selling lemonade, cookies, and bottled water will go towards paying legal fees so that Jacobson can be formally adopted by Donnie Davis, the woman who he now calls Mom.

Four years ago, Jacobson’s biological mother left him on the steps of a shelter after being unable to properly take care of him. Davis, who had once had temporary custody of the child, then took on the role of kinship guardian, along with her husband Jimmy. It took a lot of hard work to get the then-five-year-old healthy—both physically and mentally—but he’s now thriving in school.

“Tristan is already…

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Okuda San Miguel’s playful graphic style pairs perfectly with the location of his newest murals which run along the exterior walls of a children’s kindergarten in Arcugnano, Italy. Bold geometric patterns and colorful symbols of the local culture emerge from his distinct street style. Completed for the third edition of the Art in the Streets Project, with the help of his assistant Antonyo Marest, his newest series of vibrant paintings add a unique pizazz to the school’s façade.

Known for his pop surrealistic technique, Miguel’s new work still reflects his core aesthetic style. Often creating pieces that aim to have both a contextual depth and visual richness, these five new murals continue the trend, referencing traditional Italian…

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In his street photography, Ari Seth Cohen challenges cultural norms that equate beauty with youth, so it’s no surprise that he cites his grandmother as the inspiration behind his work. When he was little, as he explained to Paper Magazine, he was best friends with his grandma and "always had a great affinity for older people…I wanted to run the talent show of an old folks home when I was a kid. My grandma had always told me to move to New York and when she passed away, I did." Chasing glimpses of that special relationship he had shared with her, he started taking pictures of stylish elders he met on the city's sidewalks and sharing the shots on his blog,…

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Neon signs, with their vibrant and inviting colors, were once ubiquitous across the urban environment. The softly-glowing hues are quickly becoming a thing of the past however, as brighter and less-expensive LED technology is now the norm for signage. Recognizing that neon’s existence is fleeting, Melbourne-based photographer Sharon Blance traveled to Hong Kong to capture what’s left of the increasingly lost art.

Blance shot a bevy of photographs culminating in a series titled Hong Kong Neon. The mostly-nighttime images depict the beauty of these gaseous tube signs adjacent to unlit buildings and darkened skies. The visual contrast of these eye-catching designs—which adorn the likes of restaurants and pawnshops—offer a stunning and peaceful tribute to the noble gas.

Hong Kong Neon also…

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A house made of cardboard seems like it’d be a temporary structure at best, but Dutch designers Fiction Factory have managed to create a sustainable dwelling out of the heavy-duty paper. They spent the past four years perfecting Wikkelhouse (translated, it means “Wrapping House”), which uses large rolls of recycled corrugated cardboard to form its walls and roof.

The production of Wikkelhouse starts on a giant machine, where a coating of eco-friendly adhesive is applied to the long roll of cardboard. Afterwards, the material is wrapped and rotated 24 times around a frame to ensure its strength, durability, and that it has the correct shape. Once the initial structure is assembled, it’s covered with a waterproofing material and finished with exterior wood…

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With the buzz still surrounding the latest Star Wars film and the anticipation of long summer nights, Farmington Metal Firepits unites the two in a playfully unexpected way. They’ve created a Death Star-inspired fire pit that roasts delicious s’mores while paying homage to the epic movie franchise—especially the unforgettable scene where this planet-destroying weapon is annihilated.

The design is created out of steel and available in 30-inch or 37-inch diameters—plenty of room to admire Farmington’s handiwork and also cook something tasty over the fire.

This eye-catching pit might look familiar, and it’s with good reason. Last year, Jennifer Allison’s grandfather…

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For ten years, surfer and environmentalist Liz Clark has been exploring the Pacific Ocean via a 40-foot boat named Swell. She first set sail from her California home base in 2006 to pursue a lifelong dream of extended sea travel, and she has since voyaged around Mexico, Central America, Kiribati, and Polynesia, covering over 18,000 aquatic miles.

More often than not, Clark has journeyed on her own, though she’s met treasured friends and like-minded outdoor explorers along the way. On her website, she says she enjoys "indulging in the freedom of solitude and making choices based on weather and swell forecasts rather than itineraries," and her solitary steering has inspired a sense of agency and personal development as expansive as the deep blue…

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PuiPui is one bunny whose style is always on point. With help from his human Mumitan, the Tokyo-based Holland Lop dons dapper outfits and impressive costumes that include driving caps, capes, kimonos, and crowns. Often, his looks are inspired by literary characters or famous figures, such as the iconic Sherlock Holmes or an English Beefeater—all of whom PuiPui imitates with an adorable sense of poise.

Mumitan is the mastermind behind all of PuiPui’s greatest outfits. Her attention to detail is impeccable, and the tiny buttons, bows, and three-piece suits are all sewn with incredible care. PuiPui repays her with his serious attempts at modeling and, together, the photos are undeniably endearing. See more of the duo’s handiwork on Instagram, where PuiPui is taking the world by storm.…

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Artist Lisa Nilsson's body of work is united by a common thread of intricacy and breathtaking detail. Jardin and Gospel are the newest additions to her Tapis Series, which includes Japanese mulberry and gilt-edged quilled strips of paper arranged into remarkable arrays of colors and patterns that are a testament to her amazing abilities. Starting from the center and working progressively outwards, Nilsson’s tedious paper creations can take several months to complete, but the final results are profoundly stunning.

Jardin, the most ambitious piece the artist has completed to date, was inspired by the color and composition of an Islamic carpet. The ornate floral forms were improvised in the…

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