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Top 100 Bizarre Trends in 2016

From Furry Nail Art to Relaxing Soup-Scented Bath Salts

— January 28, 2017 — Unique
These 2016 bizarre trends show just how far brands are willing to go to get consumers to remember them. To see what other campaigns and products like these arise, check out our 2017 Trend Reports.

To bring more shoppers into its food courts, IKEA Japan created the 'Ninja Dog,' a 12-inch hot dog that's sandwiched in an 8-inch bun. Made with edible bamboo charcoal, the food is colored a deep hue of black, which is where it gets its name from. The Ninja Dog is then topped off with mustard and ketchup, with the condiments appearing especially vibrant on the Gothic food. In addition to appealing to foodies with a taste for obscurity, IKEA Japan's hot dogs boasted detoxifying properties.

Also included in these 2016 bizarre trends are excrement-themed dessert cafes, fried chicken sunscreens, cocktail-mixing dresses and an $80,000 milk glass that bears a trace of Justin Bieber's DNA.
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Freshness
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Chocolate Pumpkin Fries
Chocolate Pumpkin Fries
This Savory and Sweet McDonald's Halloween Treat is a Limited-Time Offer
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99
Burger-Flavored Beers
Burger-Flavored Beers
Red Robin's 'Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale' Tastes Like Its Banzai Burger
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98
Captivating Cat Delivery Ads
Captivating Cat Delivery Ads
Yamato Transport's Bizzare Commercial Follows a Feline Protagonist
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97
Insect-Covered Comfort Food
Insect-Covered Comfort Food
Bug Bistro is Debuting Two Insect-Topped Dishes at This Year's CNE
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96
Whale Vomit-Infused Beers
Whale Vomit-Infused Beers
This Craft Beer is Made from a Digestive Substance Called Ambergris
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95
Oversized Popcorn Sculptures
Oversized Popcorn Sculptures
Cineplex Entertainment Stationed a Big Bag in "Lightning Alley"
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94
Underwater Music Performances
Underwater Music Performances
AquaSonic is a Water Band That Performs in Aquariums
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93
Gamified Anime Marathons
Gamified Anime Marathons
Runners Can Play 'Pokémon Go' at Virgin Active's 'Pokérun'
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92
Beefy Cheese Candies
Beefy Cheese Candies
Micarna's Meat and Cheese Candies Boast a Savory Flavor
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91
Chicken-Flavored Nail Polish
Chicken-Flavored Nail Polish
This Edible KFC Nail Polish Comes in Two Flavors
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90
Curry-Flavoured Macarons
Curry-Flavoured Macarons
These Unusual Macarons Contain a Spicy, Curry-Inspired Filling
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89
Pee-Powered Batteries
Pee-Powered Batteries
This Microbial Fuel Cell is Powered By Bacteria From Human Urine
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88
Sour Cucumber Ales
Sour Cucumber Ales
This Collaborative Golden Ale Boasts a Distinctive Tart Flavor
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87
Deep-Fried Gelatin Desserts
Deep-Fried Gelatin Desserts
This Year's Texas State Fair Featured Fried Jell-O
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86
Bottled English Air
Bottled English Air
Bottled Air From the English Moors is Being Retailed for $116
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85
Toast-Flavored Chips
Toast-Flavored Chips
This Flavored Snack from Koikeya is Meant to Taste Like Toasted Bread
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84
Quirky ePayment Commercials
Quirky ePayment Commercials
Klarna's Offbeat Ads Communicate How Smooth Payments Can Be
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83
French Fry Milkshake Dips
French Fry Milkshake Dips
McDonald's UK Suggests Combining Fries and Milkshakes in an Unusual Way
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82
Santa Claus Conventions
Santa Claus Conventions
Dina Litovsky Photographed the Discover Santa 2016 Convention
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81
Coconut Streaming Devices
Coconut Streaming Devices
Multicoco is a TV Streaming Device Housed in a Colombian Coconut
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80
Taco-Based Cleanses
Taco-Based Cleanses
The 'Taco Cleanse' is a Tortilla-Based Detox for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
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79
Yogurt-Inspired Ice Creams
Yogurt-Inspired Ice Creams
The Newest Häagen-Dazs Japan Ice Cream Tastes Like Yogurt & Honey
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78
Tater Tot-Crusted Pizzas
Tater Tot-Crusted Pizzas
The New 'Hash Bites Crust Pizza' is a Delicious Hybrid Dish
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77
Stone-Faced Found-Art Museums
Stone-Faced Found-Art Museums
The 'Chinsekikan' Museum Features Rocks That Look Like Human Faces
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76
Olympic Waterfall Installations
Olympic Waterfall Installations
Mariko Mori Placed a Large Ring Above a Waterfall to Signify Unity
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75
Invasive Species Sushi
Invasive Species Sushi
Miya's Sushi Uses Invasive Plant and Animals for Its Fish Sushi
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74
Emoji Coloring Books
Emoji Coloring Books
'Kittens, Hearts, and Poo' is a Coloring Book for Emoji-Loving Millenials
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73
Canned Pickle Juice Beverages
Canned Pickle Juice Beverages
Gordy's Fine Brine Allows Consumers to Enjoy Pickle Juice on the Go
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72
Elegant Bullet Earrings
Elegant Bullet Earrings
Enreverie's Silver Tone Earrings are Made With Ammunition
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71
Fantasy-Inspired Concerts
Fantasy-Inspired Concerts
This Game of Thrones Concert Transports Audiences to the Seven Kingdoms
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70
Bagel-Muffin Hybrids
Bagel-Muffin Hybrids
The 'Mufgel' Combines the Best Parts of Bagels and Muffins
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69
Insect-Infused Ice Cream
Insect-Infused Ice Cream
This Japanese Soft Serve Ice Cream is Filled with Locusts and Wormwood
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68
Soup-Scented Bath Salts
Soup-Scented Bath Salts
Village Vanguard's Bath Salts Smell Like Various Soup Flavors
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67
Dog-Friendly Brews
Dog-Friendly Brews
Woof & Brew's 'Bottom Sniffer' is a Special Non-Alcoholic Beer for Dogs
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66
Crustless Ramen Sandwiches
Crustless Ramen Sandwiches
This Japanese Company is Now Selling Sandwiches Filled with Ramen
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65
Burger-Shaped Pizzas
Burger-Shaped Pizzas
Domino's India is Selling an Unusual Burger-Inspired Pizza
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64
Insect-Infused Desserts
Insect-Infused Desserts
Gourmet Grocer Summerhill Market is Now Selling Edible Insect Treats
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63
Gelatinous Noodle Desserts
Gelatinous Noodle Desserts
This Unique Dessert from The Dessert Kitchen Boasts an Unusual Form
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62
Exploratory Handbag Photography
Exploratory Handbag Photography
Sergei Stroitelev Captures What's Inside Women's Purses
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61
Reindeer Pizza Deliveries
Reindeer Pizza Deliveries
In Japan, Domino's Pizza Delivery is Being Offered with Santa's Fleet
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60
Anti-Hangover Alcoholic Drinks
Anti-Hangover Alcoholic Drinks
This Hangover-Free Alcohol Was Invented In North Korea
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59
Blossoming Flower Livestreams
Blossoming Flower Livestreams
This Broadcast Captures the Corpse Flower's Once-in-a-Decade Bloom
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58
Candy Floss Organs
Candy Floss Organs
These Artificial Body Parts are Made Using a Modified Cotton Candy Machine
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57
Nose-Shaped Soap Bars
Nose-Shaped Soap Bars
The Piero Golia 'Comedy of Craft' Soap Bars are Shaped like Comedic Noses
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56
Ninja-Inspired Hot Dogs
Ninja-Inspired Hot Dogs
IKEA Japan Introduced an All-Black Addition to its Food Menu
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55
Monstrous Museum Exhibitions
Monstrous Museum Exhibitions
LACMA Hosts an Eerie Exhibit of Guillermo del Toro's Creative Process
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54
3D Printing Restaurants
3D Printing Restaurants
Food Ink is Now Launching Its First Restaurant in London, UK
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53
Blue Algae Lattes
Blue Algae Lattes
Matcha Mylkbar's 'Smurf Latte' Has a Strange Sweet and Sour Taste
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52
Self-Referential Clocks
Self-Referential Clocks
This Meta Clock's Design Features Several Clocks Within It
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51
Food-Based Makeup Tutorials
Food-Based Makeup Tutorials
Instagram's 'Makeup_Maven' Created a Video Using Food as Makeup
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50
Potato-Inspired Ice Cream
Potato-Inspired Ice Cream
This Ottotto Ice Cream Dessert Boasts a Salty Potato Flavor
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49
Breakfast Pancake Burgers
Breakfast Pancake Burgers
Eggs ‘N Things is Sharing Unusual In-House Recipes with the Public
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48
Chicken Gelato Desserts
Chicken Gelato Desserts
This Chicken-Based Gelato Flavor Functions as an Aperitif
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47
Chocolate-Covered French Fries
Chocolate-Covered French Fries
This Fast Food Chain is Putting an Unusual Twist on a Classic Dish
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46
Inflatable Samurai Helmets
Inflatable Samurai Helmets
The Dodeca Samurai Helmet Makes You Look Like a Traditional Warrior
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45
$80,000 Celebrity Milk Glasses
$80,000 Celebrity Milk Glasses
This Odd Justin Bieber Product is Being Sold by Restaurant Staff
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44
High-End Canine Wines
High-End Canine Wines
Apollo Peak Recently Debuted a Line of Dog-Friendly Wines
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43
Daring Granny Documentries
Daring Granny Documentries
Grandmas Smoke & Get Introduced to Youth Culture on This Channel 4 Show
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42
Cooperative Dining Tables
Cooperative Dining Tables
'Sati Tala' is a Dining Table for Two with a Balancing Tabletop
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41
18-Karat Gold Toilets
18-Karat Gold Toilets
This Golden Toilet is on Display at a Museum in New York City
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40
Fast Food-Scented Candles
Fast Food-Scented Candles
This KFC Candle Smells Like Fried Chicken
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39
High-Fashion Foam Clogs
High-Fashion Foam Clogs
Crocs Made a High-Fashion Debut at London Fashion Week
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38
Fried Chicken-Scented Lotions
Fried Chicken-Scented Lotions
KFC's Extra Crispy Sunscreen Features the Scent of Fried Chicken
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37
Winter Sunbathing Suits
Winter Sunbathing Suits
The 'TanRound' Allows One to Ditch Indoor Tanning During Cold Weather
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36
Clothing-Optional Pop-Ups
Clothing-Optional Pop-Ups
'The Bunyadi' Pop-Up Will Allow Patrons to Dine in the Nude
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35
Cheesy Nail Designs
Cheesy Nail Designs
These Swiss Cheese Nails are a Holey Manicure Option
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34
Armpit-Sniffing Date Nights
Armpit-Sniffing Date Nights
The Romancing the Armpit Event Had Singles Sniffing Out Their Matches
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33
Excrement-Themed Cafes
Excrement-Themed Cafes
This Toronto Dessert Restaurant is Looking to Change Peoples' Ideas of Poop
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32
Ultra-Realistic T-Rex Costumes
Ultra-Realistic T-Rex Costumes
ON-ART Corporation's 'Dino-a-Live' Costumes Require Just One Actor
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31
Deceptive Concrete Sofas
Deceptive Concrete Sofas
Four Eight Eight's Concrete Sofa Perfectly Mimics Leather Upholstery
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30
Bottled Deep Sea Water
Bottled Deep Sea Water
'Kona Deep' is a Desalinated Beverage from Deep-Ocean Currents
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29
Milk-Flavored Potato Chips
Milk-Flavored Potato Chips
This Koikeya Snack Tastes Like Dairy and is Fortified with Calcium
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28
Eerie Masked Editorials
Eerie Masked Editorials
'So Far So Good' Was Captured by Dylan Myers for 'F*cking Young!'
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27
Cheesy Wine Candies
Cheesy Wine Candies
Puccho's 'Ajiyui' Series of Japanese Candies Includes a Wine and Cheese Flavor
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26
Embroidered Bread Art
Embroidered Bread Art
Terézia Krnáčová's 'Everyday Bread' Project Utilizes Intricate Stitching
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25
Feline-Inspired Footwear
Feline-Inspired Footwear
This Cat Footwear Collection by Randa Celebrates a Popular Instagram Pet
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24
Denim Suit Jackets
Denim Suit Jackets
Ralph Lauren is Taking the "Canadian Tuxedo" to a New Level
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23
Fast Food Robot Chefs
Fast Food Robot Chefs
Momentum Machines is Opening a Robot Fast Food Joint in San Francisco
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22
Novelty Inflatable Unicorns
Novelty Inflatable Unicorns
Firebox's 'Giant Inflatable Unicorn' is a Mythical Novelty Decor Item
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21
Artisan Leather Body Accessories
Artisan Leather Body Accessories
'Sampedro Accesories' Offers Luxurious Handmade Jewelry and More
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20
Hot Sauce-Covered Cars
Hot Sauce-Covered Cars
The 2017 Lexus Sriracha IS Is a Food-Themed Car with Hot Sauce in the Paint
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19
Humorous Eggplant Deliveries
Humorous Eggplant Deliveries
This Website Allows Users to Mail an Eggplant with a Personal Message
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18
Cocktail-Mixing Dresses
Cocktail-Mixing Dresses
Anouk Wipprecht's 'Drinkbot' Dress Pours Cocktail Shooters
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17
Candy Floss Hairstyles
Candy Floss Hairstyles
The Rick Owens Fall Show Has Inspired a Cotton Candy Hair Movement
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16
Shoe-Shaped Churches
Shoe-Shaped Churches
This Taiwanese Church is Shaped Like a High Heeled Shoe
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15
Bizarre Food-Themed Shirts
Bizarre Food-Themed Shirts
The 'Psychic Curry T-shirt' is a Realistic Print of Japanese Curry
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14
Uncanny Organic Tech Devices
Uncanny Organic Tech Devices
Mio Izawa's Art Pieces Merge Technology with Organs
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13
Out-of-Body Experience Paintings
Out-of-Body Experience Paintings
Netanel Morhan's Artwork Was Inspired by His Childhood Dreams
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12
Potato Chip Holders
Potato Chip Holders
Chip Fingers Allow Users to Eat Chips Without Getting Fingertips Greasy
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11
Realistic Octopus Backpacks
Realistic Octopus Backpacks
The 'Octopus George' Bag Looks Like an Octopus Hanging Off Its Wearer
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10
Eccentric Surrealist Photography
Eccentric Surrealist Photography
This Photography Series Takes Mundane Objects and Transforms Them
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9
Robotic Body Paintings
Robotic Body Paintings
Hikaru Cho's 'Intimate Illusions' Series Features Futuristic Human Subjects
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8
Unusually Interactive Cat Accessories
Unusually Interactive Cat Accessories
These Interactive Cat Toys Let You Lick Your Cat
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7
Useless Object Photography
Useless Object Photography
These Unusual Pictures Take Away an Object's Functionality
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6
Curious Hairstyle Editorials
Curious Hairstyle Editorials
Man About Town Magazine Collaborated with Gary Gill and Johnny Dufort
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5
Poetically Surreal Collages
Poetically Surreal Collages
Lorenzo Casu Imposes Spacey Elements onto Common Scenes and Objects
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4
Humanized Footwear Editorials
Humanized Footwear Editorials
This Camper Shoe Campaign Brings Footwear to Life
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3
Avant-Garde Furry Manicures
Avant-Garde Furry Manicures
This Manicure Style is Designed to Bring a Soft Touch to Fingernails
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2
Unconventional Love Portraiture
Unconventional Love Portraiture
This Unusual Photography Series Depicts a Life-Like Doll
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1
Wearable Feline Headpieces
Wearable Feline Headpieces
Artist Housetu Sato Makes Photo-Realistic Fantasy Cat Heads
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