Balloon Animals


It’s been months since we last paid a visit to the Department of Incredible Inflatable Art. Today we’re checking out the awesome balloon sculptures of Japanese artist Masayoshi Matsumoto. Matsumoto-san uses nothing but balloons, and only balloons, to create all sorts of colorful animals that range from cute and cartoonish to impressively lifelike as well as pop culture-inspired characters from anime, video games, and more.

Be sure to check out many more of Matsumoto-san’s marvelous balloon sculptures by following him right here on Tumblr at isopresso​.

[via Technabob]

Please fire me. I’m a bouncy castle operator and was yelled at today by a parent because I wouldn’t let their 10-year-old 160 lb. kid on the bouncy castle with the 3-year-olds.


Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPballoons

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes and hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a post announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

The Instagram community celebrated its fourth birthday this week, and we’ve decided to celebrate with balloons. The goal this weekend is to capture creative photos and videos that feature balloons. Some tips to get you started:

  • From a giant, multicolored balloon bouquet to a word made of silver inflated letters or even balloon animals, if you can dream it up, there are balloons for it. Let your creativity run wild.
  • Think about the effect of a single balloon compared to a group and what they’ll look in like in different places. A lone balloon in an unexpected location tells a very different story that large groupings assembled for a party.
  • Finally, from the process of inflation, a struggle against the wind to the final pop, balloons move in interesting ways. Keep these in mind for video—and don’t forget the balloons can be filled with more than just air.

PROJECT RULES: Please only add the #WHPballoons hashtag to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own photographs and videos to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged image or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured Monday morning.


Because we love you and because it’s Friday we’re giving you a gift:

Ira Glass of This American Life explains how to make balloon animals.