Monday, March 24, 2014


15 Some People Should Never, Ever Quit Their Day Jobs 
Kazuki Yamamoto is a Japanese barista who constructs eye-popping works of 3D art using just foam and coffee. 

#14 Try Asking for One of These at Starbucks 
Within the six years Yamamoto has been working at a coffee shop in Osaka, he's racked up more than 100,000 Twitter followers obsessed with his latte art. 

#13 He's Like Picasso on Speed 
Yamamoto must work quickly to satisfy customers' desires for a fresh cup of joe. He claims he completes each work of art in under four minutes, so the coffee is still hot when he serves it. 

#12 Sometimes One Cup Is Not Enough 
Some of his creations even climb out of their cups and reach out to others ( I'm afraid those fish are not long for this world…) 

#11 Fans Say He's Also a Real Nice Guy 
In the past, he's created latte portraits of his Twitter followers. This is Twitter fan Peter Harrison, before his latte transformation.

#10 And Here He is After: 
(According to Mr. Harrison, the gift was a complete surprise.) 

#9 He Uses Just a Spoon and Toothpick 
Yamamoto says he uses two very common objects -- a spoon and a toothpick -- to create all of his art. He pours the foam in first, then uses the toothpick to paint with espresso and the spoon to create shapes. 

#8 Come On In! 
The water's...well, the water's actually coffee. But it sure is nice and toasty in here. 

#7 The Philosophy Behind Ephemeral Art 
Why bother creating a masterpiece if it's going to disappear down someone's throat? According to design philosopher Leonard Koren, ephemeral art has its roots in traditional Japanese aesthetics. Two Japanese concepts -- wabi-sabi and mono-no-aware -- hold that "many things are beautiful precisely because they are short lived." 

#6 The Art of Nature 
This is why the Japanese love the metaphor of cherry blossoms. "Because cherry trees blossom for only a week or two every year, when they do blossom, there is the emotional poignancy of knowing that it is only a temporary state of affairs," writes Koren. 

#5 Speaking of Impermanence... 
You could read this as a sad statement about the plight of the polar bear or you could gape in awe at Yamamoto's magnificent attention to detail. 

#4 We Wish We Knew The Meaning Behind This One... 
But, sadly, we don't watch enough anime. Here's one of the many, many Anime characters Yamamoto has painted. 

#3 The Best Part of Waking Up? 
It's finding a 3D foam cat in your cup!Amiright guys? Amiright?! Am I? …..Because I sort of accidentally dropped our cat in the coffee today. I, uh, I'm really sorry about that. 

#2 Then There's This Amazing Giraffe 
What better way to show off your over-the-top creativity than crafting a sculpture of the most vertical of creatures, the giraffe? I would have major guilt destroying this work of art in order to get my caffeine fix. 

#1 Yamamoto's Dedication to his Craft is Inspiring. 
His intricate and beautiful works of art remind us to find playful moments even in the most mundane of situations. They are truly joy in a cup.