15 Of The Most Mind Blowing Balloon Animals You Will Ever See

by Elana

As a mom myself I can say my kids have already had their fair share of balloon animals. Usually, the extent of what a balloon artist can offer my kids is a fancy sword or flower but sometimes we've gotten cooler things like an elephant or a puppy on a leash. Man, do those little balloon animals light up their days!

Well, after seeing this gallery I'll never be satisfied again. 

Japanese based artist Masayoshi Matsumoto has been in the intricate and totally awesome balloon animal business for a couple years now but his current work is definitely taking the Internet by storm and it's not hard to see why. These balloon animals are surely like nothing you've ever seen at a birthday party or county fair, I guarantee it. 

Matsumoto recently interviewed with the Metro and along with explaining he is a self-taught artist and each piece takes anywhere from two to SIX hours to complete that:

I started making these seven years ago, I was really inspired by wildlife pictures and wanted to see if I could create realistic animals of my own.

Boy, did he ever. 

The coolest part of Matsumoto's work? It's all created in his head and with his hands. He uses no markers, stickers, or ANY supplementing materials to bring his work to life. It's ALL skill, baby.

1. Jelly Fish

Now this is what I call amazing.
1. Jelly Fish

2. Chameleon

When creepy and so totally cool collide.
2. Chameleon

3. Phoenix

Man, if you thought the one in Harry Potter was cool, this one will definitely blow your mind.
3. Phoenix

4. Siamang

Harambe has nothing on this guy.
4. Siamang

5. Frog

This simple looking critter is still cooler than anything I've ever gotten from a balloon artist.
5. Frog

6. Caterpillar

I'm not the only one who is humming "gotta catch 'em all" right now, am I?
6. Caterpillar

7. Bat Skeleton

This might be the coolest one I've seen?!
7. Bat Skeleton

8. Snake

Even the most genuine herpetophobic would think this little guy is pretty cool.
8. Snake

9. Ostrich

Now that's one epic looking bird!
9. Ostrich

10. Skunk

Hey, nothing stinks about this little guy.
10. Skunk

11. Pellucid Hawk Moth

Moths are pretty cool to begin with but this thing totally raises the bar.
11. Pellucid Hawk Moth

12. Spider

Oh, OKAY! As if bringing my fear of snakes into this wasn't enough, now I'm scared of a balloon spider!
12. Spider

13. House Fly

Okay, usually we swat these away with enthusiasm. But this one? This one is awesome.
13. House Fly

14. Octopus

I didn't know a balloon could be so cool and so creepy.
14. Octopus

15. Beaver

He's got dams to build.
15. Beaver

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