Hello, world! Meet today’s #WeeklyFluff. Azuki the Hedgehog (@hedgehog_azuki) hails from Japan and, as you can see, loves snacking on apples. 🍎 Don’t let those prickles fool you — Azuki happily cuddles up with his human, with or without a cozy swaddle. Follow @hedgehog_azuki to learn more about this tiny creature.
Today we’re excited to share that live video on Instagram Stories — a new way to connect with your friends and followers right now — will be rolling out to our entire global community over the next week. From real-time makeup tutorials to live DJ sets, it’s been exciting to watch as the community shares new sides of their lives. To go live, just swipe right from feed and choose Start Live Video in the camera. When you’re done, your live story will disappear from the app. You may also see Top Live on Explore, connecting you to exciting live stories happening now. To learn more about live video on Instagram Stories, check out help.instagram.com.
With perfectly synced gazes, it’s clear Helena Moore (@helena.moore) and her feline Curtis go together. “He matches all my clothes and our home décor and never shies away from a photo,” writes Helen in her caption. Follow along as we feature more of our favorite submissions from this weekend’s hashtag project #WHPfamilypet. #Boomerang by @helena.moore
Calligrapher Jose Gil Quílez’s (@josegilq) pen is mesmerizing, gliding over the page to write elegant, swooping words — Sunrise, Hustle, Lovely. “Writing relaxes me,” says Jose, a Madrid-based artist and designer. “With my videos, I hope to convey that same feeling.” Jose had a photographic memory as a child and would draw scenes from his life in a notebook he constantly carried with him. He especially liked drawing portraits, and would often note the subject’s name next to the image — a habit that eventually turned into a hand-lettering and design career. “It’s much more fun than spending hours looking for the right font on the computer,” he says. Being a freelancer can be trying, but Jose feels lucky to have turned his art into a successful business. “It requires constant work and innovation,” he says, “but you can make a little idea into your way of life.” #NationalHandwritingDay #MadeToCreate Video by @josegilq
Wayne Skivington’s (@wayne_skiv04) four-year-old son Rowan doesn’t need a jungle gym — he has a Cirque du Soleil acrobat for a dad. “The other day I was doing a handstand and he climbed onto me. He crawls up on my shoulders and crosses his legs,” says the 29-year-old dad and gymnast who lives in Las Vegas. “Sometimes he grabs my hair. It’s his saddle!” Juggling a demanding work and exercise schedule when his son was born, Wayne built a home gym in order to spend more time with his family. Rowan would crawl in to watch his father, so it was only a matter of time before Wayne became his son’s very own special monkey bars. “What I do is lift people. Feeling and balancing Rowan, we connect in a way other than talking,” Wayne says. “As a kid, you sit on your dad’s shoulders and you remember that forever. Our bond is a little bit more.” Video by @wayne_skiv04
Maestro, please! 🎹 Ukrainian basketball freestyler (and part-time model) Anatoliy Lutytskyi (@anatoliystun) may not technically be able to play the black and white keys, but that didn’t stop him from creating our #BoomerangOfTheWeek. This dramatic loop from the 24-year-old came to life in a single take. #Boomerang by @anatoliystun
“When meeting wild animals, I always feel gifted to be able to capture such sincere moments,” says Valérie Derome-Massé (@valerie_deromemasse), a photographer and aspiring architect in Mont-Tremblant, Canada. “This particular encounter with this bird made me feel instantly at peace,” she says. “When you’re photographing a moving animal, finally getting the perfect shot makes for an unspeakable feeling of satisfaction.” Follow along as we feature more of our favorite moments from #TheWeekOnInstagram. Photo by @valerie_deromemasse