Video by @cacalazzari “I think I’ve been chosen by music,” says Cacá Lazzari (@cacalazzari), who lives in Rio de Janeiro. “Music is my life, my religion, my everything.” Cacá started drumming when he was just 3 years old, and now the 29-year-old musician plays five hours every day. “Drums are the instrument I’ve always loved, and the instrument I think I can express myself better than any other,” he says. Watch our story to head into the studio with Cacá.
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Photo by @piggypoo_and_crew Hello, world! It’s time to meet the five rescue pups and the Vietnamese potbellied pig who make up @piggypoo_and_crew. From left to right, there’s Rika, Slick, Nya, James, Bashe and Chowder. “When I look at my crew, I see the reflection of who I am in them,” says their human Shelby, who lives in Southern California. “Their happiness, their safety, their health, their whole lives rely on me and I will never ever let them down.” Love #WeeklyFluff? Follow the hashtag to stay connected to the community.
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Video by @annettelabedzki Starting today, we’re introducing new ways for you to stay connected to your interests on Instagram, with the ability to follow hashtags like #asmr. Once Canadian artist Annette Labedzki (@annettelabedzki) learned there was a community of people mixing paint for sensory effects, she wasted no time. “My first video was late at night, I used wax paper, I had my pajamas on,” she says. Through #asmr (autonomous sensory meridian response), Annette, who has painted full time for 30 years, found new ways to be inspired by the materials she’s always worked with. “There was a point where I had mixed every color combo that I could possibly think of. And one night I thought, ‘I wonder what would happen if I poured paint into one of those molds and froze it?’ I’ve never had so much fun in my life!” Whether she’s crushing frozen paint, adding glitter to a mix or creating on a miniature canvas, Annette loves how sharing her videos opens up a dialogue with others. “I listen to what they write, and then I go from there.”
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Video by @fuzzyfawn There’s one woman behind Fuzzy Fawn Wildlife (@fuzzyfawn). “My dad nicknamed me Fuzzy the day I was born because of my white hair that stood up in every direction. I’ve been Fuzzy to everyone I know since,” says the volunteer who is licensed by New York State to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife. “A fawn that is sickly has a fuzzy coat, so after all of these years being called Fuzzy, my name finally fit!” Six years ago, a deer who had been struck by a car entered Fuzzy’s yard. “Long story short, it took me four hours to find help for this deer that was suffering. I wasn’t going to allow that to happen again.” The very next day, she set out on a path to help these animals in need. “Life at Fuzzy Fawn is hectic, sad, happy and fun,” says Fuzzy, who received nearly 400 calls from people seeking help this fawn season. “Instagram has been a tremendous help. I’ve been able to reach out to other rehabbers in different states, we bounce ideas back and forth about treatments for the wildlife in our care.” Watch our story to see more of what life is like for Fuzzy and her family of fawns.
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Featured photo by @4theloveoftoys Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPstripes This weekend, the goal is to take photos and videos that capture stripes created by colors, textures and surfaces, as in this featured photo by Sara Harvey (@4theloveoftoys). Here are some tips to get you started: Head outside to see what stripes nature has to offer, like the natural lines of your local flora or the way streams create bands through a landscape. From repeating red lockers in the hallway to the way office buildings cast shadows at high noon, there are plenty of stripes in your daily life. Try to notice them — along with the lines created by highways and streets on your commute to and from. Wide or narrow, straight or curving, stripes are a classic element in art — from fashion to painting to DIY crafts. Take photos of work that explores the many forms that stripes can take. PROJECT RULES: Please add the #WHPstripes hashtag only to photos and videos taken over this weekend and only submit your own visuals to the project. If you include music in your video submissions, please only use music to which you own the rights. Any tagged photo or video taken over the weekend is eligible to be featured next week.