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30 awesome Instagram accounts you need to follow

Instagram has more than 130 million active users, but wading through all of that latte art to find the best of the best is no easy task.
We at TechHive have taken it upon ourselves to curate an Instagram follow list for you. We picked our top five favorites in six categories (plus a little shameless self-promotion for our staffers).
The best Instagram accounts are regularly updated but don't spam you with photos, show you parts of life you wouldn't often get to see, and are both beautiful and entertaining. This is some tough criteria, but the following Instagrammers know how to keep you wanting more.
Good eats
It's easy to poke fun at Instagrammers' love of latte art, but the photo-sharing network is a foodie's dream.
@joythebaker : Dreamy shots of grilled cheese and cake from popular food blogger Joy the Baker.
@sonyayu : San Francisco restaurant brunches mixed with adorable photos of the photographer's French bulldog in various outfits.
@tartinegourmande : Picturesque dishes in the French countryside are a vision of the rustic life you've always wanted to lead.
@thesmitten : Smitten Kitchen cookbook author shoots delicious dishes and New York City street scenes to complement her well-known blog.
@jamieoliver : The famous chef offers behind-the-scenes videos with cooking techniques (plus pretty food photos).
Explore the world with these five Instagram accounts.
@drewkelly : Most of us will never go to North Korea, but Drew Kelly's photos offer a glimpse into the daily life in one of the world's most controversial countries.
@jonessnowboards : Professional snowboarder Jeremy Jones shoots his adventures riding the world's most beautiful mountains.
@passionpassport : Instagram users submit their own travel photos from around the world to the Passion Passport project.
@alaskafromscratch : Serene nature snapshots from one Alaskan's daily life, interspersed with fresh Alaskan seafood photos.
@bipolaire61 : Penguins, ice caps, and igloos populate this Arctic Instagram.
Fame monsters
Some celebrities are terrible at Instagram, but these five give you a backstage glimpse at a star's life.
@beyonce : The singer's Instagram is largely professional shots of her looking amazing, but every so often she uploads private snapshots.
@oprah : Behind-the-scenes shots of Oprah's life--doesn't get much better.
@badgirlriri : Rihanna is one of the few stars who uses Instagram to post whatever she damn well pleases.
@questlove : From recording studios to performances with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Questlove's Instagram feed lets you live (vicariously) like a rock star.
@kingjames : LeBron James really loves to shoot selfie videos and sneaker shots for Miami Heat fans on Instagram.
The corporations
Companies with social media savvy use Instagram to creatively showcase their products.
@sfgiants : If you're a San Francisco Giants fan, the team's account is a gold mine of team videos and game photos.
@generalelectric : GE's Instagram showcases its research projects. Expect lots of cool turbine shots.
@oscarprgirl : Oscar de la Renta, one of the most notable living fashion designers, shows off his world through his stylish spokeswoman.
@starbucks : This playful Instagram account features DIY straw art and images of tasty drinks in creative settings.
@mtv : Go backstage with your favorite musicians with MTV's official Instagram, which will likely get even more interesting as the Video Music Awards approach.
Cute and/or cuddly
The Internet is no stranger to cute kids and animals, but Instagram's filters elevate them from just plain cute to all-around adorable.
@naomipq : San Francisco photographer Naomi Phan-Quang's amazing photos feature some of the cutest kids around.
@trotterpup : Instagram foodie @sonyayu gets another shout-out for her French bulldog puppy's account (it's amazing).
@dearbeta : Frenchies are clearly just very photogenic animals.
@biggie_griffon : Biggie Smalls is a tiny dog with a lot of swagger (and some great facial expressions).
@darcytheflyinghedgehog : This Instagram will make you fall in love with hedgehogs. Who knew they were so adorable?
Talent overload
Legitimately talented photographers use Instagram as another outlet for their creativity, and you have to wonder how they get such great shots with nothing but an iPhone.
@karlthefog : San Francisco's iconic fog comes to life with misty photos  and hilarious captions.
@alice_gao : New York City looks better than ever as seen through this photographer's iPhone lens.
@annstreetstudio : Follow this pair of married photographers (and inventors of the cinemagraph) for photoshoot scenes and outtakes from their adventures .
@pketron : Pei Ketron's photos are beautiful and simple (now with video!).
@lokmanonsoy : An interesting mix of media. Go for it!
@cindyloughridge : San Francisco-based Loughridge offers interesting perspectives with her shots around town.
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The Greatest Tattoos Ever

  • Old School (also "Old Skool" or "Traditional")
  • New School (also "New Skool" or "Contemporary")
  • Biomechanical (also "Biomech")
  • Borneo Tribal, traditional Borneo tattoo
  • Irezumi, traditional Japanese tattoo
  • Black-and-gray, black, tonal tattoo
  • Marquesan tribal, traditional tattoo from the Marquesas Islands
  • Gang, gang tattoos
  • Chinese character tattoos
  • Tribal tattoos
  • Pin-up
  • Portrait
  • Celtic
  • Typographic
  • Blood Pudding
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The Statue of Liberty: 127 Years at America's Gateway

Lady Liberty opened to the public once more, after an eight-month closure to repair the damage Superstorm Sandy had caused. The 151-foot tall structure, a gift to the United States from the people of France in 1886, has endured numerous closures over the years, for both repairs and security concerns. Thousands made the ferry trip to Liberty Island yesterday to visit the re-opened structure, a world-famous work of art loaded with symbolism and history. National Park Service officials welcomed the visitors, saying they were ready for anticipated millions of annual visitors, despite beefed-up security procedures. Gathered here are images of The Statue of Liberty, inside and out, covering more than 130 years, from her birth in Paris to the present day.

1. A view of the Statue of Liberty, as Liberty Island opens to the public on July 4, 2013 for the first time since Superstorm Sandy slammed into the New York area. The Statue of Liberty, one of America's most recognizable symbols, reopened just in time for the July 4 national holiday, after being repaired from damage inflicted last year by Hurricane Sandy.

2. In 1875, a photograph made of the structure of the hand of the Statue of Liberty, under construction inside a Paris studio. Designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, the statue was a gift to the United States from the people of France. 

 3. Left: the hand and torch of the Statue of Liberty being built in a Paris studio around 1876. Right: the head of the Statue of Liberty, inside a Paris studio around 1880. 

4. Workmen constructing the Statue of Liberty in Bartholdi's Parisian warehouse workshop, a quarter-size head at right, Winter of 1882. 

5. The Statue of Liberty towers over Paris rooftops in 1884, outside Bartholdi's workshop. 

6. The inauguration of the Statue of Liberty, "Liberty Enlightening the World", in New York Harbor, on October 28, 1886. A military and naval salute, marked the event, presided over by U.S. President Grover Cleveland.

7. The Statue of Liberty, viewed from Ellis Island, by a small boy and his parents, ca. 1930. 

8. The ocean liner Queen Mary passes the Statue of Liberty as she enters New York Harbor after completing her first voyage to the United States, on June 1, 1936. 

9. Tourists examine writing on the inside of the top of Lady Liberty's crown in New York on August 4, 1946. Many of the visitors to the monument left behind markings to commemorate their visit to New York. 

10. The statue of liberty, gift of French school children, which 17 Congressmen from New York and New Jersey agree "stands in a slum", towers above rubbish and junk on Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor on March 5, 1948. The Congressmen asked a House Appropriations committee for $1,000,000 for slum clearance on the Island. 

11. Visitors peek out from under the crown of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, on October 26, 1946. 

12. The Statue of Liberty, foreground, with warships moving up the Hudson River past the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and the New York Skyline in Operation Sail preliminaries, on July 3, 1976. 

13. Visitors crane for a quick peek through the tiny window from inside the crown of the Statue of Liberty in New York City, on September 7, 1976. 

14. Small craft surround the Statue of Liberty, covered in scaffolding, as renovations of the statue get underway, on July 4, 1984. 

15. A close-up detail of the statue's right foot, showing missing rivets, 1984.

16. Interior of right foot showing wrought-iron straps supporting toes, in February of 1984. 

17. Interior view of east-side of statue looking up showing secondary iron frame and strap-iron armature supporting copper skin of toga. February, 1984. 

18. A worker leans out of the Statue of Liberty during renovations, on April 4, 1985. 

19. View up stair case of the interior of main frame, 1988. 

20. The old flame and torch platform, looking east with New York harbor, Ellis Island and lower Manhattan in background. 

21. A workman makes an adjustment to the torch from the Statue of Liberty at Liberty Island workshop in New York, on December 16, 1984 as the flame, in background, is lowered to a pedestal for a fitting before shipment to California. 

22. Gilding of the new torch on Liberty Island, on October 31, 1985.

23. New torch and flame with Manhattan skyline in background, 1985. 

24. The newly-refinished Statue of Liberty, with the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in the background, on May 20, 1986. 

25. Nancy Reagan is joined by Kristeen Reft, 9, of Alaska (left) and Laurence Honore of France, as all three wave from the crown of the Statue of Liberty during reopening ceremonies on July 5, 1986. 

26. Fireworks erupt over the buildings of lower Manhattan during celebrations on July 4, 2000. 

27. On September 11, 2001, thick smoke billows into the sky from the area behind the Statue of Liberty, lower left, where the World Trade Center towers, now collapsed, had stood. 

28. The "Tribute in Light" memorial shines behind the Statue of Liberty, on March 11, 2002 on the six-month anniversary of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks in New York City. 

 29. The base of the crown of the Statue of Liberty, viewed on June 2, 2009 in New York harbor. 

 30. A portion of the right arm of the Statue of Liberty is visible from the Statue's crown, on May 20, 2009. 

31. The space shuttle Enterprise, mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, flies near the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline, on April 27, 2012. 

32. A picture of Lady Liberty from one of her new TorchCams, during a large storm on October 29, 2011. 

33. A storm-damaged dock, near the Statue of Liberty which, remained closed to the public six weeks after Hurricane Sandy, on December 13, 2012. The storm caused extensive damage to National Park Service facilities on Liberty Island, although the statue itself remained unscathed. 

34. The Statue of Liberty, viewed against the buildings of lower Manhattan, on October 26, 2006. 

35. A girl poses for her father as they visit the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island during its reopening to the public in New York, July 4, 2013. Under steamy summer skies, tourists in New York flocked to ferries headed for the Statue of Liberty, re-opening with an Independence Day ceremony after closing in October as Superstorm Sandy approached. 

36. The sun sets behind the Statue of Liberty in New York, on May 26, 2013. 
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