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My Paddy's Day Nails (WARNING: nail art heavy!)

Saturday, March 17, 2012   |   13 comments

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

For this year's paint job, I wanted to steer clear of the traditional and do something a little bit different, so I focused on aspects of Irishness that have a particular resonance for me (a brief guide to each nail is included for visitors to the site from outside the motherland.)

I started with a basic green Skittles/ombre manicure in forty five shades of green...

... and then got busy with some nail art pens.

You may already have seen my left hand doing the rounds on Twitter.

Thumb: A twist on the "I ❤ NY" slogan, using the pronunciation rather than the actual spelling of the Irish word tae (tea). I am very fond of a cupán tae.
Index:   I've always quite liked snakes, so thanks for nothing, St. Patrick. (Legend has it he drove them out of Ireland, probably in the back of a Hiace van.)

Middle:  Every time an American refers to the Irish patron saint as "Patty", a kitten, bunny rabbit, and puppy dog die. FACT. 
Ring:    I'm pretty sure there's a law against Irish-themed manicures that don't somehow feature Guinness.
Little:   BOSCO! Asexual puppet, blusher aficionado, and Irish kid's TV hero of the '80s. I still have a Bosco mug AND my very own actual Bosco puppet.

And now, without further ado, here's the right hand. BOOM.

Little:    Mr. Tayto, mascot/"man" behind the actual best Irish crisps ever.
Index:   Bass beer was popular in the '60s, '70s, and 80's. If someone tells you something is "Bass" (pronounced "baaas", rather than "base"), that's a good thing. (See also: deadly/savage.) Ah... that's Bass!
Middle:  The word "janey" is a regional colloquialism that can be deployed as an expression of surprise, annoyance, disgust, euphoria etc. Derivatives include "janey mack" and "janey mackers"; synonyms include "well holy God says Miley" and "jaypers".
Index:   One of the Jedwards. When the results of's annual poll rating the best of Irish manhood were released this morning and Jedward took the honours, I had to redo this nail in tribute.
Little:   Love hurling. (The "O" is a sliotar, the white and black leather ball used in the game).

Hope you like them - have a great weekend!

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  • At 5:24 pm, March 17, 2012, Blogger Karen said…

    Every single one is amazing!! How you managed to think up so many things and then do the art on your left hand if you're right handed, is beyond moi! Well done :)

  • At 5:36 pm, March 17, 2012, Blogger Lynnie said…

    Thanks a mill Karen :) The designs on my right hand are significantly dodgier than the ones on the left, lol, could do with being ambidextrous!

  • At 5:36 pm, March 17, 2012, Blogger MissGreenEyes said…

    You are brilliant. BRILLIBLOODYANT. The best nail art I've seen, ever. Brilliant!! I don't know how you do it, I really don't.

  • At 5:44 pm, March 17, 2012, Blogger Lynnie said…

    *blusheslikeamadyoke* Thanks MissGreenEyes!!!

  • At 10:09 pm, March 17, 2012, Blogger Sabrina said…

    OOOOMG How in the name of St. Patrick did you manage it, they look deadly. Nail hero ;-)

  • At 3:14 pm, March 18, 2012, Blogger Breige said…

    Oh wow, these are fantastic!!! Bloody brilliant, I love the Bosco one!

    Hope you had a good St. Patrick's Day!

  • At 5:14 pm, March 19, 2012, Blogger Lynnie said…

    Sabrina - lol, thanks!

  • At 5:15 pm, March 19, 2012, Blogger Lynnie said…

    Cheers Breige, hope you'd a great weekend x

  • At 6:50 pm, March 19, 2012, Blogger Scrangie said…

    That is GREAT! I love it! You are really, really good at nail art!

  • At 6:55 pm, March 19, 2012, Blogger Lynnie said…

    Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment, Scrangie :) Am a long-time reader of your blog so it really means a lot!

  • At 3:28 am, March 20, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Argh! I hate it when people say St. Paddy's Day! His name is Patrick so call it Patty's Day if you insist on shortening it. His name is NOT St. Padrick!

  • At 10:29 am, March 20, 2012, Blogger Lynnie said…

    Anonymous - in the original Irish, his name was Pádraig, and it's from there that the male diminutive of "Paddy" is derived.

    Patty is a girl's name, or the meat-y part of a burger. There's a whole website dedicated to explaining the difference: Paddy Not Patty.

    (Side note: it would be so lovely if people outside of Ireland could stop assuming that they know more about the Irish patron saint than the Irish themselves.)

  • At 1:01 pm, March 20, 2012, Blogger Kitty Catastrophe said…

    Jeebus, only saw these now, they're amazing Lynnie! Bosco! Also properly laughed out loud at your side note above. Seconded! :)


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