Saturday, March 17, 2012
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
... 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 Beaut.ie'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!