Nail… Art?

“Nailed: The History of Nail Culture and Dzine

“Nailed: The History of Nail Culture and Dzine”

Hello again,

How are you today?

It is, of course, Tuesday and, as you will recall, our blog post on Tuesdays is about Art. Today, we wanted to invite us to join our discussions at Kalamarie HQ. The question we have for you is this: Is nail art a real and valid form of art?

When we migrated from South America some years ago, it was very much on trend, albeit in an infant, little-sister-and-friends type of thing; but, it seems, there is a whole new form of nail art taking hold. Initially we thought it would be a passing trend, but, as time has gone on, it has become abundantly clear that it is a well-rooted tendency, with nothing but the firmest intention to stay.

What do we think?

Well, if you have visited our Instagram page (if you haven’t you really are missing out) you will have seen that we have a fascination for hands and everything that adorns them. From their anatomy and function, through to the beautiful handbags we have created for them to carry, hands are, in our view, a very telling part of the human body.

The very idea of curating the fingernail and painting it is, surely, a form of creativity upon the human body, which deserves to be called art. It certainly is a form of aesthetic practice upon the human body dating as far back as 3000BC. Whether in its original, more rustic forms, or in the new, widely-shared pop-art sense, the adornment of the nail, is, to us, a form of embellishment perfectly capable of holding its art-form credentials. We are not alone in thinking this.

Dzine, the acclaimed artist, wrote a book on this subject under the name of “Nailed: The History of Nail Culture and Dzine”.  The book, which features on its cover nails so ornate you would barely be able to recognise what they are, looks at the history of nail design and adornment across cultures.

Dzine didn’t stop there, he did, of course, two nail art salons in New York, one of which took place in the lobby window of the New Museum, where various local nail artists offered free nail designs to visitors.

So, for us, a form of aesthetic expression that seeks to enhance the environment it lives in, is art. Those are all characteristics that we can recognise in nail art and we predict it is here to stay.

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K&M xx