You guys, something happened. We thought we knew nail art, and then we stumbled upon this book called Nailed: The History of Nail Culture and Dzine, and now we’re crying and shaking in a corner wondering how nails went from cute and simple 2-D designs to absolutely insane mini 3-D sculptures. Like, this nail art game is Out. Of. Control. Chicago-based artist Dzine commissioned photographers all over the world to capture their local nail sculpture subcultures on film, and they did NOT disappoint.
From nail artists to salon owners to straight-up nail lovers, not one corner of the nail art world is left unturned. The best part, though, is that nail sculptures are beginning to be looked at as real works of art. “The people involved in this community have no formal art training, yet their passion to make beautiful, over-the-top ornamental objects is what truly struck me, hence the body of work. It has reminded me why I’m an artist and why I choose to create,” Dzine says. The book covers everything from the history of nail art (it goes waaayyy back, surprisingly!) to personal cultural expression.
The book is only available online exclusively through The Standard shops until February 2012, but enough talk! We wanna see some BADASS NAIL ART!