Thursday, August 16, 2012

Beale Street Inspired Nail Art

Hey y'all!  Today I have some nail art I did for a contest.  The theme for the contest is Walking in Memphis.  You were supposed to do nail art inspired by the great city of Memphis.  My first thought was Elvis!!!  Buuuut, that was a stipulation, it couldn't be just about him because Memphis is about more than just Elvis ;).  After Elvis, the next thing I think about is singin' the Blues because Memphis is "The birth place of the blues" and that leads me to the 2nd biggest reason I want to go to Memphis....BEALE ST.  I've never been myself, but it's on my bucket list. I imagine Beale St. to be a classier version of Bourban St. and you know how much I love me some NOLA

One of the things that always sticks out in my mind from the photos and videos I've seen of Beale St. is the amazing neon signs in front of the shops and clubs.  I love neon signs, they're works of art to me.  The streets are just lined with big bright signs, I love it.  So that's what my contest nail art is inspired by, the neon lights of Beale St.

The thumb is Memphis Music, Index is Tator Red's, Middle is BB King's Blues Club, Ring is a Beale St. sign, and pinky is Black Diamond. 

For these I used Sinful Colors Black on Black, NYC Big Apple Red Creme and various acrylic paints using two small sized paint brushes....and lots of patience lol.  Towards the end of this one I started shaking so it's a miracle my lettering came out decent.  I also noticed while I was working on this, I tend to hold my breath when I'm painting.  I never really noticed that I do that but I think I do it a lot.  When I'm done I'm always really drained feeling, I'd bet that's why.  I'm weird!  ha

Have you ever been to Memphis?  Do my nails do it justice?