Nail Art Competition- Tokyo Nail Expo 2009

Love ’em or hate ’em, some of these nail tips are true works of art.  These are all the finalists, but I didn’t find out who actually won as that was announced on the Monday, the last day of the expo. The theme was “Love and Soul,” and some nails appear to have nothing to do with the theme, which others reflect it. And some just…wow. Just wow. Click to make them bigger!

Here’s a few for today:

Lightning bolts, rhinestones, and hearts. Not sure how it relates to the theme, but they did write L&S on one of the nails. If I had a machine that could transform Jamz into fake nails, this would have been the result. Besides Brooke, did anyone have a pair of Jamz? Maybe the Europeans and Asians are lucky enough to have been spared the truly awful fashion that was Jamz, but somehow I doubt it.


Here’s a pair of super-long tips with elves, ominous-looking sacks, snowflakes, chain bullion, giant bedazzled clovers, and…robots. The elves look vaguely panicked but powerless to stop whatever terrible fate is about to befall them. The elf second from the left looks like he is getting molested by Rudolph.  Check out Rudolph’s evil grin. Something very, very bad is afoot here. Or is it “ahoof?”

A more traditional interpretation of the “Love and Soul” theme. I think that’s Kannon, the Buddhist godess of mercy. I could be wrong, but itn any case, it’s very fine work with tiny, perfect details.

All these bits are actually connected to the nails. We’ve got a clock, a cross, a moon, some flowers and a giant butterfly connected to black nails with gold filigree detail and jewels. What does it mean? Also, what if you sneeze while wearing these? I would have loved to seen them modelled but didn’t get the chance.

And, last one for today:

Flames made of tiny foil dots, sequins, a giant heart that says “Love and Soul,” and a yellow poppy PLUS rhinestone chain bullion. I always knew love and soul was made up of sequins and rhinestones. The flames are just the icing on the shiny cake.


About nevertoomuchglitter

Nail artist. Wanderer. I'm a color-holic, in fact, it was my love of color that brought me to the nail art world. Well, that, and the fact I was too cheap to pay crazy Japanese prices for nail polish while living in Tokyo, so I had to start mixing my own. That's how NTMG began.
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7 Responses to Nail Art Competition- Tokyo Nail Expo 2009

  1. ainos2 says:

    #3 and #5 are just stunning!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Heeheehee, are you becoming the “Cake Wrecks” of nail art? I love your commentary and your appreciation for the real art here. Nice photos!

  3. Annabelle says:

    I would love to see the maker of number 4 and 5 try to function in those.=]

  4. Not only did I have Jams, but they were homemade by my grandma !!! lmao!!!

    The nails with the flames – just gorgeous! If they would have just left off all that other stuff these would have been the one for the win!!!!

  5. ainos2 says:

    Thank you for posting all of these! Very inspiring.

  6. Lucy says:

    I also would’ve loved to have seen these actually on the hand. I just can’t imagine how you could function in these. They are little works of art.

    • nevertoomuchglitter says:

      As mini-sculpture, they are amazing. It doesn’t matter if they’re not wearable or whatever, they are tiny works of art. Like a Faberge egg or paperweight- so what if it’s not useful? It takes amazing skill nonetheless.

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