Part 2 comin’ atcha with more crazy photos from the Tokyo Nail Expo!
First off, my haul from the show….
And now back to the Nail Art Award Contest entries, where the theme was “Fresh Flesh.” This was pretty confusing and many entrants seemed to skip it entirely, though one artist absolutely nailed it (hey-YO!) As always, click to enlarge.
A very painstakingly put-together peacock compete with cherries. Not ‘fleshy’ but very intricate.
Pigs with wine and roses. Check out the stained glass background with the tiny snouts. I am a sucker for tiny snouts. The sign on the right says something about “baby pork or “suckling pigs.” Yikes! This one just may well haunt my nightmares since I am especially fond of pigs.
Teeny safety pins, leopard print, and apple, sunglasses and a leather vest with matching tiny belt. Detailed and very well executed. Appealling for the fashion plate but I’m not figuring out where the flesh comes in, unless it’s the leather/fur portion?
These nails have a wedding theme. It says “[I] was a princess, let’s do this every year.” I wonder what kind of folks associate weddings with fresh flesh? Jeepers. But these are very kawaii, with huge flowers and all-round cuteness.
These dragon nails have a flesh theme, there’s the traditional word for “tattoo” on them, which includes the kanji for ‘flesh.’ The nails look like an classical dragon tattoo. Fantastic 3D detail work, too.
Fantastically fleshy, disgusting zombie nails. I give these 5 stars for disgustingness and for sticking with the theme. Check out that sculpted ear! Just plain revolting.
Very dainty- check out that handsculpted lace and teeny birdcage. But…flesh?
The empty-eyed mask mask on the right is going to drive me insane. That aside, lovely detail work with clocks, gold leaf and some very nice sculpting. This is a Venetian costume party kind of theme, but again- where’s the flesh?
A courtesan eating a mystery fruit. OK, some flesh going on there. I’m not sure what the clear blobs are, or what the fruit is, but beautiful job on the handpainted lady. It actually looks really old- and that’s not always easy to do!
Awesome detail work, with owls, florals and feathers. I’m getting a kind of retro vibe here and I’m jealous of that gorgeous detail but where’s the darn flesh?????
There was a lot of gorgeous work but a lot of folks just seemed to ignore the theme, unless they incorporated it in a way that I just didn’t get. The public votes on the contest, so I’m not sure if those who ignored the theme get penalized. But it takes a lot of the challenge out if the interpretation of the theme is not taken into account.
More still to come-I didn’t want to make these posts too insanely picture heavy, so I’m breaking it up a bit (that, and I still have a ton to do since I’ve been away in Tokyo for a week!)