Tokyo Nail Expo 2013 Part 3

One more installment of the Tokyo Nail Expo Art Tip Award 2013. The theme is “Fresh Flesh.” Click to enlarge.

Tokyo Nail Expo 2013 Nail Art Award 1

These kind of remind me of a Victorian funeral, especially with the lilies and the x on the eyes in the lower right corner. I’m not sure where the cat fits in- maybe he’s the killer?

Tokyo Nail Expo 2013 Nail Art Award 2

Pig parts, giant pearls..more porcine-flavored nightmare fuel! Nice job on the frame paintings but I’d have given these a gel topcoat to even out the texture.

Tokyo Nail Expo 2013 Nail Art Award 3

That giant bow is a work of art if it’s handsculpted. It looks simple but is very hard to get right on a large scale. Then we’ve got a really happy deer head with bedazzled antlers, grapes, butterflies, and lots of flowers. Whoa. Very fine sculpting work, though if I wore that deer nail, I’d probably seriously wound myself.

Tokyo Nail Expo 2013 Nail Art Award 4

These nails do not feature a geisha- it’s actually a rather busty “oiran,” or a courtesan-era high class prostitute, hence the “flesh.” Points for sticking the the theme and for the very nice detail work. Not sure how you’d wear these, but this contest is all about art and creativity, not about wearability. 😉

Tokyo Nail Expo 2013 Nail Art Award 5

A pretty standard interpretation of the ‘flesh’ via fruit. Some grapes, melons and tasty bits over a geometric base.

Tokyo Nail Expo 2013 Nail Art Award 6
A mean-looking bumblespider trapping bugs in his net! Mwa ha ha! Check out that lace background pattern, which looks like a combo of airbrush and handpainting. Very fine indeed.

Tokyo Nail Expo 2013 Nail Art Award 6

Whoa! A celestial, magical set with incredible detailing. I just don’t know where the flesh is, though. Is the swan going to get roasted with some BBQ sauce? This is still a very skilled work, though, and must have taken a lot of time and effort. Love the black with pastel color detailing for a really fresh look.

Tokyo Nail Expo 2013 Nail Art Award 7

An intricate series of nails with butterflies, pearls, fishing wire and white feathery floofalas. These have a kind of unique sculptural element to them that makes them stand out. I guess butterflies go in with the flesh theme?

Tokyo Nail Expo 2013 Nail Art Award 8

Gingham, clocks, glasses, shoes, clovers, lace…these have a little bit of everything. It sort of reminds me of a Midwestern kitchen with all that gingham. Where’s the flesh? I do like the teeny scissors and the super tiny bikini bottom- is that what that is on the top of the second nail from the left?

Tokyo Nail Expo 2013 Nail Art Award 9

A nice interpretation of flesh with Venus. Bold detailing and lots of iridescent sparkle- very good work.

Tokyo Nail Expo 2013 Nail Art Award 14

Lovely detailing- the sculpting and painting on these are top notch. But what do roses and butterflies have to do with it? Wouldn’t some gazelles go better? Is there some nail art rule that says there must be at least one butterfly or flower present at all times? 😉

Tokyo Nail Expo 2013 Nail Art Award 15

A set celebrating the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. I love the detailing on the fairy wings and the torch, but what the heck does this have to do with flesh? Maybe because athletes have bulging muscles?

Tokyo Nail Expo 2013 Nail Art Award 16

An aquatic-themed set, complete with…undersea roses. Yes, roses. This may be proving the rule that all nail art must have flowers, even if it’s totally nonsensical. Nice job on the sculpting, though, and I love the dewdrops and the expression on the clownfish face. Very realistic. 

Tokyo Nail Expo 2013 Nail Art Award 17

The most dazzling, lovely, bejeweled….cockroach. AAARGHHH! There’s a tick-like bug and a spider, but the cockroach is distressing me greatly. Very well done, but now I need to take a break and grab the bug spray.

Tokyo Nail Expo 2013 Nail Art Award 18

A stained glass effect with bright transparent roses and butterflies Nice work, but no relation to the theme that I can see. But these definitely took a lot of patience and a steady hand.

So what do you guys think? What’s your favorite?


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 Tokyo Nail Expo 2013 Part 3

  1. The most amazing thing about the deer nails in my opinion is not the bow but those FRAMES! And the patterns and picture peeking through. Such a clever idea!!! But yet again, most of them, no flesh… : )

    • nevertoomuchglitter says:

      The sculpture on these is really top notch. It takes a lot of control and skill for sure. Those are one of my favorites, just for the randomness of them. But the artists left out the flesh, unless there’s some interesting rationale I’m missing. Too bad there’s no little blurbs about the nails from the artists who made them- that would be really interesting.

  2. Craftynail says:

    I like the pigs and venus!

  3. Love the deer! And I love love love your posts from the Tokyo Nail Expo! Hope you’re going back next year! 😀

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