By now, you probably think you've seen every amazeballs piece of nail art under the moon, but even we'll admit there's still SO much out there to explore. Our favorite discovery as of late? Nail designs inspired by some of the most famous album covers of all time! We NEED to talk about these mini masterpieces because, ummm hai, the nail artists deserve some serious props for all their hard work. Check out all music-inspired designs below, but DISCLAIMER: We are not responsible for any songs that get stuck in your head.
JOY DIVISION: 'UNKNOWN PLEASURES'
Joy Division is, no joke, one of our top 10 bands of all time. To create nail art that would reflect everything we love so much about the post-punk English band—without adding any additional glitz or gaudiness—proved to be a difficult task. Luckily, the talented artists over at The Illustrated Nail PERFECTLY encapsulated every detail of the Peter Saville-designed Unknown Pleasures album and kept true to the band's no-nonsense, melancholy vibe. They used a dark blood-red polish for the base and crisp white for the pulse lines, but the dead-on execution is what really made our jaws drop.
Our hearts explode when we see the PERFECT combination of music and fashion, so when we discovered punk rockers Green Day would be the new face of John Varvatos' spring campaign, we were MORE than thrilled. We cannot get enough of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool decked out in high-fashion duds, but it's no surprise that John decided to go with a rocker edge when it comes to his campaigns. Green Day joins a long list of rock groups and musicians (think: The Roots, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper, and Iggy Pop) who have posed for the menswear brand. Here, Billie Joe sports a military band jacket (like Justin Bieber!) and distressed denim tucked into lace-up boots with wild bleach-blonde hair. Tre Cool looks casual-chic in his open peacoat and laceless shoes ensemble, and Mike Dirnt goes a bitttt more classy in a long equestrian jacket and leather boots.
Iggy Pop in his "Wild America" music video.
Photo: Courtesy of Virgin
Sure, there's "pride" and "patriotism" but let's get serious for a minute: Being American means blue jeans. It means cowboy boots and dust in your hair and crazy shoulder pads and Lady Gaga shoes. Somewhere there are debt crises and manifest destinies and whatnot, but what really matters on the Fourth of July is optimism—putting on your sunglasses and venturing into the horizon like good Americans. While there are plenty of tunes about being an American, these are the ones that remind us that looking like an American can be weird and crazy but almost always cool. Like, Bruce Springsteen-cool. (No Fourth of July playlist is complete without The Boss and that is an undisputed fact and if you are even questioning our style-commitment to Bruce you should maybe have your passport revoked.)