Listen, we know A$AP Rocky has a thing for nail art. In case you haven't noticed, the fashion-forward rapper (who is BFFs with Alexander Wang, NBD) is always taking pics of ladies' nails just for fun. I KNOW. It's so gosh darn cute it makes us die a little inside (could you even IMAGINE A$AP coming up to you and asking to a pic of your tips? #dead), and we're just so happy that the rapper calls out killer name game when he sees it. Lately, though, he's been taking his love affair with nails to the next level by teaming up with the girls over at WAH Nails in London for his latest music video shoot (!!!). WAH Nails Instagrammed this one behind-the-scenes photo (and one photo ONLY!) of the customized nails, which read "A$AP $EX" in bold black and white letters. HOT.
WAH Nails founder Sharmadean Reid.
Photo: Via WAH Nails
Long story short: I'm obsessed with WAH Nails. Ever since I found out about the London-based nail art salon, I've been following (OK, stalking) their Tumblr for nail inspiration. I CANNOT get enough of their cool, punky-haired girl gang who dish out hundreds upon hundreds of killer mini masterpieces a week, so I knew I had to meet the founder behind one of the biggest nail art movements of the decade, Ms. Sharmadean Reid. Lucky for me, she stopped by NYC to promote her new book, The WAH Nails Book of Nail Art, and I chatted her up inside the luxurious W Union Square hotel while other ladies got their nails did. Truth be told, the beauty entrepreneur (who also works full time in Nike's energy marketing department) is even more smart, poignant, and straight-up gorge IRL than she is online. She gave me ALL the deets about her new step-by-step nail art book, how MTV largely influenced who she is today, and what the future holds for WAH Nails (spoiler alert: It's nail stickers!).
WAH Nails' nail art.
Photo: Via WAH Nails
We're not gonna lie—we follow every step of Azealia Banks' life so closely in hopes that we'll never miss a fashion-filled moment. Recently the rapper performed at Karl Lagerfeld's house (and scored a sweater with his face on it!), dropped a new track at Mugler's runway show, and did a V magazine shoot with THE Nicola Formichetti. While hanging with Lady Gaga's right-hand man, Az got chummy enough with Nicola that he handed over his RIDIC pink bedazzled iPhone case with a 3-D bunny on it! Nicola was notorious for tweeting pics of himself with the ultra-glam case, and we think he's since replaced it with a sassy sunglasses cover. But now that Azealia has her hands on the most decked-out phone of all time, she knew she needed some killer nails to match.
OK, so, we're OB-SESSED with nail art. I mean, who isn't these days? It's like having 10 mini blank canvases just AWAITING the touch of an artist. Actually, come to think of it, have you ever treated your nails as mini masterpieces? Like, actual art? (Think: Those old timey people you learn about in your high school art class that you always see in museums.) Well, lately we've been spotting this everywhere—ladies are trying to re-create actual masterpieces on their fingertips. *gasp* It seems prettttyyy tough (if not impossible), BUT thanks to the interwebs, extremely talented artists, and our stealth sleuthing, *brushes shoulders off* we found some absolutely KILLER nail art inspired by some of the most famous artists in the world. I KNOW, I KNOW, it sounds incredible, and it is. So let's dive into this week's nail art trend to try:
THE TREND: Mini masterpieces on your fingertips!
THE CHALLENGE: Re-creating famous (and giant) pieces of art on your itsy bitsy nails.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Um, on a scale from 1 to 10, this is like a 12.
Photo: Courtesy of Wah Nails
After watching Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss rave about London-based nail shop Wah Nails, we spent the next, uh, 15.5 hours (just being honest!) ogling at all of the INSANE nail designs that the boutique shows off on their blog. During the nailgazing (YEAH, WE SAID IT), we couldn't help but notice our sistren on the other side of the pond are letting some of their natural nails peek through the design. We're not sure if the Brits have been doing this for-like-ever and we're super late pass, but either way we dig the festive-feel of it all, which presumably involves covering parts with tape that you've laboriously cut shapes and angles out of. Totally doable. Just make sure your tape isn't super-duper grippy (hello 3M brand Scotch!) and that you peel deftly before the jams dry.