After feeling all happy about the Batman nails yesterday (it’s like when you first learn to ride your bike: once you know you can go around the block without falling you don’t want to stop riding for awhile) I was playing with the dogs in the living room trying to think of another fun cartoony theme to try out on the nails (Smurfs are still in the works, just noodling on the who and how)… Then I looked up and figured it out. See, there’s this fun painting on my wall of Ronnie Numbers — done by Steve WhatStyle over at 504 What Style — that was just screaming “paint me!” I don’t want to be a jerk and post his pictures on my site, but trust me when I tell you it’s about perfect for this sort of stuff (though if you’re really curious here‘s a picture of the Bingo Show set he did from the Facebook gallery; I’ve got the one on the far left). Love the piece, love Bingo Show, it was a winner idea all around.
If you’re local to New Orleans you (should) know what I’m talking about (and if you’ve got one of their songs in your head right now, adore you); if you’re not, I’m not sure I even know how to explain it other than to say that The New Orleans Bingo Show (America’s best-loved musical gameshow cabaret!) is one of the supercharged slices of this city that makes it so inspiring and wonderful. You can watch their trailer for the official intro, or view one of my favorites below. From JazzFest this year, they played fairly early but, lucky lucky me, they were on the stage directly in front of the beer tent I was working sooooo that was sort of the hilight of my day (which is sayin’ a lot, considering Cindy freakin’ Lauper closed our stage that day and is about the cutest thing ever).
So anyway, acrylics. Again. This one actually took longer than the Batman ones and I’m going to blame it on the lettering: I must’ve gone over those letters like six times, you don’t even want to know (and finally gave up on one letter, opting to dot the I and leave it alone). Letters are the mindkiller, forget fear. So their logo-ish business in the middle, fleur on the pinky, Ronnie Numbers on the index and The Turk on the ring finger. And between the two topcoats I used some of that Fantasy Makers Confetti holo business they put out for Halloween — amazing sparkle but be oh so careful when dealing with this stuff, it’s light as air and gets EVERYWHERE… sort of looks like some fairies exploded in my kitchen right now. Or I guess more like I’m in New Orleans, glitter capitol of the south.