(super pricey) Nail polish inspired by menstrual blood, bruises, and muddy river water.
Also: things I have been lusting after for months and neeeeeeed
Library of Color Volume 5For her Volume V Library of Color, STRANGEBEAUTIFUL creator Jane Schub drew inspiration from the spectral banks of the Hudson River estuary upon which her 19th century brick factory looms like a prescient structure in a foreboding Bosch painting. Moody, erotic, irreverent and tender, the STRANGEBEAUTIFUL Volume V edition features 10 diaphanous veils of wildly haunting colors, each shade slightly disturbing and yet effortless to wear.Unlike traditional nail polishes, the Volume V shades coat the nail in a gossamer bath of color. Not quite transparent, the effect is fluid and semi opaque, as if the nail itself had taken on a mysterious life of its own.Inspirations and references range from the vampiric gradations of a healing bruise; the moody rusts of menstrual blood; sooty, phantasmal India ink; the profile of a gray blue Heron scooping fish against a background of gooey river runoff and the apocalyptic color palette of Medieval Flemish paintings. Visceral and private, each shade cloaks the finger in an aqueous film of color for an effect that is strange, beautiful, and impossible to forget.
AKA EVERYTHING I WEAR OH FUCK SOMEONE SEND THIS TO ME.
Today’s planned manicure blog post got queerer after cleanlinez suggested that the fancy nail polish trend could be developed into a queer femme hanky code that works for dress-wearers. Capturing some of the conversation from Goldengray & Tangledupinlace!
As Julia points out, this idea is just too good to get lost in a slew of sbux/diamond ring admirers.
Y’all should visit BOSSY FEMME & tell me about your nailz and what you’d include in a queer nail polish code.
[Image: A Starbucks cup being held by a pale left hand. The nails on the hand are smoothly painted pink, except for the ring finger, which is silver and rough.]
i saw this picture and thought about an alternative to the hankie code where painting a specific fingernail/color would serve to “flag” in a similar way… and you don’t need pockets (solves my whole flagging-whilst-wearing-a-dress problem).
Brilliant. I don’t wear nail polish and I’m not even into flagging, and still I thought about some femme langourously stretching their hands over a bar to show off their ring finger “flags” and swooned a little inside.
This is brilliant.
Well colour me speechless this is one of the more wonderful ideas I’ve seen in a long while.
FEMME FLAGGING HANKY CODE BRILLIANCE OH MAN LET’S ACTUALLY DO IT.
Also please let’s make up one for “let’s stay up all night watching Buffy while half asleep and not touching.”