Tuesday, January 24, 2012

old school tattoo mani

Hey guys! I know I've been slacking on the nail art lately, so hopefully today's post can make up for some of that! Because this is probably one of the coolest things I've ever done.
Let's get right to it!


Boom! Old school tattoo style! I'm still wearing this mani right now and I can't stop staring at my nails.


I even managed to do it on my right hand! (Aligning all those stamps is tricky!)
This hand isn't as good though so here are some more photos of the other hand.


The base color for this manicure is Color Club - Nomadic In Nude from the Back To Boho collection.
(I previously stated that this was a dupe for Lippmann's Waking Up In Vegas but I have since learned that while they are dupes in the bottle, the Lippmann dries much darker.)
This is my favorite nude! I chose a nude base so it would look like black tattoo work on skin.


I used a whole bunch of different plates for this look. I'll try to list them all:
-Konad Q1 (sparrows, leopard print on thumb, some of the stars, lightning bolt)
-Konad m3 (stars)
-Bundle Monster BM-12 (spider web, some stars)
-Bundle Monster BM-206 (nautical star)
The diamond, rose, second web, and some stars all came from faux-nad plates from eBay.


You can't see this side of my thumb in the other photos, but this awesome guitar is from a Nail Art Diva plate. Their website is not working right now so I don't know what the plate is called and in advance - no, I can't get anymore of this plate, but if the website were working I think you could order it there.


I dotted into some of the empty spaces with a toothpick just to bring the whole thing together.
All my stamping was done with Wet N Wild Black Creme.


Apart from this being just a really cool mani, there happens to be a special reason behind it.
A lovely lady I met in the polish community, Brenda, has a very sick daughter, Dyan. Several of us have decided to create manicures showcasing Dyan's favorite things in hopes they will help raise Dyan's spirits in her recovery and let her know that we all love her and are thinking about her. Dyan loves tattoos so I came up with a tattoo mani!
Dyan is recovering miraculously and I wish her all the best in her journey back to health!
You can check out more "Team Dyan" manicures on Sonoma Nail Art and Polish Ninja.
I'll add more links here as they are posted.

48 comments:

  1. wow i love this! i have a couple of tattoos and this actually does look like it's on real skin.

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  2. I love the mani and that nude colour looks really nice :)

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  3. This is just too many kinds of awesome. I love it!!!

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  4. Great mani! I have this one too so I see a similar gradient mani in my future!
    Love this mani!

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  5. This is really awesome I love it <3

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  6. That's one of the coolest mani's I've ever seen! ::making note of those plates:: LOVE IT!!!

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  7. that is just too incredible!!! i def need the bird stamp! fabulous job on such a fabulous classic look!

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  8. This is the coolest stamping I've seen yet! I love that you did it over nude so it looks like it's on skin. Love love love love.

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  9. Great job internet daughter!!!

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  10. Cool nails, the base fits the old school style :)

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  11. soo cool and for such a great cause. I wish her the best

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  12. Gorgeous! I just love the sparrows!

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  13. Amazing!! I like your mani, it is so original!
    I would like to invite you to see my blog http://myministyle.blogspot.com/
    Cheers

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  14. This is FANTASTIC!!
    And I love that you did it for the little girl. So happy she is doing better!

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  15. This turned out great! I really love it!

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  16. Wow, this is fantastic! What a great mani! Soo original and beautiful and and and...I just can't find the words to describe how awesome it is!

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  17. This is freakin blowin my mind!!! LOVE <3

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  18. Regarding your findings about Waking Up in Vegas and Nomadic in Nude, what you're really telling us is that you gave up your terrible crack habit, right?;)
    http://impoverishedbypolish.blogspot.com/2011/12/rebecca-likes-crack-nomadic-in-nude-vs.html

    Wonderful mani, I really like it. I don't care too much for tattoos so I was pleasantly surprised by how cute the designs are and how cohesive the whole look is. And I initially thought the color was WUiV, so I guess the comparisons aren't that far off, LOL!

    I wish the very best to Dyan and hope she continues on to a speedy recovery!

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    1. well that post was a little mean! my bottles are identical and yeah i hadn't used the lippmann at that point.

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  19. OMG this is seriously AMAZING! i loovvveeeeee tattoos and this really looks like old school tattooing. that stamping is amazing and i love the colors you picked! like black ink on skin.

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  20. Cooooooooooool!!!!!!
    I have to try this, but freehand cuz' I haven't those stamping plates ^^

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  21. This mani is just amazing, you had a great idea! And I really like the fact that you did it for that girl, I hope she will be better soon <3

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  22. This is one of the best manicures EVER. I had to pin both of your hands ;) And now I have to get some of those plates!

    I have a tattoo and while I personally won't get "old school" ink, this look is AMAZEBALLS!

    Best wishes to Dyan!

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  23. Did you have to do anything special to get your faux-nad plates from eBay to work? I bought some from there as well, and whenever I've tried to use them, the polish ALL comes up with the scraper, so there's nothing left in the design. It's really frustrating, because there are a lot of images I'd like to use, but I can't get the polish to stay in the pattern to be able to pick it up with the stamp.

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    1. Some of them are tricky, yes, but if all the polish is coming out there aren't many tips I have! they might just be etched too lightly.
      However... common sense question... is there a film on them that you need to take off? I've made that mistake before.
      You can also try scraping less hard.

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    2. Thanks, I'll check! The film occurred to me too, although the plate I was using at the time didn't seem to have one, but I will probably go back and check the rim again to be sure.

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    3. So I thought I'd write you back again...turns out, there WAS a film on my plates! I had checked for that when I first got them, but couldn't find anything to peel off. I looked again this weekend, though, and it turns out there is like a MICROSCOPIC film! I had to scour the edges with a safety pin before I found it to peel it off. Whew! Thanks for the advice - I had given up on the plates as useless, but now I'll be able to stamp with them. :)

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    4. that's awesome, i'm glad it works!

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  24. I love this! Very fun manicure :)

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  25. This is awesome! I definitely want to try something like this out. Perfect stamping, thanks Rebecca!

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  26. I want to try this sooo bad! LOVE IT!

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