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NAIL that ART!: Black Lives Matter!

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[Fucking Stop, Cuz we can’t breath!] We live in a world where there are countless number of global problems such as: global financial crisis, poverty, natural resources and racism. There is an outweighs numbers between the amount of people willing to devote time to help change global issues and the issues that we all as a nation is dealing with at hand. Undeniably, ALL LIVES MATTER, but today we are taking it one step at a time to focus and bring awareness to human rights and the reoccurrence of police brutality against black lives in the U.S.

Are you familiar: Amado Diallo [Shot 41 times,1999], Eric Garner [2014] , Michael Brown [2014] and Freddi Gray [2015]? Hello and welcome to the theme of BLACK LIVES MATTER! Re-informing you, these unarmed men have all been victims of police cruelty and they all died because of it. Between, 2000-2015 over 80 unarmed black lives has been wrongfully killed by police [ both men & women]! Many of these victim’s stories never made headline in mainstream media.

Very often, where we are from and the culture that we live in sets the tone that manifest our behavior patterns and ways of thinking. Grateful for the positive outcomes but what about the toxic patterns that contributes to the list of worldly difficulties that we all face now! We can all agree: armed police has way more authority than their unarmed captives. There is no justification for inhumane actions that we seen through out the media of police beatings and shooting causing death. It begs the questions: when police are trained for their position, are their correlations between the use of deadly force and race? What are the police forces taught internally to make them feel subconsciously comfortable abusing their authority in inhumane ways? To be straightforward, there are more deeply rooted questions then there are reasonable actions justifying the epidemic of police brutality and the black lives that are no longer here with us! But at some point there is a code of ethics that is being broken and its not sitting well with both domestic and international folks who understand the value of life…especially mothers who can not fathom loosing their child to someone hired to protect and work in partnership with their assign community. 

Below, freelance nail artist within the nail community unite with me on this project, to display their voice and concern in a peaceful manner while raising awareness on the first ever nail-art project curate around the movement: BLACK LIVES MATTER and racial discrimination! We hope to visually educate the people around the globe:

black.thenailartistfr3[Above] “It saddens me to see police brutality over the news. I can only imagine and pray for those families’ that have lost loved ones because of the police. I remember a famous quote from, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr back when I was young. I didn’t understand what it meant but it all makes sense now: Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress” – Fabian

black.nailboy2[Above] “Black lives matter, why? Because no life, gender, sexuality or COLOR is more important or should be more accepted than another. We are all made from skin, blood and bones. We were all given a life that is EQUAL. Why don’t we treat it that way? Why do our people have to still suffer, at this day in time?” – E. Elejandro

black.nailsbyraybaby3[Above] “It saddens me that we still have to deal with such racism in this day and age. But with the power of technology we can document these incidents that usually go unseen”- Ray

black.thenailistaproject2[Above] “According to media studies, to every unarmed white man killed by police brutality, 10 unarmed black men are killed in Baltimore. Studies also show that EVERY 28 hours a black man is killed due to police brutality across the country.  All over the internet there are videos of black men and even some black women who are beaten severely by police officers, who were never held accountable for such actions. They have spilled the blood of so many innocent people.  Why must black or brown skin be seen as targets?  How many lives have to be lost before police brutality is considered a crime?”- Marcia

black.elle[Above] My people are called savages, thugs and hoodlums for rioting…Boston Tea Party, anyone? We get dismissed if we raise our voices just a little out of sheer passion or certain and then we become the “angry black guy or girl”. My PEOPLE are being taken advantage of. Blacks are all over national news, destroying their hometown but on social media there were photos of Caucasians looting in the same area.That didn’t make it to CNN. Be real, be fair. There is a system built to take our boys and men and put them in prison to rot, or be shot by corrupt officers and left to rot in the sun for hours as stories are fabricated and rap sheets are quickly sent to the media and the killings are justified. WE ARE NOT BEING VALUED IN THE COUNTRY THAT OUR ANCESTORS HELPED BUILD, BY FORCE” – Elle C

black.ravenails[Above]The first step is acknowledging that we have a systematic problem! White privilege exists. We have victims in our country, and now is the time to lift those people up” – Briaelinn

black.10thstorynails[Above] It’s frustrating living in a world, where silence and consent in the face of terrible acts are valued over justice. I feel powerless to do anything other than raise awareness.  Black lives matter because all life should be valued.  Respect for life itself should be the most important act anyone can choose”- Danielle

black.nailodyssey[Above] “More attention should be focused on police brutality. It’s not right for citizens to be afraid of something that should protect us” – Elsy

black.TheAcrylicNail2[Above] Racism is alive & well, dwelling in the ignorant minds of those with the power to oppress”- Beatrice


Cunnt Claws will like to continue bringing nail-art awareness for this matter. Please hashtag #CunntClaws in all “Black Lives Matter” nail concepts to be featured on the Cunnt Claws social media. Special thanks to all the nail artist who united for a good cause!: E Elejandro [@thenailboy] , Braelinn [@rave_nailz] ,Ray [@nailsbyraybaby], Danielle [@10thstorynails] , Beatrice [@theacrylicnail], Avia [@thenailistaproject], Elle [@_ellec], Fabian [@thenailartistfr], Elsy [@nail_odyssey]

 

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TODAY: WBMB Radio [Baruch College, NYC]

radio Cunnt Claws will be a featured guest today on WBMB Radio! Tune in today live at 2pm [EST], as members of Baruch College committe talk about current events happening in: Lifestyle, Fashion and NAILS!!

Click link for live stream [HERE]

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D-DAY: Diosa Nail Polish

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With everything soaring here in, The Big Apple my mind was fully set of anticipation for another LIVE episode of D-DAY for Diosa nail polish launch!! To give you some general background, D-DAY simply mean “Diosa-Day” and it has become a yearly nail event preserved by nail polish creator, Diana Long who is recognizable here at Cunnt Claws. Continue reading

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Sephora: Revolutionizing Claws!

BLOGIn the latest tête-à-tête, a girls’ favorite “time-killa” place partook in a live impromptu nail-art episode that had everyone wanting polish! Located in the heart of New York City (Times Square), Sephora had the coolest daytime nail party in retrospect to new Spring/Summer 2014 nail polishes from their pigmented polish line, Formula X! The directions of color choices were endless at the Formula X nail shop booth, but at the artist nail stations the focus were an either/or kind of feel in terms of going vibrantly neon or subtly pastel with the hues flaunted. Upon purchases, guest were treated with a 2-finger nail-art courtesy of the following onsite nail artist; Lexi Martone (Lexi Martone Nails), Eda Levenson (Lady Fancy Nails), Candy J (Candy J.), and Jeannette (I Luv Ur Nailz): Continue reading

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NAILING it for FUN!

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Is it just me, or the nail art movement is moving so fast that it’s becoming more and more fascinating as we see a heavy rotation of new inspiring creations being recreated right in front of our eyes, and it’s super hard to not give in?!

London base nail artist- Nikki P of, Attitude Nails extended her genius ways of doing fascinating nail design to now recycling artificial nails that she transformed into hip and trendy neck pieces jewelry, which just adds to the many cool depictions of recreating the nail art market. Already seen sporting the customize nail-chain; Raquel (RaqStar Nails), Kelly (I_Nailed_It) and myself- these chains are limitless as to what can be created on them!

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From a nail art blogger standpoint, jewelry are so fun to an outfit! Customizing a nail art necklace made out of artificial nails, is taking the “nail art lifestyle” to an entirely new level. This targets the market of audience, who just get a kick out of watching fun nail-art images, but would never move forward with implementing customize designed nails!

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Other Related News: Attitude nails innovative nail-chain was also featured in, Nails Magazine this month:

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 If you are interested in getting something cool and customize to up-play your personal style, shoot us an email: CunntClaws@Gmail[dot]com

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NYFW Fall 14: Less Overdone

Making yet another appearance on the high-end fashion and beauty scène this season, nail art is noticeably not going anywhere!! Designers from all different realms embraced the art of making the statement on nails a continuing trend, which shows the market of the high nail art demand. However, this season the nail designs were not about over exaggerated prints and patterns that were seen last season! For Fall 2014, designers took a more classic approach by doing more shorter nails in two-tones polishes as seen on the runways by some designers such as; Adam Selman, Peter Som, and Tess Giberson. I was anticipating to see a bit more over the top nails designs on the runways as seen on runway at The Blonds show, but I guess designers wanted to keep the focus more on the garments and letting the minimalistic nail art be that little extra accessory to finish off their collection. Nonetheless, still appreciative! And shout-out to all the designers who welcomed nail art back onto the runways for another season!(The nail gods are smiling from above):

desigualDesigual: Sold gold polish w/ accents of embellishment

adam selmanAdam Selman: “Goth French”

rebecca minkoffRebecca Minkoff: Ultra neons hues, to up-play a classic french tip design

tess gibersonTess Gibson: French Manicure in metallic black base polish w/ white tips

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Peter-Som-Fall-2014Peter Som: [Cunnt Claws Fav] Reverse french in black & white polish

nicole millerNicole Miller: Ombre application in a “feather-like” effect

emersonEmerson: Negative space design w/ slanted tips in black & grey color

Cushnie-et-Ochs-Fall-2014Cúshnie et Ochs: [Cunnt Claws’ Fav] Claws in flourescent and matallic hues!!

the blondsThe Blonds [Cunnt Claws’ fav]: Guns, grenades, and mask faces!!! Inspired by the “Comic Book Villians” movie. Special shout-out to, CND for this awesome cunnt design!!

Degen-Fall-2014Degen: [Cunnt Claws’ Fav] Rainbow & Sky nail design!!!

Other Related #NYFW14 Nail-Art: (Ohhh girl lemme see your nails!) Even though the majority designers for Fall 2014 kept their nail-art looks simple, here are (2) gals that were spotted giving me life!!! :

fashion gals2Nails By: Ghetto Nailz / Claws: Marawa [ World Hoola Hoop Master]

fashion galsNails by: Naomi Yasuda/  Claws: Jubilee [Female Dj]

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Really: I hate nail art!

Yikes! ohhhhh boy. Everyday at, Cunnt Claws there is a daily routine check for the latest nail art news. However, today was different. As I was doing our usual press clippings for the day , I stumble across an article from freelance writer, Kristin Booker that really captured our full attention. Below, is the story of a women who claims she hates nail art and is totally over it, hmmmmmm. Guys please read through, and tell us your thought by commenting or shooting an email to (SEE BELOW) :

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As an editor who works in the beauty space, I have seen my fair share of trends come and go. You want to rock neon streaks or ombre hair color? Great. Feel like you want to reconnect with your crimping iron? I’ll hold the cord while you enjoy an ’80s staple. Flowing Raphaelite waves and the white girl weave phenomenon? Still cute, but hopefully ending its time on the red carpet. But, there is no other beauty trend that makes me stabby like nail art on a grown woman.

 
I wrote a piece for xoJane a while ago on “nail art” that you can do on your own, and it’s about as arty as I get on the hands: a solid base with two swipes of color forming a V shape, as created by nail expert Jin Soon Choi. I’ve gone through moments with nail transfers, multiple colors of polish and I’ve even had a second or two of fleeting flirtation with a custom designed accent nail, but the more I see grown women sporting full-on childlike cartoons on their nails, the angrier I get. 
 
Do I feel this way about glitter polish? Absolutely not. For some strange reason, the idea of unleashing your inner drag queen on your hands in an explosion of Studio 54 flecks is not even a problem. I love a sparkle. I’ve had long-time affairs with everything Deborah Lippmann does when it comes to sparkly polish. Crushed gems, foil flecks, real precious metals — bring it on and invite some friends. Life’s a disco, I love the nightlife, got to boogie.
 
Embellishment on the nails? This is when things start to get a little touch and go. I love a pyramid stud at the base of a manicure, but even that starts to be a bit much for every day life…for me. 
 
Where I absolutely draw the line though is when actual cartoons appear on the nails of a woman over the age of 21. I think once you give up upside-down keg stands and move into the real world, you should stop doodling on your nails. I’ve seen grown-ass women with Strawberry Shortcake characters etched into their polish and other women just drooling over it. I totally lost it when Zooey Deschanel had a film strip and a movie camera running across her hands at the Oscars. Because her nail art proved a point to me: Who is going to take her seriously as an adult woman with cartoons running across her hands
 
I’m not saying that ballet-slipper pink is the only way to go. I’m not even suggesting you stick to one color. If you want a Reverse French manicure with neon green tips and half moons, do your thing. You can even stripe the tips of your nails in two thin stripes or brush a color or two across a solid base.
 
However, when your nail designs require someone to take a thin pen and immortalize your love for Captain Caveman or your favorite childhood breakfast cereal on your fingertips, stop and think to yourself, “Do I need to be taken seriously this week?” If you do, please rein in the art until vacation time.
 
Bring out the crazy for a girls’ weekend if you MUST. But in my opinion, we have enough issues with the infantilization of women as it is without giving anyone any ammo. Let’s keep the nail art simple and easy and maybe let the kids have the cartoons with breakfast cereal on Saturday mornings. (Source via: xojane)
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