The Famous Men Who Have Made Nail Art Their Beauty Signature
Andrew Parker - December 8, 2019


By Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six -- or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more...and more...they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted -- and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead -- with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new -- here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.

You might not have noticed that for the past few months, A$AP Rocky has become a nail art enthusiast. The rapper told Vogue, “I feel like men should be able to do nail art without feeling feminine. At the time his nails were painted with Prada Fall 2019 motifs including the broken heart and Frankenstein. He also emphasized that a manicure is a form of self-expression and it shouldn’t matter about gender. And A$AP Rocky is not the only trailblazer in being a fierce nail art enthusiast.

One thing A$AP Rocky’s nail art shows the world is that there’s a shift in the culture of beauty. And that’s amazing. But if we go back to the golden days of rock and roll, we can all recall David Bowie’s iconic nails. During his Ziggy Stardust era of the early ’70s, Bowie rocked teal nails and flaming hair. Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler also sported his now-signature nail art. Chipped nail polish was a grunge style for Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain. Actor Johnny Depp also began to wear nail polish. Singer Seal jumped on board too with a slime-green manicure.

It’s pretty cool to see this style emerge. Polished nails are becoming a red-carpet style for men, as well. Co-chair of the 2019 Met Gala Harry Styles wore a dark manicure with pops of teal.

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