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NTNA 2014 Pre-Challenge #1: 3-D Music (Sherri)

June 1, 2014 | Video

Sherri Traweek (Redlands, CA) creates a 3-D design on a single nail tip using a variety of nail products based on a "music" theme.

"These nails represent the band and genre that touch me the most, and play a big part in who I am. The Pawnshop Kings are a pair of brothers who, through heavy doses of Southern Soul and Southern California surf culture, spread the Gospel through music that moves you to the core.

I've taken a few of their trademarks, and recreated them in acrylic, gel and acrylic paint. From Joel's acoustic guitar, to the Fender amp, the humble wood stage, and even the crown, these nails sum up the Pawnshop Kings experience.

The crown hanging upside down on the guitar isn't just a literal interpretation of their telltale logo, but tells a much deeper, more profound story. Traditionally, an upside down crown signifies a king who has fallen in battle. In this case, the crown represents Jesus Christ, and how Scott and Joel hang their musical influence ultimately on Him. The fact that it's also on a nail represents who I hang my creativity on!"

NTNA 2014 Pre-Challenge #1: 3-D Music (Robyn)

June 1, 2014 | Video

Robyn Schwartz (Grand Forks, BC, Canada) creates a 3-D design on a single nail tip using a variety of nail products based on a "music" theme.

"Lots of things inspired me for this nail — rock and roll was the first thing that popped into my head. Then, a glittery electric guitar, music notes and stars. I wanted to make this a fun, glittery, rock-inspired nail. I think it turned out really well."

NTNA 2014 Pre-Challenge #1: 3-D Music (Quisa)

June 1, 2014 | Video

Quisa Robinson (Ft. Worth, TX) creates a 3-D design on a single nail tip using a variety of nail products based on a "music" theme.

"My nail art was inspired by my love of running and how listening to music USED to be the one thing that made running bearable. I wondered how I could make running into a nail without the obvious way of creating a shoe, which wasn’t very music related anyway. My "Aha" moment came when I decided I wanted to portray the actual act of listening to music. I ran with an ear idea and would equip it with my Apple earbuds just like the ones I wear in real life. I thought for while about the ZONE I get in when I am running. It's almost like the music hypnotizes me. I thought of many ways to expressed my hypnosis until a twilight zone type swirl popped in my head. The ear was completely from acrylic, it was a challenge getting that particular shape and adding all the details of the ear...I kept wanting to incorporate Rihanna in there since she is my favorite artist but I didn't want to do lyrics or an actual face, that's when I remembered her tattoo and BOOM I had it!"

NTNA 2014 Pre-Challenge #1: 3-D Music (Nuni)

June 1, 2014 | Video

Nuni Torres (Kissimmee, FL) creates a 3-D design on a single nail tip using a variety of nail products based on a "music" theme.

"For this challenge I was inspired by the 70s, a real laid back era. Make NAIL ART not WAR. I brought a lot of color into this look trying to keep the bright tie-dye from the 70s in mind. It was definitely a time crunch but I think I made it work."

NTNA 2014 Pre-Challenge #1: 3-D Music (Nikkoal)

June 1, 2014 | Video

Nikkoal Bounds (Los Angeles, CA) creates a 3-D design on a single nail tip using a variety of nail products based on a "music" theme.

"I choose to go with a concert theme with a Live DJ. Without a DJ or Music Engineer for a show, event, advertisement, ect. would be a plan and boring attention grabbing. When I got this challenge I had a vision of a female DJ and I felt that the DJ represents me since I love all genres of music. That's one of the reasons why I painted a diverse crowd."

NTNA 2014 Pre-Challenge #1: 3-D Music (NailGurl)

June 1, 2014 | Video

NailGurl (Bronx, NY) creates a 3-D design on a single nail tip using a variety of nail products based on a "music" theme.

"Music has changed (as a whole), and the devices used to play music have evolved over time. I remember the days when records were played at house parties and clubs. I also often daydreamed about my teenage years; making good use of spending hard-earned cash on cassette tapes, while breaking a few portable cassette players along the way. And please don’t get me started on those lovely holographic rings neatly pressed in plastic…better known as CD’s. Weren't those divine? And everything changed when MP3 players invaded the eardrums of the youth and adults…..from coast to coast. What next? And that is the inspiration behind this piece."

NTNA 2014 Pre-Challenge #1: 3-D Music (Marisol)

June 1, 2014 | Video

Marisol Alvarado (Stockton, CA) creates a 3-D design on a single nail tip using a variety of nail products based on a "music" theme.

The first thing that entered my mind was the word music. Then visual musical notes. Music has inspired me throughout my life and my career. One of my passions is nails and I am continuously motivated by music. My family and I are all working together to reach for our goals and encouraging each other along the way. We are all on the same path in one way — chasing our dreams. The 3D hand is grasping for your dream, representing music with the 3D microphone. The cord wrapped around the microphone is in the shape of the treble clef."

NTNA 2014 Pre-Challenge #1: 3-D Music (Marianthi)

June 1, 2014 | Video

Marianthi Tsitsopoulou (Oreoi, Greece) creates a 3-D design on a single nail tip using a variety of nail products based on a "music" theme.

"I wanted to express music as a lifestyle, more than a product. For that reason, I made an afro girl, who represents the origin of my favorite kinds of music — soul, hip hop, funk and so on. I wanted her to have motion in her posture, and sound as she would be moved (the sound of her jewelry). I used a nail tip to sculpt her face and continued with a form to sculpt her body. I used water colors for her skin, make up and clothing and acrylic for the headphones, hair and the vinyl record adjusted on her head. Jewelry is made from chains and jump rings. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!"

 

NTNA 2014 Pre-Challenge #1: 3-D Music (Lini)

June 1, 2014 | Video

Lini Sherburne (Sparks, MD) creates a 3-D design on a single nail tip using a variety of nail products based on a "music" theme.

"I chose one of my favorite bands: No Doubt, and one of their classic hits, "Spiderwebs" to be the inspiration behind my art. While searching the Internet for images related to the band, I saw a sheet of music for "Spiderwebs " and immediately noticed how much the bars of music looked like the title of the song: spiderwebs. I quickly decided that my nail would focus on bars of music that would transition into webs, ensnaring music notes within. The "tree" holding up the webs would be a treble clef, and since the tree is the base of the web, the nail itself would become the base of my design. The final element of the "Spiderwebs" theme was the spider. I wanted the entire design to flow together, so I placed the spider' s head as the center dot of the treble clef. I wanted to add an extra musical touch to my design, and so I used actual string from a guitar to create both the music bars and spider webs. The finished nail is bright, colorful and a little bit outrageous, all characteristics that truly describe the band' s style as well."

NTNA 2014 Pre-Challenge #1: 3-D Music (Lexi)

June 1, 2014 | Video

Lexi Martone (Dix Hills, NY) creates a 3-D design on a single nail tip using a variety of nail products based on a "music" theme.

"I've done Backstreet Boys. I've done Spice Girls. The only things left were Eminem or Christmas music, and you've pretty much covered the extents of my musical enjoyments. As much as I love a Christmas nail in June, others might not share the same appreciation, so I decided to go with the later. When I first sat down to think about it, I drew a complete blank. After a couple hours I had concocted this crazy idea in my head to make the nail actually play music. I mean, what better way to convey a music theme with actual music."

NTNA 2014 Pre-Challenge #1: 3-D Music (Lavette)

June 1, 2014 | Video

Lavette Cephus (Toledo, OH) creates a 3-D design on a single nail tip using a variety of nail products based on a "music" theme.

"This challenge was so fun! Although I am a late ’80s baby, I feel like I was supposed to be born in the late ’60s. My family and I were obsessed with “Soul Train”. I am the oldest of six siblings (a big family meant our own soul train fun) , and we would always pretend to have our own soul train line. I want this competition to be as fun as possible, and when I can add energy to the challenge I will and as soon as I think of the soul train I think of energy, dancing until your feet hurt, bending lower than you thought possible, laughing and fun time with others. To add a touch of calmness I thought of a magnificent singer during those times — Diana Ross, an idol — she wore a mean afro, which also reminds me of Soul Train. It seems everyone on the show wore an afro."

NTNA 2014 Pre-Challenge #1: 3-D Music (Lauren)

June 1, 2014 | Video

Lauren Boyd (Memphis, TN) creates a 3-D design on a single nail tip using a variety of nail products based on a "music" theme.

"What's been near and dear to my heart lately is my city Memphis. My city is known for the blues scene, but the legacy that continues is unfortunately the lesser known. I wanted to pay tribute to my city's amazingly talented people by showcasing the venues in which they've performed, BB King's Blues Club and the Levitt Shell. I was roaming about on Beale St. and saw a George Hunt painting that spoke to the city's history and black heritage, so I thought it was fitting for the design. This nail represents history, culture and a continuing legacy in Memphis. I'm happy to be able to fuse together music and my love for both it and my city."

NTNA 2014 Pre-Challenge #1: 3-D Music (Konstantina)

June 1, 2014 | Video

Konstantina Tsihlas (Athens, Greece) creates a 3-D design on a single nail tip using a variety of nail products based on a "music" theme.

"The first thing that came to my mind was Lady Gaga playing piano. I admire Lady Gaga because she is a good singer, she is unique and she is not afraid to be different and do all that crazy stuff. She usually plays piano at her concerts and it's my favorite instrument. I searched through the Internet and decided to make her with a bow on her hair because that was her characteristic appearance. I also wanted to create an MTV music award because it's the biggest prize-giving. Another thing that I decided to create on my nail for this subject was a CD case. Ι wanted  my CD case to open and take out the CD. It wasn't that easy but I figured out a way to do it!"

NTNA 2014 Pre-Challenge #1: 3-D Music (Kenny)

June 1, 2014 | Video

Kenny Vo (Richmond, VA) creates a 3-D design on a single nail tip using a variety of nail products based on a "music" theme.

"I listen to and appreciate all types of music, but it is rave music in particular, that inspires me the most. For me, rave transcends beats, notes, lyrics and instruments; it is an otherworldly force of immense energy that brings people together in unison and synergy. I wanted to create a nail tip that epitomizes rave as a whole, from the physical and visual effects, to the more spiritual and indescribable emotions that are felt.  I have therefore created a bright, colorful and vibrant 3D flower, with each petal having a different color, and I have adorned the nail tip with crystals and colored studs."

NTNA 2014 Pre-Challenge #1: 3-D Music (Karrie)

June 1, 2014 | Video

Karrie Bowers (Morgantown, WVa) creates a 3-D design on a single nail tip using a variety of nail products based on a "music" theme.

"I chose my favorite band, Oasis, and their iconic music video for 'Champagne Supernova' to base my nail on. I've been a fan for nearly 20 years, and their music inspired me to learn guitar as a teen. This is what really sparked the creative part of my mind."

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