OMG – Another Sugar Skulls Manicure!
As soon as my talons get a little longer I always want to Get my Morb-on … with great rigor
mortis – lol puns. Let me assure you, it’s not because I’m depressed, morose or nefarious reason – I just like the working with the extra length to make some darker murals. That being said keep it fun and mix it up with either colour, some glow in the dark or other design features (like floral – *gasp* I KNOW, I can’t even!).
Majority of my inspiration for this look came from La Calavera Catrina or Elegant Skull – a Mexican character synonymous with Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos). Catrina is often seen with elaborate hats, flower crowns or roses and she is also widely featured in modern art and tattooing – Sugar Skulls maidens are often a direct nod to Catrina.
I know, you can probably see that I have a fondness to tattooing and darker morbid symbolism – and there’s nothing wrong with that. I would be completely covered in ink, if I know I could remove my dermis every few years – a Raptor has to have options and no-one wants to be in any one season for too long. That would be utterly common, Darling.
Then I can cycle through my skins every few years and then decades in the future – *BAM* they’re all vintage. This just got very Buffallo Bill… it puts the ink in it’s skin… or else it gets the glitter again. Lol.
Also worth a shout out is Leonardo da Vinci and Andreas Vesalius’ anatomical studies, H.R. Gigers bio-mechanical albeit slight erotic body of work and you know people thought those cats were Bat-Sh!t for their time. They are just, can’t even – the level of detail for their skeletal pieces, is amaze.
On the subject of Skellingtons, I was acquainted with a fine
boned gentleman a number of years ago when in University. Morris; he was our still life drawing model and was my favourite subject especially considering the other options: a man with a penchant to “wind-sock” and kept eye contact better than any hypnotist, a very fluffy female – so fluffy I wanted to die. *Sigh* one of my classmates and I got in quite a heated argument as to whether Morris was polymer or calcium variety Skellington – I was right; Morris was calcium-phosphate composite and 50 or so years old. My classmate was wrong and had a very, very dead arm after trying to gauge his nasal cavity with her paintbrush. He might of donated his body to science and wound up in an art class – but he sure as hell didn’t sign-up for a Basic B!tch to disrespect his skull. Morris also had a reputation for having more brains than this girl, so I think jealousy came into play.
To replicate this look – set aside around 1 and a half to two hours, lol… really. No distractions, fabulously labour intensive… like if anyone’s ever given birth to a baby in full drag queen garb. First things first, black out your base – no visible nail-bed!
Thumb is my darling Morris, the goofy scientific bastard. Fully opaque white base fore the skull and decorative spots – work the design lines in. Fore
finger talon is a Catrina bust, with her heart visible through the ribcage. Start with the ribcage and heart as one united design, add the red and black detail work over the top. So over the top! Catrina skull – start the same as Morris – but she’s wearing a flower crown.
My favourite talon (as always) is the feature talon, and as all these are very Fabulous, I kicked it up a notch with glow-in-the-dark. Cover the entire nail with your glow in the dark – I made my own, it’s one of my indie gels!
Create Catrina’s pout, and then add the jaw line, teeth and skeletal nose cavity. I added the lotus flower chin and detailing reminiscent of Sugar Skulls. It looks AMAZING during the day and night-time – although, very distracting when sleeping.
Pinky is a simplified blood red rose, start with a white base and really layer up the red. This one is quite raised and adds to the design – if it was too flat, it wouldn’t hold as much interest as the other talons.
All the Catrina’s together and they look divine – the colours, the detailing and then the glow – it all works. The thing to remember is to have other aspects other than skeletal features, the colour, heart and roses give it a little lightness over the darker elements. One could say… a glow? (Ahh, puns)
In closing, this whole look is another level and might be a little on the “zanier” variety of wearable. Not every raptor would be able to due to work or lifestyle (maybe?) wear this or feel that they could pull it off – so this is for you. Be fabulous and don’t be affaid to try new things… unless its jamming a paintbrush in a skeletons nose. Not. Cool. Man. That’s not cricket… its a (formerly) human being.
So what you think, Darling? Share your experiences with the macarbe. Have you ever had any awkward altercations due to Skellingtons?