Saturday, September 22, 2012

31 Day Challenge - Day 22: Inspired by a Song (for real this time)

Hey guys!

Welcome to my actual inspired by a song manicure! I hope you enjoyed my silly post from earlier haha.

I had a lot of ideas for today's mani, but I always wound up coming back to the same one. The song I chose might seem kind of strange, but based on today's earlier post, you'll probably understand not only my song choice, but a little bit more about me as a person (ie: I like to laugh).

The Lonely Island is a group that does satirical songs/videos and they're often featured on comedy/skit shows such as Saturday Night Live. I think all of their song are insanely hilarious, so I chose one of my favourites - I'm On A Boat, as the inspiration for today's mani.

For anyone who doesn't know, the song is a parody of rap and the many clich├ęs associated with rap songs/videos. The music video for I'm On A Boat reached number one on YouTube in February 2009 and was number one on the U.S. iTunes music video chart. It was also nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 52nd Grammy Awards!

If you haven't seen I'm On A Boat before, I've embedded the video below so that you don't have to go search for it. But as a warning, the song contains a lot of coarse language, so I've embedded both the clean and explicit versions of the video (but to be honest, the explicit version is much funnier).

With all that said, now let's get my nail design that was inspired by this song!

There's a lot going on in this manicure, so I'm going to break it down nail by nail.

On my thumb, I did an easy drawing of a boat on the water. I made sure to use the same detailing on my little cartoon boat as is on the boat in the video. The base colour for this nail is Color Club Take Me To Your Chateau. The boat is done using Wet 'n' Wild French White, the side detailing was done with China Glaze Salsa and the water is done using China Glaze Shower Together with a little bit of Take Me To Your Chateau marbled in with it.

On my index finger, I stamped the flip flop image from BM-309 using Konad White over a base of simple blue stripes. If you listen to the song, at 1:14, the lyrics say "I got my swim trunks and my flippy floppies", so that's where the inspiration for this nail came from.

On my middle finger, I have a cheeseburger, which will really only make sense if you've listened to the song. At 1:16, the lyrics say "I'm flippin' burgers you at Kinko's straight flippin' copies", so that's where the burger comes from.

On my ring finger, I've also featured some stamping, this time using the dolphin image from BM-320. At 1:19 in the song, the lyrics say "I'm ridin' on a dolphin, doin' flips and shit, this dolphin's splashin', gettin' everybody all wet". The base here is also Color Club Take Me To Your Chateau, the water is done using the same colours as the water on my thumb.

Finally, my pinky finger features a simple anchor that's inspired by the line at 1:35 that says "I've got a nautical-themed pashmina afghan", as well as the accompanying imagery of that scene. The base colour here is China Glaze First Mate (how apropos, right?) and I drew the anchor on using a detail brush and China Glaze Midnight Kiss.

In the end, I was happy with how this mani turned out, especially the cheeseburger on my middle nail!

In hindsight though, I think it would have been better if I would have used a different colour scheme for the stripes on my index nail. There's just too much blue in the whole mani, and the cheeseburger nail sort of sticks out like a sore thumb. I think that if I had used some different colours on the index nail, this would have looked more like the skittle manicure that it's supposed to.

And as promised, here's the I'm On A Boat video. The explicit version is first and the clean version is second.

Alright, this is definitely the longest post yet in the 31 Day Challenge, but hopefully it was worth it and you all got a chuckle out of it!

See you tomorrow with some inspired by a movie nails!


  1. Hahaha, I love it! Those guys are hilarious, & your nails (as always!) rock :-)

  2. You needed swim trunks to go with the flippy floppies!

  3. amazing!!! haha done 'like a boss'!!! hahaha I can't believe that video is from Jan 2009!! feels like it was just yesterday!

  4. hah! awesome. my boyfriend and i always say flippy floppies, glad you put that in there

  5. This is amazing! lol I love that song!

  6. I think the base color on your pinky might be China Glaze First Mate, Starboard is a green. Love the nails! Great job!

    1. Oh you're totally right! Thanks for pointing it out!

  7. Amazing nail art! And song...I never heard it before but I love it :D

  8. :o) You are now my husband's favorite <3
    Really so very awesome!!

  9. I, too, have never heard the song, and all I have to say is thank you! Haha! I can't wait to show my husband :). Your nails are a fabulous translation! Lol!

  10. Hahahhah this is brilliant I LOVE it!! I remember when this song first came out, I heard it on the radio all the time! LOL Even still now, if someone puts that song on at a party it gets everyone singing! LOL

  11. These are 100% fantastic and an awesome song choice! Hahaha!

  12. Best. Inspiration. Ever. <3 The Lonely Island

  13. This is hilarious and awesome!

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  16. Nice work. i am impressed.. Actually i was searching about essay writing service and stuck on your beautiful nails. I am just loveing your wrork Keep Going !!!


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