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Dzine: Nailed Hardcover – February 29, 2012
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The concept of the salon as a community is the focus of a new book by Chicago-based artist Dzine, who visited salons in the United States, Asia and Europe to capture the creative spirit of nail art, far from the glitz of the fashion and entertainment worlds. "Nailed" traces the history of nail art to China's Ming Dynasty, where members of the upper class kept long nails as status symbols that implied they were not supposed to touch anything.
The book was an offshoot of a gallery exhibit in which he recreated the "Bootleg Beauty Salon" that his mother ran in her living room during his childhood. The exhibit, which received widespread praise in New York's Salon 94 and Miami's 2011 Art Basel, featured real nail techs who performed manicures on visitors to the exhibit. (Emanuella Grinberg CNN.com)
Published by Standard Press, the glossy tome examines the history of nail art from its nascent stages during the Ming Dynasty to present day customization. With an introduction by Paper's Kim Hastreiter and contributions by Luis Gispert, Mickalene Thomas, and the legendary Fab 5 Freddy, Nailed is as much an anthropological study as it is a fashionalble endeavor.
The around-the-world exploration provides a handy glimse into nails that are razor sharp, crystal-encrusted, and decaled with milkshakes, wizards, or the interlocking Chanel logo. (Sarah Christobal V Magazine)
Nail art, an extension of the Kustom subculture that is central to Dzine’s work, is celebrated in “Nailed” (Standard Press and Damiani Editore), a coffee-table volume conceived by the artist with Claire Darrow, the Standard’s creative director. Magazine editors have been just as infatuated with Dzine’s nail designs, imploring him to recreate them for their fashion pages. (Ruth La Ferla The New York Times)
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