The thing is: I do enjoy the aesthetic of stereotypical "tribal" nails. I think a lot of today's submissions are really beautiful. The fact that we are reducing them to simply an aesthetic with no meaning is what bothers me- I am all for celebrating cultural heritage, or even well-researched cultural homage. But I don't feel right just doing it because I like the look.
But I don't want to miss a day of the challenge, so I'm going to make art from the only tribe I don't feel uncomfortable using as decoration- my own tribe. I'm Jewish, and hey- we've got twelve tribes to choose from! No loss. I don't know exactly what tribe my father is, but my mother is a Levite, so I decided to go with that. The colorful dots on the pale gold background represent the High Priest's breastplate, from the elaborate and beautiful priesthood garb worn in the era of the Holy Temple. Each color is as close a match as I can approximate to the actual gem colors on the breastplate, according to historical documents.
Here's a cool note: This is my first attempt at taking a proper blog photo in artificial light! Not too shabby, don'cha think? It's pretty liberating, because it means I don't have to drag my camera to work to catch daylight hours. I'll probably still try to most of the time, but I think this is more than adequate for the days I can't. Or I can't get out at a perfect time to catch the light. No more crazy lady photographing her hands in the parking lot at peak exodus hours!
Hannah, meanwhile, also tapped into her own cultural heritage for her designs. She's Panamanian, so she based her design on a piece of Panamanian artwork from her grandmother:
And here is the artwork it's based on:
To see who else is participating in today's challenge, click the jump.