Your New Favorite Nail Art DIY is Here: Tattoo Manicure

I’ve been playing with the idea of getting another tattoo for years. Like so many other lower back-sporting ink-wearers, I got my first one at 18, but for some reason, now that I’m an adult or whatever, I’m terrified to get back in the chair. On the elbow; under the wrist — oh the places I’d mark up!

But since I haven’t been able to muster that superpower from my youth (read: teenage angst), I’ve had to find alternate ways to get my point across. For when temp tats don’t fit the bill and you want to let your creativity run loose, I present to you: tattoo-inspired phrase nails. They’re pretty genius.

I went and spent some time with the super talented Mia at her nail studio Sparkle in San Francisco. I told her of my desire for some phrase inspo, and she whipped up this killer combo in a flash. Similar to the rose type you’d find at most ink parlors, she painted my nails to perfection.

Check out the steps below:

tattoo phrase nails

A tattoo manicure

on 08/21/2014

About Rebecca B

Rebecca is an L.A.-born (and raised!) New Yorker that now calls the Bay Area home. She lives on the Internet, still hearts ‘90s gangster rap, and does some of her best vintage shopping in her mom’s closet. Also: These are not her glasses.

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