Nailed Nails, 37
Nailed it, NOT! Far from a stigmata, and yet a small cry for help. People across the globe are not only Vejazzling their private parts, they're bejazzling their finger nails. Sure it makes sense to adorn your hands with , some nail polish, and maybe a rhinestone or two. But piercing your finger nail, come on now.
We've all seen that person before, with extremely long finger nails and we think "How the hell do they wipe their ass? or How the hell do they get anything done?" Shown above is Lee Redmond who holds the Guinness Book of Records longest female fingernail growth recorded where she began growing them in 1979 to reach a total length of 28 ft. or 2.8 ft. per finger in 2009. Regrettably Redmond lost her nails in an automobile accident in 2009. I'm actually gagging while typing this.
So...whether you are going the gross social outcast route or just trying to stand out, fingers nails aren't necessarily this complicated people. Sure some people bite them, while others just don't fight them. There is one thing to be said for going "oh-natural" hippy route, but clippers, polish, and manicures are nothing to be ashamed of. However there is a fine-line between beauty and hurting yourself, such as nail piercing and acrylic nails; which have to be sanded with a power tool and the dust is hazardous to breathe. So my question for the piercing party is why do you want a little jewel hanging off you nail, when obviously we all know hang'nails are the worst?
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100 Objects of Popular and Material Culture is an blog exploring the manifestations of human consumption and commodity-ization. The purpose of this experiment is to explore material and popular culture in contemporary society by using objects and concepts to prompt wider questions and reflections. So by emulating The British Museum's and Neil MacGregor's format of A History of the World in 100 Objects I plan to satirically analyze and reinterpreted 100 material culture objects over the course of 2014. Material Culture is the study of our culture's consumption of stuff; namely the manifestation of culture through material productions where people's perceptions of objects is socially and culturally dependent. With this, objects reflect conscious and unconscious beliefs on the the individuals who fabricated, purchased, or used them, and by extension the society where they live. So examining materiality, cultural truths and societal assumptions may be discovered. As anthropologist Arjun Appaduai states "in any society the individual is often caught between the cultural structure of commodity-ization and his own personal attempts to bring a value and order to the universe of things." Objects and commodities make up a much larger symbolic system consisting of want and need, socio-economic status, fashion, etc. Often times form follows function whether the commodity, market, and or consumer forever evolve around one-another. Philosopher Pierre Bourdieu's theories of capital flow full circle; where regardless if you are a minimalist or a hoarder the world is made up of things and everyone will leave their footprint on the earth. So by humorously analyzing marketed objects and concepts, hopefully this blog will provide further incite into ideas of over-consumption, a disposable society, consumerism vs. anti-consumers, planned obsolescence vs. sustainability, as well as the greater good of mankind and future generations.