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Published: January 27, 2013
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"Life is a Cabaret, old chum. Come to the Cabaret".
Cabaret is one of my all-time favorite musicals. I love the music, style, the message it portrays, and though somewhat controversial in content, it's honesty. It’s message is subtle, hidden in symbolism and you have to really take the time to understand it. If you haven't seen this musical, please give it a try. You can watch the version that inspired me on youtube Here.

I want to start off this post saying that I do not mean to offend anyone with this deviation. I am depicting a famous, well known musical that displays Nazis, Germany, and the Holocaust. I do not share these political or social views. If you are offended in any way let me know (through either a comment or a private message) and I will set this deviation to 'mature content'.

So, the nails. What do they portray, you ask?
Pinky Sally Bowles. She makes a comment about wearing green nail polish, because she "thinks it's pretty" and that people shouldn't judge her because of her odd choices. I love it! So I chose to do a reverse french manicure, just as they did in the twenties/thirties, when this musical takes place. This was my first attempt at that so not bad if I do say so myself. XD
Ring: Obviously, if you've never seen the musical you may think this nail is a little offensive and insensitive. But it is actually in the musical. One of the most touching parts of the musical. I cry every time. Although it’s a spoiler (and not nearly as powerful out of context) you can see the part I’m referencing <a href= [link]">HERE. It's supposed to shock you just as it did for the characters in the musical. They were too busy having fun to realize that their corrupt government was turning against them. And before they knew it, it was too late. The Star of David is for the Jews and the Pink triangle is for the Homosexuals sent to concentration camps.
Middle: The Logo. It’s supposed to be the ‘C’ from the logo. Looks sorta wonky, but I think it works. :)
Index: The Emcee. Not so much inspired by the Joel Gray/movie version, but more-so the Alan Cummings version. He’s amazing in the musical. My favorite Emcee ever.
Thumb: A Nazi armband. I omitted the swastika and in it’s place put a skull, which Nazis also wore on their uniforms. I just couldn’t force myself to put a swastika on my nails. Seemed like I would really cross a line there.

I hope you enjoy this manicure. Please realize what this stands for: a wonderful musical that is worth a listen. :)

Design (c) Samantha Rae
Cabaret (c) Kander and Ebb, and Allied Artist distribution
January 2013

Green Base: Just in Lime! by Sally Hansen Insta-Dry
Green Glitter: Running in Circles by China Glaze

Grey Base: Recycle by China Glaze
Stripes: Black Konad Special Polish
Yellow Star: Lightening by Sally Hansen Insta-Dry
Pink Triangle: Sparrow Me the Drama by OPI

Red Base: Phat Santa by China Glaze
Black: Black Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen
White: French White by Wet n Wild

Base: Bubble Bath by OPI
White: White by Art Deco
Bow: Black Konad Special Polish

Red Base: Phat Santa by China Glaze
Black: Black Crème by Wet n Wild
White: French White by Wet n Wild

Stamping Plate:
QA3 (unknown brand) (Stripes and Bow)
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Shutter Speed
10/622 second
Focal Length
8 mm
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Date Taken
Jan 26, 2013, 2:24:30 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS2 Windows
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