Amazing fan art: a gallery of Canuck-themed nails

On Friday, while scouring Youtube for the latest and greatest in Canuck-related videos (a successful hunt — I found this parrot), I came across a handful of videos on Canuck-themed makeup and nails. Like this one:

Considering the creativity and effort that can go into this practice, it instantly occurred to me that this was a completely ignored facet of Canuck fan art.

When it comes to postseason fan support, the playoff beard get most of the attention, mainly because the conversation is driven by men and, with a few notable exceptions, men are typically the ones growing out their facial hair. But turning into a mountain man is far from the only way to decorate oneself in support for the home team. Some wear colours. Some do facepaint. Some dye hair. Some re-paint and wear badass Boba Fett helmets. And a lot of women (and some men) meticulously Canuckify their nails.

Frankly, it seems downright lazy to ignore this pocket of fan support, especially considering how popular it is. Sure, this blog is run by men, but just because we don’t do something doesn’t mean we can’t feature it. I can’t draw to save my life; we feature drawings all the time. (Plus we love women. Heck, we prefer them to men.)

With that in mind, we solicited pictures of Canuck-themed nails and got some pretty cool submissions:

My favourite nails are the ones from @lonelyroars with the blue, green, and white triangles. Those are awesome. I’m also partial to the flying skate-era nails with the orange and yellow stripes. I bet even some adventurous goth dudes could get away with those.

But, since I know absolutely nothing about nail art, I don’t feel particularly qualified to weigh in on the rest of them. Please feel free to take the debate to the comments.

That said, I do have to ask: what’s the sense in wearing a Sami Salo nail? It’s pretty much guaranteed to break, no?

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12 comments

  1. hockeyispretty
    April 21, 2012

    You guys are awesome – thanks for your spookily nonsexist sports reporting & acknowledgement that not all girls ignore girly stuff when watching hockey. Now if only the Canucks would make jerseys & T-shirts for us. They’re off to a good start but only halfway there…

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    • JS Topher
      April 21, 2012

      They do make Jerseys and T-shirts for you. Don’t they?

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    • May
      April 21, 2012

      Don’t know about jerseys (aside from those hideous pink and white ones) but there are definitely girl-fit Canucks tees and tanks! I’d love the same for jerseys though, I have a small-size one and it hangs down nearly to my knees so it’s really uncomfortable to wear.

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      • Hannah
        April 24, 2012

        Canucks team store has lady-fit jerseys that can be customized the same way as the men’s jerseys.

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  2. Kate
    April 21, 2012

    This is awesome! I do my toes in Canucks colours but nothing as complicated as the ones in those pictures, major props to those women. And I adore PITB for recognizing these awesome contributions, I kind of believe that every little bit of Canuck love out there can help them get the bounces!

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  3. sarah
    April 21, 2012

    Last year I had the blue and green nails with a different player’s number on each nail in silver. I”m hoping we make it far enough that I can bring that back.

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  4. Kit
    April 21, 2012

    I do playoff nails: as in I cut them completely short at the end of the season and ow them out through the post season. So right now they’re too short to get adventurous with the paint job, but here’s hoping I end up with crazy talons like last year.

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  5. sareddy
    April 21, 2012

    My girlfriend did really simple, but good ones last year. She wrote players’ numbers on each nail, and the rink logo on each thumb. (She says) She’s ambidextrous, so both thumbs looked equally well done.

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  6. Alison
    April 21, 2012

    I’m in awe. The only way I can get nail polish on my nails is by immersing my fingertips and scraping off the extra.

    Instead, despite the fact that I am a girl, I am growing a playoff moustache.

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  7. obituary mambo
    April 22, 2012

    These are great. I’m glad my picture was used, I just wish I could do something more Canucks specific. Living in central Europe, there’s no one around to paint orcas or rinks on my nails, so I have to settle for blue and green. Still, every ounce of positive energy put out into the ether is a good thing. Major props to anyone who did the artwork themselves. There are some truly awesome examples of Canuck finery in the slide show.

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    • obituary mambo
      April 22, 2012

      Also, it’s no big deal, but yesterday my Canucks-themed nails went to head to head with a friend wearing a grey shirt and black skirt whose nails were painted in alternating black and white (she’s not a Kings fan, it’s just that she favours those colours) in a card tournament and I totally took first place! I choose to interpret this a good omen. Go Canucks!

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  8. peanutflower
    April 22, 2012

    Those are great! I detect some manly thumbs in one of them though. A couple of manly thumbs.

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