Kill Your Television


That’s the title of a Ned’s Atomic Dustbin song (“Who?!?” said everyone ever.) That being said, you should probably not kill your television. We are not-so arguably in the golden age of TV, and I suspect you’ll be needing it. Funnily enough, that heyday is the very thing that has driven me from watching television nearly altogether – there’s simply too much choice, and some of the fandoms that have sprung up around mega popular shows like Sherlock and Game of Thrones are frightening in their intensity. Every year I “discover” a (not at all) new show and fall hopelessly in love for however long it takes to work my way through the story (see The Wire and, more recently, Misfits), but by and large I shy away from new television.

Anyhow, I had the idea to do these TV-type nails, a simple colour blocking affair, but I had no idea what those coloured lines were called. So I optimistically typed “television lines” into Google, and guess what? That’s what they’re really called! Well, they’re actually called Lines of Horizontal Resolution, but how snotty is that? I like the low tech simplicity of “television lines” so much better! Plus they look pretty fine adorning my nails.

S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Night!

Photobomb FingersI’m a smidge young for that to be a Bay City Rollers reference, but the following statement might date me just as well: I know – and love – a version of the Suh–Suh-Suh-Saturday Night song by a Scottish band I adored in high school called Ned’s Atomic Dustbin off the soundtrack for the movie So I Married an Axe Murderer (phew, that took a minute to come full circle there, no?) Oh, Ned’s – haven’t thought about them in a while! Alternative music-loving kids of the ’90s may remember them as the exceptionally be-coiffed Scottish band with two bassists who did the Kill Your Television song. Or not, because I’m not sure how popular they were on this side of the pond. But their music was a kind of weird and clunky rock-pop that I was powerless to resist in the ’90s, to say nothing of the fact that they were super cute, although there was hardly a band in the ’90s that I didn’t find completely adorable, because dirty musicians with long hair were completely my catnip back then…annnnnnnddddd I may just have wandered off on a bit of a tangent there!

Okay, so to bring this back to the nails, it’s S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Night! and I just wanted to do a simple manicure that was fun, summery and maybe very similar in design and colour palette to a pink-base-and-blue-glitter mani that I did last week? Yeah, I’d say they’re definitely in the same family. Second cousins, if you will. For this mani, I used three coats of Mentality Nail Polish’s coral glaze under one coat of a blue and black glitter from Ardene called Photobomb. And if you’re thinking that this is not the first time you’ve seen this coral glaze in one of my manis before, that’s because it is. I use this particular polish all the time in nail art and as a base for more intricate designs, although I use all of the polishes from Mentality’s Glazing Art Set every week, because they’re awesome. Simple as that!Photobomb Mentality Bottle