Parrotfish (31DC2016)

parrot-fish-fingers

Day 13’s theme in the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge called for an animal print, which I naturally interpreted as a fish print, because I’m tired of leopards and zebras and tigers, and I’ve been meaning to redo an earlier parrotfish design of mine for ages now.  And yes, I realize parrotfish – or fish of any description – are not animals in the sense most likely contemplated by the challenge theme, but when there’s a critter this gorgeous and colourful bombing around the world, its exact taxonomy really amounts to a hill of beans now, doesn’t it? And that’s a lesson I think we could all stand to learn, on land or by sea, fish or fowl (but especially the foul.)

These very detailed nails look a bit more stylized than the average parrotfish, though, whose heads and bodies are covered in abstract markings.  But the colourful spirit is the same; parrotfish are some of the prettiest peacocks in the sea with their shimmery turquoise scales and fuchsia, jade green, orange, yellow and cobalt markings, and these nails are not too far off colour-wise from the actual fish.  Beautiful!

Parrot Talk (OMD2)

Parrot TalkParrot fish, that is, and my pick for day 21’s theme of animal print in the Oh Mon Dieu nail art challenge. And yes, I realize that fish are not animals in the strictest, most sciencey meaning of the term, but here’s my basic criteria for determining whether something is an animal: Is it a small relation of a larger critter that we adopt into our families and house in our homes? Then it’s an animal. So fish totally count, according to my highly technical definition. The parrot print stays!