12 incredibly detailed works of nail art that send powerful messages.
Instagram-famous and celebrity-favorite nail artist Ami Vega started painting her nails in middle school.
At first, she and a friend would experiment with different nail polish colors, but when she hit high school, she got daring with bold crackle nails, and people started to take notice of her talent. It was then that she realized that nail polish had power.
“Nail art allows you to express any emotion, situation, belief, or life event,” Vega explained over email.
People get their nails painted for a number of occasions a big game, a date, a Tuesday but the reason why is universal: self-expression. Over the years, Vega has honed her talent for painting incredibly small pictures on nail canvases.
It’s the subject matter she showcases, however, that makes her work so special. Whether it’s a cultural homage, a social commentary, or a shoutout to feminism, Vega’s art is as creative as it is impactful.
1. Like these tiny masterpieces that honor her friend’s Dominican heritage (as well as her own).
Some very special nails for someone I’m lucky enough to call a friend; @miss_rizos. She’s getting honored this weekend at the #DominicanDayParade, so it’s only right we did a set that represents her, her sheroes, and the country she loves so. #naturalnails #nailart #handpainted #gelpolish #ignails #naillife #amivega #missrizos #anacaona #mamatingo #dominicanrepublic #hermanasmirabales #laterrenas #noparesiguesigue #fridakahlo #ciguapalmera