Dzine, Nailed: The History of Nail Culture and Dzine

The child of first generation Puerto Rican immigrants, Dzine fondly recalls the bootleg nail salon his mother ran from their family home and the warm community it created. It was this environment that inspired Dzine to elevate doing nails to an art form. 

Nailed documents the history of nail adornment and contemporary nail art around the world, including Dzine’s own creations. This 192-page hardcover book features an introduction by Kim Hastreiter — co-founder and editor of Paper — and includes contributions from Luis Gispert, Yonehara Yasuma, Jamel Shabazz, Mickalene Thomas and Fab Five Freddy. Commissioned photographers from around the world capture nail artists, clientele and salon owners in their respective cities, culminating in images by Kai Regan of Dzine’s sculptural, yet wearable, talons.

Read more about Dzine on Standard Culture.