Tat Mani w/ Shmaltz Brewing Company’s Coney Island Lager
Featuring a trip to Coney Island! Photos by the amazing Daniel J. Moody. Check out his work HERE.
Nails: My coworker, Kate (thanks Kate!), gave me this beer for my birthday and I immediately knew what I was going to paint. I know the label is very colorful and fun, but I was drawn to the tribal tattoos on the face of the label (Shmaltz actually collaborated with a Brooklyn tattoo artist to design them, according to the site). I opted for a nude base (Essie’s Sand Tropez) on every finger except the pinky, where I planned to showcase a nautical star tattoo over red (Sally Hansen’s Cherry Red):
To draw the tat lines and dots, I used Sally Hansen’s Nail Art Pen in black (Thanks for the gift, J-Go!). Like I mentioned earlier I drew a nautical star on each pinky, which took some practice rounds on paper before committing to the nail. As for the rest, I really didn’t have a set design for each nail going into it. I had never used a nail art pen before and it worked quite well, fyi. They work MUCH better on completely dry nails though. I just made up each design as I went, using the bottle for reference:
This mani was definitely a test of my…ambidextrous-ness? Ambidextrosity? (According to Merriam-Webster, that is actually a new word. You learn something new every day.) I’m pretty good at painting with my left hand (honk honk, beep beep), but I hadn’t really tried something as intricate as this before. Here are my “painting with your non-dominant hand” tips:
- TAKE YOUR EFFING TIME. Seriously, if you’re going to commit to something very time intensive, why rush? It’s just like relationships! HA! Just kidding, I know nothing about that.
- Paint on a full stomach, but not one that’s full of coffee. Your non-dominant hand will already be shaky; coffee and/or an empty stomach will just make it unbearable.
- Place the hand you’re painting into whatever position (no matter how uncomfortable) is most convenient for your non-dominant hand. Beauty is pain, right? Nod your head “yes” or else I will punch you in the face.
Here’s a photo to compare my right and left:
Well, that’s about it here since I can’t really talk to you about a specific technique because this is mostly freehand. Have fun with this. The nail art pens make lines so precise that it looks like you have a decal on your nail instead of hand-drawn art. I love this mani and was pretty upset when I had to take it off for next week’s post…but the good news about DIY nail art? You can do it again whenever your little heart desires!
Ale: I had tried Coney Island Lager years ago and I remember it not being a pleasant experience. Now I wonder why:
The nose is orange and rust and a bit abrasive at first. The mouth has a tangy, acidic flavor and light carbonation. There is a prominent malt presence. I found this beer to be oddly sweet in a way, despite it’s sometimes sharp flavor. I don’t know why I have a memory of not liking this beer, as it really enjoyed this time around. It gets a solid 7 out of 10 nails.
PS: Dan and I stopped by the “world’s smallest commercial production brewery”: Coney Island Brewing Company, while we were out there. It is brought to you by Shmaltz and I can attest to it being, um, small. We walked into the space that was about the size of my living room (keep in mind I live in New York…my living room is not large at all). It may have been smaller than that even. Anyway, one guy behind the bar and another standing in the “brewery,” which is essentially a metal countertop with only enough equipment to produce 1 gallon per brew. Here’s a pic of Dan and the brewery:
It smelled glorious inside; just like a freshly boiled mash. I came to find out that the man standing at the metal table did not work there. He was a guest brewer for the day and they had just finished brewing a saison. Turns out they let random home brewers come in and brew in their space. That’s pretty cool, Coney Island Brewing Company. We talked brews for a bit and then asked what we were allowed to drink. There were only 2 taps available but there was also a fridge full of Shmaltz beers and homebrews.
The guy running the place (shit, I forget his name. Sorry if you’re reading this!) was awesome. He offered us his personal concoction: a beer brewed with chili and pink peppercorns. Of course we said yes:
We also got the Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale:
Both were delicious, but the chili beer blew us both away. It was the last bottle he had (seriously, thank you) and we are willing to go all the way back to Coney to drink some of the next batch! All-in-all, an amazing day in Coney Island.
THANK YOU MAN DOODY!
To see the entire photo album, go here!