Street-corner rap battles. Freestyling at underground house par- ties. Lyrical illumination of the hardships of the oppressed. These vignettes of early American hip-hop have crossed the border to set up shop all over the world.
What started as super thick acrylic French tips dotted with simple floral brushstroke designs slowly but surely progressed into an entire nail art culture, with specialty salons today charging upwards of $200 for insanely intricate sets like these.