The Story Behind Those Polka Dots

Polka Dots Nail Art

In the 1950s, the pop art movement took the world by storm and challenged the establishment by putting popular culture under the artistic spotlight. Roy Lichtenstein, for example, became a very controversial figure in critics’ circles due to his comic book-like aesthetic, but conquered fans with his highly colourful, large escale, sometimes melodramatic figures – and their polka dots, a trend that dates back to mid-19th century mens fashion in England.


After Lichtenstein came Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama – widely referred to as the polka dot master, she says that the required repetition is a therapeutic device – and superstar artist Damien Hirst, who in 2012 dedicated a whole series to spots. Hirst himself explains why: “Mathematically, with the spot paintings, I probably discovered the most fundamentally important thing in any kind of art. Which is the harmony of where colour can exist on its own, interacting with other colours in a perfect format.”


With that in mind, polka dots are a very sought-after nail art, able to give a manicure both a stylish as well as a ladylike air. And Vanitee‘s own beauty artists go a long way to show you that the dots are not going anywhere soon. Pre-book an appointment today!

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