A lot of male musicians are starting to realize that the nail is a very important part of a male’s image and identity. If you ask a male pop star or a rock guitarist what they think about the way their fingers look, they’ll tell you that it reflects who they are as a person.
Male musicians that choose to have long, artistic fingernails are generally more concerned about their appearance than they are about playing great music. It takes a lot more than talent and a great musical ear to be a successful musician and being able to play great instrument is only one part of being a musician.
Guitarists are notorious for having long fingernails, but most male musicians don’t start out this way. Most male musicians begin their fingernail career as nailing kicks and tapping in their early bands.
They learn how to paint their nails after they’ve been in the band for a while and then choose to keep their nails painted or get acrylic nails done. Nails can make a person seem more rebellious or stylish, and musicians like to accentuate certain characteristics.
What Does it Mean When Guy Musicians Paint Their Nails?
What does it mean when male musicians paint their nails? Is it degrading to women? If it is, then men should probably just grow out their fingernails and stop pretending to be something they are not.
One thing I have noticed about the guys that I hang out with the most, whether it is at a bar or at a friend’s house, is that each time I ask them about their fingernails they automatically look around and away from me.
You see, I am the one that always looks down on women and men alike for their appearance, but these men have obviously had their nails done and they look as if they are afraid to sit next to a woman because of what I may say. And that is definitely not a good thing. So, what does it mean when men paint their nails?
It means that the male musicians that I mentioned above have some sort of insecurity problem. It could be that they are insecure about their body image and they like to have people point it out to them.
If you notice, it is almost as if they are trying to impress you by standing out in a crowd of sweaty men. In fact, if that is the case, then maybe men should just stop wearing nail polish.
Why Do Male Musicians Wear Black Nail Polish?
It’s not always an easy question to answer, especially when you consider that the question “Why do male musicians wear black nail polish?” has been asked of all kinds of artists in all kinds of genres.
For a while, it seemed like the only category of people who were wearing black at rock shows were young men, but recently the trend has extended into the music world.
Why? Well, besides all the typical explanations such as vanity or style and because black goes with everything, the answer has a lot to do with psychology.
In one of my favorite songs by a male artist, by the name of “Take Me on Your Lovely Night”, lyrics are written about a man who is so depressed about the recent loss of his wife that he wants to be buried in the garden with her headstone.
On the other hand, one of the most poignant lines seems to imply that there might be some chance for redemption, which would include having someone paint his nails. Both sentiments are incredibly poignant and play into our shared psychology of loss.
The psychological basis for this kind of behavior is that men want to be buried with a symbol of their past, whatever that might have been. Why do male musicians wear black nail polish?
Is it a Trend for Musicians to Paint Their Nails?
It may seem strange to ask, “Is it a trend for musicians to paint their nails?” After all, this style seems relatively new, but if you look at the history of music and the trends that have followed it, you’ll see that nails are an important part of a musician’s image. In fact, many concert pianists carry their brushes with them at all times, just in case they need to paint their nails.
Male musicians often choose to paint their nails so that they can put a different shade on each finger (or even mix it up if they are male and female!) Men are just as vain about their nails as women are, and they like to show them off to the world.
Male musicians don’t usually choose a design for their nails in the same way that women do. They can be as daring as they want when it comes to painting their nails and musicians will put on different nail designs, symbols, and pictures that suit their personality and the song they are singing.
Some male musicians even use a special gel or fake fingernails in order to make their nails appear thicker and more noticeable. Male musicians who are really into playing the instrument also use different kinds of enhancers to give their fingers more “paint” or thickness.
Men’s nails are also considered very important for playing the instrument, so if a male singer or guitarist is playing with his pinky, thumb, middle, and index fingers, these fingers will be painted different colors in order to make them stand out and look more “music-y.”
Male nails are definitely a trend that is here to stay. More men are getting in their own distinct style with their nail art, and they are showing it off in front of the crowd. Male musicians who choose to paint their nails may have something to say about their personality and how they express themselves through their art, whether it’s pop rock, or country music.
Why Does Guitarists and Bassists Paint Their Nails?
The reason why guitarists and bassists paint their nails is simple. Ever notice how fingernails are different lengths and widths in men and women?
This is because men have more testosterone in their bodies than women, which translates into a faster metabolism that contributes to faster fingernail growth. It is sort of a genetic thing in a way. In other words, more of us will grow our fingernails fast than others.
Guitarists and bassists also do this for similar reasons. If you’ve ever noticed a bassist playing a solo where the nails are painted white, that is probably because he is using the white keys to outline his bass lines.
The same goes for guitarists and even some drummers. Since there are more nylon strings on a guitar, the strings are constantly rubbing against the finger, causing wear and tear that makes the nail grow slower than the finger.
So, the next time you see your favorite guitarist or bassist with long fingernails doing a solo or practicing on stage, pay attention to how fast his nails are growing.
You may be surprised to find out that the fingernails are not growing at all! It is purely a physiological process, similar to the fact that men do not grow facial hair in the same way as women nor do male musicians have nail plates in their fingers the way female musicians do.
But that is another story. For now, let us focus our thoughts on why musicians spend so much time and effort painting their fingernails.
Why Do Male Musicians Paint Their Nails?
Why do male musicians, athletes and musicians in general have painted fingernails? Is it because it enhances their looks and also allows them to express themselves and show their emotions. I can think of many male musicians who would paint their nails black, not because they want to stand out from the crowd, but because it would help reduce the amount of friction when their fingernails hit the keys.
It is sort of like a female tennis player who hits the ball with as little movement as possible, so that it doesn’t bounce off the tennis racquet and send it flying.
Male fingernail and nail painting are sort of like the “tennis” analogy. Many women are competitive with each other when it comes to sports and physical fitness, but men tend to be a little more competitive with themselves, with their appearance and muscles.
Men will sometimes go to great lengths to stay in shape. Sometimes this means they’ll take up things such as body building, which is something that definitely helps improve your looks and muscle tone.