“What Do You Think of Nail Art?”


The noted affection Japanese women have for “nail art,” and the complete disgust with which most men apparently view it, has lately been exciting opinions online.

The question was prompted by a woman dining with her “nailist” (the Japanese term for beauticians specialising in such manicures) friend, who had black nails. An old man dining nearby apparently asked her if she was having liver problems.

This prompted her to pose a question to men online – “A question to men. What do you think of female nail art?”

It may be helpful to provide some examples for those unfamilar with the practice:


Aya Hirano is a devotee and provides much regular updates on the state of her claws:


Even the questioner admitted she expected a negative response, and she was not disappointed:

“Women who don’t do it are far superior. If my girlfriend did it I’d definitely get her to stop. I can’t imagine they can even keep their homes clean. Nail art is a fashion minus.”

“It’s unhygienic, they surely can’t do housework, and it makes me think they aren’t interested in doing anything. I can’t see any positive aspect.”

She seems intent on ignoring these criticisms however:

“Certainly excessive nail art would look as if it’d prevent you working, but I feel fellow women who leave their nails in ‘nude colour’ without even painting them are negligent.

If I’m exchanging business cards with another woman, if they have nice nail art and I have none, I feel strangely embarrassed, and the nail art can also serve as a conversation starter. so there are other aspects.

Nail art is an expression of a woman’s desire to be pretty. I think men should be more understanding of it.”

The matter soon passed to 2ch under the title of “Woman: ‘I’m trying hard with my nail art but I’m still not popular with men!’ Men: ‘Natural nails are best’ Woman: ‘Impossible. Men are incomprehensible.'”

Predictably, 2ch (and most probably men in general) is all but unanimous in loathing the hideous talons and their grotesquely tasteless patina of encrustations:


“They look like witches.”

“Nail art is something women do to please themselves. There is no man who likes it.”

“Keeping your nails pristine is all well and good, but encrusting them like that is just creepy.”

“Painting them is OK, but I wish they’d stop gluing beads and stuff on to them like some horrible insect’s eggs.”

“Looking at those horrible talons festooned with decorations just makes me want to tear them off.”

“If she lets you do her who cares what she does.”

“What about having a woman with nails like that give you a handjob though…”

“That lot can’t wash their hands properly, it’s unhygienic for sure.”

“Why do they do this?”

“Please tell me they don’t try to cook like that.”

“It’s like a brightly coloured poisonous frog. It’s bright colouration is a warning not to eat it. They are signalling to us not to go near them as they are poisonous, so let’s not.”

“Those nails make we want to puke. Could never marry a woman like that.”

“It’s not for men. It’s just something to let them quarrel over who is cutest amongst themselves.”

“Why are men and women’s ideals so different now.”

“If there’s a hole the nails hardly matter.”

“It’s just something for them to show off to other women and feel smug about.”

“It doesn’t deserve the ‘art’ appellation.”

“If she’s cute I can overlook it.”

“Who looks at their nails?”

“They can’t so much as open a can, bottle or even onanise… it’s like having a disability.”

“Having long nails is gross in the first place.”

“If my lovely Mio had nail art I’d drop her.”

“Women’s ideal: a bitch with brown curly hair, fake talons, scantily clad and bedecked with accessories.

Men’s ideal: A natural belle with long straight black hair, no makeup.”

“Brown hair and nail art cost a fortune and consume huge amounts of time. Men hate them and the only one who benefits is the beautician industry. Idiot women need to give it some thought.”

“If they ever have kids they’ll stop so as not to harm them due to maternal instincts, so don’t worry. Or so my wife says.”

“If men started doing art on their penises I wonder if they’d understand.”

“Nail art is an indication of emptiness. If she did any work or practical activity, she’d not be able to have it. She’s making an appeal based on having no work or sense of practicality – I can’t think what is appealing about such a woman though.”

“They just do it out of self-satisfaction, leave it at that.”

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    Avatar of nightcolored
    Comment by nightcolored
    22:39 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    waste of money....

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:26 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    make sure those nails dont scratch my ballz

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    Comment by Lonesnipa
    23:15 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yea it is. Admittedly, I do think that some nail art can be pretty, but the nails should be short not long.

    Comment by คภєк๏
    21:08 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I would never do it. Besides, if my nails get a little long, I can't type.

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    Comment by Surrender Monkey
    23:57 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Like you I have to keep my nails trim for work reasons but I use regular nail polish just to feel "girly".

    Some of the nail art shown above is cute but it seems like too much maintenance to keep up with.

    Laughed at the one in pic# 12. Looks like something the nobility of Imperial China would wear.

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    Comment by uber phallas
    21:48 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    On the plus side, Nail art is useful as a way to identify which kind of girls are good at wasting money!

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:53 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    pfft. Money is only paper until you spend it. I think what it boils down is you are actually insecure with your earnings, and always try to blame it on women. PS: I'm a man.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:28 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let's see, to support one of this kind of woman it takes around half a mil per year to upkeep. Just to give you an idea, 4/10ths of 1% of Americans are making that kind of money. Just give you an idea, my family make a mil every 2 months and we still live less wasteful than that. Insecure with earnings? It's more like they are showing off they want to bag someone with a lot of income and don't particularly want to do anything other than spending money. This kind of women wont make you want to be a better person, nor will they stick around when your business fail.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:30 21/06/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Or you're unsecure about your manhood and you have to BUY your women...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:19 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    is then amount of Porn, video games, animes, and pointless technologies a good indicator that a man is wasting money, or is it a good way of seeing that they have a hobby. Alot of people will go out and get nail art because everyone one else is doing it. thats a watse of money. Girls who like for thier nails to look a certain way and make a hobby of it are fine. Also a girl who has nail art may actually be doing it themselves, thus not wasting the money of having it done, they can also have a job doing it too. Meaning that they're profiting from thier hobbies, and showing intrest in something. judging someone based on what they like is wrong unless they like something completly outlandish.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:46 30/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And it is rewarding to look at an attractive girl engage in precise art. Hard as it is with most beautification exploits, painting nails might be watchable.

    Paint drying is worse.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    21:56 21/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Personal comfort factor is understandable. I laugh at these chauvinistic tendencies for some of those criticisms to bleed into the 'she doesn't want to work' factor.

    Unless nails are excessively long, they won't get in the way of chores that much.

    And hey, if it makes the girls happy that's fine. As long as it's not some claw.

    But I do agree I never grow them long, ever. Does get in the way of typing. Also, it seems more something the older generation of girls usually are into. Maybe it's something that phases in and out as a fad.

    As for color, I think some guys underestimate just how powerful some color on the fingers can be. That's like immediately indicating girliness..

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    Comment by KoollKat
    22:17 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The best makeup is the one you do not notice.

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    Comment by S|e|7|e|N
    22:21 21/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The natural look.

    Assuming the girl in question can pull it off.

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    Comment by Shaolan-kun
    07:22 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Amen. In Italian it's called "trucco" (which could also mean "trick" or "deception") for a reason, I'd say.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:33 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The anime mask does not count?

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    00:05 22/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    No Shippo, it's not powerful at all, as in, it's not going to attract any guys. Or not any more than it is going to repel them.

    On the other hand (pun not intended) I can't understand the guys who say they'd dump their girls if they did it.

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    Comment by gyakusouhime
    00:35 22/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    I don't think we do it for guys but for ourselves and other girls. It's just part of the "fashion culture".
    Sometimes it's just an impulse to be different and a little silly but if it bolsters your self confidence that aura will be noticed by guys. True?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:48 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I agree with gyakusouhime. The world doesn't just revolve around guys. Maybe it's coz they can't understand that women pay more attention to beauty and aesthetics, that when they put on some makeup, dress femininely or paint some nails, the guys assume that it's just for seducing them... Some girls do it for the fun, for themselves.

    Reading so many judgmental comments, I'm glad that me and my bf are fine with each other whenever he grows a bit of beard or I paint my nails a bit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:03 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    No it won't be noticed by guys auras aren't real...
    Nor can a person view self confidence through ugly...

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    Comment by kazaza2
    01:16 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @ Anon 01:03

    Perceptions can be felt or sensed (not viewed) on many levels and I'm not talking about some "new-age" theory.

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    Comment by Megidola
    22:22 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Some of these criticism are so overblown they make it sound like the mark of satan or something.

    I don't find it particularly attractive, but it's not really a big deal. Though the more extreme examples are quite laughable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:59 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You failed to notice that all the pictures of the nail art depicts claw like nails.

    I for one think its hideous and would not even want to associate myself in public with a woman who would do such a thing to their nails.

    It may be a bit chauvinistic of 2chan to say they don't want to work, but if you look at the nails, its fairly clear that they'd never be able to get any work done even if they wanted to, so it truly is an excuse made by the women that do it as it gives them something to worry about.

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    Comment by yaku
    23:42 21/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Photos 15 to 21 aren't freakishly long nails (they're a normal "long" length) that compromise chores or work, and their kind of nail (just little stamps or one or two rhinestones) art doesn't get in the way. As always everything in excess is no good of course.

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    Comment by vanchrian
    23:39 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I kinda agree. I actually considered getting some simple nail-art myself, and I'm a guy. But girls seem to like nail-art that requires imposibly long nails.

    You can't do anything physical when their nails are that long, and I'm not even talking about sex. All those cliched scenes that girls love in shows where a girl and guy are running around in a grassy meadow will never happen because the girl would be scared of breaking her damn nails.

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    Comment by kebukai
    22:27 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    but men do not want that kind of girliness, it just appeals other girls. it gives a perception of superiority from other girls, but in fact when they become engaged it gets in the way.

    "why don't you like my nails? they're perfect!" is a phrase most dating men know, changing "nails" for "shoes", "bag", "dress"... most fashion actually applies to all of this.

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    Comment by Misakite
    22:29 21/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I don't see what's so bad about it.
    It's another kind of art.

    My aunt does it for customers (she's a manicurist), and I've been pretty impressed with some of her creations.

    Although some of those up there really go way over the top, but they aren't all that bad...

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    Comment by kanbanmusume
    00:49 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually some of them are pretty cute. Moderation is the key in all things.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:56 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Moderation /= Retardation.

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    Comment by Castian
    21:19 21/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.3)

    Useless, Disgusting and Vulgar in my opinion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:44 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I have to agree on this one.

    Comment by flood
    21:26 21/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    For me? Not attractive at all, NO MATTER what. Even simple color on nails isn't attractive.

    What I always try to ignore on Miku? Her nails.
    Why I don't like Mio's other self in Listen!!? Her nails.

    Turn off, turn off, turn off.

    I don't get why women think they're attractive.

    Men are appalled.

    I agree with Castian. Especially the "disgusting" part.

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    Comment by S|e|7|e|N
    22:18 21/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Woman will never understand nails are one thing that men couldn't care less about. Unless we're talking nasty unclean nails...

    Guys with hand fetishes excluded.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:31 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    WOW...am I the only one who thinks Sankaku "Went Full Retard" on this story...simply by posting it??

    You Never go full retard

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:58 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Too much maintenance is bad, but what's with this overreaction??

    Honestly, a guy that is turned off by simple nail coloring? That's a turn off, coz that's overreaction.

    And a guy that doesn't really care or notice the small details doesn't seem to care or notice much at all.

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    Comment by Castian
    02:55 23/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gotta admit the "work" on some nails its impressive, YET, i find it a not for me "art"
    as much as the "art" of african tribes who flagelate themselves or castrate in artistic rituals of beauty, gouging their ears and eyes for beauty purposes.

    all in all its only a personal POV.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    22:17 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think it's unfair to say that too bluntly.

    For one, those art can complement a fashion look. Just looking at those nails on a naked hand doesn't show the whole picture fashion-wise.

    Also, black nails and 'gothic' style would work with goth loli types.

    Comment by flood
    22:49 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    I understand your argument, but it all boils down with opinion, as always.

    See that "NO MATTER" part I wrote down?

    black nails/"gothic" style, fasion or "art", I am appalled.

    I thank the heavens Victorique's nails are plain. Since "it looks better that way" is what I'd like to say.

    Shippo said:
    "I think it's unfair to say that too bluntly."
    ~That's true. Sorry bout that. I couldn't hold it in.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:05 21/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Call your Vulgar and raise you a tacky and a tasteless.

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    Comment by Castian
    02:59 23/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    again, in my opinion, its disgusting and vulgar.

    long nails w/paint are cute and look good in SOME girls/males <--yes males i was goth

    but those extreme long nails, let alone they lost the use on their hands, are, no matter how you attend them unclean and hard to sanitate.

    not mentioning ugly "fashion" patterns.

    Comment by Anonymous

    People on Sancom calling people vulgar. Wow.

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    Comment by Saro
    03:01 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed. Drawing can get uncomfortable fairly quickly too, at least with the way that I hold a pen/pencil/whathaveyou.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:12 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't do nail art but I have long nails and they don't get in the way at all. People who can't stand long nails haven't had them long enough to get use to them. If you take care of your hygiene having nice natural length nails easy and useful for various things that need more perscision. Extremely montrous long nails were never pretty to me though. Fake bedazzled nails are okay. nails can be done gracefully depending on the taste of the person.

    Men shouldn't complain about girl hobbies, if they don't want women to complain about thier hobbies. unless their hobbies included mass murdering or trying to commit suicide I don't see why you should bitch about other people's personal interest. Also if men liked the traditional look for japanese women anime girls wouldn't be popular since only a rare few like Mio actually look japanese. overseas women who can afford to beautify themselves are often times the ones working for them and dishing out the money. Men who think that women beautifying themselves is worthless because it doesn't attract them are just as shallow as women who think anime is a waste because it doesn't attract them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:37 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nor would I play my piano.

    Comment by Anonymous

    With you dick.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:56 21/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)


    And I'm female.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:22 21/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    “Painting them is OK, but I wish they’d stop gluing beads and stuff on to them like some horrible insect’s eggs.”

    yep, completely agree with this anon.

    09:00 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think some of these are down right hideous.
    Beads and shit just looks disgusting.
    Picture #12 WTF I don't think she would even be able to open a car door let alone wipe her own ass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:20 30/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are skilled with their chopsticks. But, in context, you're so right about the beads.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:11 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And im abt to quote that sentence as well. Amen to that

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:23 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Personally, I think that leaving them natural with just some clear polish generally looks best, but paint can look good too, as long as it's not an outlandish colour, and it doesn't clash with her skin tone or her clothes. Also, black is ugly, and gives off the impression of being either emo or psychotic.

    Putting junk on them, though, is every bit as disgusting as nail fungus. It's not attractive in the least.

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    Comment by NeverSleep
    06:16 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed. I don't see what this have to do with fashion, it is just ugly and disgusting as any other bodymod.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:49 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    I am completely agree of this, painting them is ok for me as well, but i still prefer natural.

    sticking them with beads and stuff makes them horrible, and makes me wonder they even have standard taste or not. because mainly, with human skin color, you expect to put black or some weird color and stick some beads and stuff? i have to agree it will looks like horrible insect's egg.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:32 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    How about men take a twist on it.

    Beard art.

    I shall now colour pink stripes and have ribbons and beads neatly incorporated into my beard and then claim that women don't understand.

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    Comment by Saro
    02:59 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ahhh, that would be awesome. XD I would love to see a gallery like that. Much better than nail art, it doesn't prevent you from using your hands. Almost makes me wish I could grow a beard.

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    05:50 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Its kinda hard to say, whether I like it or not.

    Because its either just plain childish and tacky


    Its much too gay'eeeeee

    Since I know some gays with tacky bad taste in fashion.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:22 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And then the girls would complain on why their boyfriends and spouses suddenly look like Gimli or Gandalf.

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    Comment by kanbanmusume
    01:46 22/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    We wouldn't complain so much if you guys would trim them and keep them clean. Some guys just look like derelicts.

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    Comment by TNinja
    03:11 22/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)


    What the shit is this fuck?

    Women complain about OUR hobbies? What the fuck is THIS!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:07 22/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I don't even...

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    Comment by Shaolan-kun
    07:17 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    This is art, no doubt. Therefore we need to cut those hands and display them in a museum.

    See if the woman in question still loves nail art.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:20 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    how about dreads? That is one ugly thing (like shit on the head) and yet all Jamaicans have it.
    (And some other crazy people.)

    Loli is Art! Nails are not! End of discussion!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:21 23/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    @anon 03:20
    Nope, dreads are badass.

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    Comment by Yamato
    20:19 23/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    my god, how's that shit even practical? Aside from attempting to stab someone (with a brittle weapon), are you capable of doing anything with hands like that?

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    Comment by Gitami
    13:01 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    012.jpg immediately reminded me of the Indian guy here, read the link before you go.

    http://www.worldslongestfingernails.com [www.worldslongestfingernails.com]

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    Comment by Dirty_Dingus008
    10:26 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well.. you all know how these ladies go on in life in earning a living~
    On their BACkS like most all bitches be! You all go girls!!! Scrub thoroughly afterward to avoid the mange~

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:28 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's already hard enough to find a girl that will even put up with the notion of a beard. Two days without shaving and most of them get pissy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:05 23/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "It's already hard enough to find a girl that will even put up with the notion of a beard. Two days without shaving and most of them get pissy"

    And apparently it's even harder to find a man with a set of balls. Jesus H Christ man, if any women bitches about your beard, KICK HER THE FUCK TO THE CURB. Or do what I do....reply that your face will remain as shaved as her cunt will....then reneg on your end of the deal AFTER she comes through on hers. WIN / WIN.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:00 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Two days without shaving and most of them get pissy."

    o exploitable..

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:38 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, beards are already an art there are even world championships for beards. I mean, what is more awesome than a big and well maintained beard or a nice looking fella with a good looking permastubble?

    Back when I did my 9 months in the German army, one of the Senior NCOs was the world beard champion (at the time at least) and I tell you, that was one mighty fine looking beard!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:49 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Almost forgot:

    BB-King (Yes, he has a 'stache)

    Gee, how could I forget him? I am terribly sorry!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:45 22/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh and also:

    Lemmy Kilmister, Zakk Wylde, Johann Hegg, Bootsy Collins and Frank Zappa!

    Case Closed!

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