The Year 2012 As Told Through Nail Art

Every major cultural and political event ends up on someone’s nails nowadays. The results aren’t always pretty.

1. Blue Ivy was born.

This manicure was posted to Beyonce’s insanely famous Tumblr, but no one could tell if they were in fact her hands or not.

2. “Fifty Shades of Grey” became a phenom.

3. And no one could stop talking about it.

4. (We’re still talking about it.)

5. Instagram got big, thereby allowing a legion of amateur nail artists to show off their work.

7. One Direction’s music hit the US and the band members became nail sensations.

8. Joining the reigning king of girls’ nails, Justin Bieber.

9. Whitney Houston passed away.

10. Lots of people painted their nails in her memory.

11. It was the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

12. The Olympics took place in London.

13. Bringing the world together for a month.

14. “Call Me Maybe” became impossible to unhear.

15. So did “Gangnam Style.”

16. “My Little Pony” caught on among grown men.

Complete with their own convention.

18. The “Hunger Games” movie came out.

Inspiring a flurry of nail art, despite the fact that you probably don’t have time to paint your nails when you are fighting for your own survival in a crazed dystopic show of gory pageantry.

19. The restoration (read: vast improvement) of the “Ecce Homo” fresco changed the face of art as we know it.

20. Grumpy cat grumped.

21. Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc.

So naturally someone saw fit to commemorate it with a manicure.

22. Katy Perry expressed support for Obama via nail art.

23. Some nails were bipartisan.

24. Even Paul Ryan got some (toe)nail love.

Jae C. Hong / AP

25. Hostess announced its closure, and the world wept.

Although the individual products (i.e. Twinkies) will most likely continue to be manufactured by other companies.

26. “The Hobbit” movie was released, to mixed reviews.

But this Hobbit-inspired nail art is indisputably incredible.

27. Bye, 2012! You were an absolute treasure trove.

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