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Parks and Rec Nail Art Tribute

Welp, today I has a sad, friends. One of my favorite shows is ending! Yes, today is the series finale of Parks and Rec. I’ve decided to pay homage to this funny show with a tribute themed mani! For this Parks and Rec nail art, I’ve recreated some of my favorite funny moments from the show for a skittles look. Can you guess what each finger is? Don’t worry, I’ll tell you 🙂

Parks and Rec series finale tribute nail art | The Dalai Lama's Nails

Parks and Rec series finale tribute nail art | The Dalai Lama's Nails

Here’s what each finger is:

  • Thumb: this is my tribute to Lil Sebastian. It’s his little horseshoe, floating in space! Bye, bye Lil’ Sebastian. I’ll miss ya, buddy.
  • Index finger: Parks and Recreation argues that breakfast food is the best. And you know what, it really is. I love the episode where Ron says, “Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. Wait, wait. I’m worried what you just heard was, ‘Give me a lot of bacon and eggs.’ What I said was, ‘Give me all the bacon and eggs you have’. Do you understand?”
  • Middle finger: Leslie is totally committed to serving her community in Indiana by building parks. This finger is supposed to look like the opening credits.
  • Ring finger: In 2011, Donna and Tom introduce us to Treat Yo Self. Donna is wearing a fabulous pink animal print scarf.
  • Pinky finger: Cones of Dunshire. Enough said.

Parks and Rec series finale tribute nail art | The Dalai Lama's Nails

Parks and Rec series finale tribute nail art | The Dalai Lama's Nails

Here are some of the things I freaking loved about this show:

  • Leslie Knope is an unstoppable force of nature. She is a lady and she’s a total bad ass, and she shows us that she can get sh!t done. She loves the Supreme Court (I’m not going to lie, I tried to do a Ruth Bader Ginsburg nail, but it just didn’t really look like her) and is committed to creating the kind of world she wants to live in. And at the same time, she has a sense of humor and is kind of ridiculous. She’s a fabulous character.
  • Donna Meagle is my idol. She’s kind of sassy, and she’s big and sexy and she knows it. And you know what, she doesn’t let anybody make her feel bad about herself.
  • Friendship is a major theme of the show. Leslie and Ron foster an unusual friendship (the committed government worker and an off the grid antigovernment stalwart), and Leslie and Anne’s friendship reminds me that it is possible to hold on to the people you love.
  • We all have value. Even Gary/Jerry/Larry, whose constant blundering is the source of teasing (and almost bullying, to be honest), finds some comeuppance in the end. He’s kind of dopey, but we realize that he’s a sweet, lovable man.
  • The writing is great, and Amy Poehler is a genius.

Parks and Rec series finale tribute nail art | The Dalai Lama's Nails

*waves goodbye!*

Parks and Rec, you will be missed!

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  • makingupthemw

    Love this manicure! Parks and Rec is one of my favorite shows for ALL of the reasons you listed above. Your tribute mani is fabulous!!

  • I LOVE THIS!! I will miss Parks and Rec soo much!!!

  • Cheyenne

    I’ve never seen this show but heard all good things about it! Great mani!

  • I’ve never watched this show (my boyfriend does however) but I love all these nails! Such a cool look – the galaxy nail might be my fav’.

  • I LOVE these, especially the Cones of Dunshire! I did a farewell Parks & Rec manicure too, but I really like that you were able to include so many of the characters. Mine just has waffles 🙂

  • These are so great! I didn’t have the energy to put anything last minute but these are amazing and I am so depressed this show is ending tonight!

  • I love the galaxy nail.

  • Vic

    Well all of that went over my head (I’ve never seen the show before) but the artwork is fabulous!

  • LOVE THIS SO SO MUCH. I am SO sad the show is ending. I will definitely be ugly sobbing into my waffles tonight.

  • Color Me So Crazy

    Even though you are sad about this show ending, you did an AWESOME job! I love this skittle! It looks like you really spent a lot of time planning this out! Great job!

  • I love this! 🙂

  • Gah, these are so awesome!! I’m only on the third season of Parks & Rec but I love it so much! I’m going to be so sad when I reach the end.

  • I mean…do I really have to comment on this after making a crazy fool of myself all over your Facebook? I will just say…I like it and I love it. <3

  • ValiantlyVarnished

    This is awesome!

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    Love love love!! We’re actually having a Parks & Rec marathon right now!

  • Awesome manicure to say goodbye to Parks and Rec with!

  • I’m loving your thumb nail the most!

  • I have never heard of the show but I love the eggs nail!! And that blue you used as a base is gorgeous.

  • I’ve never watched Parks and Rec but I have always heard great things about it. I should try and catch it on Netflix. I love the mani, so creative as always!

  • These are awesome. I’m still a couple of seasons behind but I’ve been watching it literally all week so this is perfect timing for me! 🙂

  • Lothwen Akira

    I have seen the show a few times and although I don’t understand the references on your nails, they look really cool, especially the galaxy <3

  • I’m so sad this show is over! But this mani tribute is awesome!

  • I never could get into this show, but I love how your nails (especially your thumb) turned out.

  • Love love this! Obsessed with Parks and rec so I agree with why you like it so much! It will be hard (if not impossible!) to top in my book!