ne of the most simple games in the world, one that you can always play because everything required is always right there with you: your hands. Edward Scissorhands always looses, but for the rest of us it is a great way to decide who has to do the dirty dishes. Paper, Scissors, Rocks is a game that has originated due to the anatomy of our hands what shapes and signs they can form. Another reason why I love hands; they carry games and fun as well as being our most important tools for doing things. Without getting too philosophical, I can’t help wonder how different humans’ lives had been, had we had four legs and no hands.
am under the impression that the folks over at Free People’s blog have a fascination with hands like me. I have found another hand image from their blog, that I would like to share here. It is a collage of hands from fashion sketches that I think are very elegant, very French. The hands in fashion sketches tend to be more feminine and thin than the average female hand (if such a thing exists), I guess because they should complement the beautiful clothes as well as possible.
These sketches don’t really remind me of any real hands, they look a bit cartoony, they remind me of the style of “grown-up” comic books and also a bit of some Japanese manga. The hands are extremely thin and the fingers very long, hands that I bet any designer would dream of picking up their designs, because they make everything look so elegant.
hen browsing around looking for some new autumn fashion I came by Free People’s blog and completely fell in love with this photo of what I would call hipster hands. I adore how much thought and love this girl has put into decorating her hands. The colors and details are very playful and match each other wonderfully. I especially like the small ring on her left ring finger, which looks like a snake, it suits her finger very well. She has hands that easily can carry a lot of color and things going on, as her fingers are feminine jet have a strength to them and her skin tone is lovely for color as well. Her pinkies are beautifully straight and the way she spreads them out so much from the other fingers give me the impression that she has a lot of confidence in herself.
A beautiful picture.
oftbank has made a series of funny, yet creepy, iPhone covers with real-looking hands. The (fake) hands are not just printed on the back of the cover, but are actually molded hands that you can hold while talking. The look it gives is very absurd, I think, and could be something out of a hidden camera show – people are surely going to stare, if you walk down the street with this. Although I think the whole beauty of the iPhone is lost if you invest in this crazy object, I applaud the entertainment value that is in the idea of walking around with something that looks like a dead hand to your ear.
his is a beautiful quote from “Atonement” about how magical and enchanting hands can be. I highly recommend the entire book, but this passage is one of the things I particularly enjoyed about reading it.
“She raised one hand and flexed its fingers and wondered, as she had sometimes before, how this thing, this machine for gripping, this fleshy spider on the end of her arm, came to be hers, entirely at her command. Or did it have some little life of its own? She bent her finger and straightened it. The mystery was in the instant before it moved, the dividing moment between not moving and moving, when her intention took effect. It was like a wave breaking. If she could only find herself at the crest, she thought, she might find the secret of herself, that part of her that was really in charge. She brought her forefinger closer to her face and stared at it, urging it to move. It remained still because she was pretending, she was not entirely serious, and because willing to move it, or being about to move it, was not the same as actually moving it. And when she did crook it finally, the action seemed to start in the finger itself, not in some part of her mind. When did it know to move, when did she know to move it? There was no catching herself out. It was either-or. There was no stitching, no seam, and yet she knew that behind the smooth continuous fabric was the real self – was it her soul? – which took the decision to cease pretending, and gave the final command.”
eing a huge fan of “Californication”, I simply have to mention Hank Moody’s hands. Since the first the I watched the show I have been fascinated by the way David Duchovny uses his hands to create the character of Hank Moody. He does this very simply with a tattoo on his left ring finger, a large silver ring on his right index finger and a few leather bracelets – and there you go, along with a cigarette and a one-eyed Porche, you have Hank Moody. In “The X-Files” I never much noticed Duchovny’s hands, but in “Californication” they are simply unmissable. As Hank Moody tends to spend a lot of his time wearing no clothes on the show, this is a clever move to make him very recognizable and iconic in all scenes. The accessories on his hands make them very California-ish, and they could easily be the hands of a surfer dude, but since we know he is not that but a writer, we get the feeling that he is a well-traveled man of the world, instead. His hands are simply cool.
This is a very new feature at The Land of Hands that I want to develop as much as I can, as I meet more people whose hands I like. The idea is that people always take their photo next to their idols or people they look up to, should they be so lucky as to meet them – I want to do the same thing with hands. I call it hand fan photos.
In December I met three of the members of the band MGMT, when they did a show in Copenhagen. They were very kind to me and liked the drawing I had made for them, also they agreed to do a hand fan photo with me, even though it was a very cold day and not very pleasant to take off your mittens. Andrew VanWyngarden, the lead singer of MGMT, is on My Top 10 Favorite Hands of Guitarists – list, that can be found in the Top 10 section above, should it have an interest.