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Lindsay Lohan's Artistic Manicure Message Gets Attention

Lindsay Lohan's Artistic Manicure Message Gets Attention

The judge sentenced Lindsay Lohan to 90 days in jail Tuesday after ruling she violated probation in a 2007 drug case by failing to attend court-ordered alcohol education classes. (AP Photo/David McNew, Pool)

By SANDY COHEN (AP)

July 08, 2010

LOS ANGELES — Never has so much attention been paid to a manicure.

Less than 24 hours after Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 90 days in rehab for violating probation on two DUIs, the talk isn’t about her troubles, but about her fingernails.

The 24-year-old actress sported a colorful manicure in court Tuesday that included obscene messages on each of her middle fingers. Close-up photos taken by a courtroom photographer revealed the tiny letters, which made worldwide news Wednesday on entertainment websites.

Were the messages intended for the judge, who levied the harsh sentence Tuesday? Directives to the ever-present paparazzi who follow Lohan’s every move? Perhaps a silent snub to her estranged father, who attended Tuesday’s proceedings?

Lohan let her middle-finger messages speak for themselves until Wednesday afternoon, when she took to her Twitter account to clarify the purpose of the defiant digits.

“It had nothing to do w/court,” Lohan wrote. “It’s an airbrush design from a stencil.”

Written expression on her hands is nothing new, though. Lohan also has a tattoo on her right index finger that reads “Shhh…”

Inscribing fingernails with messages is an emerging trend with the younger set, said celebrity manicurist Jenna Hipp, adding that she wrote a secret message beneath Gabourey Sidibe’s manicure when the “Precious” star was preparing for the Oscars.

“Kids are just starting to play a little bit more with their fingernails,” Hipp said. “Now with Lindsay doing it, of course, it’s going to go crazy.”

The look is easy to create at home, she said, with a Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen topped with a coat of clear polish.

Lohan’s criminal defense attorney, Shawn Chapman Holley, who sat beside the actress during Tuesday’s hearing, was in court Wednesday and not immediately available to comment on the naughty nails.

Ed McPherson, Lohan’s civil attorney who attended Tuesday’s hearing and sat near her in court during breaks, said he did not notice the message painted on her fingernails and does not think she meant to disrespect the court.


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