Friday, November 17, 2017

DAY6 Live and Meet in Toronto 2017

Hey guys! So some of you may already be aware, but back in October I was able to get tickets to see Day6 live in Toronto! As with the other concerts I've had the privilege of attending in the past few years, (EXO'luXion in Vancouver and Shinee World V in Toronto), I wanted to do a nail design for it!

The first half of this post will talk a little bit more about the nail design, and then in the second half I'll go a bit more in depth on my concert experience! ✌

I can't believe that this is my first Day6 design, especially since they've had their Every Day6 song releases every month this year. Better late than never though, right?
I always have a little bit of a hard time coming up with a band inspired design when I don't have a music video to base it on and this time was no exception. As soon as the tour was announced I knew that I wanted to incorporate the Every Day6 album covers into the design the way I have on the ring finger, but other than that I had no idea what to do. Since I didn't want to get myself into painting something too complex the night before the concert, I considered just painting all the other nails plain grey, but decided that would be lame and that the design deserved more than that.
So to Google Images I went. After some serious scrolling, I decided to paint the band's colourful, sketchy logo on the thumb:

Then I was stuck with three more nails to paint and no more ideas to work with. At this point I called in reinforcements in the form of Joanne, and after pouring over promo images with her again, our ideas were as follows:
1. The gradient from Day6's Sunrise Album Cover,
2. The black belt with white lettering that Young K is wearing on the same album cover,
3. The black outline from Subkulture's tour promo images, and
4. The hashtag #day6inthe6ix because come on, how can you not make use of that.

After careful consideration and complete disregard for my goal of "nothing too complicated," I threw all four of our ideas together into a single sketch and voila, the design was complete!

I have to say that the ring finger design is still my favourite, though it was an absolute pain to paint. I was actually going to film a tutorial for this design, but the thought of having to paint that ring finger design a second time put a stop to that pretty quickly (sorry to disappoint if you were hoping to see a video tutorial here!)

Overall I'm pretty happy with how the design turned out, and hopefully I'll have time to paint an mv inspired design next month for Day6's last Every Day6 release.

Products Used:

China Glaze - Designer Satin

CND - Apricot in the Act

CND - Be Demure

CND - Clear Topcoat
CND - Iris You Would
CND - Naughty or Vice
CND - Tangerine Rush
CND - Teal the Wee Hours
Essie - Go Overboard
Essie - Grow Stronger Base Coat
Essie - Groove is in the Heart
Essie - Knee-High Life
Essie - Style Cartel
Essie - Turquoise and Caicos
Essie - Vices Versa
Face Shop - Diablue
OPI - Primarily Yellow
Serendipity Polish - Big Red Bow
Sally Hansen - White On

Now onto the concert experience!

I felt like going to this concert was a long time coming for me. If you remember back in June/July, my friends and I went to Korea for three weeks for a graduation trip. We had booked the dates for the trip back in January, but we ended up switching around when we would be in Jeju and Seoul so that we would be in Seoul for - when we assumed - Day6's July concert would be held. The joke was on us though, because after we had everything finalized they changed the date of the concert and it was no longer going to be held while we were in Korea. We were all pretty bummed about it, but Joanne and her sister ended up getting to see them in concert in Taiwan a few weeks later, and now I've gotten to see them in Toronto!

This was the first concert I've gone to by myself - my concert buddy Joanne moved back to BC for grad school so she couldn't go with me - but I had a good time regardless!
One thing that I wish I would have done differently is that I definitely should have shown up to the venue at 3 to get my Hi-Touch wristband and bought lightsticks. I hung out with a friend in Toronto all day and didn't end up making it to the venue until like 7pm, by which point lightsticks were sold out and the lineup for wristbands was long. To be completely honest, I thought it was a bad decision on JYP/Subkulture's part (not sure who's responsible for merch sales) to not have merch pre-sale pickup at the venue. Why would I want to buy a lightstick online - only for it to be shipped 4-6 weeks AFTER the concert? The point is to have them at the concert. Regardless, I'm glad that I at least came prepared for that eventuality and threw my exo lightstick into my purse that morning. Even though the name on the lightsick wasn't right, at least it was the right colour so it still fit in with the rest of the mydays in the audience.

I ended up getting P2 tickets in the 9th row close-ish to the center, so the view was pretty awesome! (Don't get me started on ticket sales though - I'm still kind of bitter about the technical issues with Eventbrite and the ticket sale times). Seeing Day6 perform live was honestly amazing - they're all great musicians and the ments and games segments were fun as well! Jae's definitely as funny live as he is on Twitter and in his vlogs, and it was great to see all the love and support that Toronto has for Brian!

I put a few fancams into my post about the concert on insta so you can check those out below if you want (click right to see concert photos/videos):

Overall the this was a great concert experience and I'm glad I got to go! Thanks for coming out to Toronto Day6, and hopefully I'll see you again!


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