This Is What It Means When You See A Man With One Painted Fingernail.

Men showing their single polished fingernail

This trend for men only, started in Australia and has now made its way to the States. The colour of the paint and the choice of nail is irrelevant, it all represents the same. The movement began with Elliot Costello, after meeting Thea, a little girl, on his travels around the world to help underprivileged areas with Hagar International. While in Cambodia the little girl and Elliot became friends doing unlikely things together, things little Thea loved, like painting her nails. She painted one of his nails as they chatted about her daily struggles and her life. It was then that he learned about her being sexually abused. He told her then and there that he would keep his nail painted as a remembrance of her, and her pain.