Concentrate culture is changing and evolving very quickly. With each new innovation, a dozen more pop up. It can be hard to keep up. Nails specifically seem to change in styles, or a new material to dab off of is introduced every three months or so. There are lots of companies and artists that try to stay on top of these markets. By keeping products fresh and exciting, they can keep prices high, for what is typically an inexpensive product. That’s mainly why you’ll see nails range anywhere in price from under $20 to over a $100, for virtually the same product. Most recently some companies have decided to partner up with successful glass blowers, to release lines of special edition name brand nails. The two main partnerships in the nail business have been between Highly Educated TI and Hitman Glass to create the hinged cap, and then between Hive Ceramics and Quave Glass to create the ceramic club banger.
I’ll start off by talking about the Hitman X HE collab. The idea behind this collab is simple enough. Basically there are two improvements made to the standard Highly Educated carb cap. The first improvement is the aesthetic. This new carb cap comes in two cool designs that look like tiny hats or caps. There are two designs, the top hat and the baseball cap. Both of them cost the same, however the top hats seem to have a harder time staying in stock. The second improvement is functionality. The new idea that Hitman brought to the table was to create a carb cap that is hinged on to the nail itself. This will completely solve the problem of misplacing your favorite carb cap. For these two new adaptations to the old carb cap they are asking a cold $130.00. That doesn’t even include the nail, that’s just the hinge attachment.
The next big collab that’s got people talking is Quave Glass and Hive Ceramics. The two came together to create the first ceramic Quave club banger. The result is something that may be even less exciting than the Hitman X Highly Educated collab. The club banger is not aesthetically pleasing at all. It looks like a titanium sidecar nail that’s made out of ceramic. It doesn’t actually hold much resemblance at all to Quave’s quartz club bangers, that he so proudly sells for $160.00 a piece on his website. What this nail lacks in sexiness, it might make up for in price, by being $80 a piece. At half the price of his quartz line, it might be a better option, but 80 dollars for a ceramic nail that’s sure to crack is a bit ridiculous. I think it’s safe to say that these collabs came less out of the need for innovation, and more from the need of these companies and artists to keep prices as high as their customers.
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