Why Does Bob Ross Have A Coke Nail?

UrbanDictionary.com defines a coke nail as “one significantly longer fingernail on one or both hand(s), most often the pinkie nail, which is used for scooping up powder cocaine and snorting it. This is known as doing a bump. The nail becomes the vessel as opposed to needing an item to snort a line of coke through; ie, a straw, rolled up dollar bill, etc.”.
And if you look closely and watch carefully you might just notice the same thing on the hands of Bob Ross. An example can be see on the picture of Bob and a baby raccoon below.

But why? Did Bob Ross do cocaine?

While the average person most likely does not even know about the existence of these nails and their use the coke nail got a bit of exposure in 2012 when several online news outlets claimed to have found a picture of actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, featuring an alleged nail for sniffing cocaine.

After reading about this theory on the internet Carrie Fisher herself however denied the “coke nail” on Twitter with this tongue-in-cheek comment:

This still leaves us with our question. Why did Bob Ross have fingernails that strongly resemble coke nails?

The answer is found in Bob’s profession and passion: Painting.

Bob Ross was in fact not doing cocaine. A lot of painters use their nails to scrape off excess paint from their paintings. Using your nails is faster and more handy (excuse the pun) than using a tool for this, and for a serious painter like Bob Ross there is no question that he used this old trick too. See how close the nail is to the painting below? Using it instead of going of and grabbing another tools is certainly a lot faster in case you make a mistake.

Happy Painting, and God bless my Friend.

11 Replies to “Why Does Bob Ross Have A Coke Nail?”

    1. I don’t do coke but I do have what you flatliners (or mainliners) are calling a coke nail on my left hand. This nail naturally grows longer than the other nails since I do not use it as often for typing, etc. I am right-handed and all my fingers on that hand are used equally so these nails also grind down naturally.

      Got a problem with that Sniffy?!

    2. D. Cannon
      11/04/2018 AT 19:59
      I don’t do coke but I do have what you flatliners (or mainliners) are calling a coke nail on my left hand. This nail naturally grows longer than the other nails since I do not use it as often for typing, etc. I am right-handed and all my fingers on that hand are used equally so these nails also grind down naturally.

      Got a problem with that Sniffy?!

  1. Card players use the pinky nail to pick cards up off the padded felt of a Poker/Blackjack table. Bob may have been a card player.

  2. Years ago in Mexico i bought a couple beautiful landscape paintings a street artist was doing on tiles. He was using that same nail and finger skin to do the entire paintings. You never know. Bob was also a traditional painter and cartoonist. His vast knowledge of art was not just limited to the joy of painting style.

  3. I just mderstamd not wanting to put Bob in a negative light. But that is a coke nail period. I never saw him mention “oh hey you can scrape a wet oil painting with your nail” no….he said take your pallet knife and do a blah blahectomy. So what if he did coke. It was a popular drug amongst celebrities in the 80’s

  4. This article is arguing that he used his coke fingernail for painting purposes? I NEVER ONCE saw him use his nail during any of the hundreds of episodes of paintings. If he did please someone post that as a reply to my comment by all means. But sorry this explanation is total bullshit masquerading as intellect.

  5. “Using it instead of going of and grabbing another tools is certainly a lot faster in case you make a mistake.”

    This explanation is dubious, at best. Everyone knows Bob Ross didn’t make mistakes… he had happy accidents!

  6. As most people know, Bob Ross was a very private person. If he was a cocaine user, I doubt he would be sporting those long pinky nails for all the world to see. Many people assume that Bob was a pothead because of his appearance and his mellow demeanor. He joined the air force in 1960 or 61 at the age of 18 or 19 and spent 20 years there. I doubt he was into drugs. Also, most people aren’t aware that Bob had suffered from cancer earlier in his life before he became a painter on TV. He didn’t smoke or drink and most likely he didn’t use drugs either.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

code