Nail Porn caught up with NYC-based nail artist Natalie Pavloski, in celebration of her Nail Salon Pop-Up held exclusively at Muddguts today (3/19) from 2-6pm alongside aliciatorellonails. She’s got us bodied IRL ever since her Lil Kim tribute. Girl talk about competition, collaborations, Nails, and Dolly Parton after the jump!
Lil Deebie or Iggy Azalea?
What’s the most important emoji?
The nail one of course!
3 nail art essentials:
Ideas, a paint brush and polish remover.
Are there any misconceptions about being a nail artist?
No, not really.
Do you ever have to overcome competitiveness, or is the nail art community pretty cool about collaboration and sharing clients?
I feel that artists in the nail art community are generally supportive of one another. There are so many amazing artists doing different and unique things. Collaborations sprout new and interesting work and I believe, for the most part, we are all supportive of that. I know I certainly am.
What’s been the most rewarding part of your nail career thus far?
What’s rewarding to me is that people are interested and receptive to my work. It makes me love my job that much more.
Your work is spreading like wildfire on the social media scene. Can you introduce yourself, and how you got your start in the nail art game?
I was about 16-years-old or so when I stopped biting my nails because I got braces. I learnt that I had lovely nails and that they were a lot of fun to paint, and I became obsessed! I would paint friends and family’s nails regularly. When I moved to NYC from Melbourne, Australia I met my friend and mentor, celebrity nail artist Alicia Torello. I picked her brains about the nail industry and how I could get involved. She invited me to come a long and assist her… finally I started putting my personal work out via social media and have had an amazing response, which I am thankful for. It’s been crazy ever since!
I have collected and been obsessed with iconic nail salon imagery for a long time. That’s where it all blossomed from!
How did you end up teaming with the Newsstand?
Nathaniel Matthews who produced the Zine, is a part of the 8 Ball Zines crew. When talking about the zine release, he suggested doing the pop-up at The Newsstand. We confirmed the dates with curator Lele Saveri and that was that!
Can you share more about this international nail art project your working on?
It’s with an amazing Australian photographer Danny Cohen…I will say no more, it’s a surprise!
Whose nails are you dying to do?
Fictional, Betty Boop. Non Fictional, Dolly Parton.
Do you make your own nail wraps or any other nail art products?
I make my own custom decals which are a lot of fun!
What inspires your work?
Books, record covers, art and artists in various industries, fashion, pop culture, music, movies… the list goes on and on.
Where do you plan on taking your nail art this summer?
To another realm!!
What’s nail porn to you?
The perfect exposé of some of the most beautiful and interesting nail art currently out.
Your favorite singers favorite nail artist is most likely the mega-talented Naomi Yasuda, just ask Madonna. By way of Japan, the New York based manicurist reigns master of à la mode mani’s in the salon and on the runway. Check her credentials! Fresh from her Fashion Week takeover, Yasuda gives us the scoop on agencies, working with Alicia Keys, and SS14 nail trends. Hashtag, if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere, and babes, she’s everywhere!
I am really thankful for every one of my clients and friends who have helped my career. When I moved to NY from Japan six years ago, I did not know anyone and I didn’t speak any English, so of course, I didn’t expect any of these amazing things to happen to my life. I was just a girl who did nails in the small salon.
I remember when I did Alicia Keys nails for Jay Z’s Empire State of Mind video shoot in Times Square. I cried tears of joy and gratitude!! It was the best day of my life.
Another time is when I got my pedicure done by Joan Rivers. I was on her T.V. show Fashion Police. It was just awesome!
What’s most rewarding about your career?
I did Madonna’s nail for her Superbowl performance. It was unforgettable. She has been my client since. I still cant believe that I’m doing her nails!
I didn’t have any agency before I went to Streeters, and it was really hard to manage and take care of all my clients. I was looking for a agency for long time. Last October, I met a hair stylist at photo-shoot who is represented by Streetes and he recommended me to go with them.
Do you prefer working in the salon or on shoots?
I love both! I really enjoy creating something beautiful with a team and I get to work with so many amazing artists stylists models, photographers, etc.. I get inspired by them a lot! Also it’s very important for me to work in the salon too. My clients are very diverse and I get to do so many different type of nail art! I usually have 5.6 clients a day. I have to be quick and it keeps me skilled. I know so many nail techs who can do nail art but can’t do basic manicure or vice versa. I think if you are a manicurist/nail artist you should be able to do everything, from simple mani to gel acrylic nails.
SS14 Nail Art trend(s):
Blue and Copper! [lLaughs.] Please don’t ask why, I just like them!
Do you like to get your own nails done, and if so by who?
I usually don’t do my nails. [Laughs.] Sometimes it’s embarrassing because everyone asks me to show my nails. Instead, I use my nails to show colors to client a lot.
How did you first get interested in nail art? You were one of the first to develop your own style so I would love to know!!
I started doing nail art when I was around age 13 or 14. I was introduced to nail art by Japanese pop-singers! They had long dazzled acrylics and I thought it was coolest thing ever. I begged my dad to buy me a nail magazine and I read the magazine to death! I did all my friends nails in high school, and I was so satisfied when my friends liked their nails! Then I got addicted! After 15 years, I’m still loving my job!!
Nailporn (@thisisnailporn) by Sophy Robson (@sosoflynails) is switching things up this year starting with its new nail art interview series i’ll be taking part in with my good friend Sasha from theholynail. i haven’t written about nails in what feels like forever so you can imagine how hyped i am to get back into the swing of things under fashions premier nail artist. eichimatsunaga, if you’re reading this for some reason, i’m trying to get to know you!