In our fourth issue, you can find a photo series about Naughty Nailz, a group of woman who have been a nail art staple for over 20 years in the West Side of Chicago. We love the style and influence they bring to nail culture so to better showcase the intricacy of design work we are bringing an excerpt from their story along with detailed shots of the nails from the photo series.
"Naughty Nailz employs a host of women who manage to straddle both nail art worlds: old school brush strokes and new school designs that are architectural and organic, almost surrealist. The nail techs use traditional nail polish and rhinestones, but they specifically use acrylic paint to make nail art. This is important because the tech can get more movement with her brush than she could using nail polish. Three nail techs at Naughty Nailz bring a strong Puerto Rican influence that includes three very specific trends like bridge nails, Britto style painting, and sculpted acrylic flowers. The team has embraced technology; displaying their multicolored and multifaceted designs to the world and, in turn, have stayed current with the trends and whims of their ever growing clientele.
“Some people think we’re loud, some people think we’re cheap, some people think we’re ghetto,” Carla said. “But they still love us. They still come to us.” The Naughty Nails girls give no apologies. “
'Read On' to get a up close look at the detailing in their nail styles.