Interview By: Isis Nicole
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!
What’s the story behind your zine Nails?
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.