Jan 10, 2011

Tacarra Sutton - Chicago's Nail Art Queen

Chrisette Michelle, MTV TJ Gabi Gregg, and International Star Raghav are just a few of the men and women flocking to have their nails blessed by her work. Armed with her technical background and knack for innovative design, Tacarra Sutton is quickly becoming Chicago's go-to pro for nail art. I was excited when she agreed to take a few moments out of her busy schedule to answer some questions for Six Twenty Seven readers. Nail lovers rejoice. Chicagoans get excited. Your nail art prayers have been answered!

Q. How did you get your start?
A. In graphic design actually. When I graduated HS I finally decided to be a girl and start painting my nails ;) Over time, I started observing the cliche designs I'd see all the girls around me getting on their nails. Seeing how I had been doing graphics since I was 14, I knew there was way more to nail art than those squiggles and dots. I wanted to bring REAL art to nail beds. Soon after experimentation, people started to take notice, my love grew for it, and BAM, here we are. About a year later I decided to go to nail school to make it official.

Q. What are the biggest challenges you've had to overcome as a professional nail artist?
A. Getting people to realize that nail design is art too and not just some small side job. Nails are BIG to me. It still took until this year for my parents to realize it was way bigger in my eyes.

Q. What is the biggest source of inspiration for your designs? 
A. ANYTHING! I find inspiration all around me. The sound of these keys clicking is giving me inspiration. lol

Q. For those wanting to create nail art looks at home, what are the essential tools/brands you recommend?
A. The only design tools I use are Kiss brand design paint brushes. The brushes that come with the polishes are amazing to me.

Q. What are your professional tips for making nail art last?
A. Great base coat + great top coat = lasting manicure. I use OPI's base coat & Seche Vite for a top coat. But of course, the longest lasting design would come from the girl wearing false nails. Acrylic/gel nails extend a design basically until the nail falls off.

Q. What nail art trends do you see for 2011? 
A. Bold tribal patterns! Also lace nails.

Q. Any advice for those looking to start a career in nail art and design? 
A. Don't let anything discourage or hold your process back! Only YOU can stop YOU. This is what keeps me going. Once folks see you're serious, they will follow suit.

Tacarra is an extremely talented artist and with her designs ranging in price from $5 to $60 everyone can afford her. I'm seriously wishing I was in Chicago right now... my nails need her in their life asap!!

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