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Artist Chat: Kelly Blackwell

SONY DSCA strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts” Nancy Rathburn Continue reading

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Artist Chat: Hail Nails

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For everyone who is tuning in today that focus heavily on nail art, this next interview is a must-read! Made for nail art specifically, we are glad to present to you, Hail Nails. Still rather new to the market, Harlem creator- Shannon Marcec once took a shot at being a nail artist but to her discovery, she realize that this outlet was not her calling. Still having a substantial passion for all things nail art, Shannon found her passion and venture her career into making nail polishes that you will soon grow to appreciate!

Introduced to the market for the first time ever, earlier this year right here at Cunnt Claws, Shannon Marcec is back again to share with us her Fall 2013 collection, Gothrotica that is released today!! :

Describe Hail Nails fall collection. How it differs from the spring collection?

The fall collection is called, Gothrotica. The feeling of the colors is dark, moody, and sensual. There are two colors in the nude family, because I think any color in the nude realm is insanely sexy. The other four colors are so dark they’re almost black, but the tones: shimmer and micro glitter, make each color very unique and multidimensional.With the summer collection: Dipped Set, the colors are bright and fierce in their own right. But, I’m not really one for seasons: I’ll wear neon in the dead of winter and black in 90 degree weather.

What were some of your personal inspirations this season, in regard to creating?

My inspiration is always the art of nail art. I felt I didn’t totally get that across with the look book for the first collection, which just showed my inexperience. But everything is a learning experience. For this fall collection- I commissioned, Nail Gurl to make a bra out of tips using the Gothrotica colors. I’ve always admired her work, so I provided her with the colors and she went HAM. Even though I’m not a nail artist, I love thinking outside of the box when it comes to nail art. There really are no limits to it.

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Last season, Hail Nails def had a cool selective set of colors, and with some uniquely dope names for each color. Tell us what inspired the names that were chosen for each color this season?

The name, Fetish Fund (extremely dark green color) comes from mixing the worlds of deep-seated desires and money. It can be glamorous or dirty, you be the judge.

Chola Noir ( oxblood color), I was inspired by sexy cholas. Duh. lol

Sapphire Smut (navy microglitter color) is all about the levels of seduction. With one coat it’s grayish with blue microglitter, but add an extra coat and it takes on a captivating, sparkly dark blue.

The word tramp is an old fashioned word for a whore, but vamp is a name for a femme fatale. Vamp Tramp ( shimmery dark purple) is inspired by the women who embrace the labels society gives them for expressing their sexuality. This color is a velvety and empowering purple.

Lust Butter (nude color) is inspired by skin tones and nakedness. Yum!

Moscato Magic (tapricoty-nude color with glitter) comes from the magic created after you get enough moscato in your system. Ha!hail nails 2

Before you started your own line, which nail product(s) would you adorn over?

Part of the reason I started my own line is, because I never felt a loyalty to any other nail polish brands. I loved Milani glitters and the packing of MAC polishes, but I was also into unique Sally Hansen and Revlon polishes. I also really like Model’s Own polishes and packaging. My nail polish collection is bi-polar.

Which color is your absolute favorite, and which colors do you predict will be favored by the market?

There’s no way I can pick just one. I mean, this collection could’ve been 12 colors, but it’s 6 because they are my absolute favorites. Lust Butter, is the perfect nude and Chola Noir is the ultimate oxblood, so those are at the top of the list. But I adore Moscato Magic, which is a take on nude glitter that I don’t think anyone has seen before. Also, Sapphire Smut is just plain ol’ elegant. I love how multidimensional Vamp Tramp is, and Fetish Fund is a beautiful alternative to black lacquer. I think out of all of them Chola Noir will be the top seller, but we’ll see.

You being the creator of an amazing product, what is your interpretation(s) of a good quality nail polish?

First off, thank you!! Good quality nail polish is about two things, the formula and the overall product. I’m a firm believer in “one-coat-polish”. Even if the color deepens with multiple coats, I have to know that if I am on the move, I’ll look good with just one coat and won’t be left with some streaky mess. Even when I was just a consumer, the overall product meant a lot to me. I wanted to spend my money on a product that I know someone took a real effort to make—whether it’s creative names, cool caps, or bold packaging.With Hail Nails, I spend a lot of time concepting each color. A lot of thought and pickiness goes into the formulas, the names, and the packaging.

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What is the, Hail Nails customer always guaranteed after using your nail polish?

If you’re wearing Hail Nails colors, you are guaranteed to get attention—the good kind. All of the colors are unique and eye-catching. I’m not a very outgoing person, but I can wear my colors to speak for me when I’m feeling shy. Even if it’s one of the muted colors, like Street Dreams from the Dipped Set collection, someone will inevitably ask what the color is and it turns into a conversation and ultimately a connection.

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How do you feel about the response that you are receiving from the beauty market ?

The response I’ve gotten so far has been incredible. In the world of nail art in particular, everyone is so open-minded and friendly. Prima Creative, was the first nail artist to really take me under her wing. She taught me a lot about the nail industry and I still have a ways to go. However, since there are still so many people who haven’t even heard of the brand yet. That will change in 2014, though.

Some of the places, Hail nail is being sold? Where can “wanters” purchase the product?

Right now, Hail Nails is only being sold through Hopefully, in the upcoming year the colors will be distributed in a bunch of places. I’m really hoping to find distributors in Canada, the U.K. and Australia.

What can we anticipate from, Hail Nails for the next upcoming seasons?

I’m inspired by way too many things to list, but what I can say is that you can expect more glitters and atypical colors from, Hail Nails.

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Sweet welcome to the beauty market, Hail Nails!!!! Already spotted being used with nail art on the market by some of our favorite nail artist, Cunnt Claws predict- Hail Nails being the next best thing introduce to the nail art community.

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Artist Chat: Brass [NailgasmTV]

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Being the very first nail art video post for the Cunnt Claws’ launched in, August – NailGasmTv have become one of the most influential documentary film sources for the nail art community, and nail lovers all around the world! To exaggerate the word innovative, Ayla Montgomery (Brass), who is the creator of NailgasmTV – is truly a gift from the nail gods, and an inspirational influence for the motivated women of today. Brass, not only pursued her dreams but has achieve the job of giving us awesome content of nail art documentary videos to reminisce over. These recognizable videos consist of the many different facets of nail art gurus that has made the nail art movement what it is today, a uniquely innovative phenomenal! At a cozy, Lower East Side eatery- I caught up with, Brass when she visited the big apple to get the full scoop on her entire NailgasmTv experience! Check out the thoughts to Ms.Nailgasm herself! :

For the uninformed viewers , what is NailgasmTV? And what year did the NailgasmTV movement started?

Launched in December of 2012- Nailgasm is a documentary about nail art, and kinda how it filtered from the urban culture. (It is global…it is everywhere… from Japan…its in London)…It’s all over the world, and a lot of women are making businesses out of it. They are becoming entrepreneurs, so that is what drew me to making it a documentary.

What is your professional background?

I graduated from USC (in Los Angeles), with a degree in- Political Science. When I got out of college, I worked at BET in the animation department (which had nothing to do with my degree). Then, from there I eventually worked in the business operations department at, BET doing the budgets. I got laid off and when I got laid off, I asked myself, “What exactly do you want to do?” So I just started making mini documentaries about stuff and here I am. I defiantly have plans to make more documentaries and do more video productions.

Prior to doing, NailgasmTV, what was your occupation prior?

I worked at a couple of clothing lines, but mainly productions and that’s the plans going forward.

What is it like for Brass, when you are not busy traveling doing documentaries?

Very boring…I need a life, lol! But for the most part, I am usually doing research or promoting, NailgasmTV online or something. Yeah, I really don’t have a live outside of NailgasmTV, sadly.

Your favorite country/ City to visit?

It is a tie between, Japan and New York. I say Japan more, BUT I don’t speak Japanese… so it is really difficult to get around in Japan. I love New York and try to come here as often as possible.

Since, Japan is one of your favorite places…what is your favorite Japanese word?

Biru! Which means, beer.

List a few of people you really enjoyed working with?

I enjoy everyone. Going to Japan to see, Disco Nails was incredible! She was super nice! She really took her time to show me, Japan. It was really fun to have someone who spoke Japanese and show me things around, Japan. Just being around so many women who follow their dreams, and entrepreneurs. I think it takes an incredibly brave person to just do whatever they want to do, and not just HAVE a job, but have the job they want to have. It is not easy being a nail artist (by any means). In a lot of places, nail art is still not very well accepted (at least NOT if you are a doctor or lawyer). So people who are going against the grain have a special place in my heart.

How often do you get manicures?

Not enough! I usually try to have one of my girls’ to do it, but they are usually crazy busy. So I end up doing them myself and that is usually every other week or every couple of weeks.

To state the obvious, you have tried a bazillion beauty product. What are some of your favorite products? Any product that you recommend we MUST try?

For the glitter addicts (I love glitter!), I think Deborah Lippman makes amazing glitters. Also, Sinful colors make amazinnnngg glitters and it is a cheap’y drugstore brand. So if you are going to do glitter, one of those is really good.

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We are huge supporters of feminism, here at Cunnt Claws. What do feminism mean to you, and how do it play a role in your life?

I think feminism to me is like being, pro woman. I do not put down other people (in public at least). I never say anything negative on the, Internet. Anything I do say is uplifting. If I don’t have something uplifting to say, then I wouldn’t say anything at all because people would be like, “Ohhh, look at this!”…”What you think about this!” and if I LITERALLY do not have anything nice to say, I just would not say anything. For me, feminism is just being uplifting. It plays a huge part in my life by just being a positive influence. Me as a filmmaker, I want to see more people uplifting each other. Not just uplifting yourself and what your are doing, but uplifting other people you like and the people’s stuff that you support. I think if you spend more time uplifting what you do like; instead of down playing what you don’t like, the world would be a better place. I am all about putting positive energy out, because when you put positive energy out (and yeah you WILL get negative energy) you will attract positive energy back. When you are always saying nasty negative things, then that is what you will attract. Haters are everywhere no matter what you do, but that shouldn’t stop you from being a positive uplifting person.

Do you speak any other languages besides English?

Ahhh, no. I speak minimal, Spanish…. minimal, Italian, but no- not enough to brag about.

If you was given a lucky token from the nail gods, to created the nail art world in 15 years, what would it look like?

It would look like LED lights (like nails that light up), because I haven’t seen that yet. I heard it’s coming though! There is actually a company in, Japan or Korea- that when your phone rings your nails light up. If you look at my Facebook page, I actually post about it. That is the future…Nails that light up!

You just started a fairly new project called, Pretty Rad! Congrats on that! Tell us more.

Yes, I am a part of- Pretty Rad. It is actually my friend, Stella project. She is a celebrity make-up artist out in, L.A. and she also went to film school. So she’s bridging the gap between the beauty world and the film world. Stella got together a couple of her friends; one of her friends’ is a stylist, another one of her friend does hair, and I do nail art documentaries. Hence, she wanted to do a mini documentary show about us, but I do not know exactly what she has in store. You just have to keep watching at, .

What kind of obstacles do you encounter being a young entrepreneur?

Money is a big obstacle. I think NailgasmTV would’ve been a totally different project had I have like, ten million dollars. Overall, I think that is the biggest challenge or obstacle… but I make it work with what I have,which is not a ton.

For those bravo souls out there trying to pursue a career in entrepreneurship, what vital advice(s) can you give to them?

Number one and most importantly, love what you do! No matter if you want to become an entrepreneur, a doctor, a lawyer, or do nails. Whatever it is, you have to love what you do, because it gets really hard. The only thing that is going to carry through is the love you have for what you do. Number two, have a plan! You don’t necessarily have to wait until the timing is right to do something, but have a plan. I quit moving forward with my job to do, NailgasmTV, but I had a plan! Since my job, I had six months worth of money to live off of so I can focus on this a hundred percent. It didn’t work out exactly the way I wanted it to, but you have to have some type of plan. Understand that things are going to change. You can’t predict everything, so love what you do and have some type of plan!!

You are going to launch your newest documentary, at the Urban World festival this weekend. How is this particular project different from all of the rest of your documentaries?

The previous projects that I have done have all been music related. I have a lot of musician friends in L.A. , who are musicians- for example, Odd Feature. I do a lot of stuff for them, and I have other friends who are also musicians that I produced work for. But this is the first project that I am DIE HARD interesting in. I genuinely love nails! I look at them all day on, Instagram! That is what makes this project different. It is something I am completely OBSESS with!

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Describe your experience at, AMC Theater for the screening?

It was really amazing! It is really amazing to see your project on a movie screen (I never envision that). Originally, I was just going to put it online and whatever happens…happens. To see it on a movie screen and for it to get the reaction that it has gotten is just, incredibly amazing!

What is your worst experience throughout this entire, NailgasmTV experience and the life lesson(s) you learnt from it?

New york was, for Nailgasm. We had a screening, and there was a blizzard! In, New York everything shuts down. I was super excited to be here for fashion week, and then a day LATER it was a blizzard! Listen (lol), I am from, L.A. and I have seen snow once in my life…so for my second experience to see a blizzard, AND THE ENTIRE city covered in snow, subway shut down- I was like, “OH MY GOSH! WHAT THE HECK!” Then, I got stranded in the subway one night for a whole hour. The subway that I needed to get back to my friend’s place wasn’t working and I didn’t have cell phone reception. It was just a horrible night! But I made my way home safely and it taught me if you wait long enough, things will get where it need to go. That was a huge hugggeee learning lesson.

What upcoming projects should keep an eye out for?

I want to expand, NailgasmTV. The film does not feature a lot of male, only one. Since then, I have learned that there are a lot of dudes that do nail art. LIKE A LOT !! So I definitely want to find more guys and interview them and really get their stories out.

Any final thoughts you like to share with the, Cunnt Claws viewers?

Watch the film. You can stream it or download it at [ ]or you can order the [DVD]. It will be the best 35 minutes of your life!


….Women are inspirationally empowering…

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Artist Chat: TipGang

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Fairly new to the market, nail artist- Fallon Nichole have surfaced and found her a new destiny. Known for being fierce by nature, Fallon is also known as the leader of the, “TipGang” movement. With a new venture into the nail art community, the significance of, Ms. TipGang is positively something to be proud of. Exceptionally, when there are more and more confident women each day, taking the independence of making an outlet for their selves in paths that are self fulfilling and self-imposed… (Lets agree…Cheers to that!) Get to know, Fallon a little more below:

Who is Fallon Nicholas?

I am the girl people don’t really know. I’ve been through a lot and I found my peace and talent in nail art.

Describe the, “TipGang” movement and everything that it represents:

TipGang, represents every person out there doing nails! From getting their nails done, to following nail art blogs to just supporting us at our events. I want Tipgang to be more than just nail art. It’s simply a “brand” that represents a whole lifestyle.


 What kind of music do you like? Who are you currently listening to?

I listen to 90s hip hop, R&B, Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, and ASAP Rocky…But I love my 80’s jams, lol

 Tell me about your background?

I am a NYC based, Puerto Rican that lives in Harlem.

 First time considering nail art? When did you experience your first nail art manicure?

It’s funny because I used to get regular manicures. One Color!!!! Every week. Then one time I saw a, PrettyNailSwag mani and my friend tried to replicate it. I was hype!!! Lol

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 Being a diverse nail artist, describe your artistic style, and what free-style nail design do you like to re-create the most?

I love freehand. Getting into detail. I like to come up with an idea as opposed to recreating someone else’s work for my clients.  As far as free-styles, I like street style the most. Basically, any art that is inspired by urban fashion or music. It’s all dope to me!

 Recap us with some events that, TipGang was a part of?

I have worked at; Adidas pop-up shop, Gap, Green Pointers events, 4/20 pop-up shop nail event in, New York. In the near future- I would like to do photo shoot & videos….I am obsessed with Jordan’s and Nike!! If they were interested, I would be open to any of their nail art ventures. I really love to wear sneakers.

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 Coming from NYC, who would you eventually want to work with in the nail industry ?

WAH nails! I love their creativity and concepts. In regards to paint brushes, Britney Tokyo! So many girls, and I am a fan of them ALL.

 What blogs are you following?

To name a few…Nyphmo nails, Nail Swag, Jessica Washick, Astro Wifey.

 Who are you following on Instagram? Favorite nail artist(s) ?

RiaNailz, Racqstar nails, Thisisvenice , Astro Wifey, Britney Tokyo, Ciao Manhattan, Pretty Project… Uugh just sooo many! I don’t have a favorite I just love them all.

 Bonus: How do you feel about sexual equality?

It’s no one business! What ever you choose to do be behind close doors, it’s you.


For more on, TipGang follow the movement on IG: @TipGang 



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Artist Chat: Shelley Burns

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Heavy on the nail art scene, Shelley Burns has become one of the go-to nail technicians to get your claws laced with cool nail art designs. To list a few, Shelley Burns have worked her talent at events such as; Adidas pop-up shop for Teyana Taylor’s sneaker release / Nexus Cook’s “25thandJune Nail Elixir” launch / Cocktails and Couture Trunk show / Coated Nail Art & Jewelry Exhibition. In addition, Shelley worked with singer & sound writer, Melky Jean for one of her miscellaneous project.

I first met, Shelley at the, “420 Pop-Up shop” nail art event at, Christina Rinaldi‘s studio in Brooklyn. I was so captivated by her vivid burst of upbeat energy that rubbed on me immediately! Within minutes , I instantly felt a cool cozy feeling that made it easy to engage in conversation about her work, and just everyday nail-art chat that us nail-addicts tend to have when you put us in a room full of talent and nail polish (O-Yeah!!).

My curious self was not going to let you guys hang without a one-on-one interview from the sassy lady herself!

Who is Shell Beezy? Where are you from orginally? 

Wow, I am so many things- but overall I’m a caregiver.  I like to think that explains me in full.  I’m originally from the Bronx & Westchester, New York. However, I’ve lived in Harlem (New York) for the past 13 yrs.

When did you start doing nails? What was the drive?  

I can date my love for my nails and nail art back to the 90s when I was in, High school.  I always had the longest nails!  My love of cats really made my long nail fetish stick out.  After high school and college, I started a family and it got lost in my everyday shuffle.  I had clear nails for almost 10 years, UGH!!  In, 2010 it came flooding back with the nail decals.  I was enamored with the ease, the beauty and how sitting down to do my nails made me feel. Maybe it’s the Acetone, but I felt so relaxed and calm. Not to mention when I was done, I could look down and relive that calm over and over. Oh yea, it was dope to look it.  I ramble, sorry.

You do a lot of nails! But if you had to pick 2 people in the entire universe to do their nails, who would it be? Why? 

Ok, I’ve thought about this and I have to pick 4 people (2 living & 2 that are no longer with us):

1. Julie Newmar (Living – she’s the original “Cat Woman”)

2. Rosalind Russell (Deceased – she was in “Gypsy” & “Auntie Mame”)

3. Love B. Scott (Living – fiercely with no equivocations)

4. Aaliyah (You know – I know that if I had the chance to paint her nails, we would’ve been great friends)

Spill the beans!! Worst nail experience?

Trying to pull a coffee table over, I lost my grip and the rest is too hard to explain, let alone talk about.  Long story short, 4 nails on one hand were broken so far down, I had to go to the hospital for painkillers and wound clean up.  It was a horrible experience.

Favorite nail polish?

UGH…do I have to choose?!?  That’s not fair

As a contributor to the nail art community, where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

Meeting many more new people, traveling outside of NY, making the Guinness book of world record and I’d like to collaborate with a Charity or start my own female empowerment movement!

What lifetime experience did you learn during your time in the nail art business, that you could share with the Cunnt Claws viewers?

Its not just nail-art per say, it’s an experience to get your nails done.  For some it’s an affirming therapy session. It is a time for you to stop and love a small part of yourself.  To be on one side of that is a lifetime experience, Every Time!

What is your biggest accomplishment(s) overall?

MY family.

My daughter.

The Man I picked to share my life with and the foundation I am helping to lay for our future.

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