Getting Manicures And Talking Nail Art With Dutchess Of Black Ink Crew

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In the same way that Black Ink Crew‘s Dutchess designs tattoos and paints, her nails provide a doorway into her soul and reflect her personality.”They’re an expression of me,” she says of her colorful and creative stems, obvious to anyone who’s watched a few minutes of BIC or passed her on the street. “Just like tattoos, my nails are my tattoos. [The] only difference [is], I get to change ‘em every week,” she explains.

Nail art continues to be a popular trend with many of our VH1 stars, and who better to give us a lesson in how those tips go from basic to bejeweled than the Dutchess?

On a cold Monday morning I hopped on the subway headed for Nail Lounge NY in Washington Heights, ready to pay a visit to Dutchess and Corey Strickland, the nail technician who’s been styling her with one-of-a-kind looks since she first moved to New York. “When people see my hands, when I greet people, that’s the first thing that they see,” Dutchess explained. “I love them to see that I’m just as creative with my nails as I am with my artwork.” Read more…

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