Dutchess and Corey began working together long before the TV cameras started rolling, and forged a connection based on their similar mindsets. “She’s cool, she’s artistic, and the bond is good. She’s an artist herself–we’re beyond just nails,” Corey said. “Dutchess is special. She’s her own person. She’s mild-mannered [with that] Southern hospitality. [She’s] different form northern girls; I like her ambition and we both have similar goals: we want our own shops.”
“Nails and tattoos are synonymous,” Dutchess added, while Corey was quick to remind me that the latter is (a lot) more painful: “I’m not drawing blood, [but] besides that, it’s drawing.” Despite being longtime friends, Dutchess has yet to convince her nail tech to swap places and sit down in her chair, partly because he’s not totally sold on body art in general, and partly because he just loves pampering women.