New York Magazine

For House Calls

- NAHO WATANABE; @_art_for_nails_by_naho

this past april, influencer Anthony Urbano booked an appointmen­t at a studio near his apartment for custom Japanesege­l nail art. He got paired with Naho Watanabe, who painted his nails with smiley faces, leopard print, a checkerboa­rd, and squiggles exactly as hoped. Watanabe now works out of a shared studio space in midtown but takes house calls with her Manhattan clients, booking her studio sessions around them, and Urbano has switched to booking Watanabe’s inhome appointmen­ts (from $90). About a week ahead, they’ll trade messages with nailart ideas so Naho knows what to bring. “She knows my style now, so she often sends me DMs from Japanese naildesign accounts, so I can start thinking of my next set,” says Urbano, who most recently got a design with chrome drip and flames. On the day of, Naho brings a rolling bag of supplies, with polishes, a UVlight station, and brushes, and just needs a decent amount of table space to set up. (Urbano likes to use his coffee table.) Urbano’s sessions typically take two and a half hours, during which time he watches TV, listens to his Spotify stations, and gets to “chat more freely with Naho, since there are no other clients around.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from United States