Nail Artist, Fleury Rose, talks talent, trends and nailspiration. She also exclusively designed a set of nails based on the Nymphomaniac movie premiering tomorrow. So, If you’re into intricate designs and treating your nails like a mini gallery… Read on.

SHK has teamed up with photographer Kelsey Bennett in this ongoing portrait series, featured in SHK Mag with continuous profiles here on the blog, capturing the most creative influencers roaming NYC this year. 

Nail artist Fleury Rose portrait

“I’m not bad, i’m just drawn that way” — Jessica Rabbit

interviewed & photographed by KELSEY BENNETT for H.A.G.S.

Nail artist Fleury Rose has always been into the small things. Although she went to college to study visual fine arts, where her painting professor insisted that she “go bigger” with her artwork, Fleury defied the old school ways and instead turned to the edgy world of creating tiny, wearable artwork for your fingers. Her talent has inspired many — Fleury recently worked with photographer Terry Richardson and Stacy Martin, a lead in Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, and  has now designed her own nail set based off of Lars von Trier’s latest flick, exclusively for SHK. Meet Fleury Rose, she will rock your world.

Nymphomaniac Official Trailer

TELL US ABOUT THE MOMENT YOU DECIDED YOU WANTED TO BE A NAIL ARTIST. IT WAS IN ART SCHOOL RIGHT? CAN YOU TELL US THE STORY?

Before I became a nail artist, my focus was on fine art. When I was in school, my painting professor would always bug me about how small all of my paintings were, telling me to go bigger! I enjoyed painting on small surfaces such as horseshoes, soap boxes and doll houses. I was creating my own little world by decorating every small aspect of my life.

I decided I should be a full time nail artist, after a nail party I did with my friend Rita Pinto of Vanity Projects, which was written up on Vogue ItaliaI was working at a dive bar in Bushwick when I got the article, and bought all my patrons a round of drinks in celebration! I loved doing nail art, but getting that kind of recognition made me stop and think, “Maybe I’m really onto something!” I always had a love for nail art, since I was a child, and also through my teenage years… It wasn’t really a thing in the U.S. until recently, and was often looked down upon as tacky because there weren’t many REAL artists creating the beautiful work we see today.

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