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tocarra spifster sutton

Best known simply as “Spifster” for her ability to “spiff” up nails with innovative, edgy works of art, Tacarra Sutton is the owner of Salon Lōkei in Chicago. The uber-talented nail artist—who actually started out as a self-taught graphic designer—counts Debi Mazar, Danielle Brooks (of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black”) and Taraji P. Henson among her notable clients, and has collaborated on projects with major brands including Nike, Cadillac and Topshop. Now, Spifster is getting back to her graphic design roots with the launch of a namesake line of clothing and home goods offered at society6.com/spifster. Check out what kick-starts her creativity:

The Black Woman: “We’re in a stage where so many woman are finally accepting their unapologetic ‘queendom,’ allowing us to be our best selves with the support of our fellow black women. It’s hella empowering.”

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Courtesy of Moshooddat Sanni and Joey Rosado

The Color Yellow: “Always happy, always popping—it gives me hope for the summer after enduring such a long Chicago winter.”

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The Bathroom Wall of My Salon: “I recently finished redesigning my salon’s bathroom, making use of these cloudlike Plexiglass pieces. I’ve been finding myself using sheer colors on clients since it was finished.”

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Home Decor: “This is my biggest inspo right now. I’ve been following a few interior design Instagram pages lately, breathing in how different designers use placement of furniture and different trinkets. You’d be surprised at how you can tie that into nail art.”
 

Related: Essie’s Leading Global Educator Rita Remark shares her Daily Inspo

My Friends: “Everybody is killing it right now, collectively. I’m part of what has been called the ‘Chicago renaissance.’ All of my creative friends around me are truly in their essence. It pushes all of us.”

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[Images Courtesy of Tacarra Sutton]

This article was first published in the August 2018 issue of NAILPRO

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