Nail artist Ami Vega makes colorful eye candy — that will also feed your spirit.
The 34-year-old Dominican American is a freelance nail artist based in New York City. Her nail art ranges from the usual — flowers, hearts, and spirals — to the revolutionary. Black power, women's rights, and Latina pride are frequent themes in her work.
"Nail art has always been a part of my personal style, since my teens," she told Revelist. "I have a background in the arts, so it came naturally."
Vega started spinning that personal style into a business in 2011, with a small nail art blog. She connected with brands like Essie and Revlon with the help of her brother, Gabe. The two also partnered on a traveling salon, which they would take to flea markets and fashion fairs across the tri-state area. Now, Vega is now represented by a talent agency, and her work has appeared in publications like V Magazine, Fader, and Marie Claire.
The first time she recalls doing a more "socially conscious" manicure was for her best friend, who wanted a set of domestic violence awareness nails. She told Revelist her work isn't about spreading her own message — it's about her clients'.
is not something I'm trying to claim as mine or nor do I think is a
gimmick," she said. "It's a small part of what I do as a story teller: Telling the
stories of my clients through nail art."
Check out some of Vega's most woke pieces below: