It’s not often that we see men handling an indie brand solo, but we’re very happy we came across Dave, owner of Octopus Party Nail Lacquer. He’s been making his own line of lacquers for about two years and has grown to love it. Curious about what it’s like to be in Dave’s shoes, we talked to him one-on-one to get insight his brand:
Us: What’s your “day job”?
Dave: For the past several years I’ve worked as an independent contractor, taking jobs such as editor and copywriter positions.
How did you begin creating your own polishes?
I began making polish after birthday shopping for a friend. Being a huge fan herself, I decided to buy her some. The history and chemistry impressed me. It’s roots in automotive lacquer and similarities to graffiti really excited me. Shortly after, I discovered the indie world and I was hooked.
What makes your line of lacquers unique?
Most indies seem to be ultimately defined by the makers themselves, regardless of overall themes or inspirations. Some say I’m a guy who gives a piece of myself to whatever I create and I would agree with that. Though I think a more important characteristic is the simultaneous growth of my appreciation and skill in the field. There’s a lot to admire in the nail community and I’m still learning as I go.
Is there a story behind your brand’s name?
Octopus Party Nail Lacquer felt like an obvious choice for my brand’s name because of my love for octopuses (and all things marine-related) and people coming together to have a good time – in any way imaginable. The name represents color, fun, community, a sense of whimsy, and just a touch of weird. It’s also comprised of eight syllables – like the eight arms of an octopus.
What’s the inspiration behind your lacquer colors?
The majority of my colors are inspired by one or more of the following: nature (I really dig making seasonally appropriate collections), music, and/or what I want to wear right now. Other than that, I just try to make dope colors you’re thrilled to wear.
What is your best seller right now?
Currently, I’d say Bermuda High is my best selling polish. It’s a bright, fiery red holo that’s easy to apply and never boring. My mom even loves it.
What is your favorite polish you’ve ever created?
Man, this question is always tough to answer. I love everything I’ve made for different reasons. It might be a formula that was difficult to perfect or a spot-on color match or a name I thought was clever. Ones I find myself wearing a lot: Chimera, King Conch, Laguna Bleach, No Wane, Krait and Barrel, The Bumble, Petal to the Metal, and Glow for the Gold.
Other than your own, what’s your favorite brand of polish to use?
There are tons. For mainstream brands, I really like OPI, Zoya, China Glaze, and Sinful Colors. There are many indies I like too.
What’s one tip you wished you knew when you started your own indie line?
There isn’t one thing in particular I wish I’d known at the start. As tacky as it to say, each learning experience has been beneficial and helped me become a better maker. Skipping out on some of those failures would feel like cheating somehow.
Any spoilers you’d like to share about your future collections?
No spoilers for now, but I’ve been known to pull a surprise release or two, so keeping an eye on the shop and OPNL Facebook page is highly recommended! Also, more customs and collaborations are in the works.
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Images: Dave C. of Octopus Party Nail Lacquer, @pgsnichole