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Check Out Bailey Norton’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bailey Norton.

Hi Bailey, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I’m a comedian and a nude painter, and I have been doing both since I was born. I would always try to make people laugh by doing impressions of family members or writing funny stories to perform in class, and then (more privately) I would go home and draw naked people — my mom was a gynecologist, so there were always diagrams around my house that she used for her job, and I was like “oh hell yeah, nice” and I would recreate them with crayons. Then later I moved to Los Angeles and started doing stand-up comedy, while also painting nudes on tiny 2×2″ canvases that I called “Naughty Bits” because they were so cute and pervy and little. Now I produce multiple comedy shows around the city and have a small business called Naughty Bits Design.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Everything that has happened has been slow and organic with minimal damage along the way. I dropped out of Missouri State University where I was studying creative writing and art because it was getting in the way of me writing creatively and making art. Everybody important in my life supported my decision to leave school and try to be a real artist, and it’s been a very gradual process, but it’s happening, and I’m really lucky.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I feel like my comedy and my art are married perfectly with the term “Naughty Bits.” Everything I talk about on stage and everything I paint is pretty provocative, cheeky, and vulnerable with a wholesomeness and lightness to it. Sex and shame are big parts of my identity as a creator. On stage I play a song on my ukulele called Emotional Genius, it’s about never feeling good enough and using sex as a last-ditch effort to be understood. My little nude paintings are also in this vein of repurposing eroticism to feel seen and accepted not for what your body looks like, but who you are as a person. On my website, each of my paintings has a unique description that intentionally leaves out things about gender or physique — so instead of being like “this guy has a huge dick!” the descriptions say things like “this person is a DJ and has a thriving herb garden.”

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
Covid-19 forced me to be who I really wanted to be. I lost my nannying job I’d had for five years, and to pay my rent I started doing freelance digital illustrations. I had enough free time to sit and write, and I got hired as a contributor to Reductress. To get out of my head I started rollerskating and hiking and fell in love with playing outside all the time like I might have when I was a kid. I wrote a ton of songs on my ukulele. I painted the first official Naughty Bits. The beginning of the Covid-19 crisis was such a horrifying experience that it truly pushed me to reconnect with the purer parts of myself, and that’s when things started happening.

Pricing:

  • Vinyl Canvas 2×2″ Naughty Bits – $9.99
  • Premium Cotton Canvas 2×2″ Naughty Bits – $11.99
  • Naughty Bits Commission – $150 – $200

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Image Credits
Horacio Abaroa Kasidy Walker Sara Wynia

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