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Meet Natallie Dunckel of Nattie Nasty in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natallie Dunckel.

Natallie, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
It’s difficult to decide where one’s story begins for some it may be a specific day others when they were born. For me I was seven years old when I was introduced to art, more specifically oil paints. I had begun to take painting classes and it was there that I discovered art as my outlet. In the past, I had dabbled in drawing and being a businesswoman at heart I would sell sketches of cars and sharks to boys in my elementary classes but it was never more at that stage. Once I started painting everything changed I felt as if I could create images I never thought possible, I felt comfortable with a brush it flowed on the canvas and the paint was forgiving. Sadly after I stopped taking painting classes at age 12 I never kept a consistent relationship with art, until this past year. In this last year, everything in my life has changed, I took a break from college, backpacked Europe and started my own business. That’s really just the beginning of my story.

Has it been a smooth road?
It’s easy to be discouraged when first starting off a business; there is so much time, effort and funds invested with the looming thought that there will be no profit. Luckily since starting I have surrounded myself with positive friends and energy who are always helping me grow. Through friends I was introduced to the art community in LA. Being from OC I didn’t visit LA all that often and never really knew about all the niche communities that make it what it is. I discovered a welcoming community of artists who do nothing but support one another; it had been what I was looking for all along. After meeting fellow female artists I felt more inspired than ever that so many women were pursuing their art. Since being introduced into LA’s art community my business has done nothing but grow and more doors have been opened than I could have ever imagined.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Nattie Nasty – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I created Nattie Nasty on my 21st birthday, it has been seven months since then and it has already grown so much. I created the brand Nattie Nasty as a way to spread my artwork. I began with selling apparel with prints of my more erotic artwork, however after attending art shows I felt somewhat disconnected by only having apparel so I decided to go back to the roots and starting making original paintings available. From there I created a crossover between original art and apparel by custom painting denim jackets, jeans and hats. This crossover was really exciting for me because it displayed my artwork in new ways that many people have never seen before. My business is constantly motivating me to be creative and find new ways to create art by expanding my mediums as well as my skills; I’ve learned woodworking and sewing as a result. Nattie Nasty is distinct for not one but many reasons, I’m a latina artist and entrepreneur running my own business which not only contains a clothing brand but also original artwork. I represent women business owners as well as Latina business owners, two minorities on their own and it is important to me for Nattie Nasty to be an emblem as well as inspiration of what can be done no matter your background. I am extremely proud of what my business has become in less than a years time and I am excited for it will go.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
LA has been extremely inspirational for me and my business. LA contains a wonderful community of female artist, who hold events practically every weekend for anyone to attend. I love how open and welcoming the community is filled with inspirational positive energy. Fellow artists help each other out by throwing events and asking others to attend and be vendors if you think about it what other industry would have competitors work so closely with each other not for profit but to just share art. I am so grateful to live near LA and experience all it has to offer.

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