Today we’d like to introduce you to Yui Schultz.
Hi Yui, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was born & raised in Japan as a “half Japanese & American”. (That’s how they call mix people in Japan “half”). I was always into Japanese fashion culture and went shopping in Harajuku or Shibuya all the time. My friends and I stayed over and did each other’s nails & nail art all the time. Nail art was always a big part of fashion for me.
As I grow up, I started to think about my identity more and decided to move to US to learn English and culture to find my other “half” part of myself. I’ve always been different from others as I grew up in Japan because there wasn’t many mixed people when I was in Japan. I could be negative about it sometimes but someone told me one day, it’s all about me to change the world and how ppl think about me. So I started to take it in a positive way like “being different is a great thing & big chance for my life”. Since then, I could appreciate more for my uniqueness & I thought my world can be more great if I can speak English and grow my other “half” part of myself. That’s the reason I moved to US.
I spent the first 6-7 years in Atlanta, GA to study English and graduated beauty college. (I moved to Atlanta first because I got inspired by many R&B and hip hop artists from Atlanta. Also wanted to avoid Japanese community so I could focus on study English). I wanted to do Japanese nail art in US to introduce my culture. Then I moved to LA to learn from the Japanese Nail artist. (Back in the days, there wasn’t many nail salon that does Japanese gel and nail art.)
Since I moved to LA, I lost myself many times because of how expensive to live here. So I wasn’t a nail artist all the time. I worked for retail, front desk at the salon, Salon manager… but I wasn’t happy and felt lost more. So I decided to try to work as a Nail artist for last chance to stay in the US. Pandemic had changed my plan a lot but I didn’t give up even in a hard time. Now I’m working as a freelance Nail artist and travel all over the LA as I dreamed when I started. For me, Nail Art makes my dreams come true and I feel so much happier than ever doing what I love. And appreciate for the support of my clients and friends, family always. I met many amazing people through nails.
My artist name, “Tokyo Syrup” is given by my best friend in Japan. Gel is like a honey and my designs always have some Tokyo fashion culture taste So she gave me this name.
My final goal is to travel my favorite cities Tokyo/ LA/ NYC and continue to live doing what I love. And it will all happen when I believe.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
My challenges were going through the lockdown and pandemic.
I was looking for a way to keep growing during the lockdown and ended up I started my own business during this pandemic. Hard times definitely kicked my ass to keep going and challenge something new.
Now I don’t afraid to take all the opportunities that are given and keep learning from all the experiences. Always appreciate for what’s given and all the support from people around me.
I think going through struggles are big chance to grow myself and always something great is waiting for me after…
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m a freelance Nail Artist based in Los Angeles. I’m specialized in Japanese Gel and Nail Art. My artist name is under “Tokyo Syrup” and my studio is located in Eagle Rock. I travel all around LA and work on the set & events sometimes for fashions / cosmetics / music videos etc.
I use high-quality nontoxic products and I work with only Japanese gels & Gel X for extensions. I take time for each client’s needs, so I usually spend 2hr~ for the service.
I do many kinds of fun nail art, includes detail hand drawing art. My favorite is nuance nail art. I usually do best on Omakase freestyle. I ask clients for inspiration and I do freestyle. Also, I love collecting unique colors and materials so always ask me what’s new!
What matters most to you?
Making ppl smile through my nail Art 🙂
I believe Nail Art makes your daily life happier 🙂
Nail art can make you smile on your sad day, travel with you, make a special day more special, can be an important part of your fashion and lifestyle.
- Japanese gel One color $65
- Japanese gel with Nail art start from $90~
- Gel X start from $90~
- Website: https://tokyosyrup.square.site/
- Instagram: @tokyo_syrup
Image 1&2 from @usagicoterie