Walton is a self-taught nail artist specializing in custom nail art design, which she refers to as “ten mini masterpieces.” Aja Walton, represented by See Management, is an exceptionally detailed artist with intricate designs that have since caught the eyes of several creatives. Aja is an artist, except she has a variety of ten little canvases to explore.
The Atlanta-born artist took her talents to New York six years ago upon graduating from Howard University in Washington, D.C. A mathematician major worked in tech by day while pursuing her creative passion of crafting specially designed nails by night. The word traveled fast of Aja’s talents, and she began attending and working for NYFW every year thereafter.
This year, Aja’s visible everywhere including MTV’s latest campaign. In celebration of Black History Month, she teamed up with the music network to create nail art inspired by a few of the most iconic Black albums of our generation. She first debuted the collaboration with a nail set inspired by Sza’s CTRL album.
— MTV (@MTV) February 4, 2021
If you look closely at the pine green nail set, you will see Sza painted on the middle finger with a 3D snake design on the ring finger that is thoughtfully crafted. Each nail is reminiscent of a piece from the cover of Sza’s top-selling debut album.
Aja shares her next feature with the ‘Making Black History Now’ campaign featuring Drake’s infamous cloudy skies NWTS album. “It’s such an honor to be sharing nail art in the coolest of spaces. To all the talented nail artists & painters that have stretched & influenced me, thank you so much. let’s keep pushing boundaries for what them nails do,” Walton says about the collaboration.
The latest in the series with MTV features Rihanna’s eighth studio album ANTI. It has been five years since the release, so it was an ideal time to spotlight the legendary project. Aja wishes Rihanna a happy birthday in her recent post on Instagram.
We are most impressed by Aja’s close attention to detail. Custom nail design is an art form, and it is important that platforms like MTV continue to share positive Black stories of the creators who are not next up, but right here in this moment creating magic in every creative sector.