The Man-icurist

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Published April 19, 2011

Skateboards, longboards . . . emery boards? Though a prototypical SoCal dude might not be the most obvious choice as Chanel’s first-ever celebrity manicurist, Tom Bachik insists that lacquering the digits of Victoria Beckham and Beyoncé and his earlier airbrush paint jobs in the action-sports world actually have quite a bit in common. “It was just a switch of canvases from helmets and racing jet-skis to fingernails,” the Tehachapi, California-raised artist says. Warming to his new role as color ambassador for the iconic French brand—a job that includes highlighting the palette of the season—Bachik gave Interview a hand custom-painted with a koi fish bracelet cuff design featuring what is sure to be the Jade du moment for summer 2011: Mimosa. For those not quite ready to hang 10 with lemon-yellow nails, Nouvelle Vague and Riva (turquoise and azure shades from the two previous Cruise collections), as well as Bachik’s perennial obsession, Orange Fizz, are still making waves.