About ShowOffs Body Art
Meet Donna Nowak - ShowOffs Founder
Donna Nowak’s evolution from computer programmer to stay-at-home Mom to Temporary Tattoo Artist to International Product Developer extraordinaire began humbly with her two children attending an elementary school festival. While other parents supervised rides and served refreshments, Donna broke out a pair of airbrushes and a stack of homemade stencils. Because few people ever heard of temporary tattoos back in the early 1990s, she had no way of knowing what to expect. Well it didn’t take long before she knew she was onto something BIG!
Students, parents and faculty members alike lined the hallway waiting to be adorned with their very first tattoo. Roses, hearts, butterflies and more could be seen everywhere. They found a new love and so did Donna.
To compliment her existing artistic skills, Donna went on a quest for more, attending conventions and picking the brains of all those she met. Her passion for people and thirst for knowledge led her to many fine presenting artists including Jinny from Mehron and Nicki Wilson from Graftobian while attending her first convention at TransWorld 2000. From there she discovered the face and body painting circuit and set a goal to one day become one of those presenting artists.
FABAIC provided the springboard that Donna needed to make a name for herself. After participating in Katie Hunt’s Show-n-Tell program, Marcella affectionately dubbed Donna “Miss Tool Time.” She had tricks and tips for everything from using a mesh tulle to hold a difficult stencil in place and create textures to making a multiple airbrush holder at home. Attendance at her very first FABAIC convention launched a career in face and body art that could not have been imagined.
Donna began hustling for jobs, landing everything from Billy's backyard birthday party to gigs like the NFL’s Superbowl Experience, MLB’s World Series and Kim Toms Entertainment Group in CHINA. With inspiration and ambition, anything is possible!
Fast-forward to 2012 and a struggling economy. Donna’s passion shifted to helping others achieve success in the face and body painting industry. With nearly two decades in the business, she knew where current products and services were not quite hitting the mark. What better way to help others than to produce how-to videos that were both educational and entertaining – “Edutainment” was born. As well, Donna created a line of stencils to help people hone their skills and produce better designs faster than ever before. With StencilEyes, Profiles, and QuickEZ, brand new “artists” were cranking out beautiful full-face designs in three minutes or less. Last, but certainly not least, Donna introduced ProAiir, a line of hybrid, alcohol-based, waterproof, and smudge proof makeup and temporary tattoo ink. Artists have been showering her with thanks and praise ever since.
It's funny how things come full-circle; from watching, wishing and learning to creating, sharing and offering opportunity for others to follow - giving back - in more ways than one.
Meet Julie Frazzini
Julie is the newest member of the ShowOffs team, so be nice to her. :) We don't want her running off any time soon. Chances are that Julie will have a hand in just about any and all interactions you have with ShowOffs. Although her primary responsibilities are keeping the books in order, she's also involved with customer service, order processing, inventory management and anything else we can toss her way. Please welcome Julie just as you have other members of the team.
Bruce has been with ShowOffs on and off for the past few years and is now a full-fledged member of the team. He's the one on the right in the pic above. He's kind of like those few extra pounds you put on over a winter and just can't shake. You know, kind of grows on you after a while and keeping him around prevents having to bring in a whole new wardrobe. Bruce is our "IT guy" so he's often times working to keep the online stores up and running efficiently. Like all of us at ShowOffs, he also jumps in to help whenever and wherever needed.