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Behind The Scenes: Angeleno Artistry Founder Zack Holland - The SamplerThe Sampler

Behind The Scenes: Angeleno Artistry Founder Zack Holland

13 October 2015,   By ,   0 Comments

After doing the in-depth interview with Founder of Angeleno Artistry Zack Holland, we knew we had to stay in touch. Shortly after, we had the privilege to sit down with him for the latest edition of our Behind The Scenes series.

As you may have read, Zack is the CEO and founder of Angeleno Artistry, an online art marketplace where emerging and established artists can sell prints of their work (or commissioned pieces) to a wider audience.  On top of that, Angeleno Artistry took it one step further to give the buyer and seller piece of mind in knowing that a portion of the proceeds go to PS Arts, an organization founded to put art programs back into underfunded public schools. Since Zack’s a close friend of ours, we got right down to it and went Behind the Scenes to hear what 5-10 artifacts he pulled for us from his past or present to make him who he is today:

Zack’s Artifacts

1. Giving Key Necklace:

I don’t usually wear jewelry, but this necklace from the Los Angeles company ‘Giving Key’ is an exception. Each piece is a unique recycled key with a word imprinted on it: mine says ‘breathe’. I have a tendency to become frustrated with how much I want to get done in a limited amount of time, and the reminder to take a breath and relax has been a great help. Giving Key was started by a group of homeless teens, and still exclusively employs and uses the proceeds to benefit homeless or formerly homeless teens here in LA.

2. Patagonia Pullover:

Yvon Chouinard’s vision for an environmentally friendly company that pushed the boundaries of style and quality, yet gave back in an authentic manner, trailblazed the path for many of the social entrepreneurs working today. He has always been a role model of mine, and I support Patagonia as a result; that and this sweater is just too damn comfortable to take off.

3. Passport:

Since I was three years old, travel has been an integral piece of my life. Whether it was Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Europe, or the US, my parents loved to experience new cultures and committed a large portion of their lives to helping those in need. That became an inescapable part of my DNA, and I share the same fire to help those that are less fortunate than I am, whether that’s down the street here in LA or abroad. Last trip: Japan 2015; next up: Poland and the Czech Republic this November.

4. Bluetooth:

Despite the fact that it makes me look like a tool businessman from the 1990’s, I cannot stand to talk on the phone on anything else other than my Logitech bluetooth headpiece. It’s such a piece of my daily routine that I often go hours without even realizing I’m wearing it, until I start to pick up the looks from random passerby who want nothing to do with my lack of fashion sense.

5. iPod Classic:

Despite the existence of Spotify, Pandora, 8tracks, Apple Music, and whatever else the kids are using these days, my favorite way to listen to music is still my good old iPod Classic. I have over 100,000 songs, mostly classic rock and old school hip-hop, and still prefer to listen to albums straight through from start to finish.

6. Mario Kart Game:

“Stay hungry, stay foolish,” right? Some of the best memories I have of the past five years are nights when, instead of going out to bars or off to parties, my friends and I stayed in, ordered pizza, and played MarioKart for an ungodly amount of time. Besides being competition wrapped in nostalgia, it’s a pleasant reminder that I am indeed slightly better than all of my friends at something. Long Live Toad.

7. Photo:

This picture is usually on my desk or taped up on the wall at work; it’s a shot of my little brother, Ben, our grandfather, Ray Moss, and I. My grandfather is my hero and I aspire to be like him, and my little brother is one of the main reasons why I strive to do that. Ray was a successful entrepreneur and businessman at a young age, but above that, is the definition of what I see as a true man: a generous, patient provider who unconditionally loves his family and is always smiling. He never missed a single football game of mine.

8. Chuck Taylors:

Lastly, I just had to include a pair of chucks. Besides perfectly fitting my pancake-flat feet, Chuck Taylors are the longest-running and highest-selling style of shoe ever. They function as a constant reminder to craft my personal style but also that of the products we create to be something that is simple, timeless, and fad-proof. No man-buns here.


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