Sunday Reflection: Quarantine Week 2

Sunday Reflection: Quarantine Week 2

March 29, 2020

On Sundays I reflect.

I didn’t drink alcohol this week.

I blew glass almost every day this week. That felt good, mostly. I’m working on a lot of repetitive projects and prep, which can get old. I’ve been able to squeeze a few fun little experiments in between the monotonous work, and overall I’m having a good time on the torch.

I’ve been working on a playlist on spotify for you to tune into, and a correlating blog with my thoughts and anecdotes about the chosen songs and artists. Check that out here.

We hit 15,000 followers on Instagram and to be honest I’m kind of in disbelief. I haven’t been able to afford to “pay to play” more than a few bucks here or there on Facebook and Instagram ads. This community has grown organically over 5 years into what you see today, thanks to the hard work of my brother and many of my friends along with the 50+ artists we are representing here. I’m beyond grateful to everyone involved in this community. Your support is overwhelming.

I went over a week without making a sale, which admittedly got scary. Then all at once it picked back up starting with a childhood friend, and one of my high school teachers, and then another childhood friend, and then some new customers. I got a FaceTime from a frat bro of mine that was also the drummer in my band in NYC. He said “I know times must be real tough for you right now but I still have a salary and I’m getting on your website right now to buy something you made.” The outpour of support in this challenging time has been overwhelming, and I want to say thank you. Some of the sales I’ve made have helped support artists in specific who I know haven’t sold anything in over a week, and this was their only paycheck.

There are a few artists in specific that come to mind right now, and out of respect for them I would like to maintain their privacy. Some are unable to work, some have injuries, and some are in new situations due to this epidemic. If you are specifically wanting to help one of these artists (or multiple) please send us a private message and I’ll let you know of ways you can help.

I hope you got a chance to check out my blog interview with Arik Krunk (@absolutekrunk) and this week I’m working on my interview with Brian Radcliffe @surfratglass. Sign up for our email list (scroll to the bottom of this page, bottom right) to get notified when new blog posts are live with special deals and first looks.

I joined my friend RJ Rushmore on a live stream Saturday evening, to continue our dialogue on street art and glass. We showed viewers a tour of my studio, and dove deeper into the overlapping of our mediums. You can read my interview with RJ here.

Being in quarantine has not been that much different than my normal life to be honest. The biggest adjustment I’ve made is that I’m cooking all my own meals. If you know me at all you know I’m horrible in the kitchen. I save quite a bit of money not eating out or having take out. It’s not like I don’t have the time to cook right now, so I’m trying to enjoy it (the process and the end result).

I’ve been on top of my morning yoga routine, but I still haven’t added yoga into my evening routine even though I want to. I also haven’t spent much time outside, so this week I think I’ll try to go for a daily walk in the neighborhood. We’ll see if either of those things happen, but they’re certainly aspirations.

When I was talking with my drummer from college and my Bushwick band during my time in NYC, he reminded me about a band of three punk chicks we used to hang out with called “Thick”. He sent me a link to the Spotify and when I found some time to check it out I was stoked to hear these chicks rocking out! When I knew them around 2014 we were getting drunk in Bushwick and on one particular night they started hurling bags of trash from the side of the road at each other. They were absolutely savage. They came to our shows and we went to theirs. We rehearsed at the same warehouse on Ten Eyck Street by a parkour course and an ice cream truck depot. It’s such a cool experience to hear how far they’ve come, knowing where we were just a few years ago.

Special shoutout to my brother Jon and my graphic designer JCost for helping with these blogs, and keeping the train rolling. Sometimes I complain and moan that I’m doing this all alone but the truth is I have an unbelievable team behind me and they put up with a lot of my shit because they believe in this thing. It’s a pretty amazing feeling to have people share your vision, and even though I’m often flustered and overwhelmed when I come to my team for help I always try to express gratitude. Check out JCost Patreon to support his journey here.

I’ll have three products ready to order in sets from our production line soon. The first round of prototypes needs to be sandblasted, photographed, and listed on the website so it won’t be tomorrow but we’re getting close.

Boy do I have a lot of work to do. Time to get back to it.

What I’m most looking forward to when quarantine ends is being able to see my acupuncturist, chiropractor, and/or massage therapist to fix the ribs that are out again and other bodily ailments. Wishing everyone health and safety, this really is the time to isolate. I’m grateful for video chat tools so I can spend time with my friends and loved ones in this time of solitude.

Enjoy your Sunday,


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