The Passion Collective

passion collective - A number of individuals working together with a compelling emotion or feeling

The Passion Collective.


col·lec·tive- a collective body; a gathering; a collection of extracts; a number of individuals working or acting together.

pas·sion- any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.

pas·sion col·lec·tive- A number of individuals working or acting together with a powerful or compelling emotion or feeling.

It was a November afternoon that I sat on the front porch of my local cafe and deeply thought about an idea; Nothing out of the ordinary as I did this often and much. I drank lukewarm coffee and discussed with some old acquaintances the idea of a group of young adults putting together a “Rolling-Stone” type magazine/website; To tell you the truth, many talented people laughed and shook off the offer, for that I am deeply saddened because they’re going to miss one hell of a ride. I proceeded to reach out to all different types of people from all different walks of life, many haven’t even met yet. That is the beauty of it. It’s as if I'm placing together the pieces of a puzzle, slowly but surely. Our generation is in need of something refreshing. Our brains will race and our eyes will quickly process what lies before us. What lies before us is The Passion Collective, a collective production founded in New York. It will be fueled by talent, hard-work, and most of all passion. It will only work if YOU contribute your piece of passion to the puzzle. Everyone is passionate about something. I, Zachary Franck have selected a group of unique individuals who all bring something to the table. From poets to journalists, photographers to bloggers, sports enthusiasts to hip-hop heads, I promise you that there is something for everyone. I truly believe in this and I believe in you. This project will stay true to it's name, always.Unlike other websites/magazines,The Passion Collective will actually make you think. As Hunter S. Thompson once said, “Buy the ticket, Take the ride”. Please join The Passion Collective as we all embark on this journey together; Why would you watch the puzzle being built when you can help build it!?

Lifted Creations

Lifted Creations

Zach Franck interviewing Walker Rice

Q:What was the original goal for Lifted Creations?

A: My original goal for Lifted Creations was to produce art for bands that I love to allow me to travel throughout the county on my off time from school. I wanted to have a way to legally fund all of my traveling and musical endeavors without being stuck at a 9-5 job.

Q: Why did you create this type of company?

A: In Novemeber 2011 when the idea of Lifted Creations became a reality, I decided that the market for the products I wanted to sell was still not overcrowded and I knew I could become very successful at what I wanted to achieve.

Q:How did all the pieces fall into place?

A: I produced my first pin for a 2 night Lotus run in Baltimore, Maryland back in November 2011. After the success of my first design, I instantly realized that what I had going had lots of potential to be great. I dedicated every minute that I was not in the classroom to working to make Lifted Creations bigger and better. I began heavily trying to establish my brand throughout the country via both word of mouth and social media. I proceeded to make designs for events for the next several months and saved money for my move to Denver, CO. In May 2012, my girlfriend (Presley Mullinax) and I moved to Denver to pursue our dreams. We have been living out here ever since and things have only continued to get better.

Q:What products does Lifted Creations currently carry?

A: We currently offer a little something for everyone. We are in the process of clearing out our summer inventory to bring in an all new fall/winter selection. Our catalog currently contains patches, lapel pins, hoodies, t-shirts, hats, gem and minerals, jewelry, zipper pulls, etc.

Q:How do you do most of your sales? Online or vending?

A:We do a fair share of both. I love the convenience of internet shopping but going out and meeting people face to face is one of the best parts about my job. I love interacting with people who share the same love of music and art that I do.

Q:Where do you usually obtain your wire-wrapped jewelry from?

A: We try to mix it up and support as many artists in the community as we can. We feel that is very important to keep our cash within the community. Some of our favorite wire-wrappers are: Zac Cobb, Ben Claus, Buddy Austin, etc.

Q:Where can people see your work and products?

A: We post on our Facebook ALOT. This is where we predominately do most of our new releases, free giveaways, product launch information, etc. We also have a blog on our website that we are still in the process of updating.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lifted-Creations/270416619667924

Website: www.liftedcreations.net

Q:What truly inspires you to do this?

A: I think there are two things that truly drive me to do this: the music and the people. I love making people happy especially through art. Its a way to entertain myself and also express my love for these bands and artists.

Q:Does music have a big influence on you?

A: Music is my MAIN influence when doing this. I love exploring new genres of music and discovering new artists to inspire me while creating art for my customers.

Q:Who are some of your favorite artists?

A: The String Cheese Incident, Lotus, The Disco Biscuits, Furthur, The New Deal, Twiddle

Q:Do you plan on continuing to operate out of CO for a while?

A: There has been some talks about moving out further west but we just got a new home in CO so I do not see myself going anywhere anytime soon.

Q:Where do you see Lifted Creations in a year?

A: I hope to have expanded to even bigger and better merchandise. I am currently working on a few new artists series with some of the best artists in the world. Keep an eye peeled over the next few weeks for some AMAZING new drops!!

Q:What have been some of your biggest achievements so far? Lets say 'Top 5'

 

A:I would have to say my top 5 achievements would be the ones listed below (they are not in any particular order)

1.) Working with some of my favorite bands on official merchandise (i.e. The Disco Biscuits, Lotus, etc.)

2.) Working with some artists like Alex and Allyson Grey, Luke Brown, Kurt Redeker, Android Jones, and other artists who's work has been a huge inspiration for me since day one.

 3.) Having an opportunity to team up with some of the biggest music festivals in our scene like Wakarusa and Camp Bisco and being able to create designs and merch for them.

4.) Establishing such a loyal customer fan base because without our customers we would not be able to do this day in and day out. If we did not get the support that we get from all of you on a regular basis, there would be no Lifted Creations. So a special thank you goes out to each and everyone of you for helping keep my dream alive!

5.) Being able to make a name for myself within the community and to be recognized for some of the handwork and dedication I put into Lifted Creations. That means the most to me to see someone's face when they get a new piece of my art.

 Since our move to CO we have had the pleasure of meeting some off the most inspirational people in our scene. We have done production and design with/for multiple big names including:

Wakarusa Music Festival

Camp Bisco Music Festival

The Disco Biscuits

Bassnectar

Lotus

Umphrey's McGee

Railroad Earth

The Magic Beans

The Werks

Spring Pickin Music Festival

Alex and Allyson Grey

Kurt Redeker

Luke Brown

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