"I find that the artwork that most resonates with me are those that are the most simple," said Nathaniel, who earned his BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. "I'm always impressed when someone can convey a strong message with a color and a few words."
|4/Four's "Sorry about the thing with the fire..."|
I also asked Nathaniel about his shop name, 4/Four, and where it came from. "I am an up-and-coming composer for film and television and have been a musician my whole life. I wanted a musical name, so I took the meter 4/4 and made it the shop name."
It was a bit more difficult for Nathaniel to narrow down a favorite item in his shop (which I can totally relate to). "That's hard to answer. 'I promise not to tell anyone how we met' is up there partially because I think it's hilarious, but mostly because it was the first one that a customer told me was 'framed and prominently displayed in [their] living room.' I was rather shocked at that since I tend to view greeting cards as a disposable item. I never really thought people would want to FRAME one that I designed." Good feeling, right?
|Nerd love greeting card by 4/Four|
I have to say that one of my favorite parts of interviewing Nathaniel was simply reading his laugh-out-loud answers (and I really did laugh out loud quite a few times when he e-mailed me the content for this interview). When I asked Nathaniel about what we might find in his refrigerator right now, he replied, "Zuul [the demonic spirit haunting Sigourney Weaver's character in 1984's Ghostbusters]. It's been a problem for a while. We called the Ghostbusters but they've got a four-month backlog so for now we are only buying canned goods."
I also loved his answer to my inquiry about who might play the lead role if Hollywood were to make a movie about Nathaniel's life. "Neil Patrick Harris has been contacted but his people have yet to respond to my people. We were able to get a commitment from Peter Billingsley (Ralphie from A Christmas Story) but his fee is almost 60% of our budget. Macaulay Culkin is interested as well but wants a LOT of script re-writes and a producer credit as well."
My vote is, therefore, for Neil Patrick Harris.
|It's a stretch, but I'll allow it: "You [are greater than] cupcakes."|
When I asked Nathaniel about his most prized possessions, he replied, "for the purposes of this article, I'm going to say my awesome printer and my super cool corner rounder. But in a more personal sense my most cherished possessions aren't things but rather the memories of people and experiences from my past that inform my daily decisions and often get me through the tough times." Awww.
|My #1 pick for V-Day: "here's some bacon."|
"My work space looks like the bat cave in the original batman movie with Michael Keaton," Nathaniel said. "Fewer bats and better lighting, but otherwise you might just think I'm chasing down the Joker. The Jack Nicholson Joker, not the Heath Ledger Joker." Thanks for the clarification; this helps my ability to imagine.
Finally, I challenge Nathaniel to state his five-year plan, but my efforts were rebuffed with some simple yet surprisingly wise words: "I had a five-year plan about five years ago. I'm living life by the seat of my pants these days."
Don't miss 4/Four's amazing, hilarious, affordable, any-occasion greeting cards on Etsy. You can also stalk Nathaniel on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook (so do it!).
Big THANK YOU to Nathaniel for the entertaining interview! Back later this week with more Los Angeles residents who also reside on Etsy. Stay tuned!