Adrian, a.k.a. adrian1, has been a steady member of the Support Team since November of 2006, one of the first Admin to be hired. He’s always worked part time, and so he is a bit of a mysterious, though charming, figure around the Etsy offices. His fingernails often caked with paint, this artist/Etsy Admin moonlighter always seems absorbed in his work and ready to share his thoughtful take on support issues.
- Adrian is a painter and a graduate of the New York Studio School‘s Master’s program in fine arts. Matt describes him as an “really good, intense painter.” Adam says that at one point, Adrian’s studio had no heat, though he carried on painting, bundled in a coat and gloves.
- He’s also a great musician.
- In her previous job at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Erin brought Adrian to draw every Monday when the Museum was closed to the public. Once they stayed so late they got in trouble with a guard and were kicked out. Erin adds that Adrian could teach anyone a lot about art.
- Adrian used to be the Admin in charge of MATURE content and spent his days looking at these items.
- Because he only works part time, he’ll sometimes look at you and not quite remember your name. Dan gripes that Adrian only knows one story about Dan and brings it up every time he sees him. (The story involves our former receptionist Jakob smooching Dan in the elevator.)
- Jason mentions Adrian’s peculiar habit of using Youtube as a radio station.
- Claire notes that he was featured in GQ magazine last year in a style shoot where he was “the New York painter.”
- The Support Team acknowledges that his desk is filthy. From Claire’s vantage point, all she can see is 1.5 liter Poland Spring water bottles littering his desk.
- Lauren points out that Adrian has always worked part time at Etsy, which is rare, especially considering that he’s worked here longer than most Admin.
- After inviting himself to Danielle and Jim‘s wedding (Adrian loves weddings!), he didn’t even show up because he was in Italy. (As Danielle put it, “He goes to Italy like it’s going out of style.” And Italy never goes out of style.)
- He came to Etsy through Matt (like many of us). His graduate school friend and fellow painter Erin came along on the interview and that’s how she was hired as well.
- His mom went to school with Matt and Emily‘s moms.He’s family friends with Jakob.
- Adrian comes from an illustrious family — artistically and politically — from D.C. and Cambridge. His father is the head of Brookings Institute.
- His grandfather Constantino Nivola was a famous Italian sculptor. Adrian is actually in Sardinia right now overseeing the dedication of a park in honor of him. Adrian was close with him as a child and fondly recalls his grandfather playing country music while he worked.
- When he’s in Italy, he has 50 cousins who all want to party with him all night long.
- Claire overhears him talking on the phone in Italian — and it’s pretty much a steady stream of “Bene…Va bene.”
- His first attempts at drawing maps were “a disgrace,” according to Time Magazine.
- Adrian once gave ProjectMatt a bottle of lotion and to this day, he has no idea why.
- Adrian is a very private person.
- Dan adds, “WTF is up with this guy?”
- His nephew Sam is totally into Thunder Chicken and dressed as the cartoon for Halloween one year.
- ProjectMatt also notes Adrian’s longstanding love for cereal.
- However, Emily points out that Adrian went to Luciano’s Restaurant, one of the few restaurants across the street from the old Etsy office and which he referred to as Lucky Luke’s, everyday for lunch — even though it made him sick.
- He’s like a beautiful Roman statue, but more hirsute.
- He loves eating sweets and reciting poetry.
- Adrian has a nice, earnest way about him — he’s very smart but seems like he always just woke up from a nap.
- He always gives an insightful view into a Support situation. Lauren gave him the nickname Mr. Sensitive Ponytail because of his special gift of empathy.
Here’s young gentleman Adrian looking like he has his hands full with a teen girlfriend.
What a little doll! He looks like an illustration in a children’s book.
Etsy has had quite a growth spurt in the past few years, and we have the awkward pictures to prove it. We’ve been posting a series of About Us pieces to help you get to know the Etsy admin (and since many of us are new, for the admin to get to know each other!). You’ve seen the admin badge, and maybe you’re a bit curious about the person behind it! For more on Etsy’s mission and about the company, please see our About page. (The link is in the little blue footer of every Etsy page.)