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About Us: Adrian a.k.a. adrian1

Sep 18, 2009

by Vanessa Bertozzi handmade and vintage goods

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. 

Fun Facts:

  • 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.)


  • VintageEyeFashion

    VintageEyeFashion said 8 years ago

    those osh kosh overalls are too cute!

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 8 years ago

    Your company profiles are so great!

  • mcfunley Admin

    mcfunley said 8 years ago

    I once saw Adrian eat a plate of peanut butter using a knife. Seriously wtf.

  • ColorfulCasual

    ColorfulCasual said 8 years ago

    It's nice to meet you, Adrian!

  • WoodPigeon

    WoodPigeon said 8 years ago

    I love these biographies! Continuing to paint despite not having heat is intense! PS *what a cute baby picture*

  • ParadiseBodyShop

    ParadiseBodyShop said 8 years ago

    I love these "About Us" pages!

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 8 years ago

    cool article

  • emilybidwell Admin

    emilybidwell said 8 years ago

    Adrian still makes that face seen here in his baby picture! soooo cute. I have loved working with Adrian...such a thoughtful and intelligent person. Love this "About"!

  • ByTheBy

    ByTheBy said 8 years ago

    Hi Adrian! Nice to meet you!

  • smashgirl

    smashgirl said 8 years ago

    I love cereal too!

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 8 years ago

    What a cutie pie.

  • objecked Admin

    objecked said 8 years ago

    omgosh those curls in those oshkosh.

  • tinyleaves

    tinyleaves said 8 years ago

    interesting the oshkosh

  • hollypaints

    hollypaints said 8 years ago

    He ate a plate of peanut butter using only a knife? He is definitely hardcore then.

  • BeadinBabe

    BeadinBabe said 8 years ago

    Ha, Love this! I love the picture when he was little! Such a doll!! Nice to meet you Adrian. :)

  • pandawithcookie

    pandawithcookie said 8 years ago

    We're going to need follow up on the small flying machines.

  • Littlestenographer

    Littlestenographer said 8 years ago

    I love this series! I used to think I was the only one who uses youtube as a radio station.

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 8 years ago

    Beautiful paintings, Adrian! Good luck with your art and nice to meet you!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Adrian sounds like an interesting person. Nice to hear about the Etsy staff. It puts a face behind a name.

  • lorilooms

    lorilooms said 8 years ago

    Question - Do you eat cereal out of the monster GIANT bowls? Oh, and Luv the curls shot ;)

  • minihorse

    minihorse said 8 years ago

    the "about us" articles are my favorite part of the storque. i use youtube as a radio station, too :)

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 8 years ago

    Nice to meet you Adrian!

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 8 years ago

    How delightful to meet Adrian :) thanks for the series!

  • emilybidwell Admin

    emilybidwell said 8 years ago

    Oh - almost forgot! When adrian was researching mature listings on etsy he was in the habit of printing out a heck of lot of these images to use as examples. One time I went to a meeting with Maria ( and she ended up with like 5 photographic nude pictures in her stack of papers for the meeting! those belong to Adrian...for "research"...HAHA

  • lisaroy

    lisaroy said 8 years ago

    Great to meet Adrian!

  • BlueGremlin

    BlueGremlin said 8 years ago

    hahaha mr sensitive ponytail....i know some of those guys. nice to meet you adrian, i also like to eat sweets.

  • ooty

    ooty said 8 years ago

    nice to meet you =0)

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 8 years ago

    Hi Adrian, nice to meet you! You look like fun!

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing Adrian!

  • tootsweethandbags

    tootsweethandbags said 8 years ago

    "what do you find yourself buying on etsy?" "mostly things for my baby nephew" AAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! etsy-love, Elisa and Diana

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 8 years ago

    Hi Adrian, nice to meet you! Love your cute little doll picture. :)

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes said 8 years ago

    adrian you seem like a nice friend! oh and i want your tween girlfriend's dress.

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 8 years ago

    adrian are you a minimalist??? i love your straight forward answers.

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 8 years ago

    Hi Adrian! Love that there's so many Etsy Bostonians!!!!

  • warpedLaurie

    warpedLaurie said 8 years ago

    It is so great to get to know the staff, nice that computer land has real folks behind a keyboard. And they love to craft as well, nice to meet you Adrian.

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 8 years ago

    I think this is the 'tidiest' interview sheet I have seen! Sweet and simple...very nice!

  • QuiltFinger

    QuiltFinger said 8 years ago

    Very funny about! I loved Emily's humorous additions!

  • mermaidclaire

    mermaidclaire said 8 years ago

    Mi dispiace, Adrian! I don't think I'm one to talk about messy is a pleasure being your desk neighbor, bellissimo!!

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 8 years ago

    Italians do it better! ;D Yay!

  • MagicMarkingsArt

    MagicMarkingsArt said 8 years ago

    The few pieces of art shown in the Belgravia Gallery are a testimony to Adrian's skills and his passion for painting. Great interview!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 8 years ago

    Fun facts! Nice 2 c a face w/ the ETSY behind the scenes world!

  • crochetgal

    crochetgal said 8 years ago

    I absolutely love this series! Its nice to be able to 'meet' all the fabulous Etsians...

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 8 years ago

    greetings adrian! i love reading comments from your workmates...the truth comes out!!

  • WickedDarling

    WickedDarling said 8 years ago

    Hey Adrian! I love these articles! :P

  • SkyDreams

    SkyDreams said 8 years ago

    i love this series! hi, adrian!~

  • Xenotees

    Xenotees said 8 years ago

    These are always so cool to read! Are you related to Alessandro Nivola, Adrian? I think he's from Boston & you kind of have a resemblance... (I mean that in a good way!!) Yay, I learned a new word too: "He's like a beautiful Roman statue, but more hirsute." Hirsute = hairy! Oh my!

  • KisforCalligraphy

    KisforCalligraphy said 8 years ago

    I, too, was curious about the word Hirsute. Thanks for the definition, N! Cheers to another fun staff read! A pleasure to meet you Adrian.

  • eclipse

    eclipse said 8 years ago

    "Adrian used to be the Admin in charge of MATURE content and spent his days looking at these items." *sings* it's a dirty job but someone's gotta do it...

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 8 years ago

    Hi Adrian, nice to meet you:) Thanks for sharing!!

  • Tias

    Tias said 8 years ago

    Hello Adrian!

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 8 years ago

    Nice to meet you. Continue always with your art... Nice eyebrows too!

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 8 years ago

    hiii! what happened with that blonde girl?

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 8 years ago

    Nice to meet you adrian~ love the pic in the bib's from oshkosh, such big brown eyes you have. Interesting pic of you in the park with the girl? Keep up your art and neato you have come from famous artists in Italy like your grandfather Constantino Nivola~! Enjoyed reading a bit of your life, again nice to meet ya.

  • prettycraftything

    prettycraftything said 8 years ago

    adrian, you are adorable

  • Maykela

    Maykela said 8 years ago

    Hi Adrian!

  • CheekyLemur

    CheekyLemur said 8 years ago

    Molto bene!!

  • LoveMeKnotCreations

    LoveMeKnotCreations said 8 years ago

    haha emily (re: mature papers for the meeting) :) i love these storque articles!

  • momomadeit

    momomadeit said 8 years ago


  • stubborndog

    stubborndog said 8 years ago

    Love these features. It's a pleasure to meet you.

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 8 years ago

    Oh Adrian, I'm digging the suspenders and rolled up jeans, you were a cool kid, I can tell.

  • oldfarm

    oldfarm said 8 years ago

    What can I say!

  • OwlandMouse

    OwlandMouse said 8 years ago

    I use youtube as a radio station too!

  • sivansart

    sivansart said 8 years ago

    A pleasure to meet you Adrian.come and meet me to,you will find my things fun to look at.

  • GreenTease

    GreenTease said 8 years ago

    Luv findin out about those who run the site!! Nice to know they are fello artisans...

  • LadyLuLus

    LadyLuLus said 8 years ago

    Great article!

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 8 years ago

    Hi Adrian! The pic of you as a little boy is so darling, reminds me of when my son was little. Thanks for the article!

  • adrian1

    adrian1 said 8 years ago

    Thanks, everyone for the nice comments. It's great to meet you too.

  • adrian1

    adrian1 said 8 years ago

    "Adrian used to be the Admin in charge of MATURE content and spent his days looking at these items." It was strange going to work as a voyeur every day...

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry said 8 years ago

    Nice to meet you! Spidercamp is one of my favorite shops, makes great gifts for the holidays! I can only imagine what the fuzzy image is :O

  • goober1473

    goober1473 said 8 years ago

    How come we can't heart this or add him to favorites?? lol x

  • belladansuer

    belladansuer said 8 years ago

    I think I might be in love with Adrian! Wow! What a guy! Is that even possible? Still, at least nice to make his acquaintence:-)

  • carolyncowan

    Carolyn Cowan said 2 years ago

    I was Adrian's hairdresser while he was at Yale(Taft Hair) and made him look even more handsome than he already was(if that is even possible). I am no longer a hairdresser(I went on to get a Masters in Health Education), but will always look back on my time running my fingers through his hair with fondness,LOL"Hello Adrian", if you ever see this.I also picked up a paintbrush and love to paint now.Good to "see" you again.

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