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Introducing Our New Captain of Social Media: Dave Brown

Sep 2, 2010

by kilas handmade and vintage goods

In the movie Rushmore, Bill Murray’s character asks Max Fischer what the secret to life is. His response was something I’ll never forget. He said, “The secret, hmm…I think you just need to find something you love and do it for the rest of your life.”  

Images by Marc Johns and Anthony Burrill


For the past twelve years I’ve been doing just that. In 1998, I sold my drum kit for gas money and convinced my college roommate to drive me from New York to San Diego. I was 22, broke and didn’t know a single person, yet open to all possibilities. I had been publishing an underground fanzine since high school, and through that I met a lot of ridiculously talented artists, musicians and entrepreneurs. I’ve always been obsessed with the DIY aesthetic, so I decided to start my own company to support my creative friends. Even though my background was in Sociology, I was determined to learn the biz and connect with anyone who was interested in making this world more awesome. Thus, Holiday Matinee was born and with it, a blog for creative inspiration. From touring with Death Cab For Cutie, dancing with Bjork in Iceland, writing a book and creating a web-series on my pal Kumar, it’s been an amazing ride that let me pair three of my favorite things: good design, promoting creativity and being a decent person. I made a ton of mistakes, but I’ve learned it’s not about making mistakes, it’s how you bounce back and push forward.

And push forward I did. Last week I donated much of the contents of my closet, sold my car, and packed up everything in my apartment. I bought a one-way ticket back to my birthplace, New York. It was quite liberating. And while I’ve never met Jay-Z, I’m definitely feeling the “empire state of mind.” Riding the subway with Hall & Oates cranked up in your headphones has been nothing short of epic. Speaking of epic, I’ve taken a full-time job with a company in Brooklyn that enables people to make a living making things. Yup, Etsy rocks harder than Stevie Wonder at Bonnaroo, and I’m beyond thrilled to be part of a community (and company) that supports people that like to make, create, share, buy, sell, and spread one-of-a-kind love. The handmade revolution is in full effect, and I’ll be taking over as Etsy’s captain of social media. That’s right, Internets: I’m now the guy behind those 140-character tweets, Facebook updates, and introducing new projects like our monthly twitter wallpaper artist series (peep it here). So set your status to awesome, throw on some Tribe and let’s kick it.

Peas out,

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Dave’s Etsy profile | blog | tumblr

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  • WoolnFelt

    WoolnFelt said 7 years ago

    welcome Meet the new grown ups! love that

  • ginaregina

    ginaregina said 7 years ago

    congratulation Dave

  • StatesandKingdoms

    StatesandKingdoms said 7 years ago

    neat, and best of luck! I think we have the same taste in music, too :)

  • Evajune

    Evajune said 7 years ago

    Congrats and welcome. It has been a long journey.

  • westbyron

    westbyron said 7 years ago

    love this guy. can't wait to read the tweets.

  • CherriesSwim

    CherriesSwim said 7 years ago

    San Diego misses you!

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin said 7 years ago


  • mcldrygoods

    mcldrygoods said 7 years ago

    looking forward to this esp. the monthly artist wallpaper series! :)

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 7 years ago

    So nice to read your story Dave ~ Welcome to Etsy!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 7 years ago

    Anyone who listens to Hall & Oates cranked is A-OK in my book! WELCOME!

  • lithiascreations

    lithiascreations said 7 years ago

    *High Five* from a self-made Marketing Rep! New York Love!!!

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 7 years ago

    Welcome Mr Brown! Westbryon, we cannot wait to read more from Dave too! Blessings, LeafandInk

  • buysomelove

    buysomelove said 7 years ago

    HAHA Love the sign. Love the guy. Love the "Peas out" Love.

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 7 years ago


  • heatherfuture

    heatherfuture said 7 years ago

    Wonderful! Welcome to the happy and friendly world of Etsy!

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 7 years ago

    welcome dave! looking forward to learning from you!!

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 7 years ago

    nice to meet you, been enjoying your tweets!

  • Garden22DesignStudio

    Garden22DesignStudio said 7 years ago

    Welcome Dave! I loved reading your story :)

  • squeakydingo

    squeakydingo said 7 years ago

    welcome! glad you're here :)

  • thewickedwalrus

    thewickedwalrus said 7 years ago

    hello hello hello!!!!

  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts said 7 years ago

    Welcome Dave! Looking at the "all i want.." print hanging on my studio wall right now, we were pumping "low end theory" while printing yesterday, DEath cab is from my home town, just listened to a nice all songs considered on NPR about Bonnaroo this past week.. You're in good company! So excited you're here. -Team SLow

  • GloryBDesign

    GloryBDesign said 7 years ago

    This sounds full of wonderful possibilities! Congrats, Dave. Looking forward to all that lies ahead.

  • thecottagemarket

    thecottagemarket said 7 years ago

    Max Fischer "is" very wise! WELCOME and congrats all the way around!

  • JengaJam

    JengaJam said 7 years ago


  • lorilooms

    lorilooms said 7 years ago

    Yeah! How inspiring and refreshing ;))

  • mrgnome

    mrgnome said 7 years ago

    I approve of you, welcome.

  • EuropeForCharity

    EuropeForCharity said 7 years ago

    Welcome !! Thanks for tweeting about us the other day :) We appreciate it a lot. Best wishes ..

  • creativityismessy

    creativityismessy said 7 years ago

    Welcome! Love your story and your "follow your dreams" mentality. Awesome!

  • elliven

    elliven said 7 years ago

    Welcome Dave!

  • ZenAndCoffee

    ZenAndCoffee said 7 years ago

    Welcome to the team! Fantastic story, and such an interesting read! Glad to have you with us! I cant wait to see you around! I just love your narrative voice! ~Wren Arm Warmers & Fingerless Gloves for all seasons & styles! ~~~ Custom Orders Welcome ~~~

  • DigitalCS

    DigitalCS said 7 years ago

    Hi:) Nice to meet you!

  • StringsnTings

    StringsnTings said 7 years ago

    Wonderful story, I've always wanted to visit San Diego. Thank you for sharing!

  • LisaFerinDesigns

    LisaFerinDesigns said 7 years ago

    Welcome aboard Dave!

  • FerntreeFlowers

    FerntreeFlowers said 7 years ago

    Yay! Welcome. :) angie

  • rakshniyavintage

    rakshniyavintage said 7 years ago

    welcome and lots of good luck. Your job for the past few years seems beyond cool - I'm sure you'll enjoy Etsy just as much :)

  • katherynmd

    katherynmd said 7 years ago

    WELCOME to Etsyland Dave!!! Best of wishes to you. :)

  • halfmoonroad

    halfmoonroad said 7 years ago've got gutz making such a huge move..again. Good luck with everything!

  • maechevrette

    maechevrette said 7 years ago

    I dunno... I saw Stevie at Bonnaroo this summer and he rocked pretty freaking hard ;) But Etsy's definitely right up there with him!

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 7 years ago

    Congrats on your new job Dave. Sounds like a perfect stop in your journey forward. Best of luck!

  • SilverSistersStudio

    SilverSistersStudio said 7 years ago

    cool, welcome!

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 7 years ago

    Welcome:) I like your story...and your initiative. It takes a lot of guts to just jump and see where you land. Usually you end up on your feet one way or another, right?! ;)

  • UnusuallyYours

    UnusuallyYours said 7 years ago

    Have Fun!!!

  • WoodPigeon

    WoodPigeon said 7 years ago

    Thats great nice to meet you and welcome!

  • tiemee

    tiemee said 7 years ago

    You've inspired me to do something rad!

  • orangeladybird

    orangeladybird said 7 years ago

    it sounds like you done yourself good dave. it's always nice to meet another happy person. if you eat meat go to bonnies on 5th ave in park slope. if you can take the heat - do so. you won't regret it. keep creating.

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 7 years ago


  • GemmaVictoriaPeers

    GemmaVictoriaPeers said 7 years ago

    Good luck, I look forward to your tweets !

  • chasedreams

    chasedreams said 7 years ago

    Sounds incredibly exciting. Welcome!

  • BabongoHome

    BabongoHome said 7 years ago

    Welcome Dave. Nice to meet you.

  • SweetlyFallen

    SweetlyFallen said 7 years ago


  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 7 years ago

    spread one of a kind love...woot!

  • deepfried

    deepfried said 7 years ago

    Love you!

  • oodalollies

    oodalollies said 7 years ago

    you've got the guts i've always wanted :) very inspiring, dave. i hope new york has treated you well so far - i've never been, but hope to go someday.

  • tamaragarvey

    tamaragarvey said 7 years ago

    aw, i too recently sold my car and moved here to nyc, and am obsessed with hall & oates! :) love your inspiring story. welcome, and best of luck at etsy!

  • RedOnionWoodworks

    RedOnionWoodworks said 7 years ago

    Really looking forward to whatever you have in store for us!

  • entrecieletmer

    entrecieletmer said 7 years ago

    Anybody who quotes Mt. Rushmore is okay in my books.

  • SomeWheninTime

    SomeWheninTime said 7 years ago

    You've lead a daring life! Welcome.

  • entrecieletmer

    entrecieletmer said 7 years ago

    Rushmore ...not Mt....Duh. Well pretty well any Wes Andersom movie.

  • ShirleyArt

    ShirleyArt said 7 years ago

    Cool! Welcome!

  • 3squares

    3squares said 7 years ago

    welcome to our world, dave!

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 7 years ago

    was great meeting you at Craft Night, hope you had fun meeting the throngs of adoring Etsy Fans

  • ThePurpleChameleon

    ThePurpleChameleon said 7 years ago

    Hey! Welcome to Etsyville! lol! Good on you for following your heart~ looking forward to the good things I'm sure you've got in store!!

  • michaelsoriano

    michaelsoriano said 7 years ago

    So many new people get to appreciate what a wonderful human being you truly are! WE MISS U HERE IN SD!

  • simplymega

    simplymega said 7 years ago

    I'm impressed with your moves!

  • simplymega

    simplymega said 7 years ago

    I'm impressed with your moves!

  • jensdreamdecor

    jensdreamdecor said 7 years ago

    here's hoping someone can help me understand all this social media stuff. (hint...I'm a bit older than most of you!)

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 7 years ago

    Well good luck to you and stay open to all possibilities.

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 7 years ago

    Dave! We're so happy to have you on board! You bring good vibes and zine-making skills — essential in my opinion.

  • WaterlilyStudio

    WaterlilyStudio said 7 years ago

    Sounds like a perfect match! Welcome!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 7 years ago

    Hey welcome !

  • dahlilafound

    dahlilafound said 7 years ago

    Very cool! I like a person who believes in the life changing experience of a sell-it-all, make-for-the-highway road trip. Welcome! dahlila.

  • RaiseYourFist

    RaiseYourFist said 7 years ago

    Welcome - I love the Rushmore quote - It is a good quote to live by.

  • 13bees

    13bees said 7 years ago

    love this intro - congrats:)

  • blueroompottery

    blueroompottery said 7 years ago

    Welcome aboard, good luck!

  • LuttrellStudio

    LuttrellStudio said 7 years ago

    Welcome, Dave! I hope Etsy feels as much like home as New York does!

  • loopinloop

    loopinloop said 7 years ago

    Congrats Dave, good to have you, and it's probably very good for you to be back home! All the best!

  • BlackStarBeads

    BlackStarBeads said 7 years ago

    Welcome to Etsy!

  • goodfortunejewelry

    goodfortunejewelry said 7 years ago

    Hi Dave! Welcome to Etsy :-) You have great taste in music, so that's a good sign!!

  • artwithallie

    artwithallie said 7 years ago

    Hi Dave!

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 7 years ago

    Dave... Glad to meet you...if I were on the subway with you... I would have to scooch up to be sure I could hear Hall and Oats playing on your headphones! Epic... Yes... You will love it here! Welcome and .... thank you for featuring my goldenrod chairs! A man who has an eye for good design! :)

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

    Welcome to Etsy - loved reading about your creative adventures.

  • dandelionland

    dandelionland said 7 years ago

    Yay Dave! Etsy...I had no idea. I'm really happy for you. :) See you soon. Pamela

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 7 years ago

    So pleased to have you here! And LOVE the Conan doll pattern - she's also got PEEWEE Herman! And I've seen the goldenrod chairs in person and they're amazing.

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 7 years ago

    Sounds like it's been a fun ride so far.....good luck & welcome.....was that Tribe a Tribe Called Quest by any chance......

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 7 years ago

    I didn't really write oats...did I ... Hall & Oates!

  • ImSoVintage

    ImSoVintage said 7 years ago

    Welcome Dave, and thanks for featuring my box in the article. 8-)

  • randyjhunt Admin

    randyjhunt said 7 years ago

    I am so happy that Dave is part of the Etsy family. Welcome, dude. It's going to be one awesome adventure. The Etsy community is the best.

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    Welcome back. You must be in shock after living in Cali. Done a similar thing myself. Hope you like us Etsy nuts. :-)

  • BlindTigerFlasks

    BlindTigerFlasks said 7 years ago

    Welcome aboard Dave! The Etsy community is the best!!! Cheers all!!

  • BlindTigerFlasks

    BlindTigerFlasks said 7 years ago

    Welcome aboard Dave! The Etsy community is the BEST! Cheers all!!

  • levicp11

    levicp11 said 7 years ago

    welcome dave, good luck to you

  • charmeddesign1012

    charmeddesign1012 said 7 years ago


  • Arva

    Arva said 7 years ago

    Dave welcome ! and hi !

  • louloudo

    louloudo said 7 years ago

    VIVE LA REVOLUCION! Nice to meet you, Dave x

  • JohnHarmonGallery

    JohnHarmonGallery said 7 years ago

    Welcome, It only gets better!

  • debdeanart

    debdeanart said 7 years ago

    Welcome Dave! Your enthusiasm and energy is exciting! Best of success!!!

  • iktomi

    iktomi said 7 years ago

    Welcome, Dave

  • beachglassshop

    beachglassshop said 7 years ago

    live what you love ..... thank you!

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 7 years ago

    So awesome! Dave, you seem like you know what's up, and I love that. Also...KUMAR!!! YES. Congrats and welcome, looking forward to your new place here :)

  • HoneysuckleLane

    HoneysuckleLane said 7 years ago

    Welcome to Etsy, Dave!

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 7 years ago

    Congrats for making the Etsy cut! Can't wait to read your tweets and everything else!

  • RamshackleStudio

    RamshackleStudio said 7 years ago

    Welcome to Etsy!

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 7 years ago

    Welcome and happy tweeting!

  • LineOfSight

    LineOfSight said 7 years ago

    Sounds great! If you like the tunes check out Blind Faith.

  • fibrous

    fibrous said 7 years ago

    Hello and welcome!! Peas out to you too! :)

  • hoganfe

    hoganfe said 7 years ago

    Welcome & see you in the tweet world Dave ---->

  • MysticalMice

    MysticalMice said 7 years ago

    Gnarly, dude! Welcome to the wonderful weird world that is Etsy:-)

  • corrnucopia

    corrnucopia said 7 years ago

    Status set! Welcome & looking forward to your wonderful contributions!

  • extrafinecreations

    extrafinecreations said 7 years ago

    Welcome - sounds like you will bring a lot of positive energy to ETSY.

  • chaoticflow

    chaoticflow said 7 years ago

    Welcome! Glad to have you here:)

  • MargauxStudio

    MargauxStudio said 7 years ago

    Top cool! bienvenue! vive l'art de vivre!

  • kathiroussel

    kathiroussel said 7 years ago

    looks like you arrived with plenty of great energy to spare--- welcome to etsy land!!

  • kathiroussel

    kathiroussel said 7 years ago

    oh-- and isn't rushmore a great film?? ...( and the soundtrack too)

  • WeirdAngel

    WeirdAngel said 7 years ago

    Hahaha, peas, love it! And love the positive attitude Dave! Your enthusiasm is contagious, very exciting :)

  • drawcity

    drawcity said 7 years ago

    Loe your vibe! ;)

  • annslights

    annslights said 7 years ago

    Hello! Stay true to Yourself and Etsy !

  • dirtdancestonewerks

    dirtdancestonewerks said 7 years ago

    Welcome to Etsy and thanks for the cool breeze of inspiration! We are heading in the right direction.

  • RawknRollCuisine

    RawknRollCuisine said 7 years ago

    Welcome, Dave. I love your story. Gotta give it to the nomads and people who are constantly reinventing themselves. Thank you for sharing!

  • clcheapshoes520

    clcheapshoes520 said 7 years ago

    ur story is so wondeful,like!

  • BitsyB00

    BitsyB00 said 7 years ago

    I think you're my hero. :) ha Selling your possessions to go after a dream is def inspiring!

  • zmedceramics

    zmedceramics said 7 years ago

    hi dave. look forward to reading your posts!

  • splendidemporium

    splendidemporium said 7 years ago

    welcome Dave x

  • 22heures22

    22heures22 said 7 years ago

    Quote Rushmore on the first sentence, need nothing more to have all my attention! Thanks for the energy you spread. And good luck.

  • Adeleshop

    Adeleshop said 7 years ago

    nice work!

  • Tias

    Tias said 7 years ago

    Work hard & be nice to people! I love you man!

  • magnoliamags

    magnoliamags said 7 years ago

    What an inspiring story for all who just wnat to be creative & love what they do! god luck & thanks~

  • aemcdraw

    aemcdraw said 7 years ago

    Welcome! I love the monthly wallpaper idea. I'd love to see some of my work up there. :)

  • TheSteelFork

    TheSteelFork said 7 years ago

    Welcome! can't wait to hear more from you!

  • KnitzyBlonde

    KnitzyBlonde said 7 years ago

    Dave you are a breath of fresh air, and welcome to Etsy, dude! I live in San Diego, and while I'm sure you'll be missed here - I'm thrilled to see you working for Etsy, and can't wait to see what fabulous stuff you'll come up with to help us with all our social media!

  • soulfuse

    soulfuse said 7 years ago

    Fascinating story! Congrats and Welcome!

  • spiritcleanslate

    spiritcleanslate said 7 years ago

    Dave, You are a perfect fit it sounds like, Welcome and much love

  • SuzsCountryPrims

    SuzsCountryPrims said 7 years ago

    Welcome! Sounds like you'll fit right in here:)

  • JenniferRussellDolls

    JenniferRussellDolls said 7 years ago

    How inspiring! Thank you!

  • GalleonGal

    GalleonGal said 7 years ago

    Inspiring story about very determined person with lots of soul inspiration fuel for his creativity

  • TerrorDome

    TerrorDome said 7 years ago

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading that Mr Brown.

  • TerrorDome

    TerrorDome said 7 years ago

    Also.....your 'I Swear to Good You Are God at This' promo is brilliant, consider me enthused.

  • TripleTailDesigns

    TripleTailDesigns said 7 years ago

    Love the sign! and the vibe. How about a road trip to meet some of the esty sellers? That may sway me to finally tweet.

  • CloudLoveBaby

    CloudLoveBaby said 7 years ago

    Hi, nice to meet you, have fun at Etsy!

  • Ebrown2503

    Ebrown2503 said 7 years ago

    Thet's quite a journey for a young guy! Good luck at Ety. Have some fun.

  • Tuuni

    Tuuni said 7 years ago

    Welcome Dave! Best of luck to your new job!

  • ImJewelee

    ImJewelee said 7 years ago

    HAY Dave! Wellcome to Etsy! CSM right? Captain Social Media... Kewel! XO♥ Julee

  • ElizaWestArt

    ElizaWestArt said 7 years ago

    Awesome! - love you Dave x

  • AvantCarde

    AvantCarde said 7 years ago

    Congrats - sounds like you've found a great fit with Etsy -

  • susanleighwalsh

    susanleighwalsh said 7 years ago

    Congrats, Mr. Brown. I love me some Etsy and am glad to know you're joining the goodness. Glad you're "back home" too. Best, Sue

  • kilas

    kilas said 7 years ago

    Your comments make me weak in the knees! Seriously, I'm so excited to be here and don't ever hesitate to reach out. Social media moves quickly but I'm a firm believer in keeping things simple, fun and collaborative. If you haven't checked-in lately, we're doing a lot of fun features, such as Music Mondays, Dinner & A Video, Quote of the Week, plenty of creative nuggets (inspiring finds), and a monthly artist series featuring emerging designers who decorate our Twitter profile. Lots more in the works... x's and o's, dave @Etsy

  • SeaFlowerStudios

    SeaFlowerStudios said 7 years ago

    Sounds like you're a great addition to the fabulous team at Etsy! Look forward to hearing what you have to say!

  • ArtByAmarose

    ArtByAmarose said 7 years ago

    Hi Dave - You absolutely made my day today. Thanks much! Namaste, Anita

  • draw

    draw said 7 years ago

    (Sorry, I'm a bit late to this party.) Dave is in the (Etsy) house! Your were frikkin born to do this job. 'kilas', I like your avatar :)

  • 2007musarra

    2007musarra said 6 years ago

    Fabtastic! I can not wait to be tweeted?twittered? well you get the point (right?) Welcome home!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 6 years ago

    I'm always late to the party, welcome aboard....

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