Working at Society6 is like living inside a giant candy store if that candy were art and you loved art as much as we do. Now that we've stocked up on S6 gifts for our loved ones for the holidays, it's time to pick something extra special for our #1s: OURSELVES. I asked a few S6 team members to treat themselves to a gift for surviving the holiday season and tell us why they chose it + share a story about the worst gift they ever received.
(Note: the below photoshoot has since inspired certain members of our team to pursue modeling full-time, we wish them well!)
I'm featuring my own product. I can hear you all silently judging me, "OMG that's so tacky/self-obsessed/blah blah blah"....but whatever.
As a designer I'm always trying to be on the lookout for bad ass art that's being pumped into the universe. I think as an artist there's tons of value in exploring all types of art to keep your mind in a creative place. That's why the S6 quarterly is my product of choice this Christmas. The four quarterly's released this year are curated to showcase all mediums and have become a go-to for me when I need a little creative pick me up (They are also the most ballin' coffee book table this side of the Mississippi). Shout out to Nathan Spoor and Wesley Bird on curating and creating a kick ass set of quarterlies this year.
I couldn't between my two favorite products, so I chose both.
If you haven't wrapped yourself in the snuggly goodness of an S6 throw blanket, then you're missing out on a feeling akin to holding two cuddly puppies while they lick your face [insert puppy giph]. Yes, it's that enjoyable, especially on Sundays when I'm laying face down on my couch. I chose Pears by She's That Wallflower for a few reasons. I'm really into monochromatic, so I was drawn to the shades of purple. Patterns also look great on throw blankets. AND the idea of wrapping up in pears made my heart happy.
Ok, carry-all pouches. LITERALLY the most versatile product on the planet. I use all three to organize jewelry, makeup and toiletries. I also have one I use for headphones and chargers. They're especially handy when traveling. They keep me from looking like a psycho while I dig through the abyss that is my carry-on.
I chose Wesley Bird's Superstition design because Aztec patterns are always in style, plus this color scheme is fun and fresh for all seasons. Pro tip: You can throw carry-all pouches in the wash. They come out looking brand new.
I learned to ride a motorcycle in Indonesia about seven years ago. Any trip to SE Asia I'd take, I'd opt for a motorcycle over scooter, more power, more control. I only recently made riding in the US legal by getting my license. On our Desert's Edge photo/video lookbook shoot, I saw this design pop up. I loved it. I was thankful Blake, the dude who was modeling it didn't take it bc I wanted to start wearing it right away. When I found out the artist was Landon Sheely, from Wisconsin (i.e. the midwest), I was sold. I grew up on the Illinois/Wisconsin border. My first hoody with this design (from that shoot) was so worn out from overuse that I ended up buying another. And I'll probably keep buying it as long as I can. Love the design. Love how it came into my possession. Perfect lightweight hoody for California. Love everything about it.
Terri Yeung, Director: Acquisition & Retention Marketing
I've lived in my apartment for 2 years and I just recently put up some wall art. I've been trying to find something from S6 to fit my space but have a hard time visualizing how things will look with the rest of my stuff. I was told recently to just find something you love and you'll figure out a place for it. So...I've been eyeing this one for a while. I love black & white and this artwork feels super feminine (which I'm not).
Dev, Product Designer
I've never received a bad Christmas present, but I do remember having the worst memory with a Christmas present. When I was about 6, I was opening a gift. I had wanted this toy from FAO Schwartz so badly and in my excitement used the scissors to cut through the wrapping. When it was all done, I grabbed the handle to the strings and was devastated when I realized I had cut through the Puppet strings. I probably cried harder in that moment than over any break-up, HAHA!
Life Lesson learned: Don't Rush! When I look at the artwork on my Metal Print, it reminds me to be more present and slow down. It also looks great printed on Metal because it enhances the color, and is so soothing to look at when you come home from a long, grinding day at work!
Matt, Manager, Software Engineering
I wrote a lot in my late teens and early twenties. Mostly ideas about things that I wanted to create or how I felt about something I had experienced. It felt good to release some of the mess going on inside my head, and I later realized that those pages would be useful for reflection and self-understanding. It's been sometime since I've written freely, but I want to get back into it. I love the Smith's reference on this notebook. I've always loved their music for the thoughtfulness and melancholy expressiveness of their lyrics.
Youth has nothing for me. Internally (and occasionally externally) I am 74 years old; I've eaten, prayed, and loved my way through life and find the greatest joys are in sitting, sighing, and taking Emergen-C. My dream is to spend the rest of my days on the couch with my dog, a rogue houseplant poking me in the head. I'm going to hang this Julianna Brion print in my bathroom because there's only one plant in there (not enough) and for an unknown reason my dog refuses to pass the powder-room threshold. Now I can feel truly complete when I'm practicing my crumudgeon-ing and applying anti-aging potions (cause jk I may act like I'm 80 but we all know I gotta look 18).
I was once in a long distance relationship and my boyfriend at the time gave me a framed print of some kind of famous work of art that shall not be described in detail in case you like or own it but let's just say it was various shades of brown. Art is a challenging thing to give as a gift, but I put on my best fake, "wow, cool!" as I unwrapped it. I should also mention that it was very large, like a statement piece. Like the first thing you see when you walk into a room. I hung it in my tiny bedroom when he came to visit but almost immediately after he left, I would hide it in my closet. When we finally moved in together I was like, "dude, I can't with this." I'm not sure how much that played into our break up two years later but probably in more ways than I'm aware of. What I'm saying is: now I get to buy all the art that I like. So, I chose Petal Pusher by Lorenzacenti because, I can.
Photography by: Nick Morr
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