What is Modern Americana?

mod·ern  adjective

: of or relating to the present time or the recent past : happening, existing, or developing at a time near the present time

: of or relating to the current or most recent period of a language

: based on or using the newest information, methods, or technology

A·mer·i·ca·na  noun

: materials relating to American history, folklore, or geography or considered to be typical of American culture

: the culture of America

Well….thats it according to the dictionary…pretty accurate I guess. But what if we dig a little deeper than the dictionary…to what MA really “is”. I started MA a while ago actually. Maybe I wasn’t building furniture but I had this idea in my head of what I wanted to do with my life.That was about 15 years ago. i had no idea what this idea would eventually turn into but over time it morphed into Modern Americana. The actual “MA” that you see here started about 5 years ago in my garage in Jackson Hole, WY. Tinkering around, building mirrors and shelves and such…I even had a partner for a short time. Well…fast forward 5 years and a couple “real” jobs at engineering firms and managing construction projects, I’ve been able to turn MA into a “real” job.

It took that long to work at jobs that i didn’t really like to realize what I truly did like. It has actually been an inspiration to me…an inspiration to be happy in life. I get inspiration from everywhere….other artists, my wife, and this guy…my Dad

The "Modern" and the "Americana"

The “Modern” and the “Americana”

Back when American Pickers were still shitting green, this guy was out there. Going through the barns…to auctions…to flea markets…All the stuff thats so en vogue these days, he was doing it since before I can remember. It took me a long time to understand this and maybe even longer to appreciate it. He’s been a Barber in my hometown for over 50 years….hes 77 years old and still works. He doesn’t have to…and if you ask him why he still works he might not even be able to tell you…but he does. He’s an icon in our town…pure Americana. A classic. Something that will never go out of style…and if it did, it would come back twice as popular as it ever was…just like a lot of the classic pieces of American history and ingenuity that are so coveted by todays “pickers”. He doesn’t care…he does what he likes to do…not because its in style or that he has to…because he wants to…and that makes him happy.

Inspiration.

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