Today we’d like to introduce you to Lance Linderman.
Lance, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born and raised in the bible belt somewhere on the southeast side of Des Moines, Iowa. Street lights turning on meant that dinner was ready, and weekends were filled with baseball games and worship services; this, in large part, filled my childhood. By the time I was thirteen, my dad had been tasked by Wells Fargo to keep Y2K from happening, so in 1999, my family moved to Arizona. Peoria and most of the greater Phoenix area was quite a culture shock to me. Here, cinderblocks surround yards, Safeways & Circle K’s dominate our corners, and kids don’t come home when the street lights turn on because they never left their homes to begin with. A few years melted by and little changed, so my brother (twin) and I grew bored and decided to start a band.
The band did well. By nineteen we were touring regionally, and by twenty we were on full national tours, we signed to a label and had CD’s (compact discs for the younger readers) in Best Buy’s nationwide. Life was great. From there I did what everyone who is gearing up for a second album would do; I got a girl pregnant and quit the band. So I, like many others, turned to corporate America and sold my soul dialing 300 people a day. I was miserable. I needed something that gave me more freedom. I needed a promotion. I became a pizza delivery guy. I still wasn’t satisfied, and night after night, I would deliver pizza to fellow 2004 Mountain Ridge classmates, tuck my tail in and close up Barro’s. I was the, “I’m just doing this on the side” guy, and that wasn’t a lie either. Alongside pizza, I started a print and design company. On days off I slowly plugged away doing that. Fortunately, that proved worthy of my time, soon enough, I was able to pay my bills without moms help (most the time).
Insert my next adventure, the Church. Four years prior to this point my brother and I were screaming into microphones and drinking as much beer as we could get our hands on and now, at twenty-seven years old, we were starting a Church. The Church (Axiom Church) did well, it still is. A few years went by, and I found myself as an x-pizza delivery guy, band junkie, single dad, business owner turned ministry man asking myself, “what’s next?”.
Marriage! The marriage did well; it still is. I met a real hottie and converted her to a friend. We married, moved into our first home and opened a coffee shop; all within a year. It was spicy and stressful and wonderful. Currently, we are working on raising two crazy boys along with a new puppy, growing a baby in Bree’s belly, a second coffee shop & opening a bar! Which brings me to today. For now, you can find me honing my barista skills at Driftwood Coffee and dreaming about what’s next alongside my business partner and co-owner Luke Bentley.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Currently, I express myself most obviously through Driftwood. The coffee shop here is an extension of everything Luke and I find to be cool and interesting. I see every item sold, every bend of wood structurally, the records we spin, the drinks we concoct, the events we put on and so on to all be apart of an experience that we are curating for our customers. Ultimately, this serves a higher purpose for us. Our coffee shop is in downtown Peoria, the local ghost town of the past 30 years. It’s not a ghost town any longer, having a place of movement and life down here is starting something much bigger. Downtown Peoria is becoming a place for dreamers, and we feel (alongside a few others) that we are integral to that development.
The sterotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
The cynic in me wants to say, go deliver pizzas! The reality is that life is hard, and struggling with finances never makes it easy. One thing I look back at and really appreciate my parents for is that they always pushed us to do what we were passionate about, so if college degrees and law school weren’t what we wanted then so be it. As an adult that translated to me to keep going with my dreams and no matter I always had a place to stay and food to eat. How much more do we need? The comfort of money is nice but is it worth being a slave to a job you have no heart in? For me, it’s a resounding no. Do what you love.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Come to Driftwood, come regularly and rub shoulders with people here. Better yet, support us by bringing creativity and ideas, come talk to me! We love to dream of ideas and events, and so on. We are always looking to partner with people we find to be a good fit.
- Website: driftwoodaz.com
- Phone: 4805445521
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @sirlanceanot; @driftwoodcoffeeaz
Mural on the street corner that Driftwood Coffee inhabits – Timmy Ham aka @iamsloth