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Community Highlights: Meet John & Mallory Moody of Eighty Seven

Today we’d like to introduce you to John & Mallory Moody.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My husband and I moved together to Los Angeles from Phoenix as little riff raffs in 2009 with the hunger to be surrounded by a constantly busy metropolis and a melting pot of people and art. John started off as a street artist on the corners of LA, putting up stickers and posters all around the city.

Meeting other artists and becoming part of a close-knit community of creatives pushed him and me 100% even further into the art scene. In a matter of just a couple of years, growing from stickers to freehand spray paint, John began painting large-scale murals across the nation. I worked by his side, documenting his work and travels and assisting in everything from paperwork to helping roll color onto walls to beat a deadline.

Meeting creative people and entrepreneurs from every corner of the world became one of our favorite things about being artists. The camaraderie, the knowledge, and the respect being shared between one another were priceless. Whether at a mural festival in Denver, a small coffee shop in Brooklyn, or an after-party in Miami the excitement to meet and learn from talented people of all backgrounds was something we, to this day, will embrace.

Throughout the years we were continuously in and out of Arizona, painting murals, meeting Phoenix artists, and supporting local businesses. After a tough decision to leave a city that taught us so much, we moved back to Phoenix, wanting to help the community in our own way and be a part of its growth even more.

Looking for a working studio space, quickly turned into a retail spot, after finding a gem of a community on Grand Ave. Desert Sun Plaza on Grand and Roosevelt welcomed us with open arms. The small business and true art district vibes that Grand Ave represents is something special and a community Phoenix should be proud of.

So, we decided to join together as husband and wife, and create a brand that represents ourselves with an aesthetic that we love, Eighty-Seven. Created as a hub for creatives locally and nationwide, a safe spot for artists and brands to share their talents and merch along with our own brand.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I think for everyone starting a business the obvious biggest struggle would be the investment and money that goes into it. It really is putting all your eggs into one basket.

But if you can’t believe in and invest your own money into your dream, who else is going to support it? But despite the obvious, having a clear mind and support system was a struggle in the beginning. Thankfully, we have a good solid handful of friends and family that have been shoulders to lean on and ears to vent to.

Having those trustworthy relationships, and investing our very rare free time and energy with those people and their thoughts and ideas get us through the day.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Art. Clothing. Supply. Eighty-Seven is a brand that has an aesthetic of 80s/90s nostalgia with a modern take. We design our own clothing, hand-make our jewelry and accessories, and curate art shows. We carry some fun nostalgic grabs- trapper keepers, roll-on lip gloss, and caboodles. Being a hub for art, we carry a few always-needed art supplies.

We curate local and nationwide artist and designer merchandise including jewelry, clothing, stickers, and accessories. The plan is to change out the curated art shows every first Friday, whether it’s a group show or a solo pop-up. But we continuously carry most of the unsold artwork throughout every month until it falls into the hands of a lucky buyer.

We are an open door and welcome the freedom for artists, brands, and creative minds to discuss their art and merchandise to be carried in our shop. We wanted to make a safe and trustworthy space where people can learn about new artists, find their favorite artists’ stickers, or just come in and chat about what’s going on in the community and art scene.

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
We’re always open to chatting about artists’ pop-ups, curating group shows, and exclusive artist releases in the shop. Our plaza also does events at least monthly where we love to have more vendors, DJs, etc.

Be a part of it. Support for us is appreciated on so many levels. Whether it’s a follow on Instagram or TikTok – or fans purchasing their favorite artist’s newest piece in the shop, we are thankful for it all.

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