Name: Eric Behnke
Nicknames: Banky and Paco
Where are you from: Illinois
Favorite band: Music is great
Favorite movie: Django Unchained
Fav. part about working at The Ave: The best thing is the social environment, everyone is creative, hip and easy to get along with, which is a necessary combo for a great team.
Craziest thing you've seen in Venice: Venice is a tropical circus everyday. It would be hard to point to one thing over another. I always enjoy seeing Juan on the boardwalk. He is short and probably in his 50's. He will always have several layers of mis-matched clothing, and he hangs random objects around him. Today I saw him with a giant umbrella. At least once a week he will have a doll house strapped to his head. The tourists look with amusement at everything in Venice. But they will probably never understand the performance art of Juan.
Best custom item you've sold: There was a young girl who was fighting cancer and made a couple different pairs of shoes that had pictures of her with and without hair. They say that keeping a positive attitude is important when fighting cancer. I was honored to be a part of something that helped give her joy.
Fav. part about living in LA: ART!!!! EVERYWHERE!!!!! ALL THE TIME