Nick Farr


:: Lifestyle ::

What does it mean to you to be quirky and what do you love about it?
In my particular case, being quirky has a lot to do with smashing others’ assumptions of context. I’m the bearded guy in the tailored off the rack suit at Occupy, Burning Man and the invite-only MoMA opening party. I’m the guy that throws a rave in my “fancy exclusive Wall Street” club. I yell at guys for being misogynistic in the locker room. I don’t really belong anywhere, but I go everywhere.

What’s a secret, unusual talent that you have?
I have stunt driving skills. I once drove from TriBeCa to Newark in 10 minutes. That’s an *average* speed of 60 MPH.

:: Quest ::

Where do you find your mojo?
Mostly in this German drink called Club-Mate and Stumptown Coffee. Aside from that, from meeting really awesome people. This has unfortunately gotten a lot harder to do even though I’m really trying!

Explain one experiment you’ve done that changed your life:
Hackers on a Plane. I put 40 Hackers on a plane to Germany to see how Europeans build community. That’s not only changed my life, it’s changed the world and made a lot of amazing things possible.

What’s your favorite recent discovery for…

Your home:CRT Glass Coasters: I actually started off my career as a manager of a recycling plant, so I know how nasty and really hard to recycle this stuff is. I applaud this approach in the right direction! Also, I always need coasters, for my Club-mate, Tea, Coffee, Water and whatever other liquid I have lying around. Hydrate!
Your body:Honest Amish Beard Balm: Takes away the quirky itch in my beard.
Your belly:Paulie Gee’s! I am mildly lactose intolerant, but that’s not a problem at this amazing and quirky pizza place!
Your soul:
 The Artist’s Way. It’s an old book, actually something I received as a gift a long time ago but I’ve been getting a lot more into it!
Music:Tennis, namely their most recent EP “Small Sounds”, and the track “Cured of Youth”. Runner Up: MadVillain, more of a “rediscovery” than anything else.
Art: Sophie Parker. I was really caught completely by surprise by an installation of hers at a group show. Sadly it’s not on her website. She’s also a student at SVA.

:: Mission ::

How do you celebrate the deliciousness of being quirky?
I do a little dance of glee whenever I find myself making someone laugh with my quirkiness. Sometimes I fail to dance in my head alone. ;)

What is your #1 tip for a fellow quirkster?
Stay fearless. Rejection is just other people doing you the favor of editing themselves out of your life.

About: I’ve done a lot of interesting things, but I’m perhaps most famous for helping launch the global Hackerspaces movement. I was most recently a Startup CFO and I’m currently studying for the CPA exam.