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Meet Mikey Meschures of ARTXCO in West Los Angeles

Today we’d like to introduce you to MIKEY MESCHURES.

Thanks for sharing your story with us MIKEY. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am a business manager and co-founder of ArtxCo.  I come from the world of business management (primarily in the entertainment industry) and have always had an entrepreneurial spirit.  I was always interested in merging business management and entrepreneurship.  After starting a few companies in tech, I partnered with friend and advisor, Justin Fredericks, in the art business.  With our mutual interest in art and our background in tech, law and business, we decided to pursue a passion project to benefit artists, individuals and businesses.

Has it been a smooth road?

The road has never been smooth. Sometimes, the biggest struggle is the fear of change.  Staying the course can be the death of you and your business.  Rather than having tunnel vision, I’ve learned to embrace the “bumps” in the road  and turn them into lessons learned. Sometimes, it requires a refresh of the entire business model — and requires our company to pave new roads.  The main takeaway: expect a bumpy road with an open mind to change — that will make the transition to pivot much smoother when it is necessary.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with ARTXCO – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.

I am the co-founder and COO/CFO of ArtXCo, a company that identifies, organizes, produces and presents innovative forms of visual arts through installations, events, technology and products..  

My background and specialty is a business manager.  What does that mean?   For the most part, it means handling the operations for my individual clients’ lives and handling anything that has a dollar sign in front of it.  In addition, I help my clients manage their wealth and preserve their assets.  Being a part of my client’s financial lives (many of which are actors, directors, producers etc) requires a strong foundation of trust.

A strong foundation of trust is what allowed me to begin working with artists and start ArtXCo.  My co-founder, Justin Fredericks, and I first met with artists when we would take bike rides to the train station (Expo Line in Culver City) and go to Downtown LA to document some incredible murals on our phones.  While putting up large scale murals, many of these artists took time to speak with us about their passion for art.  Using our experience with tech and business, we wanted to help — and in order to do so, established a foundation of trust with these artists to help them and be transparent about everything we do along the way.  We immediately started a small business called Paper and Fabric, an e-commerce store selling limited edition prints and clothing by these artists (shipping globally), and eventually grew the business into ArtXCo which houses three brands, Paper and Fabric, Street Art House and ARt House.

I’m most proud of creating opportunities for artists so that they can pursue what they are passionate about full-time.  It is a struggle for many artists to fully invest in their passion and I think it is equally rewarding when you can find the right business opportunities to create a stable stream of revenue to make it work.  On the flip side, I am also proud for all of the clients that bring us onboard (i.e. building owners, real estate developers, municipalities, film studios, retail brands, etc) and helping them create an art experience that they were envisioning. But most recently, I am proud of launching ARt House (https://www.arthouseapp.com/), an augmented reality mobile app which brings artwork to life and tells the story behind the artist. This is the culmination of a two year goal to infuse the art world with new technology.

We approach our field with an entrepreneurial instinct that often leads to outside-the-box, unique showcases. We also place business ethics and transparency first. If an opportunity or project does not align with our business ethics or principles, we will not participate, regardless of the potential financial gain.  This, in my opinion, is what sets us apart from others.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?

The best about LA is the culture – from the diversity of music, food, art and people. 

The worst about LA is the traffic (and the stress/road rage it creates) and the rising cost of living.

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