Sam Loetscher

Samuel Loetscher is a Columnist at Grit Daily. Based in Miami, he currently works in e-commerce and writes about Latin America and South Florida.

Meet Dana Blickensderfer, the Artist Tapping All Five Senses

100 years ago, if you met someone with the surname Blickensderfer you would probably immediately associate them with the prolific Blickensderfer typewriters. Dana Blickensderfer, the great granddaughter of the man who invented the original Blickensderfer typewriter, is an artist who carries her family legacy of entrepreneurship into the 21st century. Originally from Long Island, Dana moved to Tampa, FL in 2001 where she attended the University of South Florida and earned a bachelor’s degree in...

Artist Samantha Stein Wants Us to ‘Eliminate Ego’ and Be ‘Present’ to the World Around Us

The world today is louder than it has ever been before. With social media, emails, a never ending news cycle, and countless other notifications coming from the little computers in our pockets, people have to try harder than ever to quiet that noise. But there’s a reason for this disconnect. And according to Samantha Stein, who moderated Miami’s most popular popup Gallery, TFAPOPUP (“The Fearless Artist Popup) at Miami’s Art Basel this past year, we need to be more...

Heighten Your Emotional Senses: Enter Into the World of Ben Moon

As an avid musician and fine arts major at Tulane University, Ben Moon immersed himself in the diverse artistic culture of New Orleans, participating in numerous art shows and performing regularly around town, most recently at Miami’s Art Basel. On the first night of Art Basel, Moon gave a live performance on the rooftop at Dream Hotel South Beach, along with an interactive digital art experience in which guests were able to take part. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s Factory Parties and the...

Art Basel Picks Up Extra Star Power This Year with Gareb Shamus

Gareb Shamus has created many worlds for himself over the years. Now delighted to have paint in hand and a load of fans casually posing for long-shot selfies nearby— Shamus drew on a very different canvas earlier in his life. Growing up in suburban New York with three brothers, his first world was the world of comic books, toys, and Superheroes. The collection of the three boys grew so large that their mother decided to open up a store where they could sell some of their comic books...

Digital Jeff (Castillo) Just Might Be Instagram’s Favorite Photographer

Leaders Create Leaders and Legends Train are just two of the media machines associated with prolific content creator “Digital Jeff” Jeff Castillo. He boasts an impressive resume that features work with some of the biggest names in entrepreneurship such as Gary Vaynerchuk, Suzy Batiz,and long-time collaborator Gerard Adams.  Jeff developed a passion for photography early on in his life in his hometown of Laredo, Texas where he would make the 90s version of viral videos with his VHS camera. “The...

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