HellaWicked Inc. was born of a mind routed in art and altered by physical challenges. Phillip, the company’s founder, is the son of an artist and was raised in an environment that encouraged and appreciated creativity and alternative thinking. Phillip is also a handicapped individual making his way through the world. Suffering from Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome, Phillip is afflicted by regular bone dislocations, muscular problems, and chronic pain. He has undergone and continues to undergo multiple surgeries to provide temporary relief from dislocations. Before the age of 21, he suffered from a lung collapse and a heart attack as a result of this condition.
During a break between surgeries, Phillip formed HellaWicked Inc. in 2010 after he went on a solo cross country road trip to discover America and to discover himself. The trip began in Massachusetts, took a detour in Florida, led him to California, resulted in a police confrontation in Utah, and ended back in New England at its starting point. It was a trip that Phillip will never forget and never recommend to anyone to attempt. It was a trip that exposed him to Americana, its people, its landscape, and its glass art. It was a trip that awoken his spirit and inspired him to found HellaWicked. Phillip wanted to share local glass art with the entire country and unite people who share a passion for art and American craftsmanship.
Upon his return home, Phillip started HellaWicked Inc. with the help of his family and friends. HellaWicked’s team now includes Schn00ginz, a master of laws, a Great Dane named Ziggy, and a computer whiz named Joe. Bringing together the sarcasm, wit and style of Boston with the relaxed lifestyle of California, the HellaWicked team is focused on bringing the best quality American glass to appreciative individuals from the East Coast, the West Coast, and everywhere in between, and we think that’s pretty HellaWicked!
As our jouney continues, we hope to continue to meet more American glass blowers, more art lovers, and more of the wonderful and colorful individuals in the glass industry that share our passion!