Lamb before Lindz
Born in Atlanta and raised in Cincinnati, Jon studied fine art at Fort Lewis College in Durango and moved to Denver in 2004. He set up shop in 2008 in the RiNo Art District, where his artistic hustle didn’t stop, whether orchestrating live painting shows, making prints with Like Minded Productions, or painting and exhibiting throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Europe. “For me creating art is the same as eating,” he said, “I have to do it as part of my daily, lunar, business week cycle. It’s in me to make.”
As he established roots in RiNo, Jon developed strong relationships with other entrepreneurs and developed a reputation for strong customer service. As trust grew, Jon collaborated with others to expand CRUSH Walls and secure walls for emerging street artists—many of whom had their first break due to his efforts. His eye for talent led him to dynamic curation projects such as CRUSH Walls, Snowball Music Festival and Dairy Block.
Lindz before Lamb
Meanwhile, Lindsey was a fifth-generation Cheyenne, Wyoming native who grew up helping her father paint murals and admiring her mother as a hardworking executive. Though she began studying art, when she saw how she excelled at numbers, Lindsey moved to Colorado to pursue a career in finance.
”I couldn’t wait to start life outside of school,” she said, “My parents taught me that you do the best that you can and have integrity. You show up, you go to work, you pay taxes and to live by the Golden Rule.” After ten years in the mortgage industry and another ten in personal finance, working in both Colorado and Oregon, Lindsey was ready for something new. Little did she know that a creative turn was just around the corner.
Lindz and Lamb Meet
Lindsey and Jon matched on Tinder and met in October 2014. “He walked in the door and literally took my breath away,” says Lindsey, “They had to ask us to leave because it was closing time, and we didn’t even realize they let us stay till the last chair was up.”
With an unmistakable connection, the two started dating. “As we got to know each other,” says Jon, “our paths were on the same trajectory.”
Along the way, Lindsey began owning her creative journey, leaving finance to embark on a new role as the director of CRUSH Walls. “She kept her artistic background a secret at first,” says Jon, who loved being able to share his love for art with her. Lindsey even took on her own murals—collaborating with Blaine Fontana and David Rice in 2015, painting with Tuke1 in 2017 and creating her own CRUSH Walls mural in 2016.
One challenge Lindsey faced as an artist was the effects of multiple sclerosis, a disease that took her father’s life and limited his painting in later years. Lindsey felt supported by Jon, and insisted on defining her life on her own terms: “I create for the gratitude of this life that I live.”
Three years after their first date, on the last night of the CRUSH Walls arts festival, Lindsey asked Jon to marry her. The two got married twice—in July 2018 at a civil ceremony and in April 2019, surrounded by friends and family in Jamaica.
Lindz and Lamb Paint
Moving from romantic partners to artistic collaborators didn’t just happen overnight. In the weeks after their engagement, Lindsey and Jon had their first chance to collaborate on a mural project in Tulum, Mexico. From there, Jon invited Lindsey to help on the backend of Like Minded Productions, where Lindsey put her business skills to work.
Exciting opportunities came their way in quick succession. Lindz and Lamb’s early collabs deconstructed geometric patterns, and after research and discussion, they began experimenting with razzle dazzle techniques. This form of optical illusion was developed by the Royal Navy to camouflage ships in the early 20th century. Lindz and Lamb have used razzle dazzle on large-scale installations for major brands like Vans, Adidas and Starbucks, and at established art venues like The Container Yard In DTLA, ArtSea Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and Ultra Music Festival. They’ve also taken on multi-story commercial real estate mural projects like McWhinney’s RiDE at RiNo.
“I’m an A personality type,” Lindsey says, “I love black and white, straight lines, 45° and 90° angles. This comes back to me having MS; I’m very aware of how precious our time is here, so I don’t want to waste any time in the grey.”
One of the most unique aspects of Lindz and Lamb’s collaborations is how they support each other and build off each other’s ideas in the creative process. Even friends have been surprised to see how they take care of each other each day on the walls, a true partnership.
As their style evolves, Lindz and Lamb will continue to share their vibrant art, while building community with artists around the globe. Though they call Denver home, they make regular trips for customized mural installations. When they’re not painting, they run a printing and art consulting studio in Denver called Like Minded Productions | LKMNDD.