Proto-Hippies and the Introduction of the American Hippie

October 6, 2015By LITTLE HIPPIE

Here at Little Hippie we’ve been on a mission to dive into the origin story and evolution of the hippie – where did this culture come from, what does it mean and what are the values of that we’re passing onto our little hippies? Persians, Greeks and Germans were at it way before anyone thought … Read More

How Bill Gates informed my career as an… artist?!

September 30, 2015By Taylor Swope

You’re probably wondering, really? Bill Gates, artistic inspiration? That can’t be! Yes, it’s true. You read that right. Bill Gates was indeed one of my primary influences as a young artist. Allow me to explain. I finished college in December of 1998, a semester ahead of schedule. I had left high school a year early as … Read More

Why the Owl? Here’s Why the Owl

August 5, 2015By Taylor Swope

So, you ask, “Why the owl? And what’s it got to do with the Grateful Dead? These are questions I’ve been hearing a lot. The answer is, it has a little to do with the Grateful Dead, and a lot to do with me. The first iteration of my owl was born in the fall of 2013 while I … Read More

Little Hippie at Gathering of the Vibes

July 27, 2015By Taylor Swope

Little Hippie will be making our way to Gathering of the Vibes July 30-August 2 in Bridgeport, Connecticut.  It’s our annual hometown show.  Be sure to come by the booth and say hi! We’ve made many great memories in our 10 years of attending this festival.  Check out the Little Hippie Gathering of the Vibes Photo … Read More

We Fared Thee Well, Grateful Dead

July 25, 2015By Taylor Swope

We’re still glowing over here at Little Hippie in the wake of Fare Thee Well. There was a mention in the Wall Street Journal! And a rainbow! A double rainbow! It’s been great to sift through the memories we so recently made and think about all the new life that will spring forth from our tribe coming together … Read More

How I came to be a Grateful Dead licensee

July 17, 2015By Taylor Swope

popupshopWith the Fare Thee Well shows come and gone, I’m left reminiscing about how I got here in the first place.

In the summer of 2001, when I was wide eyed and ready to see the world, I set out on a mission to photograph music festival culture.

The previous fall I had been in Los Angeles working for a photographer where I met the people who would soon introduce me to the jamband world. That winter back at home in New York City, I went to shows at the Wetlands (RIP) every weekend, meeting lots of people and learning everything I could about festivals.

Lizzy Layne, Little Hippie’s MVP Creative Director, has some awesome blotter art

July 15, 2015By LITTLE HIPPIE

Lizzy Layne Blotter ArtJoining Little Hippie in early 2015, Lizzy Layne’s hard work is the reason for Little Hippie’s updated branding and fresh new look.  Without her efforts, Taylor never would have been able to create everything she did this year for Fare Thee Well.

In the process of developing new Grateful Dead art with Taylor this past spring, Lizzy created this original blotter art design to commemorate the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary.


A limited number of Lizzy’s 50th anniversary “Forever Grateful” blotter art prints are available for sale via Lizzy’s Paypal for $20 each plus $5 for shipping and handling.