We here at Starcasm have made no qualms about pronouncing our affinity for American Pickers office manager (and burlesque dancer, and roller derby vet, and tattooed beauty queen, and music aficianado, and internet haters silencer, and…) Danielle Colby, but although we have covered her activities and endeavors quite extensively over the last few years, there’s one little fact that managed to slip under our radar: Danielle is married!
I realize your knee-jerk reaction will probably be like mine was in that instantly that little grumbly, manlier-than-you-are-in-reality voice in your head will ask, “Danielle is married?!? Who is this guy? He better not be some douchebag!”
Well relax folks, “Mr.” Danielle is the antithesis of douchebag. Actually, I’m kind of reluctant to admit, he seems super damn cool. How cool? How about a French dude with a huge beard who is an artist and runs one of the hippest screen printing shops in Chicago cool? (Oh, and I’m pretty sure he plays banjo too.)
Danielle opened up to her Facebook fans about her spouse after some folks assumed she was married to a man she was with in a previous photo she had posted:
No, no no no…. THIS is my husband. (The other gentleman was just a guest who came by yesterday, sorry my post was cut short, haha! He is adorable though and If I was 75 I would snatch him up)
My dudes name is Alexandre, he is an artist, he also is a brilliant man who designed the blueprints for the Michelin Museum in France as well as many other structures there. He is from Voiron France in the French Alps and is the kindest, most beautiful soul I have ever met. I adore his family and see why he is so wonderful, with parents like he has, it makes sense.
We do live in Chicago with my children and niece and 4 bunnies (rescued) and 6mo old pit bull (rescued). I do still work for Antique Archaeology, its only 2 1/2 hours away. I do keep a residence in Iowa but rarely stay there, Chicago is just too fun! I am a midwest girl all the way! Except our tiny little place we have in France, so we can be with family there. Its a humble, but awesome life we have I think that explains it all?
Alexandre’s full name is Alexandre De Meyer and he sells t-shirts, posters, and postcards under the name Neuf Vies. (Facebook page and website links) He describes himself this way in the “About Me” section:
I also work in a screenprint workshop (Going Blind),
i make screenprintings posters from my own illustrations.
My work is inspired by traditional American tattoos, movie posters from the sixties and seventies.
I split my time between personal works and orders from bands,
I use traditional techniques and digital technologies.
(In an article on DNAInfo.com about Danielle Colby’s 4 Miles 2 Memphis shop in Chicago it says Alexandre is “co-owner.”)
And for those of you wondering, Alexandre does have his green card. Or at least he did back in September when Danielle shared this next photo of her tie-clad beau along with an excited caption:
“Happy happy day! Alex gets his green card! The immigration office couldn’t have been nicer, that was an unexpected surprise. Maybe it helped that they were watching an American Pickers marathon when we walked in 😉 “
It’s not clear just how long the two have been together, but Alexandre’s name looked familiar to me and when I looked through my old posts about Danielle I realized he was the one who had created the 4 Miles 2 Memphis logo just prior to Danielle opening her first location near Antique Archaeology in Le Claire, Iowa. That post was written in November of 2011, so they’ve at least had a working relationship since then. (Perhaps they met when Alexandre offered to design her logo? Pure speculation!)
Either way, we reluctantly give our approval — though our approval means absolutely nothing, as I’m sure Danielle would be the first to point out Hopefully Alexandre will make an extended appearance on American Pickers at some point so everyone can get to know him a little better!
And for those of you wanting a better sense of Alexandre’s aesthetic (other than women — which is obviously beyond reproach), here is one of his posters titled “Rider Jesus” from his website:
(It’s only $24.99 for this three-color screen print numbered and signed by Alexandre!)
And just in case you missed the link above, Alexandre’s website is www.neufvies.com if you want to check out more of his work!