TJ Ryan grew up in the Twin Cities where he frequently rolled with his four siblings in a childhood biker gang, the “Homeschool Huffys.” Later, at the University of Minnesota, he earned a B.A. in Strategic Communication and Design. Working in production at Fallon Minneapolis helped him realize his talents and passions, but never shook his burning cultural curiosity. One night in the East Village, the young, freshly displaced Minnesotan ordered a life-changing slice of pizza. TJ overheard the ad talk of fellow patrons and gathered the fortitude to introduce himself. They happened to work at Droga5. After a grueling three years and a handful of award winning campaigns under his belt, TJ went Freelance. In his free time, TJ gallivants around the city on his bicycle, builds things out of the wood he finds on the curb, and produces off beat events for NYOT.