Meet the Team
However, just because he doesn’t immediately buy in doesn’t mean that he can’t be convinced. When he first heard some of the claims related to floating he was intrigued. He wanted badly to believe that he could hallucinate without drugs, while resting his body at the same time.
Quinn led a group of four to Venice Beach to meet Crash and try his tanks at Float Lab. Two and a half hours later and he was sold.
Due to ongoing insomnia growing up, his first experience with (limited) sensory deprivation was laying in bed waiting for hours to fall asleep. Being able to do this without gravity continues to delight him at least 4 times a day.
Graham has a degree in experimental psychology, graduate training in theater, and an unofficial 4th place standing in the Musketeer category from the World Beard and Mustache Competition in Norway.
He helped found Float On after making his way up to Portland from the State of California, earning a degree in Theater along the way. He is an expert in the creation and expulsion of fake blood, the different methods of cooking an Ostrich egg, and hugging.
On the 17th of November, 2063, Ashkahn will be elected the as first Super President of the newly formed Neptunian Empire. What will start as a benevolent oligarchy will slowly turn into a tyrannical dictatorship, securing Ashkahn’s place in Neptunian schoolbooks as the bringer of the “The Dark Times.”
Beginning as a volunteer drenched in liquid Epsom salt, Jake’s role within the organization has been evolving from the moment he walked through the door. He quickly became a business partner and an owner of Float On.
He’s spent the last several years fighting the good fight against salt damage and rogue sound waves. Jake believes the float tank is, at its very core, an efficient and effective tool. He feels it can be used to familiarize oneself with all and nothing at the same time. While in the tank, the elimination of the outside world creates an environment where his creativity and ingenuity can run wild.
This closet-bed period was related to her love of bats, which paved the way for acrobats. From there she took the next logical step, running away and joining the circus.
After studying circus arts in England, Australia, and China, Jeanine made her way back home to Oregon. Besides float tank contortion, she works with kids from newborns to teenagers.
Nine years earlier, he had transplanted to Portland from the town of Prescott, Arizona to attend college and study philosophy and art. He graduated feeling disenchanted with academia and unsure of what he wanted to do with his life other than continue living in Portland, a city rich in other forms enchantment.
He worked a motley assortment of jobs and devoted his free time mostly to playing music and continuing his education as an autodidact. His interest in the mysteries of consciousness led him to try floating, and he soon discovered that he wanted to make it a career and lifelong study. He started interning in 2012, and became a full-fledged team member one year later.
Now Marshall is currently one of the Managers at Float On.
After almost six years of working in the union, Pat decided to call it quits and open his own float center. We know how hard this task is and it is almost impossible to do by yourself. Eventually the beast that is Float On swallowed him up. Now in our belly, there is no telling when he will leave. Pat also works out of his family’s restaurant DeNicola’s and is one of the managers at Float On.
I, like many others, heard about floating through Joe Rogan’s podcast, and immediately became intrigued by the idea of sensory deprivation.
I had my first float here at the shop, back in 2014 while visiting Portland for a jiu jitsu tournament. I really didn’t know what to expect from spending 90 minutes in a float tank, and I was a little fearful of being alone with my thoughts, in a small space. In the beginning, my floats were few and far between, but I realized what a beneficial tool the experiences were for my personal development.
I grew up in Southern Oregon, and moved to Portland in February of 2015 to pursue my martial arts training. I continued to use floating for the unmatched moments of mental clarity, ability to visualize training and recover on rest day. The universe sifted through my passions and ultimately led me to employment at Float On.
Outside of floating, I spend the majority of my days training martial arts, and am genuinely curious in the study of human physiology, biohacking, fitness and diet. I also enjoy spending time outdoors in the expansive PNW, hiking, traveling, listening to podcasts and stepping out of my comfort zone whenever the opportunity arises.
In spite of her love of all things ocean related and clear mermaid heritage, Clypto is not a particularly strong swimmer. Fortunately she discovered at a young age that floating on the surface of the water is, like, way easier. Clypto wants to be like water so that she can feel the edges of everything. Much of her adult life has been spent taking odd jobs in Malaysia, South Korea, and Taiwan and she has a degree in “General Fine Art”. In fact, she first came into contact with Float On through their Artist Program, which she is now the curator of.
Her hobbies include painting with egg yolk, wandering, and sitting quietly in dark spaces.
Esther first floated not long after the shop opened, in the Spring of 2011. Having recently returned from a year in India, she was interested in floating as a practice of mindfulness. Though still interested in mindfulness, floating now means even more to Esther who regularly deals with back pain as a result of a car accident. Floating gives her spine a much longed for break from gravity.
From the flatlands of Fargo, North Dakota, Cory traversed the mountains to bring his creative ambition to his new Pacific Northwest home. During his last year in college he decided to take a long road trip to visit many cities and states he’d never been to. One of the final stops, being Portland. Having an old friend living in the area ask if he’d like to try ‘floating’, and having a keen sense for adventure, they booked the 2 A.M. time slot and floated into the abyss.
A year later, Cory finished his bachelors degree, and moved out to the west coast to pursue an internship at a recording studio. Aside from Float On, he also currently works freelance sound design and audio production, and enjoys playing instruments and making music with friends. He takes any moment he can to fly down Mount Hood, with a plank of wood strapped to his feet.
Although he was a Lilliputian contributor to Float On’s early days, Brandon’s current stint began just last year. As such, he is still reeling a bit from what Float On has become – a dynamic hub of creativity and an industrious wellspring of health.
By the skin of his teeth, Brandon pulled off an honorable discharge from the Navy, which covered some of his schooling. He ended up getting a B.M. (tee hee) in Music Education w/ a Minor in Philosophy and a rather more frivolous M.Ed., both from Portland State.
Brandon believes in the mission of Float On and splits his time between staffing the shop and serving Portland as a music educator. Though he’s transitioned into mostly private teaching and performing, he still takes an occasional turn mispronouncing your kid’s last name.
Growing up in Portland, it is no surprise that I eventually found my way to Float On to see what this whole floating thing was about.
After my float in January 2018, I became hooked and started to learn as much about floating as I could. I soon applied for the internship program, which fueled my love for the tanks and led to an opportunity to join the team. When not in the tank, I like to spend my time on the mountain playing in the snow or wondering the many trails Oregon has to offer.
I have a deep love for southern Oregon after spending two years going to school in Ashland. Despite my love for the silence the tank brings, I always am on the search for new music, looking for the next concert or festival to attend.
Most of my free time is spent taking care of my five cats.