27: Jonathan Simon
When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.
Jonathan Simon says he hails from the frozen tundras of the north and wandered into Phoenix 11 years ago. He's a self-described local explorer and huge nerd -- both traits that led him to launch Lightning Octopus, a Phoenix-based blog dedicated to all things nerd in the Valley.
Jonathan Simon at the defunct Cade Gallery
I came to Phoenix with ... a lot of misconceptions about it. I'm glad I took the time to get to know this place.
I share local awesomeness because ... the geek culture in this city is unbelievable. Sometimes I am overwhelmed by it. We have a wealth of creators, world builders, writers, hackers, developers, problem solvers. All nerds, all awesome.
I'm most productive when ... the sun is about to come up, and my headphones are on. (I'm one of those strange morning people you've heard of.)
My inspiration wall is full of ... photos from my local adventures. Getting out, connecting with the community, and getting great stories motivates me to keep discovering and keep writing.
Dream Photography Studio
I've learned the most from ... starting. My personality can spend eternity planning, but actually starting something has pushed me to have something to show, learn from, and make adjustments.
Good work should always ... give you a crazy story.
The Phoenix creative scene could use ... more turnout. Find something nearby going on. Show up and support it. It goes a long way to the people who put their hearts into it, and bigger turnouts lead to more things going on.
The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)
100:Lara Plecas 99. Isaac Caruso 98. Brandon Gore 97. Kelsey Dake 96. Hector Ruiz 95. Caroline Battle 94: Jennifer Campbell 93. Jeff Chabot 92. Tiffiney Yazzie 91. Daniel Germani 90. Irma Sanchez 89. Daniel m. Davis 88. Kirstin Van Cleef 87. Emmett Potter 86. Sarah Hurwitz 85. Christine Cassano 84. Fred Tieken 83. Lindsay Kinkade 82. Ruben Galicia 81. Robert Uribe 80. Heidi Abrahamson 79. Josephine Davis 78. Travis Ladue 77. Taz Loomans 76. Mikey Jackson 75. Alex Empty 74. Joe Ray 73. Carol Roque 72. Daniel Funkhouser 71. Carla Chavarria 70. Hugo Medina 69. Cavin Costello 68. Claire Carter 67. Lindsay Tingstrom 66. Catherine Ruane 65. Christopher Crosby 64. Aaron Johnson 63. Brenda Eden 62. Colton Brock 61. Ernesto Moncada 60. Benjamin Phillips 59. Brad Armstrong 58. Angela Hardison 57. Tyler Quinn 56. Andrew James Benson 55. Charles Anthony Darr 54: Tiffe Fermaint 53. Eric Cox 52. Victor Vasquez 51. John Randall Nelson 50. Lauren Lee 49. Kyle Jordre 48. Julie C. Kent 47. Sean Deckert 46. Niba DelCastillo 45. Joseph Benesh 44. Ashley Harder 43. Dan Vermillion 42. Daniel Shepherd 41. James B. Hunt 40. Lori Fenn 39. Seth Gideon Fainkujen 38. Wayne Rainey 37. Christian Filardo 36. Melissa Cody 35. Jason Rudolph Peña 34. Cindy Iverson 33. Ryan Gentry 32. Sebastien Millon 31. Andrea Beesley 30. Chris Pruitt 29. Robert Diehl 28. Rachel Malloy
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