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Jon Arvizu of Trapdoor Studio in Scottsdale: 100 Creatives

Meet the creative.
Meet the creative.
Zach Ishmael

Phoenix is brimming with creativity. And every other year, we put the spotlight on 100 of the city's creative forces. Leading up to the release of this year's Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome to the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives. Up today: 18. Jon Arvizu.

Artist and designer Jon Arvizu always has a few irons in the fire.

The Scottsdale-based creative independently operates Trapdoor Studio, where he creates mid-century-style and advertising-inspired silkscreen works, posters, and letterpress pieces -- among other things -- of iconic imagery including Phoenix's architectural gems, tiki gods, and pop culture ephemera.

And speaking of fire, Arvizu recently wrapped up mod-style poster illustrations for Brandon Williams' Modfire, the Phoenix-based company that specializes in sleek, artisan-made fireplaces.

See also: Phoenix Artist Christina You-Sun Park: 100 Creatives

Jon Arvizu of Trapdoor Studio in Scottsdale: 100 Creatives
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Arvizu recently created a new logo design for Brandon Gore's Concrete Design School, and soon he'll collaborate with a local agency on pop art-style posters for Red Robin. "Should be a fun set when completed," the 2013 Big Brain Award finalist says.

He recently launched a new online store at trapdoorstudio.com, where his handmade and silkscreen prints are available. Melrose District favorite Modern Manor also carries Arvizu pieces.

And soon there'll be more to choose from. Arvizu says he'll show fine art at an October exhibition at Willo North Gallery alongside friends Jeremy Yocum and Scott Wolf.

I came to Phoenix with a little baggage and no idea what to expect in late 2001. Took me a few years to get my footing, but I love it here.

I make art because I am compelled to make things, to refine my craft, and broaden my skill sets.

I'm most productive when I've had enough sleep and everyone gets out the door to school (on time). Time to sit and focus without distractions.

The studio is my inspiration wall, plus I typically make notes or photograph everything that strikes me as interesting. I've got a running list of ideas on my phone.

I've learned most from trial and error.

Good work should always achieve its intended purpose and show the artists hand.

The Phoenix creative scene could use more time to grow. The cultural scene has flourished in the past few years, I'm excited to see that progress continue.

 

Jon Arvizu of Trapdoor Studio in Scottsdale: 100 Creatives

See the 2014 edition of 100 Creatives:

100. Bill Dambrova 99. Niki Blaker 98. Jeff Slim 97. Beth May 96. Doug Bell 95. Daniel Langhans 94. Nanibaa Beck 93. Nicole Royse 92. Ib Andersen 91. Casandra Hernandez 90. Chris Reed 89. Shelby Maticic 88. Olivia Timmons 87. Courtney Price 86. Travis Mills 85. Catrina Kahler 84. Angel Castro 83. Cole Reed 82. Lisa Albinger 81. Larry Madrigal 80. Julieta Felix 79. Lauren Strohacker 78. Levi Christiansen 77. Thomas Porter 76. Carrie Leigh Hobson 75. Cody Carpenter 74. Jon Jenkins 73. Aurelie Flores 72. Michelle Ponce 71. Devin Fleenor 70. Noelle Martinez 69. Bucky Miller 68. Liliana Gomez 67. Jake Friedman 66. Clarita Lulić 65. Randy Murray 64. Mo Neuharth 63. Jeremy Hamman 62. La Muñeca 61. Kevin Goldman 60. Emily Costello 59. Kerstin Dale 58. Vara Ayanna 57. Nathaniel Lewis 56. Ruben Gonzales 55. Lisa Poje 54. Bobby Zokaites 53. Frances Smith Cohen 52. Julie Rada 51. David Miller 50. Xanthia Walker 49. Kyllan Maney 48. Cary Truelick 47. Constance McBride 46. James D. Porter 45. Allyson Boggess 44. Abigail Lynch 43. Ashley Cooper 42. Jaclyn Roessel 41. Brandon Boetto 40. Melissa Dunmore 39. Gavin Sisson 38. Rossitza Todorova 37. Monica Robles 36. Josh Kirby 35. Jesse Perry 34. Yai Cecream 33. Nathan Blackwell 32. Carley Conder 31. Ben Willis 30. Nicole Michieli 29. Brian Cresson 28. Tyson Krank 27. Mikey Estes 26. Anwar Newton 25. Sarah "Saza" Dimmick 24. Tato Caraveo 23. Jorge Torres 22. Laura Spalding Best 21. Shawnte Orion 20. Mike Olbinski 19. Christina You-Sun Park

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