Phoenix Artist Tato Caraveo: 100 Creatives

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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: 24. Tato Caraveo.

Tato Caraveo has a few tricks up his sleeve.

While you can usually find the Phoenix native booking bands and artists at Lost Leaf, playing music in Sunorus (he and bandmate Eric Dahl opened the Roosevelt Row-adjacent art bar), or painting colorful murals and fine art works in his recognizable style, he says that some changes are in store. In the coming months he's expanding his creative style and working toward opening a new gallery and studio space.


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Sarah "Saza" Dimmick of EPIK Dance Company: 100 Creatives

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Meet the dancer.
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: 25. Sarah "Saza" Dimmick.

Sarah "Saza" Dimmick is always on the move.

And that's no overstatement. Looking over the Mesa-based 34-year-old dancer and choreographer's credentials and day-to-day schedule is nothing short of, well, epic.


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Phoenix Comedian Anwar Newton: 100 Creatives

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Meet the comedian.

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: 26. Anwar Newton.

Yeah, you're probably familiar with Anwar Newton, a.k.a. the guy who recently went to San Diego Comic-Con on shrooms and chronicled his trippy experience in hilarious texts that quickly went viral.

Just so happens, Newton's funny on the regular. In fact, he's a comedian. And he's based in Phoenix.

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Tempe Artist Mikey Estes: 100 Creatives

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Meet the artist.
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: 27. Mikey Estes.

Consuming culture's a large part of Mikey Estes' life.

The 23-year-old recently graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor of fine art in sculpture. And when he isn't working as a barista or creating art, the Tempe-based artist says he's busy reading art publications, listening to music and going to shows, or binge-watching video art and television.

Soon, though, he'll be more focused on his artistic output.


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Tempe Artist Tyson Krank: 100 Creatives

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Meet the artist.
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: 28. Tyson Krank.

Tyson Krank's up to a whole lot besides beer slinging.

You might spot the 27-year-old Tempe-based artist bar tending at arty nightlife establishment Lost Leaf, but in his off-hours he's in the midst of preparing for two upcoming exhibitions -- including one that opens at Lost Leaf in September.


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Phoenix Designer Brian Cresson: 100 Creatives

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Meet the designer.

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: 29. Brian Cresson.

Fashion's about more than what you're wearing for Brian Cresson. It's about making connections.

The designer lives in Phoenix's Garfield neighborhood and operates his clothing company, Free Ego, out of 11th Monk3y Industries on Grand Avenue.

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Nicole Michieli of Gilbert's Floating Specks: 100 Creatives

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Meet the designer.
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: 30. Nicole Michieli.

Arizona native Nicole Michieli wants you to send more snail mail.

Michieli, 27, cofounded Gilbert-based paper goods company Floating Specks with her husband, Nick. The couple recently celebrated the business' two-year anniversary with a pop-up shop at Frances. And new projects continue to unfold.


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Tempe Artist Ben Willis: 100 Creatives

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Meet the artist.

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: 31. Ben Willis.

"I guess you could say I don't get out much," Ben Willis says.

The 31-year-old Tempe artist and 2014 Contemporary Forum grant winner divvies up most of his time between teaching and creating. "I teach painting and drawing during the school year, but until classes start back up I am working part time at Blick Art Materials in Tempe and locking myself in the studio during off hours," he says.

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Carley Conder of Tempe's CONDER/dance: 100 Creatives

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Meet the dancer.
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: 32. Carley Conder.

Carley Conder's wheels are turning.

"I know I want a live harpist playing against a techno score," she says. "Hyper-physical for the dancers. Exploring the idea of co-existing in two opposing environments."

The 41-year-old founder of her namesake modern dance company, CONDER/dance, is already at work on her annual performance showcase Breaking Ground, slated for March of 2015 at Tempe Center for the Arts. That's when the longtime Tempe resident isn't spending time with her three kids, practicing Bikram, or teaching contemporary ballet at Arizona State University and modern dance at Scottsdale Community College.


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Nathan Blackwell of Phoenix's Squishy Studios: 100 Creatives

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Meet the creative.

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: 33. Nathan Blackwell.

There has never been a better time to be a nerd. Star Wars and Star Trek are getting A-list treatment. Movies based on comic books (even obscure ones) are box office hits.

And Nathan Blackwell's Voyage Trekkers is coming to the big screen.

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