Jon Arvizu of Trapdoor Studio in Scottsdale: 100 Creatives

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Zach Ishmael
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: 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.

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Phoenix Artist Christina You-Sun Park: 100 Creatives

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Meet the sculptor.

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: 19. Christina You-Sun Park.

Christina You-Sun Park's sculptures explore communication.

Specifically, the artist and Eye Lounge member's works deal with communication via perspective: how children see the alphabet before learning letters, how, via translation, words and stories change and evolve.

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Phoenix Photographer Mike Olbinski: 100 Creatives

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Mike Olbinski
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: 20. Mike Olbinski.

Photographer Mike Olbinski specializes in storms and weddings -- ideally not combined. Though we imagine the Phoenix creative would create some seriously memorable shots in the event of monsoon-drenched nuptials.

Sometimes the 39-year-old pulls all-nighters capturing footage of storms that he later compiles into time-lapse videos. When the 39-year-old isn't chasing summer weather events like monsoons and supercells, he's usually busy editing images or spending time with his wife, Jina, and three kids at their Phoenix home.

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Phoenix Poet Shawnte Orion: 100 Creatives

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Meet the poet.

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: 21. Shawnte Orion.

Shawnte Orion's inspiration comes while in transit.

"I try to make the most of my daily commute to and from work," the Phoenix poet says. "The intensity of music and the clarity of solitude can produce the best brainstorms. It's one of the cheapest and most efficient artist residencies you can experience."

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Phoenix Artist Laura Spalding Best: 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: 22. Laura Spalding Best.

Laura Spalding Best lives for landscapes. But they're not your typical rolling hills and happy trees.

The ASU alum and painter is known for her portrayals of urban settings, incorporating such elements as utility poles, traffic signage, and streetscapes into her works. In 2014, Best has shown a solo exhibition, presented by Halt Gallery and titled "7th Street to 7th Avenue," at Hot Box Gallery, on which she painted an accompanying mural, Mirage.


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Jorge Torres of Phoenix's Palabra Collective: 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: 23. Jorge Torres.

For Jorge Torres, art's not much without community.

The 32-year-old Coronado resident founded Palabra, a space that blends artistic endeavors with hair styling and works from a collective of artists that includes Yai Cecream and Tyson Krank. Palabra's two-year anniversary is this December. And this past year, Torres has opened a pop-up gallery under the same banner at Biltmore Fashion Park's UNION and moved and expanded its downtown location.


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Phoenix Artist Tato Caraveo: 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: 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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