23: Such and Champ Styles

Categories: Creatives 2012

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.

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Such and Champ Styles
See also: Phoenix Artists MAC, KAPER, and SUCH Featured in Upcoming "History of American Graffiti"

Such and Champ Styles are father-son creative duo who work together to create large-scale graffiti-inspired artwork around the country.

Such grew up in Phoenix and says his graffiti writing career started after reading Craig Castleman's book Getting Up in the 1980s.His work has since been on public walls, train cars, and in exhibitions at Phoenix Art Museum, Musical Instrument Museum, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum and the Scottsdale Center for the Arts and in books including "The History of American Graffiti."

Such and Champ say they work as a father and sun team -- perhaps the first family graffiti team to exist, and are currently working on a few (legal) pieces around town as well as a show coming up at the Musical Instrument Museum.

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Such and Champ Styles
We came to Phoenix with ... actually we are from Phoenix so we guess you could say it has always been our Start button.

We make art because ... it is what moves us and has our being; it is our best vehicle for expression.

We're most productive when ... we have some Matisyahu chanting in the back ground and we find our presence is filled with aerosol cans with a sizable wall before us. So long as this Father/Son duo is side by side we are at our best.

Our inspiration wall is full of... images of vintage subway cars that are graffiti written by the masters of old (This was my introduction to the Graff scene and is not easily forgotten by the likes of us). And not to forget Such's bride and best friend Annette Samaniego Baez, who is the mother of his two sons. "Crayons and spray paints has always been a good plan"

We've learned the most from ... the Torah scroll and the teachings of Rabi Yeshua on how to love my neighbor as thyself, there is no greater suggestion than this ... It is a teaching that we whole heartedly believe in and strive to exercise daily, willing to fight myself to accomplish this day in and day out.

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Such and Champ Styles
Good work should always ... result in a peaceful experience that leaves a footprint of a piece of our soul that has learned a little bit more about humbleness and humility. Hopefully this can be expressed in the outcome of the project that can be seen by the masses.

The Phoenix creative scene could use ... more creative inescapable wall creations that move the soul and create places of refuge from the every day grind ... even if it is just for a moment.

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
27. Jonathan Simon
26. Ann Morton
25. Kim Moody
24. Kevin Flanagan

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