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.

See also: Phoenix Artist Christina You-Sun Park: 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, 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.

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Modern Manor

716 W. Hazelwood St., Phoenix, AZ

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Willo North Gallery

2811 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

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I'm so happy to look at the few pieces of his art I have in my house everyday.




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