We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeremiah Pantoja and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeremiah, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I pursued art since I was always drawn to it. I had a passion for the artistic side of graffiti and decided to give it a try in the early 90’s. From that time on I grew as an artist. Becoming known for my graffiti, stencil street art and custom hand paintings.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As far as my canvas paintings and stencil art, I became successful almost over night. It started on the day before Halloween 2014, I did a free art drop painting of a mummy in Gilbert, AZ at the corner of Power rd & Queen Creek. The people that raced to that corner to try and be the first one there to claim the art was insane!!! After that day I did a few more art drops and started getting orders for custom art. Since then my clientele has continued to grow and prosper. I ship orders all over the country and have met amazing people throughout the years. It wasn’t easy getting to this point though. Many years passed from the time I first got into graffiti and art before I started earning an income from it. But it was all worth it. I learned to not give up but to work harder so that I could perfect my brand.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Hopefully they wouldn’t come during the summer, hahaha, the heat is insane! Just kidding. As far as food, we would have to go to Nandos, Oreganos, and Hurts Donuts!!! Those places are bomb! We would go check out the Collectors Marketplace in Phoenix for vintage toys. Then head on over to Just Blaze for graffiti supplies.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to give a special shoutout to my grandma Jean Hunter who taught me to hand paint, making me stay up late at night so she could teach me how to paint intricate details (miss you grandma), and she supported my love for graffiti! Also, my uncle Jacob Hunter who taught me how to draw and opened my mind to abstracts & off the wall art.
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