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Meet Long Beach Illustrator and Designer: Javier Flores

Today we’d like to introduce you to Javier Flores.

Javier, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am originally from Phoenix, AZ where I graduated from The Art Institute of Phoenix. After graduating I was able to gain experience working for small design studios in Phoenix where I slowly built a solid portfolio focused on illustration. This eventually led to my move to California where I entered into the tee shirt/apparel industry. Over the last 9 years, I have grown and advanced my skills working within the apparel industry.

Has it been a smooth road?
For the most part, I have been fortunate in the opportunities that have come my way. Entering into the apparel industry was a challenging transition. I realized that I needed to develop a better sense of layout and design. Doing tee shirt graphics also forced me to become very versatile in my skill set in order to meet various trends and aesthetics of multiple markets.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Being tweeted about by Juxtapoz Magazine.

Is there something we can do as a city to improve the outlook for professionals like you?
Yes, I feel that being here has helped benefit my career. If you position yourself right you will be able to network and build important relationships with like-minded individuals. Just being here in the city has exposed me to some of the most talented artists in the world, from the streets to the galleries. Creativity is all about this city.

For someone starting out, being located in Los Angeles can be very beneficial in shaping one’s career and getting exposure.

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