My name is Jules Demetrius, I’m a transplant from the east coast for the past 11 years, however, I call the city of phoenix “my city”- I am a graphic designer, a canvas abuser, spoken word performer and best of all… Papi-zilla to my amazing daughters. I am also a Cancer with a weakness for fresh corn, raspberry Greek yogurt, sushi, and most things sci-fi.
2. How did you get your start?
Truth be told, I have thought about this.. I’m the youngest of 8 kids with a major gap between myself and the next oldest, so I was pretty much left to my own devices as far as entertainment went. So I picked up pen and paper and created little worlds and friends to call my own. It never stopped and I’ve never stopped dreaming. I did the rounds in the corporate art world but got burned out on that shit. Several years later I find myself standing in Jes Jordan’s Wet Paint Art Supply being offered a showcase. It was my first real art show and I have not looked back.
3. What inspires you?
My inspiration comes from all over. It’s hard not be inspired if you pay attention. My daughters are my sun. They help me grow daily as an artist and human being. And while I’m here I wanna thank the interweb for funneling all the amazing art from around the world directly to my eye sockets. I’d also like to think that my mom is looking down on me from above. I want to make her proud of her shotzi.
4. What do like about Arizona?
I have lived all over the United States and AZ has proven time and again to be my city. The people are incredible. The overall vibe and dare I say “the scene” is unique and fresh. It welcomed me with open arms and open galleries. I will probably be buried here even though I have a burial plot on the east coast already. A rather odd gift from my pops. I think he was trying to tell me something.
5. What would you like to accomplish before you die?
I want to leave my mark on the world of art somehow. Perhaps it won’t be my personal work but the guidance I give my little ones. When I’m gone I will live though them and their creative ways. I also wouldn’t mind having my toes sucked by island women while sipping a fine cocktail on a boat in clear water. That’ll work too.
6. What is your weapon of choice for the inevitable zombie apocalypse?
Angela Schmidt and her body painting skills. She does a mean zombie. So I will just blend in. Maybe a few slow, fat children to toss about in order to slow down the horde. Mmmm slow fat children…