AROUND THE BLOK. VOL. 11 - Travis Fetting
Travis is a graphic designer and illustrator living in downtown Phoenix. His passion for drawing, design and riding bikes led him down this path of the arts. He’s worked with clients such as Tapestry Comics, Dunlop Customs, Honest Brewing Co and Slabhaus. Thanks for taking some time to chat with us, Travis!
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
I’m a designer and illustrator born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. I’m a relatively reserved and shy dude, but I love creating and learning new things. As a kid, I loved drawing and was always out riding bikes with my friends. Not too much has changed over the years except I don’t ride my bike nearly as much as I should and I spend too much time on my computer. When I’m not behind a computer screen or on a bike, you can find me out with my friends or going to a show.
WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?
When I was in High School, I worked with a guy who had a small t-shirt company, and he was going to school for graphic design. I had no idea that you could have a career as a graphic designer, but I knew I wanted to learn more about it. I've always been passionate about brands because of the experiences they created, but I didn't realize this was a part of graphic design. Fast forward to now, I want to create those experiences that people will remember because I know first hand how much a great brand or experience can impact someone. Outside of that, I have no idea what I would be doing without design.
WHAT BENEFIT DOES ART PROVIDE TO SOCIETY?
Art provides a space for people to be themselves. As cliche as it sounds, the world can be an ugly place, but I think art has the power to make it a much better place. I also believe art creates community by bringing like-minded people to not only create art but also for others to enjoy it.
WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE TO OTHERS CHASING THEIR DREAMS?
As someone who is still on that chase, I think it takes a lot of self-exploration and understanding what it is that you actually want. Results don't just happen overnight, and good things don't come to those who wait. You need to put yourself out there and get uncomfortable. I hate both of those things, but I’ve found most success I’ve had has started with at least two of those things.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION AND WHY?
My Dad was a huge inspiration for me growing up. He had a no-bullshit attitude, but if there was something I wanted to pursue, he was always right there to support me. Whether it was BMX racing or when I decided to pursue design as a career. My Dad is no longer with us, but he still plays a significant role in my drive to do better. I’m also inspired by other creatives who are continually pushing the boundaries.
WHEN YOU THINK OF HOME, WHAT COMES TO MIND?
Arizona. I have a love/hate relationship with Arizona, but the desert has made me the person I am today. My family is here, my friends are here, and I know if I ever go anywhere else, it will be hard to beat. Besides that, home is a place for me to gather my thoughts and honestly, just relax. Life is a constant and we all need a place where we can unwind and be with who we love most. For me, that’s my girlfriend Bree and our weird range of pets from our hairless cat Lydia to our bearded dragon, Liu Kang.