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Graphic designer and musician Ryan Allison: Made in Arizona

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Tuesday, June 6, 2023 - 12:21pm
Updated: Tuesday, June 6, 2023 - 12:22pm

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Ryan Allison
Bronwyn Jeung
Ryan Allison

Ryan Allison has loved graphic design since he was a kid wearing band T-shirts. Today, he’s a graphic designer himself, as well as a musician.

His design firm is called Neon Navajo, and his band is called Dirt Rhodes.

Allison is good at branding, and that’s what he does for many local businesses like Palabras Bookstore and Rez Road Records — but all of his design is done with an Indigenous lens.

Allison is Navajo. He grew up surrounded by real-life cowboys in Fort Defiance, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation. Allison talked to The Show about how his culture — rich with art and history — feeds his work. 

Neon Navajo design
Bronwyn Jeung
Ryan Allison's design firm is called Neon Navajo.

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