Meet the artist behind the Phoenix Suns El Valle jerseys

By Mark Brodie
Published: Thursday, January 25, 2024 - 11:50am
Updated: Thursday, January 25, 2024 - 12:10pm

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The 2023-24 Phoenix Suns have gotten a lot of attention around the NBA for their big three of Devin Booker, Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal — and, to an extent, for the injuries that have kept them from playing together for stretches of the season.

But, the Suns this year have also gotten attention for their new City Edition uniforms — known as El Valle. And, according to Miguel Angel Godoy, they pay homage to Chicano culture — specifically lowrider culture.

Miguel Angel Godoy in KJZZ
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Miguel Angel Godoy in KJZZ's studio.

Godoy is a muralist and instructor of painting and drawing at Arizona State University. He also designed the jerseys.

He pointed out the lettering of the words El Valle is influenced by the script in the logos of lowrider cars. And, he says the numbers pay tribute to the block letter style of Chicano typography.

The Show spoke with him about his work and this project, including how he describes his style of art.

Back of the Phoenix Suns "El Valle" jersey.
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The Phoenix Suns' El Valle jersey.

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