During this economic downturn, college grads are increasingly having difficulty in finding a job to support their needs. At a young age we are told by family and friends that having a college degree will determine your success in life. Most people grow up listening and internalizing the rules that most Americans have grown up believing: Get a good education, get a big house, own a good car, and work for a respectable company. Sometimes, society’s expectations can lead to professional success, but it can also deter you from following your heart, or your “passion.” It isn’t easy to go against the grain, but having a clear purpose and a passion are the life attributes that have led Alex Arzu to become one of the most successful artists in Houston, Texas. Alex Arzu spent 5 years in architecture school thinking about how his life would change for the better with a college degree in architecture. But during the economic downturn he became one of the college grads who ended up moving back home to make ends meet. He had a college degree, but he also had a lot of debt from student loans. In 2010, he was an entry-level architect, and to his surprise, what he was earning was not enough to pay his student loans and support himself. On his very last day of work as an architect, he declared that he was going to “try to make it as an artist” to a Houston attorney named Malcolm Gibson who was riding in the same elevator, and who happened to work in the same building as his firm. That attorney seemed to have seen something special in Alex, so much so that he wrote an article in the Houston Chronicle about Alexander’s courage to be a risk-taker. Attorney Malcolm Gibson served as a catalyst of encouragement for Alex to proceed in following his passion. Two years later Alex is living his dream of being not only an artist, but a tattoo artist as well. “The tattooing happened by accident,” said Alex, when asked how he came into the business. Alex now enjoys creating tattoos for hundreds of clients. Becoming an artist was his “Plan B,” but it seems as if that plan turned out to be something that has always been there in his heart---his passion. But "Plan A" in becoming an architect became a bridge to his success. Alexander's story reminds us that we never know what tomorrow can bring, and that it is important to follow your passion with hard work and determination. A that's exactly what he's doing.   written by Victoria Arzu

During this economic downturn, college grads are increasingly having difficulty in finding a job to support their needs. At a young age we are told by family and friends that having a college degree will determine your success in life. Most people grow up listening and internalizing the rules that most Americans have grown up believing: Get a good education, get a big house, own a good car, and work for a respectable company. Sometimes, society’s expectations can lead to professional success, but it can also deter you from following your heart, or your “passion.” It isn’t easy to go against the grain, but having a clear purpose and a passion are the life attributes that have led Alex Arzu to become one of the most successful artists in Houston, Texas.

Alex Arzu spent 5 years in architecture school thinking about how his life would change for the better with a college degree in architecture. But during the economic downturn he became one of the college grads who ended up moving back home to make ends meet. He had a college degree, but he also had a lot of debt from student loans. In 2010, he was an entry-level architect, and to his surprise, what he was earning was not enough to pay his student loans and support himself.

On his very last day of work as an architect, he declared that he was going to “try to make it as an artist” to a Houston attorney named Malcolm Gibson who was riding in the same elevator, and who happened to work in the same building as his firm. That attorney seemed to have seen something special in Alex, so much so that he wrote an article in the Houston Chronicle about Alexander’s courage to be a risk-taker. Attorney Malcolm Gibson served as a catalyst of encouragement for Alex to proceed in following his passion. Two years later Alex is living his dream of being not only an artist, but a tattoo artist as well. “The tattooing happened by accident,” said Alex, when asked how he came into the business. Alex now enjoys creating tattoos for hundreds of clients. Becoming an artist was his “Plan B,” but it seems as if that plan turned out to be something that has always been there in his heart---his passion. But "Plan A" in becoming an architect became a bridge to his success. Alexander's story reminds us that we never know what tomorrow can bring, and that it is important to follow your passion with hard work and determination. A that's exactly what he's doing.  

written by Victoria Arzu

Alex “Zú” Arzú

Alex “Zú” Arzú was born in 1984 in Augsburg, Germany. He studied architecture at the University of Houston and there after was an architect for 4yrs. Alexander, the son of two Afro-Honduran immigrants, always knew that he wanted to be an artist from a very young age. His source of encouragement were his parents and his first grade teacher, Mrs. Neff, who first recognized that he was gifted with a natural talent. Alexander has been perfecting his craft his entire life, receiving numerous awards in Jr. High and High School. For a year, he was the Lead Designer and Production Artist for Eyeful Art Custom Murals and Designs in Houston, TX until he decided to leave the company and start his own. His murals and tattoo art has made him a local favorite, and he continues to receive immense recognition for his artwork. Five years ago he had no idea that he would become successful artist—he thought he was going to be an architect. 

 

Zú has done works for Coca Cola, Willie Nelson, Instagram sensation King Keraun, MTV Cribs with NFL: Bobby Taylor, NBA: Kendrick Perkins, NFL: Warwick Holdman, Rapper: Propain, WCW/WWE Torrie Wilson. Houston Midtown Management District.