We caught up with the Digital Strategist and freelance visual artist/photographer Vivid Ink. We got to understand where this artist is from, his love for art and music, we also dabbed into W.O.K.E ARTS. The homeboy, is doing majors cav his interview below.

Q: Who is Vivid Ink, where you from and what you do?
A: Vivid is formally Tshegofatso Maselesele all the way from a town called Potgietersrus (Potties Kasi Ya Manyora) which is now known as Mokopane. By profession I’m a Strategic Communicator/Digital Strategist and I dabble within freelance photography/visual artistry on the side.

Q: How did you get involved with what you doing now, did you study for it? passion.
A: The strategic communication side is something I studied, the visual artistry is something more self-taught. My interests all aligned with Art as a whole, because I can’t draw to save my life I then decided to express my artistic side with visual art and photography.

Q: Tell us about your love for fine art and hip hop.
A: Fine art is the key to my universe, nothing I do in this world is separated from art and music is an essential part of that love. Jazz being the root of my love for music which aligns my appreciation for each genre within music but of course Hip Hop/Rap and Soulful Deep House hold my attention for affection.

Q: What you think about the Pretoria youth culture?
A: Pretoria for me holds the root for the youth culture, it has a collective of unsaturated talent that spans in a lot of different avenues.

(PICTURE: by VIvid Ink) 

Q: Joburg, or rather Braamfontein is said to be the hub for creatives, what’s your take on that.
A: Jhb is essentially where the creative hub is but in my opinion creatives are found in every different space of any city. Jhb has the fluid resources that allow creatives to flourish more within their respective industries.

Q: Let’s talk about W.O.K.E ARTS, what is it about? and what are you guys hoping to achieve with this movement.
A: Woke Arts is a mixed art experience that provides all platforms of art with the base of nurturing purpose. The broad idea behind it is to create an unfiltered industry where artists from all walks of life can express their art without restriction. We hold that “Love is the highest vibration” and that drives collective equity that builds unity among a strong youthful culture.


(PICTURES: Instagram - Woke Arts)

Q: Is it the only movement/event you involved with? Any projects you planning in Gauteng or outside.
A: Currently Woke Arts is the only monumental life experience event that I’m involved in but there are other streams that on the rise such as HubShack (@hubshack_sa) which is a hookah and tobacco lifestyle pop-up brand.

Q: Anything in the pipeline we should know about?
A: For now, it’s the force of the artists that reside from Woke Arts who all have different ranges of work which they put out.

Q: Your favorite work piece of arts, you feel people should check out.
A: People who are really coming full circle on the music scene are: Iindirhe (@iindirhemusic {The Vibe Goddess}), Tron Pyre (tronpyre), Thato Saul (@ThatoSaul), Prodiiiii (@Prodiiiiiii), Six Ghost (@bbysix_), Skitz (@globoyusuke) and Antenim (@ANTENIM). Poets: Maira Wolfe (@maira_wolfe), Thuto Gaasenwe (@blackgrlprodigy) & uThandolwethu (@olwxthu). Visual Artists: Darren (@IAreNotDarren), Genie (@gerald_genie). You can find all these artists on Twitter & Instagram

Q: Social Media Handles.
A: Main handle @Vivid_ink56 & @Woke_arts. On Twitter & Instagram.


(PICTURE: by Vivid Ink - WokeArtGathering)

(PICTURE; by Vivid Ink - Woke Art Tour)

(PICTURE: by Vivid Ink, Painting - Tebogombewu)