ICYMI, we ran a design collab competition on our socials in August called Our Streets where we were on the hunt for kick-ass creatives who could graffiti, photograph or illustrate. 🖌 The brief was to send us their take on an iconic skyline in their hood; CPT, Jozi or Durbs 🌍 The whole purpose of the collab was to uplift up & coming creatives & to give them a platform to showcase their work #dowhatsright.
We chose 3 winners (one p/city) & each of them will be showing off their work in the windows of our selected stores. But that wasn’t it fam, they each won R15K in creative supplies 💸
So now that you know the background, let’s intro you to our JHB winner…
Meet Mpho Madi AKA @solidthegifted – a Graffiti Artist | Graphic Designer | Performing Artist | Hip-Hop Music Producer | The 👏 list 👏 goes 👏 on!
This multi-skilled, 30 year old dude, born & raised in Meadowlands Soweto, believes in pulling inspo from everywhere, as he doesn’t like associating himself with a particular creative style 🖌
When he isn’t sitting in front of a canvas, you can find him producing dope hip hop beats or heading to the movies! 🎬
But let’s get to know him a lil’ better
1. What’s your creative story?
I started drawing when I was about 3 after my grandma bought me a red covered sketchpad. I would draw ‘til there was no more space left in it! 🙈
Mid high-school I went to the National School of the Arts & that’s where I learned to hone my skills & I was introduced to computer graphics.
At this point, I was already into graffiti art & learning how to use spray paint. I then studied animation at City Varsity and graduated 2009. 🎓.
2.What’s your everyday hustle like? 🧐
I’m a freelance graphic designer and I work from home mostly. I do commissioned graffiti work for various walls and spaces.
3.Besides the iconic skyline brief, what was the inspo behind your piece?
What inspired my Jozi skyline piece was the shape of a spray can & the anatomy of a spider. 🕷
So I had this crazy idea of merging the two to create an alien-like spraycan with spider features invading the city. Yes I watch a lot of cartoons and movies! 😂
4.Earphones in… what’s on your playlist RN?
I’m listening to Solo and The Betr Gang – Tour Dates. I listen to a lot of music don’t get me started.
5.Most creative or fun gig you’ve worked on? 🕺
This was hands down the gig I did in Umtata Eastern Cape where I was commissioned to do graffiti for an entire arcade space for a new mall there. Got to test some of the games too 🕹
6.If we snatched your backpack, what would we find in it?
Probably my MacBook pro or my drum & sampler machine. 🎶
7.Key items for summer that you’ll be spotted wearing?
You’ll probably find me rocking shorts, some skinny jeans with a fly pair of Vans and a plain coloured shirt. I’m a simple dude 👨
Mpho decided to spend his cash money at Grayscale; an art, paint & street gear store in Braamfontein. Check him out on the gram: @solidthegifted
Stay tuned to see who our next winner is! ✌