Introducing VIBE Spotlight: a weekly series that celebrates and shines a light on VIBE Arts’ roster of talented artists. Each Monday, our Instagram and website will feature a different VIBE Artist and provide a look into their craft. Stay tuned and get to know the diverse talent that makes up our organization and community with #VIBESpotlight.
On this VIBE Spotlight, we’re shining a light on Nicholas Ridiculous, a Tradigital Visual Artist, Upcycled Fashion Designer and Poet.
VIBE: Is there is anything you are currently working on that you would like to share?
NR: I got some thangss for sure; a lot of it is linked on my website, like my up-cycled fashion line, underbellysociety. I also have an ongoing podcast called the HURTCIRCUS, which I use to explore my experiences with the child welfare industry and oppressive systemic upbringings, like foster care.
Musically, I have released 3 albums so far with my hip-hop duo dimebagcrew, available wherever ya’ll be streaming. I’ll be announcing more across my platforms – I’m always trying to keep a consistent output. A lot of my themes carry throughout my projects, like a ciphered web. I am always down to clown on a collab! Let’s goooo.
VIBE: What has been one of your favourite moments while being on the VIBE roster?
NR: Leaving a place of work feeling better than I had when I arrived for the first time in my life. Actually feeling a fulfillment of purpose. And just being accepted felt pretty cool, meant the world to me the day I got the e-mail saying I was accepted as a VIBE Artist. Some form of validation is always pretty nice.
VIBE: What are some of your future goals?
NR: Finding the balance of giving back, while remaining free. Seeking out an understanding of how to change that in which we hate, without becoming a reflection of it. Project wise: more collaborative project work, ideally short films and other storytelling media like that, to level up my artistry.
VIBE: What changes would you like to see in Toronto’s Art community?
NR: I am still sort of an outsider to it all, so I can’t say for sure, but maybe more trust in artists. More consistent opportunities so that a creative facilitator – or creative in general – can focus beyond just surviving the day-to-day and begin to actually gain footing towards a real life.
VIBE: What is one of the greatest lessons you have learned thus far?
NR: Wow, hmmm… I used to wonder if it is strength to let go, or strength to hold on… I have come to realize that strength lies in knowing when to let go, and when to hold on. It is never and absolute solution to any problems, as much as the world tries to paint things like that. Yin to the yang, ya know?