We had the good fortune of connecting with Wokeface and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Wokeface, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Making Wokeface a business was not my original objective and I did not have a premeditated thought process behind it. The journey has been very organic and by the seat of my pants!

In the infancy of Wokeface it was a street art project. I was making things just for fun and for myself. And then people started asking if I would sell them. Since it’s all I wanted to do anyway, the potential of being able to pay my bills doing it was enticing.

With my pre-existing background in graphic and web design and e-commerce for clients in my previous career, I found I already possessed several valuable skills that I was able to apply to my own endeavors, which definitely helped accelerate my growth and success in creating a business side from it.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My muse is what I imagine my higher self to be. By higher self, I mean a more enlightened version myself that sees the bigger picture and knows we’re all connected and that everything is going to be ok.

I tap into this idea when I communicate messages through my art. I think that authenticity is something that others connect to. I also enjoy exploring bigger questions and alluding to big questions, the cosmos, psychedelics and paradox.

My art style is bold, colorful illustrations that often nod to the nostalgic imagery of my youth like Lisa Frank or Care Bears.

I think the combination of all that rolled into one package lends a unique flavor to my art.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the Portland area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The best way to see Portland in my opinion is on bike!

We’ll cruise through neighborhoods and stop at every free box and Little Free Library, and admire the fairy gardens and street art.

For breakfast, we’re going to Pepper Box for breakfast tacos smothered in housemade New Mexico green chili sauce.

Lots of lazing about in parks – I love Laurelhurst, Peninsula Park, or Colonel Summers for some ripe people watching. At least one sunset at The Skidmore Bluffs overlooking the skyline and listening to trains go by.

Lunching at various food cart pods. Thrifting on Belmont and Hawthorne.

Of course I’ll show you some of my murals around town including the one at Taylor Electric that is an open air gallery featuring dozens of amazing graffiti and street artists. Nearby we’ll stop at City Liquidators, a local institution with guaranteed fun weird finds.

I’m legally required to take newcomers to Powell’s books and a nearby ride at the waterfront park has beautiful views. Free plat night at Ground Kontrol for pinball matches.

A movie at Laurelhurst Theater and dinner at Güero. Perfect day.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shout out to the Portland, Oregon street artists. The street art community in my city was incredibly supportive to me as a newbie. Their authentic art and support has inspired me to create more bravely which has ultimately changed my life beyond my dreams.

Website: https://wokeface.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wokeface/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wokeface

Other: tiktok – wokeface

Image Credits
Bill Eckerson

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