Malik, aka Squidlik, brings a sense of vibrant realism to photography. Being both equipped with digital and film cameras, he has built a diverse portfolio of a bit of everything from conceptual shoots to merchandise for clothing stores.
Where are you from and when did you first show an interest in art?

I’m from Rock Hill, SC. I’ve always had a thing for art, really. My mom, brother, and father all did some type of art so I guess I just followed suit.

Is your family supportive in your decision to become an artist?

Yes? My mom, I feel, doesn’t really understand what I do fully, and my dad still thinks I don’t have a “real job”. But they’re not opposed to it.

Art for art’s sake or art for food on the table? Are you a full-time artist? What’s paying the bills?

Of course as artist we do art because we love it but our goal is also to make a living off of our art. Fortunately for me, I’m going down the right path and I can confidently say, I’m doing what I love and paying the bills.

What connects you to your peers who do similar types of art? What do you think sets you apart?

What connects me is how inspired I am by my peers. I’m honestly their biggest fans. I always found it so interesting how we all do the same thing in the same medium, yet have such different perspectives.

I think what sets me apart is how I try to achieve the most organic and natural photos as possible.

Describe your art in 3 words. Now describe yourself as an artist in 3 words.

Organic, lively, real and for myself, I’d say authentic, genuine, creative.

What are some of the current projects keeping you busy? How many unfinished works do you have in the vault at this very moment?

Right now, I have a few projects I’m working on for my job that I don’t think I’m allowed to speak on. However, I have pages and pages of unfinished ideas that will eventually come to life. Hopefully sooner than later because like the great Rick Rubin said “If you have an idea you’re excited about and you don’t bring it to life, it’s not uncommon for the idea to find its voice through another maker.”

What does “success” look like for you as an artist? Do you have any dream collaborations?

Success for me isn’t really attached to working with a specific person, but more so being able to live comfortable off of my art while still being true to my creative nature.

However, I would really love to work with Lil Yachty and J Cole lol Two of my favorite artists.

Do you have any habits that help or hinder your progression as an artist? What are some of your biggest challenges?

I think I’m somewhat of a perfectionist. Which sometimes causes me to never get ideas out of my head.

What do you do when you’re not creating? Do you have a preferred method of escape?

I love music and I’m really a nerd. I watch anime, read manga, and play video games if I’m not shooting.

Add links and anything else you want to share with us.

Here’s my websites where you can book, view projects I’ve worked on and buy prints. https://www.squidlik.com/

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