The Blunt Smoker’s Guide To The One Love Collective

“WHY WOULD WE NEED GALLERIES TO EXHIBIT OUR CREATIVE WORKS WHEN OUR ART FORM IS GROOMED IN THE STREETS?”

 

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It’s late in the afternoon. You’re slowly meandering down a river of post nine to five traffic as it flows between banks of concrete lined by tall buildings. The sun is setting and you are lost in your thoughts. The reflected glint of dusk hued sunlight reflecting off the triple glazed windows of some business premises or other permits you a glimpse of why Johannesburg is called the city of gold.
Then whoosh…

A small, strong wind repeatedly blows into the car in short rapid bursts, a taxi hoots (at what only a few have ever deciphered) and you look up out of the kiddie pool of thoughts you had been lounging in to see a team of fearless skate boarders coasting through traffic like the Silver surfer does the cosmos.

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You think to yourself WTF? Are those guys crazy? Do they have medical aid, or a death wish?

The answer is most definitely NO to all of the above.

What they do have is a desire to experience life to the fullest, to be free from any conventional constraints, to push themselves to the limits of their ability and to excel only in being their best. This is what I’ve come to learn from being in the midst of the skating community.

This is an introduction to The One Love Collective.

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The One Love Collective are a group of youths that are changing the face of the inner city, utilising spaces that most would pass in a blink of an eye and disregard as waste even faster than that.
A non-profit organisation geared towards the promotion of skate boarding in, but not limited to, the inner city communities.
Through a diversity of endeavours the One Love Collective directs its energy towards the empowerment, education and upliftment of the youth through the medium of skate boarding. The development of young people with the capacity to utilise their inherent potential to overcome the challenges of life and growing up in the testing context of the African urban environment.

#EnterTheVoid

The aptly named moving indoor skate park, The Void, is one of their principle projects. Currently in its third manifestation, The Void has recently been opened again in the Maboneng Precinct of Jeppestown Johannesburg. In a place defined by the regeneration of underutilised space, the One Love Collective is redefining the definition. Inhabiting places determined as empty ‘voids’ yet to be filled by the dominating expansion that is Maboneng, the One Love Collective’s mobile indoor skate park has been and continues to create a safe haven for inner city kids to develop and refine their skating skills.

Hand built and home grown, the park is an evolving manifestation of the grittiness and drive that defines the City of Gold.

If you want to #EnterTheVoid: kick, push and coast your way over to 308 Fox Str. at the T.F.E  House across the street from the only skate shop in the inner-city Home Grwn.

You can follow the continuing story of the One Love Collective through the following channels:

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INTRWBS

Peace.

Peace.

Power.

ONE.

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There was something formless and perfect before the universe was born.
It is serene.

Empty.

The Blunt Smoker’s Guide To: Being in the Love

An introspective and an interview with Sello Ditjoe of TuesLove

“Love is a virtue representing all of human kindness, compassion, and affection” – TuesLove

“Love is the vibe.
Super superb.”– SunSoul

“Love is a verb
Flowing as blood
Singing as birds
Rising as smoke
Burning as herbs.
Love Be.” – looseleaf

Seems that it is the time, again, of the year to show some love to the people we love.  And it feels strange because its so heavily contrasted against all the P. D. A’s (public displays of animosity) being expressed across the social and mainstream media symptoms of the psyche of our society brought  about due the State of the Natives/ation Address [#SONA2014] fever sweeping the country.

But there are people out there making plans with their significant others so as to demonstrate their ‘love’.  Remember that ole sayin’ “You can’t buy love’? Consider how much money is being spent this Valentines Day and then come tell me what everybody is trying to buy.

The experience of Love is found neither in the consumption of things, nor the mere uttering of words, nor the going through of motions solicited as acceptable by the splintered psyche we know as society.

“Love is a verb.” – @ImaliUnlimited

One should ask OneSelf, “What does Love do?” Find out, then do that.

The Prophet gives a few hints:

 “Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; for Love is sufficient unto Love.” – Kahlil Gibran, On Love

“Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself.” – Kahlil Gibran, On Love

Love is active. It is in action, being Love, that Love is expressed.

Being a lover of Love. I sought to witness a genuine expression of Love.  What I found, and what I am experiencing now is someone who is expressing Love, from a place of Love, for the Love.

I found Sello Ditjoe. I found TuesLove. I asked for nothing but him, I gave him nothing but me. This is what we got. This is what I am sharing with you.

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The Blunt Smoker’s Guide

Tell us a bit about the brand TuesLove. What inspired the creation of it and what is its purpose?

The Brand

The Brand

Sellotapes:

Who is a Tuesday Lover? 

A Tuesday Lover is a creative culture conscious being who loves all things eclectic. This inspired me to create a holistic brand that encompasses ‘alternative cultures’ in JHB, DBN & CPT and can both be a one stop shop (eShop & gift shop) but a magazine journal in the form of a web portal and print. Thus, Tuesday Love is a retrospective documentation of different design disciplines from Architecture & Interior, Fashion & Textile, Graphic design & Art, Photography & Film and Industrial Design in relation to Music. This is narrated in the form of film documentaries, journals, articles, graphic design, illustration, photography and events.

TBSG:

Now tell us about the man behind the brand?

The Man Behind

The Man Behind the Brand

S:

I’m a humble creative being, an advertising fanatic, a dj & record collector of all things eclectic and a Serial Entrepreneur. Eager to learn new things and work on new mediums all the time. … and I have come to learn silence is music too and possessing the constitution the depth of faith you can take things as far as needed. Design for Life – Embedding Innovation in Design Thinking!

TBSG:

What can the masses expect in 2014?

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S:

This year I plan to come out some products which I hope to launch in June this year. This will be the biggest I ever taken. I cannot share details but it’s about to do with Lifestyle Design.

TBSG:

What are you listening to currently? What’s the hot shit on your playlist?

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S:

A lot of Jazz is always on my dial either discovering old stuff or looking a new artists. But then again loving the electronic soul sounds by James Blake and Alt-J … and John Wizard interesting sound. BUT I’m looking for more. McCoyTyner is my new jazz discovery. And bumping a lot of Herbie Tsoaeli & Bokani Dyer … and without fail no matter what every week Jose James is always in my playlist.

TBSG:

Who is doing exciting stuff in your field? Nationally? Globally?

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Don’t know about who is doing the best work but what’s popping and what I like … I think the I SEE A DIFFERENT YOU crew – Innocent, Vuyo, Justice are doing some solid work and Jonathan Liebmann with Maboneng Precinct project. 

Robert Lindström, Switzerland. Has always been my inspiration and has always pushed boundaries. That’s where I would like to get to and beyond.

TBSG:

Who inspires you?

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S:

My Family. Also people who live towards maintaining some sort of eclectic lifestyles and project galactic energies and do extra-ordinary things.

TBSG:

What inspires you?

S:

LIFE – The thrill of the seeing the end product! (The idea is to try not to get caught up in the process)

Fish Out Of Water.

TBSG:

You also went out of your way to hook us up here at The Blunt Smoker’s Guide with a special Valentine’s Day inspired Love Mix. The Guide digs the vibe. Very much so, so Thank you very much. All the people who make it this far in the article will get a pleasant surprise. Awe_H.

Thank you very much Sello AKA Sellotapes AKA FONKnoid AKA Black Valentine. Much Love. One. Peace.

Follow the links below for more information and to stay up to date with the TuesLove vibration.

LNKS:


http:www.tintsumi.co.za
https://www.facebook.com/LoveTuesday
http://www.tuesdaylove.co.za

twttr: @_TuesDayLove_

twttr: @youngblklight

email: youngblklight@gmail.com

fcbk: https://www.facebook.com/TheBluntSmokersGuide