City Cool: Cool and Collected

MASS District co-founder Joshua Tiktin launches an artist collective at a Fort Lauderdale hot spot to shine a light on local art.

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MASS District co-founder Joshua Tiktin launches an artist collective at a Fort Lauderdale hot spot to shine a light on local art.

by Olivia Pettee

Artist, vocalist and DJ Joshua Tiktin is a founding member of MASS District and an avid supporter of Fort Lauderdale’s booming art scene. Tiktin is known for his vibrant turntable-esque paintings, one of which called the White House home for two years. His graffiti-style prints have sold internationally and have landed in the hands of celebrities like Madonna. But Tiktin’s newest artistic endeavor is more abstract: giving back to the local arts and culture community.

So when Sistrunk Marketplace—a 40,000-square- foot food hall featuring its own distillery, DJ academy and private event spaces—opened its doors in August 2020, he founded the SistrunKollective, a co-op where local artists can rent space and sell their work. “There’s a commonality between what they’re doing here and what we’re doing at the collective,” Tiktin says. “They offer people variety and we offer access to a variety of vendors and local art.” Showcasing everything from handmade greeting cards and eclectic paintings to aromatic candles and one-of-a-kind jewelry, Tiktin puts the artists at the forefront, living by the notion that the success of the collective relies on a creative synergy.

He plans to launch a second collective in Wynwood, slated to open toward the end of this year. To learn more, visit tiktinartstudio.com or follow @SistrunKollective on social media.