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Tinted Souls EP10 with Shayto Badjoko: “The tattoo is a magical tool”


Agneskena is no stranger within the Chase team. She recently did an editorial about must-have accessories for winter season 2020. With her 'Tinted Souls' project, she shares the stories of individuals who, like her, are tinted by their art. This project is her way of getting in touch with people and each episode embodies the emotions, beauty, sensitivity but above all, the honesty of the bond her subjects have with their passion. Agneskena herself takes care of the technical part and the 'Tinted Souls' of the magic. In this episode, we are introduced to tattoo artist and illustrator Shayto Badjoko.

Article by Ioni Villanueva, images by Agneskena. This project was made possible with the support of the Flemish Journalism Fund.

SHAYTO TALKS ABOUT CONNECTING WITH THE PEOPLE SHE TATTOOS. DO YOU FEEL THE SAME KIND OF INTIMACY WITH PEOPLE DURING SHOOTS?

Agneskena: “Absolutely. The thing is though, that this doesn’t happen consciously. It just happens very naturally. People come in, and usually, we’ll have had a little conversation beforehand, because it has to be clear what we expect from each other. But in the moment I’ve always been lucky to have some form of chemistry develop in one way or another. I and my subjects have always felt at ease with one another.

It’s something which is hard to describe but it’s just luck I guess, and developing a sixth sense to feel whether or not someone is right for you. In all ten Tinted Souls episodes there hasn’t been a single person of whom I thought “Oh shit, I miscalculated them”. Not at all. So I need this sixth sense in terms of people to know if a person is the right match. Cause that always creates the best experiences, when you create something with people like this. So it’s crucial to have this connection with the people you work with.”

YOU HAVE A FEW TATTOOS YOURSELF. WHAT MEANING OR IMPORTANCE DO THEY HAVE TO YOU?

Agneskena: “I have a couple of tattoos which all have a specific meaning. I’m not yet in the phase where I’m ready to have tattoos that are purely aesthetic, so without a deeper meaning. The most important tattoo I have is definitely the first one I got. It’s the Africa tattoo on my chest.

I was pretty young when I got it, like 18. But I think I was very aware of the fact that my first tattoo should be one that I could be proud of since I’ll wear it on me for the rest of my life and it will become part of my identity. So that’s why I chose the Africa tattoo. It had to be that one. And it’s still the tattoo that I get the most compliments on, so that’s also cool. After that, I got a tiger, some Arab texts, etc. all with meaning to them.”

THIS EPISODE MARKS THE END OF YOUR TINTED SOULS SERIES. DO YOU HAVE ANY NEW PROJECTS LINED UP?

Agneskena: “Hearing this question, it’s really sinking in that this was the final episode. With a lot of pain in my heart and tons of melancholy, I look back at this project and all it has brought about. Both for me but also for the people around me, and I think that’s incredible. It’d like to take advantage of this interview to give a big thank you to everyone who has made this possible. Sincerely. Thank you to the people who have supported me. Thank you to the people who believed in my vision. It’s crazy.

I started this as a total amateur. Like a kid that just found a new toy and just starts messing around with it. And now look. It’s honestly incredible. I’ve received the most beautiful compliments and amazing feedback that made me grow as a person. So wow, yeah, it’s the end of my first project but the start of my journey in videography. There is some new stuff coming. I’ve been brainstorming something new for a while. I just need to work it out which is a lot of work. But yeah, I can’t wait!”

DO YOU HAVE ANY FINAL REMARKS ON THE TINTED SOULS PROJECT OR THE EXPERIENCE?

Agneskena: “It was an eyeopener for me. I got to know myself a little bit better throughout the year. Both my strengths and my weaknesses have really shown themselves. That’s nice though cause now I know I can do this type of work on my own because I have the determination. That knowledge really motivates me, even in everyday life.

It’s been a project with many ups and downs, I fell and I got up again, a project with a lot of love, a project with a lot of passion, a project where I met wonderful people. Wow. What Tinted Souls meant to me… It makes me kind of emotional but it has done a lot for me and apparently also for others so it’s great to be able to say “I did this”. I’m not gonna lie, if I was asked to do it again I wouldn’t because damn, it was stressful. But I’m glad that it’s completed. I had to go through this to realize what I love to do and what I’d like to pursue in the future. But also who I am. So, not again but I’m very grateful for the eye-opening experience.”

Follow @agneskena_visuals on Instagram and @chasemusicbe on Facebook and YouTube to discover more 'Tinted Souls' episodes. Previous episodes can be found here.



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