September Edition: Creative Spotlight

September Edition: Creative Spotlight

It’s the first edition of our monthly series, Creative Spotlight where we showcase to you different creatives, what they do and their views and experience on Intellectual Property issues. For September, we have the brand ATS, @artistsmith.

IPTLC: Thank you for having this interview with us. Can we meet you?

ATS: I am Adeyanju Tobiloba Steven, a 400 level Law student at the University of Ibadan popularly known as ATS.

IPTLC: Nice to have you here ATS. Your art and creativity seem very interesting. How would you describe it?

ATS: I would describe my art as all-encompassing. This is because I do not limit myself to painting on just one particular surface. I paint on walls, that is what is referred to as graffiti, clothes of different textures and types, and even shoes. I also paint on the canvas as well.

IPTLC: Wow, so every surface is a place to create art. Just looking at what you create, I’m sure anyone would wonder what runs through your mind before you bring your imagination to life. Can you tell us what actually inspires your work?

ATS: My works are inspired by God most times, I feel like he just drops them in my head sometimes and I just work around what I have in my head and it comes out nice. I get inspiration from what I see sometimes, including cartoons and regular graphics we see every day.

IPTLC: Interesting. I’m actually a lover of cartoons myself. Just looking at these works, I am very sure you put a lot of effort into it.

ATS: Yes, I put in so much effort into creating. Sleepless nights, headaches, an aching chest sometimes and I still don’t stop. I give it my all and more every day. In creating a single piece, I don’t spend less than 8hours and I just keep painting till I get what I want every time.

IPTLC: Wow! 8 hours? Do you think all this effort should be rewarded?

ATS: Definitely! All it takes is time and God’s grace. I’m sure I’d be rewarded accordingly and even more than I deserve by God’s grace.

IPTLC: I’ll say amen to that. What would it actually feel like to see someone else representing a replica of your work as the original and profiting massively off it?

ATS: Woww that’d be quite painful I suppose. I’d do anything to make such a person pay. Everything within the law.

IPTLC: Has such a thing happened before and have you taken any form of action to prevent something like that from happening?

ATS: Well I’ve not actually. But I’d like to know how to do so.

IPTLC: You could sue the person. All you need to do is gather evidence to show that the person copied you. Evidence needed could be the date that your design was posted and the date that the design of the person was posted. It would be best to consult a lawyer if such issues should arise.

ATS: Oooh. Thanks a lot. I’ll keep that in mind.

IPTLC: Let’s come over to you now. You said before that you get inspiration, amongst other sources, from various cartoons and graphics you see every day. These cartoons and graphics were obviously created by someone else. Has anyone ever accused you of stealing their work?

ATS: Yeahhh once. It happened about a year ago when I painted a graphic design I got from Pinterest. I consulted with a Law Student who knew more about Intellectual Property and I was told I wasn’t actually in the wrong. But I took the post down anyway.

IPTLC: I see. Not a bad approach. It is better to be safe than sorry. To round this up, and just bring everything down to the base we would like to know, are you aware personally, of any Intellectual Property terms?

ATS: Well, I actually just have a general knowledge per se about how intellectual property works. Nothing so detailed therein.

IPTLC: Would you mind sharing some of your general knowledge with us?

ATS: I know that it is wrong in law to copy and duplicate the intellectual work of another and offer it for sale or portray it in a way that it looks to a reasonable man like it was made by the person. I also know patents, copyright, and trademarks are intellectual property rights that protect brands, businesses, and inventors. So basically in more simple terms, I know I’m not supposed to copy and offer for sale any work that is done as a result of the creativity of another without their permission. However, this doesn’t apply if I’m only doing this for my personal use or practice as long as I give them recognition.

IPTLC: You are actually quite on track. We are happy to hear that you understand the basics and you are aware of how to respect the rights of other creatives like yourself. You could drop by at IPTLC meetings you know. We discuss the rights of creatives like you and many others in various industries. We would be very happy to have you around.

ATS: It’s no problem. I’ll be there.

IPTLC: Thank you so much for your time. It was a pleasure having you.

ATS: Pleasure was all mine. Thank you too.

We have come to the end of the session. Thank you for reading. Feel free to check out more works of ATS on Instagram at @artistsmith1. Also, stay tuned for our next creative.


IPTLC with TopsArt

It is the the second edition of the student brand. The first one with HD-Hyphi Designs was great.
This is even more amazing. Students aren’t lazy yeah, so much creativity in the Nigerian Youth.

We would be looking at another creative student’s brand and trust me this will blow your mind.

From me to you, pay particular attention to the detailed drawings attached to this one. Its simply amazing!

Sharon Tops

My name is Sharon-Tops Olukoju.
I’m an artist with the name TopsArt.

I’m involved in drawing portraits with great dexterity.

Drawing for me has always been a hobby, right from the time I was little. I used to see cartoons I like, try to imitate them and discovered I could do that well and I actually enjoyed it. So I started drawing portraits and found that I enjoyed that even more. Since then (that was about two years ago), I began to take it seriously and it is now a source of income for me as a student, and I would say it has been an interesting experience. I however plan to delve into digital painting in the future and I’m working towards that already.

One of Sharon’s favourite design.

Drawing comes naturally to me, I’d say it’s more of a hobby that built into something that can bring income.

My work remains as distinct and different from other artists because of so many factors. So I’m not scared the threat of IP infringement comes since I know the law. Thankfully though, that hasn’t happened yet🤗.

In the nearest future, I hope to be an established digital artist with a blooming business.



IPTLC: Hello to our Guest😁.

Thank you for agreeing to have this interview.  Please introduce yourself, any popular nicknames ?

IFE : Evening everyone.

Thanks for having me.  My name is Olarinde Ifeoluwa Amos.  A 400 level law student, University of Ibadan. I run a clothing business. Brand’s name is HD (Hyphi designs) . I was nicknamed Ife Byron in my early days in school(University).

IPTLC: A clothing business, that’s amazing. So what exactly does the business do?(in details please)

IFE : We make be-spoke wears for clients from scratch.

Ranging from Native wears to casuals. Focussing mainly on exclusive designs which we believe to the best of our knowledge differs from designs which are readily available by other designers or in the    market sphere generally.

IPTLC: Exclusive designs. Great stuff. When did you start the business; what made you start in the first place?

IFE: Well, the brand basically  started off about a 2 years ago. A year and half more accurately.  Was in my 3rd year in school.

I’ve always been pretty enthusiastic about dressing, appearance among other things. It feels  really good wearing or seeing nice outfits on people.  I also wanted to venture into something before leaving university, something worth commitment, so i thought, what better thing to do, than something I’m enthusiastic about.


IPTLC:  Woah, that sounds amazing. How has the journey being so far?

IFE: Yeah, the journey has been pretty much like any other project any other person would venture into.  Its been challenging. Interesting, educative but challenging.

I think the nature of any undertaking is that the older it gets, the better is gets the more the complications, the higher the severity of  a any unfortunate flaw etc.

This also applies to what i do

IPTLC: Hmm, the higher you go, the higher the risk.

One question for you, do you know about Intellectual Property(IP)? And if yes, what do you know about it?

IFE: Yeah i know IP, not in depth though.  Its more or less about any product, service, creation whatsoever thats an offshoot of a person’s creativity, thoughtfulness (not sure of the right word to use) basically something you can lay claim on as your handiwork in exclusion to others’.

Basically, thats one’s IP, and its been recognised and protected by certain laws

IPTLC: Woa that’s apt!

Has your IP right ever being infringed upon? In common parlance, has anybody ever “Stolen an idea from you? Like a design?” if yes, please share your experience and how did you feel. If No, how would you feel then?

IFE: Oh, lol, well first of there’s unfortunately a very thin line between exclusiveness and inspiration in our line of business, its the same for every fashion outlet in the industry,  what lawyers, or people in other coporate industry will see as imitation, a designer can see as “inspiration” “creativity” and on and on, you name it.

So yes, designs i make have been done by other folks a couple of times bfr. I definitly am not the only one whom its been done to, i certainly won’t be the last.  Funny thing, even your boss, can see you run a design and feel impressed by your creativity, i mean this is your boss, you take off! And next thing you see your design has been replicated, you either feel like a badass(honoured) that “even oga sef sabi better thing” or you feel pained.  Its usually a bit.of both emotions.

Likewise in school organisations, you tender a design for a department or a faculty across campuses, your pitch eventually gets turned down and boom, the organisation does something pretty similar to what you pitched.

Sometimes, you see more or less a look alike of your design but you can swear the maker has never seen your stuff bfr,  and you didn’t see his/hers before you made yours too. Who made it first is a million dollar question, so yes y’all could have had very seperate similar ideas.

It happens all the time.

IPTLC: Sounds to me like the industry is quite in need of IP.

We’ll be rounding off pretty soon, but quickly,Let’s go to your brand, what inspires you to make the particular kind of clothes you do?

IFE: The likes of Nike, Fila, Supreme etc caused it all. 

I mean, those folks’ products are not from this world. Really elegant stuffs they do. I get really inspired by things like that

IPTLC: and soon, you’ll be an inspiration to other brands, if you aren’t already

One fun thing, before this is over, Give us an exclusive. One fun fact about you that no one knows.

IFE: This  is a tough one, i really don’t know.

Well i wouldn’t say this is a fun fact, and a couple of people actually know, if you are not standing just right in front of me, and you’re wearing a new cloth that i haven’t saved you with in my head before, then I’m sorry i can’t see you! 

You’re just one seriously blurry thing ahead.

IPTLC: Really?😂 You must have issues with people misunderstanding that for you being a snob.

To wrap this up, doing the kind of thing you do, and I must commend, you’re doing a great job; you must definitely need to know basics of Intellectual Property. You would not want to have come up with a high selling idea and have it snatched from you with no backing from the law. An  advice from me to you, keep IPTLC very close to your brand.

Thank you for agreeing to do it.

IFE: Will do!

Thanks for having me.