Ari Takata-Vasquez, Viscera

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Ari Takata-Vasquez, Viscera

17th and Broadway, Oakland | shopviscera.com

What inspired you to start your business? Why did you choose Oakland?
I was inspired by Oakland itself. It has this scrappy, tenacious soul that’s unlike anywhere else.

What inspires you to go to work everyday?
The people, I love the serendipity in meeting all the people who walk through Viscera’s doors.

What do you love most about community in Oakland?
Oakland’s community chooses collaboration over competition which builds an authentic and kind community.

Craft: photo of Ari Takata Vasquez, Viscera
Craft: photo of Ari Takata Vasquez, Viscera
“Viscera offers a curated collection of minimalist USA-made men’s and women’s clothing and contemporary 3D printed jewelry. We believe in building a capsule collection so people can save their creative energy for making the world more beautiful instead of stressing over what to wear in the morning.”
What’s your favorite nightlife/cultural destination in downtown Oakland? Why?
I love the New Parkway, it’s a really creative space where you can go to see a movie, improv show, or event.

Who’s your favorite Oakland-based visual artist or performer?
DJ Methods

Craft: photo of Viscera