18 – 23
In 2009, Tariq attended the University of Missouri to study psychology. Shortly thereafter, he began freelancing his talents as a way to gain business experience and sharpen his skillset. Tariq's clientele soon grew from local businesses to national artists, and his work began appearing atop major outlets including Spotify, Apple Music, Behance, Billboard Charts, and deviantART. While at MU, Tariq became a Mizzou Creative Convergence Network fellow and participated in a multidisciplinary study centered around the creative process. The study concluded with an opportunity for Tariq and his team to travel to Hallmark's headquarters and pitch to executives a concept for an exciting, new web experience.