Shakeel Tariq was born and raised in Melbourne Australia of Indian descent. At the age of 22, he started a course in Islamic studies. One subject of the course was Arabic calligraphy. Prior to this he completed a course in cabinet making and has a background in street art. Now he combines street art with Arabic calligraphy and sometimes with woodwork. Keeping to traditional rules of Arabic calligraphy adds a street art touch to produce his work. His artwork is displayed in the Islamic Museum, and some Islamic schools in Melbourne and he has made a number of private commissions for peoples’ personal art collections