Behind The Graphics With Luke Pelletier

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To kick off our new Artist Series, we called upon our downtown L.A. neighbor and local artist, Luke Pelletier, to design a special capsule collection of graphic tees exclusively for Lucky Brand. His colorful work explores provocative themes of romance, tourist culture, and masculinity. Read on to see what he had to say about his art, life in L.A., and more.
"I love the art scene out here—there are tons of great galleries and artists."
When did you first discover your passion for art and who in your life encouraged your artistic tendencies?
I was always drawing as a kid, but I really started by making art for the bands I was in growing up. I’d draw all of our flyers and merch. My parents were always super supportive of my art.
Is there any particular artist(s) who inspired you growing up and or inspire you today?
When I was growing up, I was really into looking at the skate graphics at the skatepark. I didn’t really know much about art growing up, but lately I’ve been looking at a lot of the Chicago Imagists. Mostly Roger Brown, Jim Nutt, and Karl Wirsum.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I get it from everywhere, but I really like looking at mid-century advertising and I love going to the museums in L.A. for inspiration.
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In your opinion, how important is it to have a workspace that inspires creativity?
It’s super important. I love having stuff all over the walls. It brings a lot of energy into the room.
Take us through a typical day for you when it comes to your design process.
It really just depends on how I’m feeling. I typically don’t have any deadlines. So I can usually work on whatever I feel like. I might work on sketches, paint, work on songs while the paint dries, write, or work on graphics for companies. I have a dog, so I go outside a lot for walks. It’s a pretty mellow lifestyle.
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How does life in L.A. differ than life in your hometown, North Carolina?
It just has a lot more going on. I grew up in a really small town. There wasn’t a lot of opportunity for the kind of art I wanted to make. I love the art scene out here—there are tons of great galleries and artists. I get to do a lot more studio visits and see a lot more art.
What are some of your favorite L.A. hotspots and why?
House of Pies is a diner near where I live, so I go there all the time. Speranza is my favorite Italian restaurant out here. Blue Rooster is the art store near my place. They’re the best! Superchief Gallery always has good art shows and New Image Art Gallery is another place to see some good art.
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What was your experience like working on your tee collection with Lucky Brand and what do you want customers to know about the designs?
It was a ton of fun. I kind of had free reign to do whatever I wanted, so I worked in some characters and themes from my art.
Tell us about your personal style and your go-to denim look.
I’m usually wearing a button up and painters pants. But I wear some light denim jeans sometimes.
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Any advice for fellow artists?
Work hard and go to a lot of art exhibition openings.
Lastly, how do you personally feel lucky?
I found three dollars today. So I’m feeling pretty lucky.
Keep up with Luke on Instagram: @lukepelletier
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