For a while I had this whole long story talking about how I was spider man but I made screen prints and had super powers and my Uncle Ben died and told me I needed to be the "Suburban Avenger" But then I decided that was sort of dumb and I should at least pretend to take my job seriously. My name is Luke Heister Martin, I'm a printmaker / illustrator currently living in Baltimore, Maryland.
I grew up on the eastern shore of Maryland, in a tiny town called Greensboro. The entire place had one gas station called Bodies and two stop lights, and absolutely nothing else. I think the most interesting thing I learned while growing up is that each stalk of corn has only one ear of corn. Crazy right!? Just one ear! I went to high school the next town over, the small type of rural high school where everyone knew everyone. I was one of maybe four artists at my school, and by that point it wasn't even something that I really took seriously. I took art classes all throughout my high school career, but it wasn't until college that I started to consider it as an actual career.
In 2015 I made my first screenprint, I skipped all of my classes that day to work on the small 8-inch "Hope For Nepal" print. I remember after working all day on those I just felt so accomplished, having this big stack of prints that I made by hand, and not that I just printed out of a computer. That was the day that I'm pretty sure I fell in love with screen-printing, and I was like "hey, I think this is what I want to do for the rest of my life".
I later enrolled at Towson University to go after a degree in printmaking. However after about one and a half years, I made the decision that college wasn't quite for me. I left Towson and got to do literally what I wanted to do in the first place - gig posters. In January of 2017 I got my first gig for Circa Survive, and then The Head and the Heart, and Death Cab, and Yellowcard, and Say Anything, and the ball just kept rolling. I've been very lucky to have the growth in such a short period that I have.
Let's see where things go. Cool? Cool.