Suburban Avenger Studios is a small Baltimore-based design and print studio run by Luke Martin and his cat, Meatball.
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 (is this a job?) seriously. I grew up on the eastern shore of Maryland in a place called Greensboro, a very rural farm town with one gas station called Bodies and two whole stop lights. I think the corn stalk to human ratio was some 1,300 to 1. I attended North Caroline High School where I spent most of my time trying to cut gym class and placing memes over all of the different posters in my teacher's rooms. I was one out of a very small handful of artists at my school, and by that point art wasn't even something that I really took seriously. I studied it 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 42 (slightly mis-registered) (mildly sloppy) 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 kind of 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, my anxiety and depression that I had been struggling with for most of my adult life sort of just mounted to a head and I made the decision to leave college. I spent two weeks getting outpatient therapy at Shepard Pratt in Baltimore, after which I decided to take an indefinite break from the whole college thing. This was a really hard decision at the time, but looking back I can say that it's probably the single best decision I've ever made in my entire life.
In January of 2017, I finally got my first gig poster job. It was for Circa Survive, a band that I had literally been listening to since middle school. At this point I hadn't even done an edition of 50 posters, so doing a full run of 100 seemed incredibly daunting. The job went fine though, and since then I've had the chance to work for bands like The Head and the Heart, Yellowcard, Death Cab for Cutie, The Shins, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Say Anything, Brand New (kinda sorta) (I don't want to talk about it), along with a whole slew of others. I'm writing this in November of 2017, and I consider myself so stupid lucky to be able to have had the opportunities that I've had this early on.
Let's see where this all ends up, yeah?