My dad is a really cool guy. He’s very comfortable being himself, and it’s a lesson I wish I had learned from him way earlier.
I remember when I was in 4th grade and the Spice Girls were the biggest thing ever. I was a little obsessed. My dad bought a Spice Girls CD and as soon as we brought it home, I played it for hours.
At one point, I decided I wanted to hang out by myself, so I grabbed the CD out of the player in the living room and was headed to my bedroom, and my dad just goes “Ummmm… excuse me? Where are you going with my CD?”
And I was just floored, because I honestly assumed he had bought it for me. But it turns out he’s got a huge soft spot for girly pop music, and he wasn’t ashamed of it at all. He also loves musical theater, painting, acting, cooking and wearing brightly colored Hawaiin shirts. While at the same time being the man who taught me how to play D&D, fish, change a tire, brew beer, and work with power tools.
I had such a good role model, sometimes it saddens me that it took me so long to get over worrying what people think about my hobbies and interests. And also to learn that hobbies aren’t gendered. Anyway, I love my dad.
Hawaiian shirts, toucans, palm trees, tiki drinks, alligators, and panthers are just a few of the characters you’ll find in Los Angeles based artist and musician Luke Pelletier’s works. Creating fun, bold, and brightly colored scenes from an imagined paradise, Luke has done collaborations with Valley Cruise Press, Mike Vallely, and most recently with Darkstar skateboards. We’re excited to have him in our Art School Q&A where we talk about his recent trip to Milan, his band The See Ya Laters, and his process and approach to painting.