Luis Torres

Where were you born? Year, Country, State. Where do you live currently?

 

 In Chicago Illinois, 1977, Live on the northwest side of Chicago.

 

 

What initially drew you to drawing pretty pictures?

 

Been a fan of all types of art. From calligraphy, to graffiti, to pin up. Women are hard to draw maybe. I work with a lot of different mediums.

 

 

Who is your favorite skateboarder, living or dead? Any ties to skateboarding?

 

I skated for about 5 years like from 10 to 14 yrs old with my 2 cousins that skated longer than i did It was a great era in the late 80's early 90's. But i was always fascinated with the skateboard art and one day wanted to make graphice for skatebaords but had no clue where to start. Of course there are a lot more resources now. I was a big fan of Christian Hosoi, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill and Rodney Mullen. I actually bought a retro deck Powell Peralta Mike Vallely that's in the trunk of my car. It definitely took me back to simpler times. Oh and i have the Jeff Kendall "Atom Man" graphic tattoed on my back.

Who is your favorite artist, living or dead? 

 

I would have to say Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo, Jennifer Janesko. Sorry that's 3 haha.

 

 

When you're not creating amazing works of art, what do you enjoy doing?

 

I am a full time concierge for a major hotel brand in Chicago. So i guess i'm a foodie as well. Also enjoy playing sports.

 

 

Who are your biggest influences?

 

My parents. They are both deceased but they believed in me from a young age and encouraged my art ability a lot.

 

 

What mediums do you enjoy working in?

 

I like charcoal and pastel a lot. Still getting more familiar with airbrushing but i like to do it all honestly.

 

 

Anything else you want to tell?

 

I've done commission pieces for former Playboy models and designed a fine art piece for Jennifer Janesko's (she's a good friend of mine) Traveler's Series jewelry collection. Also been featured in 5 different concierge and tourism magazines.