His hyper-realistic style has dealt with pretty much everyone: successful rappers (he even got a “Like” from Snoop Dogg), star footballers, ice hockey players, Hollywood actors, cartoon characters, rock stars, and even sexy porn stars. But Luka Lajoie stays humble, admiring the example of Nikko Hurtado and continues to work hard at his shop The Arts Corporation in Montreal. Where he answered our questions in an in-depth interview.
Read an extract of the full interview by Simone Sacco published on Tattoo Energy (June/July 2018 issue) and enjoy our gallery with some of his amazing artworks!
Let’s start with the basics: has a “hyper-realistic” tattoo artist like yourself ever had any mentors in their life?
I’ve never had any specific mentors in my life but I’ve met different people who’ve influenced my work a lot. In the first three years of my career, I had the honour of working with an amazing artist named Bruno Oeuvret. This guy was such a good illustrator, he could draw or paint anything in a “hyper realistic” way like nothing I’ve seen before. I was influenced a lot by him and by his advice while I was working by his side in the first tattoo shop I worked at. He gave me the confidence I needed to go further into my art and some knowledge I still bring with me every day.
Apart from him, have there been any others you could mention?
Well, time after time I have made so many really good friends who have influenced my work along the way but the end result is always me trying to learn stuff by myself.
Travelling and meeting people has helped me a lot but I’ve always had to focus on myself to understand and to improve my craft.
How long does it take for you to finish a tattoo? Does it take you a long time or do you have a method you use no matter what you’re working on?
A few years ago I thought I was pretty fast at tattooing, but now seeing all the new artists getting so good and so fast, I feel as slow as a turtle! I like to try different methods, I can’t say I have one method that works all the time. I always try different ways to prepare my projects, I also try different tattooing method depending on new stuff I’ve learned from different artists. I wish I had one specific way of working and hit the jackpot all the time but it doesn’t work for me.