Luke McGarry is one of those amazing, almost dirty illustrators whose work is so fun and captivating while also retaining this sense of rawness. His subject matters vary from fantastically despicable characters he’s made up to current rock acts, which he filters through a comic and colorful lens that still, somehow, come out looking nicely greasy and punk rock.
McGarry is an LA artist by way of Manchester who has worked a lot with Fuck Yeah Fest, Goldenvoice, OC Weekly, LA Record, and many others. He draws from a lot of references, naturally, a big touchstone being R. Crumb. His work revolves around music imagery as you can tell from the list of people he’s worked with along with illustrations of musicians and concert posters. Thus, it should come as no surprise that he’s the bassist of LA dancerock outfit Pop Noir.
His graphic work is starting to pick up steam, the piece at the top actually featured in the March 2012 issue of Bloomberg Business week. Definitely check out his site for more work and, if you can’t get enough of his work, check out the work he does with brother and fellow Pop Noir bandmate Joe McGarry at Fantastic Heat Brothers.