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You’ve seen these “monsters” all over skateboarding-From Almost Skateboards and SML wheels to the cover of Thrasher, Transworld, and numerous skate ads. United was able to find out more about the man behind the monsters-Lucas Beaufort.
Hey Lucas! Thanks for your time! Would you mind giving us just a little bit of information about yourself-age, hometown, you know the routine!
I’m from Cannes France, and I’m 35 years old. I’ve been skating for 22 years, and painting for eight. And, I love skateboarding because the more you do it, the more you like it.
Perfect background information! You didn’t start painting until you were in your 20’s then? What took you so long to begin?
It really came out of the blue. Growing up I always watched my mom paint, but I didn’t start until I was 27. After I started, I started to feel something very deep. I really felt a need to express something with my hands, and painting fulfilled that need for me.
You started skating earlier on in life, while growing up in France, what got you started in skating?
I started to skate around 13. I remember that in my small village, which was close to Cannes, I was the only one skating. After only one year there were like 10 of us who cruised around.
You loved Alien Workshop boards right? Why? Was an Alien Workshop board your first deck?
I really loved all of the brands of the 90’s. I really liked the graphics, but Mind Field was one of my favorite videos, so I just naturally liked the Alien Workshop decks. My first deck though was an Element deck. Really the only reason for that was because it was the only one available in my local shop growing up.
What was the skate scene like growing up in France?
Growing up, my local scene was the best. Every Saturday my crew and I used to go into Cannes. It was the best place to skate and the vibe was incredible. We were so tight together, no phones to distract us, we were just kids crazy about skateboarding. Very different from today’s kids.
How much do you still skate? Favorite trick?
I still skate, and I go around twice a week. I will skate forever. My goal is to be able to kick flip my board at 60 years old. My favorite trick is the kickflip, doing one is the best feeling ever.
You’ve said in other interviews that the monsters you draw are representational of the dreams you’ve had. Do you have a dream involving a monster you could share with us?
Yes indeed. My monsters grew up with me since I was a child. It’s weird because they were my enemies when I was young. They tried to scare me all of the time. Now they are my best friends. I think they wanted to communicate with me, they wanted to get out of my head.
Why did you connect your monsters with skateboarding? Any specific situation?
Really, the monsters are skateboarders, so it was just a natural habitat for them.
Do you ever draw the same monster more than once?
Yeah, I mean, they are real, take the twins, and the birds for instance, they are always in my paintings. To me they are my brothers, they really are much more than just monsters.
Can you describe the process of creating your monsters?
I don’t create the monsters. They create themselves in my mind. I know it sounds weird, but they decide where they want to stay and why. Then when I know where they want to be in a picture, I start painting them. It’s pretty easy.
How do you choose the shapes and colors you use to portray the monsters?
I love acrylics and water colors. I love the green, blue and purple colors I use often. I don’t have limits with colors, I think I love them all.
You started using skateboarding mag covers as your background papers for your art. How did you begin to get recognized nationally and internationally?
I’ve always been a big fan of print magazine, especially skateboard magazines. I had a stack of Transworld and Thrashers at home. I started to paint on TWS covers and I sent them what I did. They loved it actually! Now I receive more than 20 different skateboarding magazines every month. It’s pretty cool!
What was your first piece of art that was seen on a global level?
My first art was in Vice magazine. It was a big mouth on the cover. I didn’t know why I did that but now I think it was the best thing for me to do and it worked out for the best for me.
You and Sebo Walker have recently teamed up for an art show in LA right? Can you talk about that process and working with Sebo?
Sebo is the best. He is so nice, funny, and really creative. Working with him was always so easy. The first time I met him was a year ago in L.A. It was the night that he turned pro for Krooked. We met that night, and since that night we’ve been pretty close. We are going to keep working together.
Any fun stories to share about your creative minds coming together?
We found that we have so much in common when it comes to our art work, especially for shades.
Why do you believe that there is such a strong connection between artwork and skateboarding?
One can’t work with the other. It’s like trying to separate two brothers, it’s just impossible. The connection between the two was natural to me. I don’t even have to think about it, it’s just natural in my mind.
What words of advice do you have for skaters out there who are also passionate about their art?
WORK WORK WORK! HARD HARD HARD! Be curious, meet people, travel, and try things to get started in the industry!
Lucas thank you so much for your time! I appreciate it, and I’m looking forward to see where the monsters pop up next!