Introducing: Toolbox LA Community Associate Luis Marquez

Luis Marquez is an artist who loves comedy, reading, and design. A SoCal native, Luis was born and raised in the SFV. After graduating from CSUN with a BA in Art, Luis began working at Wildlife Tattoo training to learn the craft. During his weekends he works as an independent artist and continues to refine his art style and add to his body of work.

Growing up, what did you think you wanted to be?

I wanted to be an artist. Cartoons like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and video games were my source of inspiration and art was a way for expressing all the bombastic ideas that they inspired. My older brother also drew a lot and introduced me to a lot of artist’s work that I fell in love with and helped fuel my creative fire well into my college years.

What did you study in college?

I received a BA in Arts from CSUN. Illustration and panting were my areas of concentration.

My first job was at Wildlife Tattoos as a tattoo apprentice. Designing art and being able to share my skill with others who want to collect it to ornate their bodies with it permanently stimulated me in a way like no other medium has.

What was your first job?

My favorite job thus far has to be as an apprentice at Wildlife Tattoo. The shop and the people that work there have become like a second family/ home to me and you never know what to expect out of your day when you walk in.

Describe your ideal work environment.

My ideal work environment is creative, full of collaboration, where we can push and explore boundaries, and full of intelligent positive people to learn from.

What makes the fire in your belly burn / what motivates you?

Challenge and confusion. Some people may run from it but to me, challenge and confusion dare me to understand and conquer. I’m too stubborn to let those situations like that control me, plus I’m incredibly curious. I’m a glutton for knowledge.

What three words would your parents use to describe you?

Thoughtful, practical, and creative

What’s your favorite get sh*t done quote?

“There ain’t nothin’ to it but to do it!”