Who are you and what do you do?
My names Lindsey Roussel AKA Lucky Eye Ink. I’m a local artist, Fashion Designer, and Social Media Specialist. Kind of a jack of all trades with art, the main mediums I use are Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Fashion Design, Jewelry, and Photography. Most of my current work is Drawing and Painting though. I also curate art shows at Beardsgaard Barbers once a month that are similar to ArtBar so I’m getting in to the Art show scene more.
What influences your work?
My drawings are heavily influenced by the tattoo industry. I fell in love with tattoos at a young age and so my current portfolio has a mix of Neo Traditional and American Tradition vibe to them. I like my work to be super clean and bold. Almost like they could be taken off the page and put anywhere as a sticker, so that gives it a kind of street art aesthetic.
What are you currently working on?
A friend of mine is opening his own barber shop (shout out to Herron & Co. Barbers in Genoa) and he’s asked me to put up a bunch of pieces there and then eventually I’ll be doing a full mural which I’m really excited about. I am also participating in a drawing a day challenge this year. By the end of 2018 I will have 365 drawings from the year.
What is the coolest thing you have ever worked on?
Because of ArtBar I was able to meet Eli Kahn who was playing at The Roundhouse. He and his band, After Ours, ended up commissioning me for album art off of a piece I had up at the show. That’s not even the coolest part though. The band teamed up with a local brewery and my art ended up on a limited edition beer at Evil Czech Brewery.
What is your dream project?
I’d love to design tattoos for celebrities. It would be awesome to see Traditional tattoos make a comeback. But if I could ever collab with Kat Von D that would be it. I don’t think there’s anything else that would be cooler than that.
What do you hope people get from your work?
I honestly draw for the aesthetic of it, rarely I’ll do something that has meaning but those usually correlate to a tattoo design or a themed show. As cliché as it sounds my life influences my work, I currently work at a barber shop and tattoo shop so I’ve been drawing a lot of bearded guys and flash sheets these days.
What artist should we check out?
Locally, the artist that is my biggest influence is Chris Hodge. He was a teacher at the high school I went to and although I never had a class with him he ran the after school art activities so I always saw him draw. Every once in a while I’ll have a piece that has similar vibes to his. The only reason I do ArtBar is because I essentially begged to do shows with him while I was in high school and he told me to ask after I graduated and I followed through. So thanks to Hodge I’ve been doing ArtBar since 2014.
Where can we see your work?
I almost always do ArtBar so once a month you can see my piece there. If not, I curate Art at the Gaard at Beardsgaard Barbers on Second Fridays so I always have art up for those and just generally in the shop throughout the week. Starting early January-ish I’ll have work up at Herron & Co. Barbers in Genoa as well. I do also have an original up at Gallery Tattoo Club in Galesburg so I have work down in Southern, IL if you want to make the drive. If not my Instagram is the most current of my social media at @luckyeyeink you can follow me on everything else with the same handle too but those aren’t updated as frequently.