Meet Massachusetts Illustrator Matt Locke

Matt Lock, an illustrator and musician based in Massachusetts.

Matt Lock is an illustrator and musician based in Massachusetts. He was originally inspired by comic books and his world of illustrations includes both psychedelic, colourful collages and intricate fine line drawings.

How old are you?

What nationality are you?
I'm a Caucasian American person.

Where are you based?

How long have you been drawing and making music?
I think I've been drawing since I was eight, maybe making music since I was in eighth grade or something but it was really bad music and really bad drawing.

How would you describe your drawings?
Kind of immature high school shit. Maybe with some metal music feelings or nostalgic, typical early 90s feelings.

What are your plans for future music-based projects?
Well, I want to make a really good old-school thrash metal band someday. I'm trying to make some 70s West Coast radio rock/space rock band right now. But it's taking a while.

Were you interested in drawing when you were growing up? What is your favourite subject matter?
Yeah, I really liked art. I was really into comic books and especially into action figure packaging. Like G.I JOES mostly. I used to save all of the packaging and copy the guys. I like to draw trashy motorcycle graphics and crumbling buildings as well as cheesy horror at the moment. I guess dripping stuff, I will always like to draw slimy dripping stuff.

What inspires you at the moment?
At the moment, I really like 80s thrash metal, older, swamp-thing comics, "Beavis and Butthead", haunted houses, black metal, old skateboard graphics and slime.

Who are your favourite bands / musicians?
Amon Duul II, Darkthrone, Hawkwind, Abba and Exciter. But it's super hard to pick favourites. I could probably make one hundred top fives for every different style, year, etc.

What's your dream job?
Probably photographing wild animals, or teaching English in Finland or something. Right now, I would really like to just clean an office building by myself at night, just clean while listening to a walkman for like five hours.

Who are your favourite artists and why?
I really like Mark Delong right now, and my friend Brent Wadden. Also Ola Vasiljeva, Devon Varmega, Kyle Field, Shoboshobo and Eric Mast to name a few. I just like how free and fun they are. They seem to have no boundaries and just create art/work straight from their brains. That, in my opinion, is the best kind of art.

Are you involved in any outside projects in other fields?
Not really. I just made a whole book of collages but that is kind of art.

What are your plans for the future? Where do you see yourself in ten years time?
Hopefully, I'll be living in seclusion in a colder climate with some friends, doing a mundane job while drawing some really cool things and making good music.

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