Lacko Illustration :: In His Own Words

Lacko Illustration AltPick Blog Samples

by John Lacko

Clients hire me for many reasons – mostly to help them translate
an idea into my stylized and colorful designs. My inspiration comes from
movies, street trends, and pop culture but sometimes it comes from
the weird things I find myself collecting when I travel. I’ve worn
eye glasses since I was a kid and when I’m on the road I find cool
frames made by regional designers or in vintage shops that I
have fitted with prescription lenses when I get back home. For me,
an odd pair of glasses is the ultimate souvenir… Living and working
in Miami Beach, it’s all about your shades.

I’ve gathered a few project samples that show my latest obsessions
with hand lettering, vibrant colors, stylized eyewear & monster motifs.

PROJECT [1]
WHAT: Infinite Jest was created for Altpick Promotional Deck of Cards
LOCATION: Miami Beach
CLIENT: AltPick Deck / Self Promotional
INSPIRATION / OBSESSION: B-Movie Monster Font / Playing Card Jokers & Jesters
Stylized Eyewear / Hand Drawn Lettering / Skulls

PROJECT [2]
WHAT: Rapper Freck Billionaire’s “Cloud Gang” Logo.
LOCATION: NYC
CLIENT: Freck Billionaire / Stable Communications
INSPIRATION / OBSESSION: Metallics + Gradients /
Stylized Eyewear / Hand Drawn Graffiti Lettering

PROJECT [3]
WHAT: Eight Point Five Clothing Brand – Tough Love Screen Tee Graphic
LOCATION: Toronto
CLIENT: Eight Point Five Clothing
INSPIRATION / OBSESSION: Hand Drawn Graffiti Lettering / Mash-Ups /
“All’s Fair In Love & War”

PROJECT [4]
WHAT: DJ Mafia – Australian Party DJ Brand Logo – Self Portrat of Maria AKA DJ Mafia
LOCATION: Australia
CLIENT: DJ MAFIA
INSPIRATION / OBSESSION: Screaming Hand of Santa Cruz /
M Jordan/ Tongue / Stylized Eyewear

PROJECT [5]
WHAT: Hasbro’s Cuponk Game. Snake Logo used for game sticker sets
LOCATION: California
CLIENT: Hasbro
INSPIRATION / OBSESSION: Snakes / Heraldry/ Hand Lettering

The product of a solitary 70s-era childhood,  John Lacko spends his days lost in illustrative story telling and demented design thinking. His art is entirely handcrafted using needles, pencils and pixels.  See more of his work on his website and Altpick page.

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