Between June 15 and 25, 2019, several thousand rock posters flew off a dozen or so merch tables on two continents. The occasions were concerts headlined by Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, The National, Eddie Vedder, Phish, and Death Cab for Cutie. Despite the distinct musical tastes of these band’s audiences, one artist had been selected to produce limited-edition screenprints for all of them, a 22-year-old Baltimorean named Luke Martin.
For Martin, it was a helluva couple of weeks, but for lots of rock-poster collectors, even those who like to think they’re in the know, a common question was, “Who’s Luke Martin?”
Martin was as surprised as anyone by his sudden success. “At the end of 2018,” Martin tells me over the phone, “I was like, ‘This has been an awesome year. There’s no way 2019 can be any better.’ But that summer, I put down my flag in the gig-poster field. A lot of people didn’t know who I was before that.”
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