LAQA & Co. is a New York based cosmetic brand that’s about more than just beauty. We offer über convenience as standard. And a little bit of altruism in every box.
We began with the Nail Polish Pen - high gloss nail lacquer in a pen, so you can easily do your nails anywhere in just a few clicks. And followed up with the Fat lip Pencil, a glossy lip pencil in a handy jumbo pencil - that needs no sharpener.
Mind you, these aren’t just pens or pencils - they’re little pieces of art too. We cover our packaging in unique artwork by young artists looking to get their work seen by lots and lots of people. And our Artists get a cut of the profit from every product purchased. Just below you'll see a different artist featured every month. So spread the word...
Ankle Biter - Luke Forshaw
Luke - born and raised in Manchester UK - has a self professed unhealthy love for spaghetti westerns, biscuits and collecting vintage cameras. His inspiration for much of his work comes from natural forms, sci-fi films and Music. The majority of his work involves using analogue processes, for example his recent project Broken-Mind is created using factory rejected Polaroid from The Impossible Project.
Tell us more about the photography for "Painted Skull”.
The setting up of the photo shoot for painted skulls was a very stressful task. it involved suspending a skull in mid air and trying to pour paint over it whilst taking a photograph. It was very tricky but very fun and messy and when I saw the photograph I knew I had created my own little monster!
What inspired you to create the image?
The inspiration for the image came from taxidermy animals and scifi films. I wanted to create a creature straight out of a Ridley Scott film which was full of life.
Has photography always been a dream of yours?
I've always had a keen interest in photography and the magic of capturing a moment in time, my first camera was a 35mm Zenit 11 my dad gave me which I still have and what started my collection of over 200 cameras from 1914 plate cameras to 60s movie cameras.
Tell me about your online boutique, Boutique Forshaw?
Boutique Forshaw was very much an accidental discovery I found society6 and had purchased a few really cool items. It wasn't till I found out the art prints and T-shirts were made by people just like me that inspired me to create my own shop selling art prints.
What would you say are your main inspirations for your images?
The biggest inspiration for my images is the natural world and my over active imagination. I was always encouraged to create images by my family especially my grandad who would tell me about stories of a tiger he saw when he served in the war.
Finally, do you have any stories you'd like to share?
In August 2012 I booked to take my girlfriend to lake Windermere for a late birthday present, when we arrived I insisted on hiring a tiny motor boat and going out on the lake to get some photographs, after a good half hour of sailing I told her to take control of the boat while I took some pictures of the lake, I returned to her at the wheel where I went down on one knee removed a ring from my pocket and asked her to Marry me! She was so shocked she forgot about steering the boat and we ended up head into the path of a giant steam boat! Lucky she said yes before realising she needed to steer us away from the on coming steam boat.
See Luke Forshaw's work here