The hands of a corpse delicately caress the lips of a school girl while a young boy licks the eyeball of a woman who is bleeding profusely. Sailor Moon giggles over the shoulder of a girl playing with herself and monsters torment women tied with rope. These bizarre perversions are balanced by sweet visions of floating mermaids cuddling koi and Studio Ghibli favorites like Kiki's kitty Jiji or Chihiro's friend No-face. This is the awesome work of Tina Lugo.
JM: It’s wonderfully clear from your work that anime and manga are deep pools of inspiration for you, as they are for many 90’s kid who grew up watching Toonami and Adult Swim. When did you first notice your artistic abilities, and were your parents supportive of your creative exploration? How do you feel about your experience at SVA, and did it enrich your life in any particular ways?
Your personal style is so unadulterated and it’s awesome to see someone so young have such a complete vision of their work. Were there specific artists, or styles that inspired you? How has your style evolved over the years?
In your IG bio you state “Wear your kink proudly” and I feel like this is one of the many reasons your fans love you: your self-awareness and confidence. Where did you find the courage to embrace your sexuality so fully and openly? What advice do you have for others who are trying to do the same?
You tattoo, paint glass and murals, make shirts, and patches...you have your hands in many different mediums and I doubt that I’m the only person to wonder (and also hope..) but do you ever think you’ll create animation in the future? Will there be a Tina Lugo anime on Adult Swim anytime soon?