It all started with a monster doodled on a skater magazine cover.
That was Lucas Beaufort's way of revealing his artistic side to the skater world he was already a big part of.
By drawing fun, friendly monsters on the photographs featuring skaters from all over the world, Beaufort found an amusing way to incorporate himself — the monster — in all the images as a skateboarding spectator. It was a way to bridge two worlds he loved. Turns out many others loved it, too.
"When I started to paint on The Skateboard Mag … I didn't know where I was going — I was experimenting with no particular goal," Beaufort told The Creators Project in 2015 about the art he started creating in 2011.
"When I start painting on a photograph, I need to feel it first," he continued. "By painting my little monsters on a photo, I imagine myself being a part of this special moment with the skater and the photographer. It's weird but when I paint on it I feel like I am the monsters so it's like painting myself in the photograph."
Beaufort launched the LB Project in 2014 to create a space where photographers and artists could collaborate in a unique way. The traveling show stopped in European cities such as Berlin, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, and London.
"My main goal was to bring artists, stores, media, and brands together to support Skateistan," he explained to The Creators Project about his support of the organization that uses skateboarding as a tool for empowering youth.
Now, Beaufort is working on producing his LB Project traveling show into a documentary called Devoted, which is set for release in June 2017 in Los Angeles.