Occupation: Tattoo Artist and Marine Corps veteran
Current Residence: Wildomar, California
Relationship Status: In A Relationship
Survival Skills: Trap setting
Luke Pytlik is a 35 year old Marine Corps veteran who has been a tattoo artist in the Temecula Valley in California for 5 years now. His girlfriend of a year, Jacki, is a 1st grade teacher, which makes them an unlikely yet surprisingly happy couple.
Luke has always loved camping growing up, and the idea of minimalist survival has always interested him. In his twenties, Luke and his friends began to study the art of survival and ventured out on their annual "Man vs. Wild" trips for 4 days at a time to test their skills. Usually this took place in the Sierra Nevada's of California. Trap setting has always been a particular interest of his, as it has a tendency to be more pro-active in his eyes for catching food.
Luke grew up moving around continuously with his brother, under the care of his single mother, who always had at least two jobs at any given time. This caused the two of them to most of the time be fending for themselves. Living comfortably with the bare essentials is a natural ease for Luke because of this upbringing. Knowing survival in all aspects of life is something that Luke prides himself on because of the ups and downs he has experienced.
Within the last couple years, Luke developed a desire to help other people who are less fortunate than himself and started traveling a humanitarian path. He is a member of a Rotary club in Temecula, for which he is the international director. He has traveled to places like Nicaragua to help rebuild elementary schools that are unacceptable for the children to learn in. In 2013, Luke hiked all 211 miles of the John Muir Trail in California as a fundraiser to build a school for kids that were learning in a building with 2 walls and a dirt floor.
Luke runs his own tattoo business, which is his dream job that allows him to make his own schedule as well as make a good living doing what he enjoys. He is looking forward to this survival challenge as a personal one to test himself in literally the worst scenario possible. Some of the people that he helps live this every day and he wants to know empathy.