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Mike Lavallee from Killer Paint Joins the Show!

August 26, 201518 min
We're talkin' TRUE FIRE, airbrush techniques and future projects with Mike Lavallee! Renowned for his TRUE FIRE airbrush technique which has revitalized the automotive art industry, the artist, Mike Lavallee, traces his roots to sign painting. Graduating with a degree in Sign Painting from Boston's Butera Art School in 1979, he would not work exclusively on bikes until after attending his first rally in Laconia, New Hampshire. It would become weekend event that would permanently change his life. It sparked what would eventually become a lifelong endeavor. Immersing himself in a decades long trek he would travel the motorcycle circuit as an artist until choosing to settle in the Pacific Northwest. In 1999 he opened his airbrush studio, Killer Paint, in Snohomish, Washington. After several successful collaborations with Chip Foose of Foose Design, Mike was introduced to a unique market of enthusiasts with an unquenchable appetite for fast rides and custom paint jobs. Sunny California was set ablaze when Mike's signature flame jobs burst onto the scene, instantly branding his technique a hot commodity. A friendship with Jesse James of West Coast Choppers landed Mike his first spot on television. Appearing as a guest artist on The Discovery Channel's, "Monster Garage," was an exciting experience. Mike attributes a significant portion of his success to both Chip Foose and Jesse James. Chip, in particular, has been a major component in the exposure of Mike’s distinctive TRUE FIRE technique. Since his appearances on Monster Garage, Mike, has since been honored to participate in TLC's wildly popular "Overhaulin'" and "RIDES"; shows he credits for their publicity of his TRUE FIRE technique. Mike has poured over 25 years of his life into his artwork, making it his primary focus, second to none. It's been a journey from one end of the country to another, some times being far easier than others. Along the way he's touched lives, inspired awe, spread smiles and lived to the fullest. In Mike's words, “What more could you ask for?” ABOUT KILLER PAINT - The custom automotive industry has never been the same since Killer Paint has come onto the scene. Mike Lavallee, Brooklyn native, has continued to invent, create, and elevate an industry that he calls home. The breadth of Mike’s vision and creative talent is long and wide. Mike and Killer Paint can transform any client’s dreams into striking realities one airbrush stroke at a time. Lavallee specializes in fine art, portraits, wildlife, murals and so much more. The creation of True Fire, revolutionized the entire industry and is still a highly sought after technique and effect. Barely letting the paint dry in his airbrush, Mike created Skelebrities, phenomenal and edgy renditions of the likes of Clint Eastwood and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith. And, Mike Lavallee and Killer paint are constantly giving back to the custom automotive community, traveling and teaching new students the art of the airbrush. Mike Lavallee and Killer paint are located in Snohomish, Washington, and are available to discuss your custom project at any time. Working within the budgets of our clients is our specialty, realizing that Killer Paint does have a minimum of $500.00. All quotes from Mike and Killer Paint include prep, artwork, clear, cut and buffing unless other details are specified. When you are considering where to spend your custom cash, go no further than trusting your project with Mike Lavallee and Killer Paint. Killer Paint, where custom goes to the next level. www.killerpaint.com Keep up with Killer Paint on facebook!

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