started BLVisuals® (BlackLightVisuals®) experimentally as a Fine Arts major and graduate from College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. Brad's interest in the Ultra Violet world was inspired by the psychedelic posters he grew up screen printing with his Father. He began to experiment with the possibilities of Fluorescent pigments in his spare time while creating a Black Light Stop Motion Short Film. Upon experimenting, he figured out a way to utilize the marbling process in a way that allowed him to paint on both clothing and on skin in a safe manner. However, after Graduating, Brad focused more on his drawing career, and his Ultra Violet art remained a side project while he labored away on 12 massive commissioned charcoal drawings.
The tables turned again when just months after his graduation from CCS, Brad began experiencing pain in his forearms, and was diagnosed with chronic tendonitis in his wrist. After months of being frustrated by his inability to draw with the condition, he began to take more interest in his hydrodying methods as a form of Art Therapy, and thus, Body Marbling® was born.
joined the Marine Corps in 2009, when Brad began experimenting in the world of the Ultra Violet. Mike planned on making the military a life long career, and his military occupation specialty (MOS) was mortar man forward observer until August of 2010, when Mike was wounded from a gun shot while deployed in Afghanistan. When he returned home, the doctors told him he would never be able to walk again. He spent four months in a wheelchair and 2 ½ years doing physical therapy, and after years of hard work, proved the doctors wrong! Upon his recovery in 2013, Mike reconnected with Brad around the time that Brad was struggling with finishing his last drawing with his tendonitis. The two were friends in high school and played Varsity soccer together - yet were now both struggling with chronic pain & physical limitations just 6 years after. But Brad could still Create using his abstract painting method, and had a grand Vision for radical applications of the medium. With the motivation and support of Mike - the two kept progressing forward towards realizing the Dream.
had been a close friend and artistic collaborator of Brad's for nearly 4 years, creating several films utilizing Ultraviolet ink and some pretty mind-blowing footage, much before the dawn of BLVisuals. This led him to be the cinematographer for BLVisuals®, acting as Brad's eyes and ears and filming the images they visualize together. All of our promotional videos and photo shoots have been captured and lovingly edited by him. Franko's also the most Optimistic guy you'll ever meet. Ever. Even when he is fighting with editing software, which is kind of an amazing trait to have. And he makes it a point to spread positivity to everyone he encounters.
is Brad's cousin, and started off her BLVisuals® career from the beginning, helping Brad at his painting booths at Cirque du Womp shows in Detroit back in 2010. Two years ago, while living in Chicago, Morgan had four seizures, rendering her unable to graduate from Columbia College. She experienced two more seizures after moving back to Michigan and became increasingly frustrated with being stuck in her hometown without her license to drive. This huge detour in her life set her back in a way, but it also gave her the opportunity to reconnect with her cousin and rejoin the crew in the pursuit of a brighter, more Colorful life and a refreshed Creative outlook.
(Galactic) Gavin first crossed paths with the BLVisuals® crew at Electric Forest in 2014, which inspired him to move across the state to start working at the BLV studio. Also known as "Cosmic Christ", Gavin spreads his colorful enthusiastic energy with every soul he encounters and specializes in making everyone around him aware of the constant beauty that surrounds each and every one of us. Even with his bare feet planted in the soil, his 6' 8" stature promises a hug experience you will never forget.
stopped by our studio in 2015. He was exploring his creative endeavors as an artist and musician, and was ecstatic to happen upon our studio so close to home. His infectious smile and upbeat attitude added a fresh perspective to the crew. We couldn’t help but bring him on board. Hunter is growing a lot with us as we show him many new adventures during our travels. These experiences inspire him to continue pursing his passion for the arts and making the world a more colorful place.