“Creativity is a highfalutin word for the work.”
After earning a degree in Sign Painting from Boston's Butera Art School in 1979, it would be a few years before Mike Lavallee pursued his passion of working on bikes. In 1999, Lavallee opened his shop, Killer Paint in Snohomish, Washington, and has become renowned for his realistic fire technique and cutting edge style. California was set ablaze when Mike's signature flame jobs burst onto the scene, instantly branding his technique a hot commodity. Cliff Stieglitz, Airbrush Action's publisher recommended Lavallee to Jesse James, of West Coast Choppers, which landed Mike his first spot on television. Appearing as a guest artist on The Discovery Channel's Monster Garage, Lavallee attributes a significant portion of his success to both Chip Foose and Jesse James. Since his appearances on Monster Garage, Lavallee, has since participated in TLC's Overhaulin and RIDES.