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This episode ( Season 4, Episode 2) aired on January 12, 2007.

The tattoo artists from “Miami Ink” had seen Mike on other television shows. So when they got a new shop Jeep, they decided to call him in to paint artwork on the hood.


Doing paint work on a television show often means having someone looking over your shoulder while you work, and staying focused with the whole crew working around you the whole time.


Mike got to see the tattoo gurus at their workplace, and artist Ami James came up with a Chinese Dragon sketch for the design for Mike to use on on the hood mural as soon as he got to painting.


The hood for the Jeep was waiting for Mike to paint at a local body shop, just down the street from the Love Hate Tattoo shop.


The weather during the job was very humid, and extremely hot. But when there’s a job to do, and a limited window of time in which to do it, sweating it out is the only option to get it done.


After the paint work was done, Mike got to keep the original concept sketch that Ami drew for the design, and as of this posting, he still has it on the wall above his desk at Killer Paint.


Let us know in the comments if there is anything you’d like to see us post here in the future!

Killer Paint is often known for over-the-top paint jobs. However, fantastic results can be achieved with a relatively modest amount of artwork added to an existing paint job.


Joe B. had previously had his lower fairing add-on pieces painted for his Harley, and last month he finally decided to bring his ride back to have the rest of the bike done to match.

2012 FLHR Road KingHis 2012 FLHR Road King still had its stock Candy Red and Beer Bottle two-tone, similar to the bike pictured above.

The idea was to add artwork across the bike to match the flames and skulls on the lower fairing pieces done previously, while keeping much of the feel of the stock paint design intact.

The darker sections were filled in across the whole bike with much of the artwork. In this case, the skulls and some fire. Additional flames were added in as an accent where appropriate, in the red areas on the bike.

Road King Fender Two Tone DetailThe front fender and side covers were given a Beer Bottle Brown two tone and pinstripe to match the stock paint scheme, as well as matching artwork in those areas.

11403474_10153326024165605_1327764437036631823_n2A flaming skull with smoke, with some shading for extra depth and dimension, were added to the Harley-Davidson logo on each side of the tank. The front fender got a flaming skull as well.


While the bike was still in progress, Joe brought in some skeletal rear-view mirrors that he had found. They were going to be a perfect match to his bike when once it was done. The chrome skeleton arms and hands were masked off so that the mirrors could be painted red to match.


The result is an effective look. By not overloading the bike with the design and working within an existing paint scheme, you can still achieve a big impact. Wallpapering the parts with artwork is not necessarily the best approach every time.

10613021_10153360018195605_2564750922883798813_n2The customer definitely approved! He even brought a gift to show his appreciation.

Hope you enjoyed seeing this project. Let us know in the comments what you think of it, and if there is anything else you think you would like to see in future posts!

This episode of “Rides” (Season 4, Episode 3) originally aired August 9, 2005.

For this show, Mike was tasked to go head-to-head on a painting challenge with California airbrush artist Yvonne Mecialis. Each would receive a silver Pontiac G6 to paint, and only a week to do it!

Afterward, both cars would be brought together to determine whose brush was mightiest!

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Mike decided that the car would get a biomechanical look, a la H.R. Geiger, fused with an ancient Egyptian theme.


First, the car was covered bumper to bumper with biomech elements and hieroglyphs, with a Pharaoh dominating the hood. Small “Easter eggs” and other hidden nods/homages were scattered throughout the design. Airbrushes and Killer Paint’s skull logo were placed amongst the symbols, and the scarab used in the House of Kolor paint logo was incorporated as well.

DSCN2504BAt this point, covered in elaborate silver biomech designs, the car looks like a job well done. However, what came next made some viewers’ jaws drop. Much of this design was now to be painted over!

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The car was masked off with an array of tears and shreds, and then painted blue… leaving the elaborate biomech elements peeking out, revealed only where the paint areas appeared to peel away. Shading and painted peeling effects added depth to the multilayer effect. A portrait of Mike’s competition Yvonne, is on the trunk lid in back.


Here are some more details in the finished paint job. A mechanical spine is revealed on the roof, and some of the hieroglyphs on the hood.

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Once the car is done, it is sent off to the site of the showdown…


…where the competition is waiting.


Yvonne’s car also has a biomech flavor, and possibly some inspiration from the 1927 Sci-Fi classic “Metropolis.” She incorporated bright swooshes of color into her design as well.

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In the end, the show’s producers decided that they couldn’t determine a clear winner, and declared the showdown a draw. Everybody wins!


Unfortunately though, the two cars painted for this competition were not production models. They were not issued VIN numbers, and were not street legal. As such, they were scheduled to be destroyed after the show wrapped. Some removable parts from the car were saved and brought back to Killer Paint before its final demise.

The hood featuring the biomech Pharaoh is still hanging on the wall of the Killer Paint shop as of this posting.


Did you see this show when it originally aired? What did you think of the competition, and what was your favorite part of this project? Let us know in the comments!

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Oh! and Here is a bonus Wallpaper image featuring the Biomech G6 as well. Enjoy!


Here at Killer Paint, there tend to be a lot of skulls and skeletons around the shop. No big surprise. However, there are some skeletal figures in residence that Mike didn’t make or paint…


Catrina (or Calavera Catrina) figurines are a favorite of Mike’s to collect and display in the shop.  They are strongly associated with the Mexican Dia de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead) celebrations and have become an iconic cultural image. Mike prefers to collect authentic Mexican-crafted pieces. (Most of these figures were acquired from Heart of Mejico.)

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Imported dolls can cost more, but each one is hand-crafted and painted, so no two are exactly the same. Each figure has its own quirks and unique appearance.


If you ever happen to come by the shop, make sure to take a look at these fantastic figures!


There are a lot of other interesting and unusual things hanging around the shop. We hope to show you more of the stuff we’ve got here at the Killer Paint shop in the future when we have the chance.

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This episode originally aired Jan. 24, 2006. This time Chip Foose and his team took on two overhauls for an employee of NAPA Auto Parts. In addition to her ’67 El Camino, they also Overhauled her NAPA 2003 S-10 pickup.

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Mike was brought in to add some heat to the paint job in the form of True Fire.


The truck got a classic True Fire streak off of each of the wheel wells.


Nothing is safe from the airbrush on these projects. Even this oversized NAPA hat gets touched by flames.


In the end, it is probably safe to say that this is the hottest “delivery truck” at NAPA

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Our customer Yanee brought in her Can-Am Spyder a while back to get the Killer Paint treatment. So Mike laid some sick shreds and True Fire on it, and she was crazy happy with the result. So much so, that she came back to us to get her accompanying trailer done up to match.


Here is the result:  Plenty of shreds to look like the original paint is being torn away, and rich, hot orange True Fire underneath, matching the existing paint job on her Spyder.  And of course, a flaming skull on the front end.

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Mike added a little something extra on the top too- A Seattle Seahawks tribute on the top for her. She is a big time “12th Man.” She loves her ‘Hawks, and loves to show it, too.


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In a business like custom paint, there are a lot of supplies you go through pretty quickly. One of those is the X-Acto Precision Knife (or similar hobby knife.) Often, the cuts need to be precise, and with frequent use, they dull pretty darn quickly. And don’t forget the good old-fashioned Straight Razor Blades either.

For safety reasons, it’s really not the best idea to just pitch them in your garbage can or waste paper basket. Even a relatively dull blade is still sharp enough to be dangerous. So it’s not a bad idea to have a container to safely collect your old blades Here are a few things used here at the shop…


The Paint Mixing Cup- Just take a pint (or quart, if you’re ambitious) Mixing Cup and cut a coin slot in the top. It’s like a piggy bank for weary old blades!


Baby Wipe Container- Many Baby Wipes containers (or other cleaning wipes) have a push-button lid. Once you have used all the wipes, it makes an ideal container, and safer from spills if you knock it on the floor. Nobody likes sharp objects scattered across their floor. Well most people, we would hope.

Tell us if you have your own trick for storing your old blades, and let us know if there is anything you would like posted here!

This episode originally aired on May 21, 1010.

In this episode, Bill Goldberg and the “Garage Mahal” team were tasked to… (blah, blah, blah… BMX Garage, yadda yadda.)

Sure, the garage turned out great, but Mike wasn’t messing around in the garage. He was out back working on something much bigger- The family’s riding/skating pool. He was painting a pretty massive mural for the Taylor family, and it was going to require all of his attention.

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Goldberg and Mike discuss how the project is going…

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While it was still dark, the original concept sketch of Mike’s design was projected onto the surface at the full size, to get things blocked out.

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Mike had to take his shoes off to avoid scuffing or damaging the paint while he worked. In addition to the main mural, he added faux cracks and stains around the edges to tie it all in.

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And at the end of the day, voila! Here is the completed mural!

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Picture 848BDid you see this episode on television? What part of the project did you like best?

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When customer Scott came to us with his V8 powered Boss Hoss motorcycle, he wasn’t sure exactly what he wanted done. It’s a beast of a machine, and he knew he wanted something extreme. Something different. When he found out that our customer had worked as a carpenter, Mike knew just what he wanted to do… and it was agreed-  The bike would get a faux wood treatment.


Here are just a few of the tools used to achieve the faux woodgrain effect. Some of them are pretty basic, but some are pretty unusual, at least when used for this technique… For this method, Createx’s Wicked Colors line of water-based paints came into play.


The simulated wood looks pretty sick all by itself, but it ain’t done yet.


We’re looking to turn the dial up to “Killer” (or 11, if you like) so there is more to pile on. It also gets faux weathered metal trim and rivets, some cracks, and other assorted details too. And of course, some True Fire. (click to enlarge)

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Our customer didn’t know exactly what Mike had in store for his machine, and he didn’t get to see it until the day he came to pick it up. He was nervous to see it, and everyone at the shop was a bit anxious, hoping that he would like it when he finally laid eyes on it.


Once he had a chance to take it all in (and there is a lot to take in) he was absolutely thrilled at the result. We love to surpass even the customer’s imagination.


Tell us what you think! If you have any ideas on other things you’d like to see here, let us know.

This project originally aired Oct. 27, 2003 on “Monster Garage” (Season 2, Episode 7)

In this episode, Jesse James and his team revisited a previously failed challenge. The goal was to make a backhoe/hearse “gravedigger” vehicle. The last time they tried to put a backhoe in a hearse (Season 1, Episode 6 “Grim Ripper”), things didn’t quite work out. This time, they had better luck.

Gravedigger Hearse Front View

Mike got called in on the project to add his unique touch to the build:

The hearse got artwork from bumper to bumper. A gigantic Grim Reaper dominates each side of the vehicle, and since it was missing a headlight, Mike candied the other headlight a sinister red to match the ‘Reaper’s eyes…

Gravedigger Hearse Side View

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…and with a little more paint, the hydraulic digging arm was transformed into a giant skeletal arm and claw, as if the Grim Reaper itself was reaching out to dig graves.

Gravedigger Hearse Skeletal Backhoe Arm

Fittingly, the morbidly-themed episode aired just in time for Halloween. Mike recalls that the car gave him the creeps because the interior still smelled of embalming fluids.

Gravedigger Hearse Front View

Gravedigger Hearse Back View

Jesse James and the Gravedigger Hearse

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