Welcome to the BLVisuals experience! We are an independent group of painters and creators who strive to have fun and add a little more color to the world around us. We transform plain, average clothing, skin, hats, shoes, and endless other objects and articles into works of psychedelic Ultra Violet art!!!
BLVisuals was started experimentally here in Detroit by Brad Lawrence, a fine arts major and graduate from College for Creative Studies. Brad has worked with a multiplicity of painting and drawing mediums, both during and before his studies at CCS. Brad's interest in the Ultra Violet world was sparked in 2009, when he began to experiment with the possibilities of UV ink in his spare time. Through years of trial and error (and maybe a little bit of wizardry), he at last figured out a way to utilize the hydrodying process in a way that allowed him to paint on both clothing and on skin in a safe manner. However, Brad focused more at this time on his drawing skills, even working on massive commisioned charcoal pieces, and his Ultra Violet art remained as a side project. The tables turned again when months after his graduation from CCS, Brad began experiencing pain in his forearms, and was diagnosed with tendonitis. Frustrated by his inability to draw for extended periods, he began to take more interest in furthering his hydrodying methods, thus the birth of BLVisuals!
Corporal Michael Joseph Zach 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 carreer, and his military occuption specialty (MOS) was mortarman 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! Mike was a friend of Brad's in high school, and they both played soccer together. Upon his recovery in 2013, Mike reconnected with Brad around the time that Brad was struggling with finishing his last drawing with his tendonitis. Mike kept him driven to achieve despite his setback, telling Brad of his own determination to overcome his obstacles. Shortly thereafter, Mike dedicated his help by initiating the physical labor behind Brad's work that Brad himself couldn't do. Mike's hard work and inspiration has helped to form our foundation!
The other three members of our crew are long-time friends or family of Brad Lawrence and Michael Zach.
Frank Terenzi has been a close friend of Brad's for nearly seven years, and through all those years has become an integral part of the company. Frank is the cinematographer of BLVisuals, acting as Brad's eyes and ears and filming the images they visualize together. All of our promotional videos and photoshoots have been captured and lovingly edited by him. Frank's amazing work has been shown to some of our icons, most recently Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (!!!), who were kind enough to watch Frank's film that was set to their own music. Their positive feedback was an amazing encouragement to the whole crew, and Frank is always ready to blow minds with his quick and clever filming and editing!
Morgan Lawrence 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 when she was 16. Morgan also had some major setbacks that changed her life – for the better! Two years ago, while living in Chicago, Morgan had four seizures, rendering her unable to graduate from Columbia College. 8 months after moving back to Michigan, she experienced two more seizures. It became difficult for her to function in her hometown without her license to drive. This huge detour in her life set her back in a way, but it also brought her the huge opportunity to reconnect with her cousin and join the crew once more. Thanks to the help of BLVisuals, Morgan is now able to carve her own path and live a more colorful life!
Marley Ames is the lifelong friend of Morgan, growing up as her next-door neighbor. Always fascinated with people, connections, and a new way of life, she was drawn to the idea of the traveling artist's life. Marley experienced her first major festival while attending Electric Forest in the summer of 2013. She fell in love with the atmosphere, sense of adventure, and positive vibrations of the festival, and immediately accepted the invitation to join the crew at BLVisuals. She is now in charge of most of our online correspondances, and Marley is a perfect fit for the crew here!
Together, our eclectic group of five aims to travel around the globe and inspire people everywhere to open their minds and let more creativity into their lives. We have become a close family, each with a story of our own, using our words and creations to give a bit of vibrance and beauty back to the wondeful people we are surrounded with each and every day!