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Portrait of Mike Davis by Ransom & Mitchell


Mike Davis grew up in Ohio and currently lives in San Francisco, CA.  He is a self-taught painter who educated himself in the old masters – his style and subject matter reflect the warm pastoral, classic elegance of the medieval world. His works are very surreal, symbolic narratives reflecting the obvious influence of Brughel’s works – old school yet new school. The complex compositions, golden colorings, masterful execution and flow of humorous humanity in Mike’s works place him over the top.

A veteran tattoo artist,  he is the owner of the internationally renowned tattoo shop, Everlasting Tattoo.  Mike also enjoys woodworking, inlay, builds guitars and various other fun & crafty things when he isn’t painting.


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My favorite art memory from my childhood is … 

Watching my Ma make things, she is very artistic and crafty. Mad magazine, the Batman show and Ed Roth…


My interest in art / painting started ….

I’ve been making some kind of art since before I can remember…


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I am often inspired and motivated by….

I’m inspired and motivated by various things. It could be a visit to a museum, an image in a book, an argument, a kiss, a person on the street, a dead pigeon…  I’m always super motivated when I come back from Europe – there is so much to be inspired by there!


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If I could spend the day with any artist (dead or alive) it would be…

I think it would be Jan Steen…..he is one of my favorites. The reason I chose him is because I think he would just be a fun person to hang out with.

 And we would …

I don’t know how much we would talk about art but we would for sure enjoy some food, drinks and a laugh. Based on my knowledge of him, he was a guy who, despite his obvious genius, didn’t take himself too seriously. He liked to have fun and be mischievous. My alternate would be Jackie Gleason.


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The tip or art technique (a specific tidbit of craft, advice or mechanical expertise) that has helped me the most is … 
I can’t say there is any tip or technique that has been particularly helpful … I still feel like I have no clue what im doing.
Any thoughts on the contrasts between tattooing and painting?
There are major differences between tattooing and painting…. Tattooing has very strict boundaries you must stay within and when you put the needle to the skin you are committed and must follow through. Every mark must be very deliberate. Painting is total freedom, you can make changes, you can paint over something if you don’t like what you have.
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If I could own one piece of art, out of the world’s collections, it would be …
The Triumph of Death” by Pieter Brueghel
My favorite piece of my own art is…
I don’t really have a favorite piece of my own art…. I hate them all equally. :)


No way!  They say once you start liking everything you do, you stop growing as an artist. :)

I actually do like some paintings that I’ve done but it takes not looking at them for a while and them seeing them again at a much later time when I’m a bit removed from them.



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My ultimate project or fantasy is …
I would love to put together a music/art stage production involving a band, sets, theatrics, etc…  Not a corny broadway sort of thing but more like Pink Floyd circa 1970 except much heavier on the visuals …. Moving things, giant puppets, darker musically, etc. If there are any readers who would be interested,  look me up!!
The last song I choose to listen to was … 
“Monkey Man” by The Rolling Stones



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The last book I couldn’t put down was … 
An art book on Hendrick Avercamp.



My favorite word is… 
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I can’t live without …
(Not in any particular order…) – Art, music, food, sex, the woods and the city.
It’s not hip, but I really love … 
The Lawrence Welk Show….. soooo not hip … but very creepy.
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My favorite motto (or quote)  is….
“I’d rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy”
 I believe it was W.C. Fields who said this – one of my favorites.



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