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.... has passed away. I was watching an Overhaulin episode that was definitely a re-run and then at the end of the show I saw:
Mike Lavallee RIP May 30,1959 - April 14,2020
Mike was the creator of Real Fire Flame paint jobs on cars.He would travel around the country with his air brush and his other tools doing his innovative Real Flame paint schemes and scull's that had the real look too.I didn't know that he had passed away and thought maybe some people here had known his artwork.I know that there are TC'ers in the Body Shop forum that know of his work.


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I remember watching an episode of Rides, which was entirely focused on his work. I’d never seen work like that prior, he made flames cool.

It’s too bad he passed away at such an early age. Condolences to his family and friends.

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His artwork was so far ahead of the classic flame paint jobs that they were like 2 different types of paint jobs.

https://www.google.com/search?q=real...PqAhUNhXIEHWJ5

Here's some of his art work

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Wow, I wondered what he died from? He inspired me years ago to give it a try.
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Damn, talented guy. RIP man.

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I see that he had a stroke, and apparently died from bleeding on the brain that day.
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If that's your work I'm sure he'd be proud to know you followed his lead.
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If that's your work I'm sure he'd be proud to know you followed his lead.
Yes thats some stuff I did. Thanks guys for the compliments, but they still could be better. Heres a hood Mike Lavallee did for Overhaulin. I fell in love with that when I first saw it and saved the picture. Had a plan to maybe do that on my own car if I ever get it done. lol Also shown is another set of Fuel rail covers I did.

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Yes thats some stuff I did. Thanks guys for the compliments, but they still could be better. Heres a hood Mike Lavallee did for Overhaulin. I fell in love with that when I first saw it and saved the picture. Had a plan to maybe do that on my own car if I ever get it done. lol Also shown is another set of Fuel rail covers I did.

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You do beautiful work. Did it take long to progress to your current skill level?

Did you ever watch the episode/episodes of Rides which featured him and his work? At least one was dedicated to him and followed him flaming a street rod start to finish. For the first season or two, Rides was probably the best automotive show I’ve ever seen on TV.

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Terry that is an incredible gift you have WOW. Most flames are...well kinda sucky hard to find someone who can do those as you do...or even traditional ones. Always sad to lose good talent that is young
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