Brad Lawrence started BLVisuals® experimentally as a Fine Arts major and graduate from College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. Brad's interest in the Ultra Violet world was inspired by the psychedelic posters he grew up screen printing with his father. He began to experiment with the possibilities of fluorescent pigments in his spare time while creating a Black Light Stop Motion Short Film. Upon experimenting, he figured out a way to utilize the Body Marbling® process in a way that allowed him to paint on both clothing and on skin in a safe manner. However, after graduating, Brad focused more on his drawing career, and his Ultra Violet art remained a side project while he labored away on 12 massive commissioned charcoal drawings.
The tables turned again when just months after his graduation from CCS, Brad began experiencing pain in his forearms, and was diagnosed with chronic tendonitis in his wrist. After months of being frustrated by his inability to draw with the condition, he began to take more interest in his hydrodying methods as a form of Art Therapy.
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! Upon his recovery in 2013, Mike reconnected with Brad around the time that Brad was struggling with finishing his last drawing with his tendonitis. The two were friends in high school and played Varsity soccer together - yet were now both struggling with chronic pain & physical limitations just 6 years after. But Brad could still Create using his abstract painting method, and had a grand Vision for radical applications of the medium. With the motivation and support of Mike - the two kept progressing forward towards realizing the Dream.