About Me

      Hello, my name is Mike Vanderhoof, also known as King Mike V. I have a 30 plus year history of producing high quality, award winning art. My work has been featured from coast to coast, in public, as well as magazines, television, and has been commissioned for countless projects and items throughout my career. Thanks for visiting, and feel free to contact me for custom art and graphic design services. Ask me for a free quote. Thank you!

Artist Statement:

I once spoke with an enthusiastic observer of my artwork while it was on gallery display recently, whose commentary seemed to coin a term that rang through my ear, summing it up in two words that lay roots in my brain: “Horror Pop.” Not to be categorized or pigeon-holed, but I loved the term to say the least. As a “monster kid” of the late 70’s and early 80’s, I was constantly in awe of any imagery that was darkened by castle walls, spider webs, and misty graveyards at dawn. From the gothic splendor of the Universal monster movie era, to the hatchet wielding splatter fests of the pioneering slasher films. While other children looked upon the heroic iconic imagery of Superman’s flowing cape, or a gun blasting G.I. Joe saving the globe, I was enamored by thoughts of the Frankenstein Monster versus the Wolfman in hand to paw combat, and the son of Ms. Voorhees hat tricking a trifecta of sinful camp counselors with one machete slice. Some of my fondest memories of my genre influence were gawking for hours at the beautifully tattered poster art on VHS box covers at the 80’s mom and pop video stores, as I searched for which weekly rental of cinematic treasure I was allowed to take home, or the elementary school era ritual of curling up in front of the television every Saturday night with my popcorn and candy to spend two hours with Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, as she broadcasted two hours of B-movie schlock in between boob jokes. So with my artistic and creative endeavors, I naturally take all of this childhood revelry, and mix it up in a bowl along with today’s more mainstream pop culture, and concoct the most adorably vile, gory gumbo this chef can cook. I paint as a mad scientist, capturing the entertainment icons of today, dragging them back in time, to the depths of my childhood laboratory, and re-animating them into a cheeky, bloody, horrorific creature of modern day….

The Dark Art of Mike Vanderhoof / King Mike V

Below:   Exhibits/Awards/Press Features

EXHIBITIONS:

Oct. 30,31 2015 - Stan Lee & Elvira's ComiKaze Expo

Aug. 8,9, 2015 - Scare L.A. Horror Convention

June 19,20,21, 2015 - Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con

May 8,9,10, 2015 - Mad Monster Phoenix Horror Convention

August 2014 (ongoing) - Vape Pros Lounge - Laughlin Outlet Center - Laughlin, NV

Sept. 16 & 17, 2011 - Monk Space in Los Angeles, CA - "Chocolate and Art Show"

Oct. 6, 2011 - The Copper Door in Santa Ana, CA - RAWArtists.org Gallery Show

Oct. 21 and 22, 2011 - LOT 613 in Los Angeles, CA - Pancakes & Booze Art Show

Dec. 2 & 3, 2011 - LOT 613 in Los Angeles, CA - "BEST OF" Pancakes & Booze Art Show

Mar. 23 and 24, 2012 - LOT 613 in Los Angeles, CA - Pancakes & Booze Art Show

May 12, 2012 - Planet Tnez Gallery in Anaheim, CA - "Monsters, Creatures, & The Strange" Show

Oct. 11 - May 12 2011/12 - Platinum Ink Art Gallery & Tattoo Studio - Tustin, CA

Oct. 4 -  Oct. 31, 2012 - Hellpop! Gallery in Las Vegas, NV -  "Art of the Dead" Show

Oct. 5 - Oct. 31, 2012 - Studio 8 Ten in Las Vegas, NV

Nov. 2 - Nov. 30 2012 - Studio 8 Ten in Las Vegas, NV - Mike Vanderhoof SOLO EXHIBITION

COMMISSIONS:

2015 - 3 Commissioned original canvas pieces for Gary Barnidge of NFL's Cleveland Browns
2015 - Comic Book Cover - Fractured Scary Tales Comics Vol. 1 Fall 2015 "The Maltese Frankenstein"
2015 - Album Cover Art - P$IX Presents: Underworld Netherlands "Mystical Voice of the Spirit World"

2014 - Album Cover Artwork and Poster Design for: Spacewolf

2014 - "Funhouse" for Gary Barnidge of the Cleveland Browns

2013 - Album Cover Artwork for D-Dypha: Weapons of Mass Production

2013 - Album Cover Artwork for Mr. Morbid and Melph: Close to the End (Akkie Records)

2013 - Promo poster artwork for MATHZ  video single: "Sikk"

2013 - Album Cover Artwork for Psix: Evolutie Van De Geest, Revolutie Van Het Beest

2012 - "Hottie & Coldie" for Girls and Corpses Magazine

2012 - Lupe Clothing - 3 T-Shirt Logo Designs

2012 - Route 66 Historical Society - "Fun Run 2013" T-shirt Design

2012 - Psychopathic Records - 2 Poster Designs for ICP The Gathering

2012 - HorrorBid.com - Header and Background Graphics

2012 - Open Casket Press "An Undead Christmas - A Zombie Anthology" - Book Cover Art

2011 - P$IX Presents: Underworld Netherlands "The Word Became Flesh and Blood" - Album Cover

2011 - The C.H.U.D.Z. - Contamination.Hazard.Urban.Disposal. - Album Cover

2011 - Outerspace "My Brother' Keeper" - Album Cover and Insert Artwork

2009 - Outerspace "God's Fury" - Tour T-shirt  Design

AWARDS:

1st Place - Art Fusion Contest Body Art Expo 2010 Pomona, CA

2nd Place - Music Related Tattoo - Musink Tattoo Festival 2010 Orange, CA

1st Place - Cover-up Tattoo - Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention 2010

3rd Place - Leg Sleeve Tattoo - Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention 2010

3rd Place - Best Sleeve Tattoo - Inkslingers Ball 2006 Angel Stadium, Anaheim

2nd Place - Leg Sleeve Tattoo - Artistry in Ink Festival 2005 Anaheim, CA

2nd Place - Most Unusual Theme Tattoo - Artistry in Ink Festival 2005 Anaheim

Nominated for 2 CRAGGY online radio awards October 2010

- Best New Radio Show (The King Mike V Radio Show)

- Best In-studio Live Guest (King Mike V)

PRESS FEATURES:

Svengoolie TV Show on MeTV Channel

Art Katalyst Magazine

Psychotic Reaction Radio

Tabu Tattoo Magazine

ReelyBored.com

Women in Horror Film Festival

Girls and Corpses Magazine

Dollar Bin Horror

LA Weekly

OC Weekly

Tattoo Magazine

Tattoo Flash Magazine

Tattoo Savage Magazine

Urban Ink Magazine

Inked Magazine

Mean Street Magazine

OC Register

KROQ

Cult Radio A Go Go

Skratch Magazine

RAW! Artists

XTV

Metal Madness

Felony Fights DVD

Jedi Mind Tricks Divine Fire DVD