If you’re doing just enough, you’re just not doing enough.

Mike Davis & Wes Winship are the founders and owners of the award-winning design shop Burlesque of North America. From poster design to mural paintings, Mike and Wes show their methods and thinking for going beyond in their work.

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Mike Davis and Wes Winship are the co-owners of Burlesque of North America, an award-winning creative studio specializing in graphic arts and high quality screenprinting. Since 2003, the team at Burlesque has been responsible for creating concert posters, art prints, murals, logos, stage graphics, album artwork, t-shirts and more for a wide variety of clients including Rhymesayers Entertainment, Minnesota Public Radio, Target, Nike, 3M, Arcade Fire, Chromeo, and more. Davis and Winship also own and manage CO Exhibitions, an award-winning 2000 square foot art gallery and event space situated one floor up from their Northeast Minneapolis-based print studio. CO has featured artwork and installations from the likes of Aaron Draplin, Michael Gaughan, Jennifer Davis, Frank Gaard, 123Klan, and Tom Hazelmyer. Each May, the team organizes and hosts the annual Cinco De Mayhem art show. With 20+ piñatas designed and built by local artists and smashed by local art lovers, Cinco De Mayhem helps raise hundreds of dollars and hundreds of pounds of food for Second Harvest Heartland each year.

Wes Winship began exploring screenprinting in the late 1990s. While working as a writer, designer, and publisher of the legendary Life Sucks Die graffiti magazine, he taught himself how to use desktop publishing and design software. As he quickly outgrew the homemade screenprinting studio in the basement of his South Minneapolis apartment, Winship began building the larger, more intricate, and constantly-evolving print studio which would become Burlesque. In early 2016, Wes teamed up with fellow artist Nick Mamayek to kickstart the Burlesque Public Works Division, an offshoot of Burlesque which focuses on large scale murals and public art installations. The team has completed projects for 3M, Go Media, Soundset, Eaux Claires Festival, and the recently opened T3 office building in Minneapolis’ North Loop.

Born in Nashville TN, Mike Davis grew up infatuated with video games, cartoons, action figures, and Yo! MTV Raps. While studying graphic design and extra-curricularly studying graffiti in St. Louis, he and Wes Winship became friends and began working on design projects together. This prompted Mike to move to Minneapolis to help launch Burlesque. Mike is also an accomplished DJ with over 20 years experience of entertaining you by mixing rap and funk music. He is City Pages’ Best Club DJ of 2010 and a 2012 + 2016 Red Bull Thre3style DJ Championship U.S. finalist.

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