Mike Denison is the ultimate Golden Girls fan. He’s turned his love for the show into an ongoing artistic project and business! His hilarious and unique drawings are featured on pins, prints, t-shirts, and even a coloring book. Mike’s artwork has also been profiled on the Huffington Post, People, and the A.V. Club, to name just a few. I’ve followed Mike on Twitter for a little while now so I thought it would be fun to catch up with him here and find out a little more about his talent and love for the Golden Girls.
How long have you been a Golden Girls fan, and what do you love most about the show?
I’ve been a fan since the 80s, having watched it with my grandmother when it originally aired on Saturday nights. I am a huge fan of the snarky way that the girls interact with each other. It’s definitely been an influence on how I am with my own friends.
How did #BeaADay get started, and when did you branch out to creating the coloring book, pins, and other merch?
I hadn’t done anything creatively in years and after doing a painting of the girls for my friend’s birthday, the idea hit me suddenly to draw Bea Arthur every day for a year, as a means to challenge myself to practice and create art.
Halfway through that first project, I wanted to explore other ways to create and I teamed up with headRUSH.net to create the annoying iPhone game, Busy Bea, featuring hand-drawn graphics, where you float Bea’s head across the Lanai to eat cheesecake. Next, after tackling Betty White and Rue McClanahan themed art projects, I wanted to do a book, and with adult coloring books becoming more popular, I thought it would be fun to turn select pieces of my projects into something more interactive, so I compiled them into a coloring book. I just thought it would be cool to make different items featuring my art accessible.
What is your favorite fashion moment from the show? (This can be an outfit, a scene, an entire episode, etc.)
I loved when Dorothy and Sophia dressed as Sonny & Cher. Their rendition of “I Got You Babe” remains to be one of the greatest moments in television history.
If you could be any of the Girls for a day, who would you be and why?
I’d definitely be Dorothy. Her snappy insults are everything.
Where can readers find you around the Internet and order your amazing creations?
I’m @mikd33 on Twitter & Instagram. My art & merch can be found at shop.BeaADay.com and I also offer a subscription based deal on Patreon that includes original art, signed prints, pins, etc. at https://www.patreon.com/mikedenison
Thanks, Mike! His latest enamel pin features one of my favorite moments from the show, Sophia’s Sicilian curse, and is available for pre-order now.