About Mike

The name Mike Salisbury may not appear on the work, but he is the brains and hands behind examples of creativity that have literally become brand icons– L’Oréal, Halo, Michael Jackson's white glove, Rolling Stone, Surfer, Surfing, the indelible West, Francis Coppola’s City and Playboy magazines, Birdwell, O’Neill and Gotcha surfwear,The L.A. Angels, Levi’s 501 jeans, Hasbro – the biggest toy company in the world, Volkswagen, Suzuki and Honda.

Mike created marketing campaigns for over 300 movies including Aliens, Jurassic Park, Rocky, Romancing the Stone, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Moulin Rouge.  In the film The People vs. Larry Flynt, Flynt defends the First Amendment based on a concept Mike Salisbury created for Hustler. George Lucas collects Salisbury’s work and recommended him to Francis Ford Coppola who used Salisbury’s imagery creation in Apocalypse Now.  

His music industry work includes creating album covers for Michael Jackson, George Harrison, James Taylor, Randy Newman, Rickie Lee Jones, Ry Cooder, Ike and Tina Turner and Salisbury developed branding identities for Blue Note, RCA, United Artists Records and PolyGram. Mike has a Grammy nomination for album design. The MGM Grand was rebranded by Mike as the City of Entertainment.

Salisbury was an art director, creative director, v.p. and senior v.p. at legendary advertising agencies including Wells Rich Greene, Foote Cone Belding, Young & Rubicam and has taught design, advertising, illustration and photography at UCLA, Chouinard, Otis Art Institute and Art Center. Mike is a director, he is a contributing editor and writer for Forbes, Men’s Journal and other magazines and has taken photographs for Vogue, Esquire, Newsweek and more including telling stories in pictures and words of his motorcycling and surfing adventures all over the world--surfing safaris to Fiji, Nicaragua, motorcycle adventures circumnavigating Alaska, across Peru from the Pacific over the Andes to Machu Picchu, to Corsica and Sardinia from Milan, into the Brazilian Amazon from Bolivia and around the Florida Keys, into the Grand Canyon and across the Gulf Stream from Miami to the Bermuda Triangle on a Jet Ski. Mike wrote a book on his work “Art Director Confesses” and his work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, the Library of Congress and The Smithsonian.