Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Katch has been drawing since he could hold a pencil. Art was something he always enjoyed. It was always a part of his life.
Raised in Hawaii, Katch discovered his love for graffiti and for skateboarding as a pre-teen. Soon after his first spray painting experience, Katch’s neighbor helped him discover skateboarding. If Katch wasn’t drawing or writing, he found himself on his skateboard.
After graduating from high school, Katch moved to San Francisco to immerse himself into the cutting edge Bay Area graffiti scene. When Katch got there, rather than painting, he skateboarded and immersed himself into the extremely progressive Bay Area DJ scene.
As he watched the commercial graffiti industry swell and blow up in the early 1990s, he decided to move to Los Angeles in hopes of getting a job doing his passion: graffiti art. After weeks of sleeping on a friend’s couch and of unsuccessfully job-hunting at restaurants and stores, Katch 1 attended an action sports tradeshow in San Diego. He went in with just his blackbook and photos, and walked out with several job offers. From there, he worked for Conart, the first urban graffiti-based t-shirt company in Los Angeles.