Slick was born and raised in Hawaii, and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 18 to escape prosecution for vandalism and pursue a career in commercial art. It was while studying at Otis-Parsons when he joined the crew K2S (Kill 2 Succeed). His skills developed as an airbrush artist in the ’80s, lessons learned from his formal training at Art Center, and his intuitive sense for dynamic composition built him into a leader on the graffiti and bombyard battle scene.
Slick’s creation of “LA Hands” has become synonymous with the urban identity of Los Angeles. He continues to subvert iconic imagery to create his own class of pop art through masterfully rendered paintings, commissioned murals and three-dimensional works.
BEYOND THE STREETS Los Angeles, 2018. Photo by Brent Broza.