Persue was born and raised in San Diego since 1972. He grew up in a family that encourages creativity. At six years old, his mother gave him the first black book. The contents included Snoopy and Woodstock, Barbar the elephant, and various dinosaurs. Most of his childhood was spent drawing and playing soccer. His homework assignments were always splattered with doodles and battle scenes from Star Wars. In 1988, a high school classmate introduced him to graffiti and from that day on his life has been consumed by the art form. Graffiti became the foundation of his life.
In 1992, Persue began working in the action sports industry. His career started while painting a wall in a skateboard shop. An employee recognized his talent and called a friend, Ken Block, who was starting a company called Eightball (now DC Shoes). Persue started freelancing t-shirt graphics, which paved the way to skateboard and snowboard graphics, which led to his current position as a footwear designer for Osiris Shoes. In 2003, Persue started a company called Bunny Kitty with his girlfriend, who is a UCLA graduate with an addiction to sewing and knitting. While painting Bunny Kitty at the 2003 New York Wall of Fame, Persue was introduced to the guys at Kidrobot who were starting a toy called the Dunny. Bunny Kitty was included in the limited edition first series Dunny. The Bunny Kitty Dunny was the starting point for the company’s website, signature hand made totes, apparel, accessories, and much recognition.
To this day, Persue still paints the town whenever he gets a chance. He loves to travel and to display his style on the streets. His art crews span the globe: Transcendental, founded in America and the U.K.; C.O.D. (Children of Doom) Bronx based; S.U.K. (Stick Up Kids) German brewed; and S.B.A. (Seduced by Aerosol) founded in San Diego by one of Persue’s mentors, Quasar.
Anyone who knows him can tell you that his artwork is a reflection of his personality. His animated and fun-loving demeanor as well as an intense imaginative way of looking at the world around him are the building blocks of his work. As a traditionalist, he paints on the streets, but has more recently meshed that background with a rough-edged illustration style to create works for galleries.
To see Persue’s new Bunny Kitty project, visit:
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