Cat James Garage
Born and raised in San Diego, CA, I never thought my love for art or drawing would be anything more than a hobby. I actually dreamed of a career as a professional athlete. I was devastated when those dreams slipped away with a torn ACL. I was encouraged by my Italian-born father to pursue a career in graphic design instead. I began working towards a BA in graphic design and two minors in marketing and honors interdisciplinary studies. When I was 19, my world came crashing down again when my father committed suicide. I was faced with the decision to let this tragedy define me as someone either crippled by loss or strengthened by hardship. I chose the latter and found healing, strength, inspiration and hope by diving deeper into my art, which he had always supported. After receiving my diploma, I spent years traveling Central America supporting myself with freelance graphic design & marketing work; mostly logos and branding. Through these adventures I discovered a love for latin culture, surfing, environmental sustainability, and hand-poke tattooing.
I now reside in Denver, Colorado where I am continuing to pursue and evolve my art career at Dead Drift Tattoo. I'm passionate about using my art to share ideas on and initiate discussions about sustainability and holistic lifestyle practices. You can find me on instagram @oldsolnewtricks ~ Old Sol New Tricks is a brand I created to embody my values, more of which you can learn about by reading the descriptions of my art pieces here on Inked Soul or connecting with me on IG. I'm truly honored to be part of this collective advocating for suicide prevention, a cause that's so near and dear to my heart.