"Che, born Michael Che Romero, August 16, 1979, in Spokane, Washington.
As a young disillusioned child, Michael used doodling as an outlet to deal with growing family and world concerns. At the age of 10 he scared all of his teachers with his first masterpiece – a depiction of a demonic priest with a burning church in the background. From the middle to high school years, he was showcased at several student galleries and it was here that the foundation of his work, deeply rooted in the street art movement, was solidified. While in high school, he became notorious for his graffiti art under the name ‘TEC’.
Michael, however, was not always pushed to be an artist. At the age of 12, he was already 6’1” and he was encouraged to play basketball and football. Art went to the backburner and his time was spent at late night practices. He became so strong at sports that he won several AAU Regional Basketball Championships in Washington and then won an athletic scholarship to Central Washington University to play collegiate level football. This passion and sheer focus for sports, in the end, helped create the focus and dedication he needed to be an artist."