Born in Frankfurt, Germany and raised in a community just north of Los Angeles, Michael received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Painting and Printmaking. from San Diego State University. Cookie's has always been drawn to the energy and beauty of urban everyday life, as depicted in the illustrations of first-generation street artists like Banksy, MBW, Jef Aerosol and Justin Bua. After graduation, Cookie embarked upon an apprenticeship with the world-famous commercial artist, Justin Bua. Under the mentorship and teachings of Bua, Cookie has taken his artistic styling’s to a distinctively energetic level creating.