Kent says he got serious about art in high school, wanting to pursue commercial arts, and then fashion design. He got discouraged about fashion when he realized how many employees it takes to put on a fashion line, but it led him into merchandising. And then, he says, "art really saved me from a life of destruction." In his 20s, he got into selling drugs. But then he got arrested, and he had a lot of free time on his hands because he lost his retail job. So he started making art, but continued selling drugs, and then eventually started using the drugs. "Then I wasn't sellin' drugs anymore. I was a user, can't do both." After a few years of addiction which "seemed like it was 10 years, but it was more like four or three," he went through a 12-step program, where he realized it was simply a matter of choice. "Idle time is the real killer. And that's where I realized how art saved me. My idle time is now spent stayin' busy!" he says, laughing. "Anybody who knows me knows that I'm a workaholic. My drug is like movin' around, doin' shit all day, until I can't."