Houston born Catfish is unique and creative with his one-of-a-kind art and tattooing style. He introduced a new, memorable canvas to the world of art and is rapidly becoming known for his many one-of-a-kinds, India Ink art created on tobacco rolling papers.
Growing up in Denver Harbor, Catfish worked with his hands, assisting with the family farm in Victoria, TX. He gathered much of his artistic inspiration from cartoons and comics. Among these, one of his favorites is the well known Speedy Gonzalez. Besides his love for cartoons and comics, Catfish was mostly motivated by his artistic Uncle Mitch. These inspirations brought us Catfish’s whimsical imagination transferred through to the one-of-a-kind art which can now be found in our gallery!
In his younger years, Catfish landed his first paid artistic job at a place most of us still remember– Astroworld. He was employed as a caricature artist, creating his humorous cartoon renditions of the patrons of Astroworld. For seven years, Catfish created these commissioned pieces, from which some of us may still have! His pop art is a mixture of comics, cartoons and Day of the Dead themes; ranging from boldly beautiful to dark and humorous.
Catfish is a loving husband to Susie Perez and a proud daddy as well! He enjoys recognizing the artist in his son when he lets Django go crazy on a sheet of construction paper and a handful of crayons.
Catfish Perez has accomplished much in his artistic journey including having one of his posters placed in a Rolling Stone magazine. Many of his pieces have shipped overseas and even ended up with “Scareface” from the Ghetto Boyz and Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top. He is open to turning anything possible into art, using items like tree bark, shells, rolling papers, sticky notes, skateboards and even skin.
I’ve gotten two tattoos from Catfish Perez and both are fantastic. The new studio is absolutely gorgeous and has some of Houston’s best artists on staff. The original artworks and prints for sale, along with handmade jewelry are an excellent bargain as well.Greg W.
This place is no doubt the most awesome place I’ve gotten tatted yet. They are really accommodating and don’t bully you into choosing something. Catfish is a heck of an artist, and I plan to go back several times in the future for more stuff.John S.