Raised in East Palo Alto, Troy was born into a family of artists. Inspired mostly by his father who also did art, he was also heavily influenced by cartoons, street art, and graffiti. He attended Menlo Atherton High School, where he graduated in 2011.
Troy is a graduate from the Academy of Art University where he earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Illustration. He has learned skills in color theory, figure drawing, cartooning, and creating interesting compositions.