Tyree Davis was raised in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Midtown Manhattan. As a child, Davis loved to draw and would draw portraits of famous celebrities from Jef and Ebony Magazine covers.In 1977 while living in Midtown Manhattan he coined and started writing different Pen Names. In 1980 he coined the name ‘DRED66’. Associated at the time with the art of graffiti, in 1981 he had the privilege by gallery owner Patti Astor to be part of the group show at the ‘Fun Gallery’, which included Dondi, Keith Haring, ERO, Futura and many other graffiti luminaries. Dred66 continues to be prolific in creating arts of various genres. Imperial Dred66 continues to do revolutionary things in the creative arts.