The company was foundedin 2003 by punk legend, Mike
Ness of Social Distortion and long time hot-rodder,
Don Nemarnik. Ness states in an interview that he
formed Black Kat Kustoms because he "hated
everything else" and wanted to design "kustom
car, hot rod and chopper t-shirts, so I would have
something cool to wear."
Ness details his long time love for designing punk
style clothing in the Another State of Mind
DVD commentary. He states that his
graphic arts class
was the only thing that kept him in school during
his high school years.
The shop portion of the business is a place for
Donnie and Mike to work on their own cars and bikes
as a hobby which they occasionally sell.