He started playing in bands in 1992. He has played in such Santa Cruz bands as The Lint Farmers, Break, Tard, Mote, The Four Eyes, Ben, Franklin and The Electric Keys, The Rocktones, The Touchdowns, and No Kill I:The Next Generation.
In 1994 he started producing Ninja Zine, a comedy/ninjitsu/music magazine. The first issue was all of four pages long. Ninja Zine ran for five issues, each issue growing in length. It’s from this 'zine that he acquired the "Ninja" moniker.