Shawn was born in Montreal and brought up in Chatham. His father was born in Hudson but went AWOL during the Vietnam war and fled to Canada. His mother is from the Azores and immigrated to Montreal in the late 1960s. Shawn studied design at SUNY New Paltz, since when he has traveled widely. He recently found a home on Warren Street which he shares with his lifelong buddy. Shawn plays guitar and sings at Club Helsinki every Tuesday. He is currently working with John Isaacs Design, where he has taken a leading role in the development of imby.