TJ Young was born into the Yaadaas Eagle Clan of the Kaigani Haida in 1981 and was given the Haida name Sgwaayaans. He was raised in Hydaburg, Alaska. TJ cites his grandfather, Claude Morrison, as a major influence in his life. Claude introduced him to Haida art and practices when he was a teenager, instructing him on how to hand-carve halibut hooks. TJ creates many carvings and items for ceremonies and cultural purposes and considers it an honor to carry on the traditions of his ancestors.
TJ continues to develop his skills. In 2010, he graduated from the Native Education College Jewelry Program and learned the basics of engraving from Dan Wallace and James McGuire. He has most recently had the privilege of working under world renowned Haida Artist, Robert Davidson.