Born Raphael Rodriguez, GERE established his alias on the streets and highways of Miami, notably as one of the founding members of the influential MSG Crew. His roots as a graffiti artist naturally led him into tattooing, where he found his first success as an artist, even opening a couple of his own tattoo shops along the way. It was here that he was able to weave his fine art education with his passion for destructive creativity that was previously fed by graffiti. It was also here that he began to hone his craft, assimilating influences in any way he could, from those around him. Today Gere’s style is truly an amalgamation of his life’s story in paint, canvas, and ink.