Gerrit Verplank was born an artist. His love of art started at childhood where he covered his schoolwork, sketch books, and even his bedroom walls with dynamic doodles and drawings. He fell in love with art through comic books and the work of illustrator Alex Ross. As you might have noticed, Gerrit and Dina share the same last name; this brother sister team come from a family full of artists. It's in his DNA!
Gerrit studied art abroad in Norfolk, England (and there might have been a bit of rugby playing), before returning to the States where he attended Indiana University (and maybe played a bit more rugby) before eventually ending up at Herron school of Art and Design. He graduated in 2004 with a BFA in general fine art, with his main focus in illustration.
In 2009 Gerrit started his tattoo apprenticeship, going on to help establish Firefly Tattoo Collective with his fellow artists Laura Black and Dina Verplank in 2012.
In the rare moment when Gerrit is not tattooing, he is spending time with his twin boys and daughter, and his beautiful wife, Erin.
Send Gerrit an email at [email protected] to get the process started!
Please note that Gerrit's availability fluctuates and may not always be available to take on new projects. If you are interested in a new tattoo, please be sure to include in your email: location, rough size, design concept, color or black and gray, and include any reference images you may have.