We had the good fortune of connecting with Gersson Pérez Sierra and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I can’t talk about art without people knowing what “my art” is like, how I live it and what being a tattoo artist means to me. Being a professional tattoo artist is not a job, it is an engine that drives my life, I definitely didn’t find this profession, it found me, that makes me live it in a more personal, emotional way and full of overflowing passion. Every time I’m doing a tattoo I feel an almost sacred connection between me and the tattoo, it’s as if the rest of the world doesn’t matter, I put my life into each design, stroke or shadow, that’s why people don’t just get a tattoo, They take a part of me embodied in their skin. And there is something that fills me with great pride, and it is my process, knowing everything I have overcome to get here, it has been a long road but surely always enjoying the road and what is missing. When I look back I see every step I have taken, and I realize the importance of assertive decisions, since each one of them has been a stepping stone in this process, if I have to say what the key to my career is, it can be summed up In three words: discipline, perseverance and dedication. I particularly think that the combination of these three words are the perfect formula for success, not only in this career but in any other. Easy?

Nothing worthwhile is ever easy, but it never was, starting with my father who always saw my tattoo career as something negative or unviable for my life, also adding that I grew up in a home of a policeman father, extremely Colombian conservative, definitely marked my path, I had to deal with many preconceptions and expectations that weren’t mine, and by choosing this path I suddenly realized that the only thing I could count on is and will be my talent and my beliefs. Today I naturalize those negative feelings, they’re part of my learning, and they do not affect me because I use it to drive myself and be better and better. The people who cross my path and place their trust in me are also essential engines. In order not to give up on my purposes, I take all those selfless acts as energy recharges, to continue on my way and not disappoint them and not disappoint me. One of the most important lessons I have learned is “work with love” no matter, if you are a doctor, lawyer, architect or whatever you want to be, if you’re disciplined and do it with love, success will one day knock on your door. It does not matter if you have economic deficiencies or the difficulty of starting from scratch, don’t worry, just do it. Do what you want, the only thing that really matters is that you do what you LOVE.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My recommended place is definitely Wynwood, Miami. The first time I went to Wynwood I felt an instant connection, it is one with such a creative environments that I’ve been to and, could not believe it existed, a place so full of art in all aspects. They have everything gathered in one place and that for me is an incredible concept. There you can find excellent food, drinks, art galleries, cultural expressions from all over the world. If you’re a creative like me, it’s definitely a place that you will love

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
To begin with, I have a lot of people to whom I owe gratitude on this path of tattooing, especially those who believed in me without hesitation, those who saw in me a potential that even I wasn’t capable of seeing myself.Today I thank all of people for the support and help that all of you gave me, and above all, to two people who were essential in making the decision to become a professional tattoo artist. Those people are Camilo Suarez and Cindy Avendaño, thank you for being part of this path full of learning and teachings. Also, I thank the Iron Glory Tattoo family for opening their doors to me, I feel very proud to belong to this family and be part of this project, and finally, I thank some teachers who throughout my life taught me their best teachings and that today are an essential part of my career.

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Image Credits
Israel Ledassi Mimi Ledassi

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