Ruben Verhagen is a Rotterdam based artist working as a designer / art director in the music industry.
‘A bicycle maker or an artist’ my 12 year old self would confidently tell those who asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. At a young age, I discovered the joy of making others happy through the things that I create. After 4 years of working in the creative industries as a designer, I’ve made way for my passion to flow through my professional and personal life, as I’m creating everyday.
You can find me in three places, my room, my office, or somewhere on the dancefloor. In my free time I’m making music, just to empty my brain.
In 2012 I started my own clothing brand, GEKKO. I started to collaborate with Mr. Heldens, who has become a close friend of mine. Together we’re a very creative duo with crazy idea’s. Sometimes a bit too crazy. One of the best feelings is seeing people from all corners of the world wearing my designs.. it’s amazing.
Growing up there were only two rules, have respect for your mother and tell no lies. My mother as a graphic designer, is a big inspiration to me. My role model is my father, who has been guiding and supporting me ever since GEKKO was a fresh idea.