Gilbert was born a native of the Dominican Republic and later found his way to the United States. Gilbert was enrolled in Miami High Technical school for advertising design. He later also attended the Art Institute for advertising design and computer animation. While in college, he received his first job tattooing at Alternative Art Tattoo where he was for a year. After that he spent the next 13 years at another local shop. Gilbert has won countless awards for his tattoo work. Gilbert is also one of the owners at Black Rose Tattoo Shop.