JERRETT SPAETH | TATTOO ARTIST
Jerrett Spaeth was born and raised in Yakima, WA, the Palm Springs of Washington State. When he was a young boy, Jerrett spent a lot of time drawing by himself for as far back as he can remember.
During Jerrett’s dad’s time in the Navy, he received many tattoos which always fascinating to him. I always wondered how they did them and how they made colors in the skin. Each time I saw my dad I would show my friends his tattoos with pride.
At around age 14 he learned how to hand poke tattoos and put a few on myself. Jerrett knew immediately that he had to learn how to put “nice” tattoos on.
Wanting to become better at art, Jerrett read, studied and took everything he could get his hands on. He took every art class that he could in high school and worked hard to improve his skills. Keeping the fantasy of being a tattooer in the back of his mind, Jerrett worked a “real job” at a metal fabrication shop for a living.
Taking the Leap: Deciding to Tattoo for a Living
One night, while working with his boss, Jerrett was told that if it was possible, he needed to do what would make him happy. Follow his dreams to wherever they may lead him. He quit his job where he had health benefits, a retirement plan, and a decent paycheck to learn the art of tattooing. After packing a few belongings he headed to Everett, WA where Tom Karlsten and John Fitzgerald took him in and offered him an apprenticeship at Tattoo Evolution. By April 1997, Jerrett had done his first professional tattoo.
After many adventures in Everett, WA, Jerrett relocated to Kennewick, WA in 2000 and opened Monarch Tattoo. Located in the downtown area of Kennewick, Jerrett worked hard establishing Monarch Tattoo as the premiere tattoo shop in the Tri-Cities.
Following a very successful 15 years of building and growing Monarch Tattoo, he had grown tired of being a business owner. For years he tried different angles to make other people happy and in the end was miserable. Jerrett missed out on a lot of family functions and visits because of working all the time. At the cost of making a living, he was not living a life. After losing both of his parents just three days apart he began to reflect on his life thus far.
Changes: Bowie Said it Best
He knew it was time for a change and he wanted to be surrounded by positive people who had similar interests as him:
- Loved tattooing
- Creating art
- Training in Jiu Jitsu
In March of 2016 he began the next chapter in his career as a tattoo artist. His friend, Joey Armstrong opened Thunderhand Tattoo located in the Uptown Shopping Plaza in Richland, WA; where he began working alongside Joey and Alex Everett. Before too long, he knew it was where he wanted to be creatively and personally.
Body of Work: Front of the Pack
Tattooing for over 20 years now, Jerrett has compiled a large body of work that has been featured in several tattoo publications circulated worldwide. He has won over 75 tattoo awards, which includes a list of categories that shows that he is versatile in almost any style.
Large scale oriental pieces are some of Jerrett’s favorite to tattoo, but he’ll do anything if the project is going to be fun.
To Jerrett, a tattoo is more than just a nice piece of art that someone wears forever. It is the memory of the time you spent earning your tattoo. It is the memory of the conversations you had during your tattoo. It is the memory of that moment and the entire process. An artist is nothing without a canvas and he truly appreciate every person who gets tattooed by him.
As cliche as it sounds, they really are like family to him.
I appreciate you taking the time to read about me! Please look through my portfolio, follow me on Instagram, and look me up on Facebook. I love connecting and making new friends. Come see me and let’s do some fun tattoos!
– Jerrett Spaeth