JERRETT SPAETH | TATTOO ARTIST

Jerrett Spaeth | Universal StudiosEarly Years

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.
Jerrett and Holly Spaeth

Monarch 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.

Jerrett Spaeth and his children.Philosophy

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

AWARDS

2017

  • 3rd Place Asian, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 3rd Place Large Traditional, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 3rd Place Black and Gray Sleeve, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA

2016

  • 1st Place Small Color, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA

2015

  • 1st Place Large Color, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA

2014

  • 2nd Overall Male, Ink and Iron, Long Beach, Ca
  • 1st Sleeve, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 2nd Sleeve, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 3rd Small color, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA

2013

  • 1st Oriental, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 3rd Oriental, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 3rd Sleeve, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 2nd Full Back, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 1st Religious, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 2nd Religious, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • Best Overall Male, Portland Tattoo Expo, Portland, OR

2012

  • 2nd Place Religious, Seattle tattoo expo. Seattle, WA
  • 3rd Place Full Back, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 3rd Large Color, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 2nd Small Color, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 1st Small Black & Grey, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 2nd Full Back, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 1st Place Portrait, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 2nd Place Traditional, Three Rivers Conv. Kennewick, WA
  • 3rd Place Traditional, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 2nd Place Oriental, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 3rd Place Small Color, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA

2011

  • 1st Color Sleeve, Inktravelers, Vancouver, WA
  • Runner-Up Black & Grey Sleeve, Inktravelers, Vancouver, WA
  • Runner-Up Color Back, Inktravelers, Vancouver, WA
  • Runner-Up Oriental, Inktravelers, Vancouver, WA
  • Tattoo of the Day Friday, Jet city Tattoo, Seattle, WA
  • 2nd Place Oriental, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 1st Place Small Color, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 3rd Place Small Color, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA

2010

  • 2nd Small Color, Lilac City Festival, Spokane, WA
  • 1st Small Color, Sf Body art expo, San Francisco, Ca
  • 1st lg. Black & Grey, Inktravelers, Vancouver, WA
  • Artists Choice Sleeve, National Tattoo Convention, Seattle, WA
  • People’s Choice Cover-Up, National Tat. Conv. Seattle, WA
  • 1st Place Sleeve, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 2nd Sleeve, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 1st Small Color, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 2nd Small Color, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 2nd Portrait, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 1st Full Back, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 2nd Full Back, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 3rd Oriental, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 3rd Small Black & Grey, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA
  • 3rd Large Color, Three Rivers Tattoo Convention, Kennewick, WA

2009

  • 2nd Place Sleeve, Lilac City Festival, Spokane, WA
  • 2nd Place Portrait, Lilace City Festival, Spokane, WA
  • 1st Place Large Black & Grey, Lilac City, Spokane, WA
  • 2nd Place Black & Grey Sleeve, Inktravelers, Vancouver, WA
  • 2nd Place Portrait, Inktravelers, Vancouver, WA

2008

  • 1st Place Oriental, Inktravelers, Vancouver, WA
  • Runner-Up Sleeve, Inktravelers, Vancouver, WA
  • 2nd Full Back, Lilac City Festival, Spokane, WA
  • 2nd Small Black & Grey, Lilac City Festival, Spokane, WA
  • 1st Place Asian, Lilac City Festival, Spokane, WA
  • 3rd Place Sleeve, Lilac City Festival, Spokane, WA
  • 1st Place Portrait, Lilac City Festival, Spokane, WA

2007

  • Best Individual Female, Tattoos and blues, Santa Rosa, CA
  • 1st Place Color Back Piece, Inktravelers, Vancouver, WA
  • Runner-Up Color Back, Inktravelers, Vancouver, WA

2006

  • Runner-Up Backpiece, Inktravelers, Vancouver, WA

2005

  • 1st Place Realistic, Inktravelers, Vancouver, WA
  • 1st Place Color Sleeve, Inktravelers, Vancouver, WA
  • 1st Place Tribal, Inktravelers, Vancouver, WA
  • 3rd Place Small Color, Bangor Tattoo Conv., Maine

2004

  • Best Overall Female, Inktravelers CDA, Idaho
  • 1st Place Color Sleeve, Inktravelers CDA, Idaho
  • Tattoo of the Day, Inktravelers CDA, Idaho
  • Best Tattoo, Sun Run Bike Show, Soap Lake, WA
  • 3rd Place Realistic, Bangor Tattoo Convention, Maine

2003

  • Old school Tattoo Runner Up, Inktravelers Spokane, WA
  • 1st Place Old School Tattoo, Inkfest Vancouver, WA

2002

  • Best Cover-Up, Idaho Tattoo Convention
  • Best Black & Grey Design sheet, Idaho Tattoo Convention
  • Best Male Color Tattoo, Idaho Tattoo Convention
  • Best Male Sleeve, Idaho Tattoo Convention
  • Best Tattoo artist, Idaho Tattoo Convention

2001

  • Best Cover-Up, Idaho Tattoo Convention
  • Tough to get a proper lit photo on the convention
    by jerrettspaeth Tough to get a proper lit photo on the convention floor! Did this little bird on my great friend Chris! Last one of the show for this year! Tribute to his mom whose name happens to be Robin. Thanks again my friend!
  • Hard to believe this was two years ago! Thunderhand Tattoo
    by jerrettspaeth Hard to believe this was two years ago! Thunderhand Tattoo grand opening in 2016! It was packed! It was a great night!
  • We got it back with the thiefs name and one
    by jerrettspaeth We got it back... with the thief’s name and one of his friends that is a tattooer in town. Hope to meet you soon boys! For myself and for Coalition Tattoo supply that you also stole from! One thing about the tattoo community at the convention is they don’t steal from each other. A lot of people came together to get my machine back and another machine that was stolen from another vendor. Thank you all!
  • This machine was stolen at the Three Rivers Tattoo Convention
    by jerrettspaeth This machine was stolen at the Three Rivers Tattoo Convention today. It is a cutback with “ #1  Prototype” and my signature engraved on the bottom. Glossy black finish.. Don’t call the cops. Call me...
  • A fun snow leopard for Lisa! Thank you so much!
    by jerrettspaeth A fun snow leopard for Lisa! Thank you so much!
  • Some closer shots of Peppas arm! Thank you!!
    by jerrettspaeth Some closer shots of Peppas arm! Thank you!!
  • Peppas arm all done! She is another great friend who
    by jerrettspaeth Peppa’s arm all done! She is another great friend who sits like a rock! Thank you so much Peppa!
  • Another picture of Dans collection of my work! Thank you!
    by jerrettspaeth Another picture of Dan’s collection of my work! Thank you!
  • Dans torso we finished recently! Super fun subject matter and
    by jerrettspaeth Dan’s torso we finished recently! Super fun subject matter and he always sits tough! Thank you so much my friend!
  • Jared sat crazy good! I almost killed him! One shot
    by jerrettspaeth Jared sat crazy good! I almost killed him! One shot all done today at the Three Rivers Tattoo Convention! Tomorrow is the last day! Don’t miss it!
  • First tattoo done at this years Three Rivers Tattoo Convention!
    by jerrettspaeth First tattoo done at this years Three Rivers Tattoo Convention! Manny sat like a rock and as always got a fun one! Thank you so much my friend! It was a great day with you! 9 years working this convention and I’ve won in every category except for “Tattoo of the day”! Tonight it eluded us again! It’s OK... I don’t give up easy! We will keep competing! Today was a good day! Tomorrow is day two! Don’t miss it! Come by the Thunderhand booth!
  • Old school I think this was in 8th or 9th
    by jerrettspaeth Old school.. I think this was in 8th or 9th grade! Back when I got angry. Ha ha! I’ve always had fun grappling. I can’t wait to get back on the mats.. surgery in 6 days, then I’m coming back!