For Jeff Everett, it has always been about art. In high school ceramics he earned the Michigan Gold Key Award in spite of or perhaps inspired be a broken hand. In the summer of 1994, he realized that skin art was for him, the new medium to conquer. A full portfolio of original tattoo designs landed Jeff a coveted twelve-month apprenticeship with veteran artist Jay Morton of Magnum Tattooing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. From behind his machine Jeff was also, managing the shop, helping to organize Magnum's Annual Valentine's Day Tattoo Show-at the time, the only tattoo competition in the state-and making connections.
In 1996, world-class Austrian tattoo artist Mario Barth invited Jeff to Miami Beach, Florida to work at his renowned Starlight Tattoo-the only OSHA approved shop in the nation. On the way, Jeff worked the floor at the Carolina Arts Festival Ink in Lincoln, and the Atlanta Old-school Convention, absorbing regional flavors and making friends.
When Starlight Tattoo relocated to New jersey, Jeff was the first to arrive to help reconstruct the store, and tattooed through the grand-opening party, barely looking up. Jeff helped to organize the Starlight Classic Car Cruise and the annual Toys for Tats benefit, which for its success, was each year forced into a larger capacity venue.
The Underground Custom Tattooing opened in Laramie, Wyoming in November 2000, and specialized in just that-custom art-that have garnered Jeff awards at the 6th Annual Cripple Creek Tattoo Competition, the 10th Annual Colorado Tattoo Competition, the 8th Annual Cripple Creek Tattoo Competition, and the 5th Annual Mile High Madness Tattoo Convention in Denver Co.
Jeff, in a wake of pencil shavings, is constantly drawing. The spring of 2002, he took a detour from skin and began a series of color pencil on vellum which were featured for the month of August, 2002 at the Artisans gallery in downtown Laramie. Putting his own twist on everything from traditional, old-school tattoo art to pastel nudes and Mike Hoffman-inspired latex girls, it's easy to see where Jeff's come from, consistently honoring the solid line work and European color theories learned under the tutelage of his mentors Jay and Mario.