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June 25, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 228

She is one of the worlds most respected and well-known tattoo artist - Kat Von D hit the big time when she appeared on the US TV show Miami Ink and then later made her own show, LA Ink after falling out with fellow tattooist Ami Jones. The 30 year old artist, model and TV celebrity was asked to join Miami Ink on a temporary basis after artist Darren broke his arm. But the sexy 30 year old grabbed the audience's attention with her looks and skilled art work especially her detailed black and white portraits. Mingling with the rich and famous and partying hard she managed to bag big names to ink including Ryan Dunn, Bam Margera, Steve-O, and Green Day to name a few.

Kat's earlier years were much influenced by her grandmother, a professional pianist, who introduced her to some of the classical greats. One in particular was Beethoven who Kat immediately fell in love with. This inspired her to learn more about other musicians, sculptors and painters from that era. Many of these have still left an indelible mark on her work today. However, it was the discovery of punk rock that altered Kat's life forever. She became more immersed in the whole culture thing surrounding it and by the age of 14 managed to get her first tattoo in the form of a letter 'J' on her ankle, which represented a long-lost-love. It was tattooed by a friend and it was he who suggested that Kat do a tattoo on him, knowing her artistic capabilities. This was the moment Kat realized tattooing was something she would pursue and when a job landed on her lap she embraced the challenge and went with it. Not long after this she tattooed a skull logo of rockers the Misfits on her friend. Even though it was illegal to tattoo or to be tattooed at 16 she had many willing friends who wanted to be inked and this was an ideal learning curve for the young Kat. Ironically, later she would end up tattooing one of the original Misfits band members.Just few years later at 16 she began working in and around LA in various tattoo shops and it was at True Tattoos in Hollywood that she was picked by well known tattoo artists Chris Garver and Clay Decker to feature on the Miami Ink show. Now under the watchful eyes of the TV cameras and fellow artists she blossomed and came into her own as a professional tattooist with some amazing work.

Kat's family originate from Argentina but with her parents missionary work it meant time travelling to other countries and it would be Nuevo león in Mexico where she and her siblings would be born. She readily admits her years spent in Mexico definitely influenced her work. As a child all the family moved to southern California and its here that Kat has more or less remained. The two culture differences of Mexico and California are there to see in her work with fine detailed lines and shades of gray which originates from a Mexican prison style. Her graffiti gangster style and low-riders could have only come from the down town LA.


Strangely enough for a woman in her profession she confesses that the tattoos process is something she hates and doesn't deal with pain too well but loves the finished work.

She openly reveals that there was friction between certain individuals on Miami Ink, especially involving herself and shop owner Ami. Off-screen they rarely spoke unless it was work related and this was visible on-screen but Kat believes it gave the show more of an edgy-drama and real life about it. 'He's just real hard-headed and that comes across in the series' she says. She also goes on to say that she did try to get along with Ami and do whatever she could to make the ride a little smoother. Her closest friend on the show was Chris Garver, her former boss when she worked in LA so she never felt completely alone. Kat Von D certainly bought with her a sexy element and a much needed dose of oestrogen to the series with all the testosterone flying about from fellow male artists. With rival tensions and more fallouts with Ami, Kat left the show and did her own spin-off series LA Ink at her newly opened High Voltage tattoo studio, which premiered on August 7 2007. The show ran for 84 episodes up until 2011 when program makers TLC announced the cancelation of the show even though this conflicted with Kat's version which she revealed on Twitter, that she decided not to continue with the series. Currently, Kat still owns and works at High Voltage where she employs fellow tattoo artists Adrian Gallegos, Camila Rocha, Dan Smith, Dennis Halbritter, Jack Mosher Fujisaki, Jeff Ward, Kevin Lewis, Khoi Nguyen and Nathan Michael Fierro.

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