Kat Von D. And Her High Voltage Tattoos

You probably know her as a TV personality. First in the TLC tattoo series “Miami Ink” (where she had a fall out with Ami James and left the show). Then in the hit TV show “LA Ink” shot in her own tattoo shop in Hollywood, California.

Known by the name Kat Von D.  (born Katherine Von Drachenberg in Mexico) during one of her shows she gained the Guinness World Record of most tattoos given by a single person in 24 hours, with a total of 400! (she tattooed herself too). Like many motorcycle builders from California, she credits prominent Latino culture of Los Angeles as being a major influence for her work, the way she designs and draws tattoos.

She is a beautiful 28-year old woman whose style is already credited as a major influence on the tattoo scene, most notably the way she creates black & gray portraits. Her new book called “” ( foreword by former boyfriend and  guitarist Nikki Sixx from heavy metal band Motley Crue) describes her childhood (she left school at 14 to become a tattoo artist), her sources of inspiration, her techniques, and the culture in which she lives. “High Voltage” is filled with very interesting stories about herself and celebrity clients, with amazing images of her own work and those from many other artists that Kat selected. As a bonus you get a 10-page full spread of her body (front, back, both sides, head, hands) where you can spend time detailing her personal tattoos.  I will summarize this book by stating that it is a delightfully written and entertaining “tattoo” autobiography where Kat Von D. reveals herself as a very intriguing woman whose talent will lead her to other creative works in different aspects of our custom culture. 176 pages. Order by jumping to ““.

14 Responses to “Kat Von D. And Her High Voltage Tattoos”

  1. 1 Apr 28th, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Kudo’s to Kat – enjoy the show when I get a chance to watch! Have interviewed Kat on our program several times and she maintains a very real and down to Earth attitude.. rock on Girl! Maybe we should do a live broadcast from YOUR studios while I am getting tattooed on the air… Great promo stuff!

  2. 2 Sturgis Rider Apr 28th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Me like me some Kat Von D! Yummy! TID

  3. 3 Apr 28th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    ALL tattoo’s end up looking as ugly as butt-hair., imo.
    The fine ink lines will begin to “swim” after 5 or 10 years. Do any tat artist have any “10 years after” pics they show clients (suckers) before they get inked? 🙂

    To each his or her own, but the Replica OHV market is calling bullshit on pide-piper-ing unenlightened people who get drawn into “social death” from the likes of total-losers llke Jesse James, etc. who are driven by ego and a “FTW” attitude. Nobody cares about Fxxk the World. Nobody thinks your “bad”.

    You’ll look pretty silly as a 60 yr. old who’s a walking blur of fat colored lines.

  4. 4 Apr 29th, 2010 at 9:20 am

    WOW! Kirk, you have major anger issues. The article is about Kat and her talent, (which she has more talent in her little finger than anyone else) If people deciede to put ink on their bodies, it is what they want to do. and I have many tattoos that are older than 10 years and are still perfect. I think your comment has deeper issues,and have nothing to do with Kat or Jesse James.. They have pills for your issues now….

  5. 5 Just my .02 Apr 29th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Kirk almost sounds like he thinks his opinion matters. Give the girl credit…if you’ve never watched the show, she’s actually a sweetheart. She’s also making a ton of money for her talents. I’ve met a few of the artists from that show at different venues and they are all very down to earth, very nice people who stop to chat with you and give you the time of day.

    Assholes like Kirk Perry who think their shit don’t stink are the reason I come to this blog once a month now instead of once a day.

    Pay attention Cyril…you’re festering nothing more than a bunch of bad attitudes and breeding a gossip column…so much for latest and greatest. Half the readers on this blog have just gotten to the point of “the asshole at the end of the bar”.

    Ridiculous. Get bent Kirk…nobody needs your opinion if all you’ve got to say is negative shit. You ever stop to think that this blog is supposed to be about things happening around the industry/lifestyle/economy/world, and sure as hell doesn’t revolve around your/people with your opinion.

    Too bad Cyril…really..your site is TMZ for the motorcycle industry. Nobody gives props anymore…it’s all negative crap half the time, and every one of these egos on here is cranky because business is in the shitter, so they take it out on everybody who they don’t agree with.
    I used to look forward to this blog everyday to see what was going on in the industry and what the newest/latest/ greatest goodies for my bike are…seems now it’s all to inflate the egos at CCI, cut down “The Company”, or sling mud back and forth…yawn.

  6. 6 Ryan Apr 29th, 2010 at 9:46 am

    Kat is the new Tattoo Queen. About Kirk Perry, the man is free to express his opinion. But obviously he has a beef against the guy who did his tattoos. Must regret not to have known Kat Von D.

  7. 7 Just my .02 Apr 29th, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Perhaps he can have Kat do a cover up on his ex boyfriend’s name that’s on his ass.

  8. 8 Brett Apr 29th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Sorry Kirk, but equipment has changed. A good tattooist using good equipment can give you a great tattoo that will not “swim” in 5 to 10 years.

    New tattoo Queen? Kat has been a tattooist for over a decade now. Those into tattoos have known her for quite a while now.

  9. 9 Diogenes May 1st, 2010 at 7:35 am

    She does have talent, but I would never give her a penny of my $$$. Watching her show, sure makes her look like Cruella De Vil.

  10. 10 Richard May 1st, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Kirk Perry,
    Your uniformed of the topic and then prove it to everyone with your silly rant. The “rant” moves you beyond “uninformed” to ignorant. If you don’t agree with people getting tats, you could at least express yourself in civil tone. Lastly, I have a tat done by “Sailor Eddie” in the mid fifties in Philadelphia. It has lost some definition but is still readable after 55 years. My last tat was 15 years ago…it’s virtually as sharp as the day I got it. You sound like a “wannabe” but just don’t have the balls to give it a try, so you reach out and try to demean people with a different perspective. Grow up!

  11. 11 RUB May 5th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    she is a talented skank .

  12. 12 Krat Van Dee Feb 27th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Hey @Kirk (aka unbelievable uninformed ignoramus douchebag jerk-off moron) . What you’re ranting about may have been true in the 1950’s – but modern inks and modern equipment, in the right hands will not ‘swim” anywhere. Now that said – if tomorrow’s 60 yr old gains a couple pound a year and lets their body stretch in all directions around the tattoo site … oh well. You can’t blame the artist for somebody’s love of Big Macs.

    Kat’s work is pure genius -she takes realism in tattoos to new heights using only shades of gray. I’ve known her since she was well, a kid… she has a ‘touch” with the tools of her trade that can’t be taught – and she is an extremely nice person. But since you only judge the book by its cover, you’ll never know that – so go phu*k yourself.

    And to whomever is moderating this board – you’d have a lot more traffic if you’d ban idiots like @Kirk and clean up your board. Nobody wants to post when idiots like @Kirk are allowed to roam free

  13. 13 Krat Van Dee Feb 27th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    PS @Kirk – it’s “Nobody thinks YOU’RE bad” (YOU ARE – get it?) not “your bad” you illiterate shitwad

  14. 14 Apr 18th, 2011 at 1:23 am

    An impressive talent, When you really love what your doing it will have a beautiful results as what Kat did. Talented person like Kat is nice to idolize.

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