Kat Von D

Is one of the most respected and sought-after tattoo artists in the world. She's also the star of TLC's new series L.A. Ink, a spin-off of Miami Ink, which Kat was featured on for two seasons. The hit series L.A. Ink returned Tuesday, January 8 with all new episodes centering on the talented artists working at Kat's tattoo shop - High Voltage Tattoo. Since L.A. Ink premiered in Aug. 07, averaging over three million viewers a week, the shop has become a noted destination point for LA denizens and tourists alike.

Playing by her own rules, Kat lives a fast-paced, rebel lifestyle. Hers is a life of freedom: she sets her own schedule, picks her clients and parties all night, all while running and maintaining a burgeoning business. Kat balances tattooing and running her business with attending red carpet events, making appearances and just being Kat.

A true L.A. woman, Kat finds her inspiration in the City of Angels. Whether she's partying at the hottest bars and clubs or checking out bands, Kat is constantly finding interesting ideas for her art. Through her active lifestyle she's forged close friendships with and often tattoos several of the actors, athletes and rockers who live in L.A. Celebrities who have flocked to Kat for her signature fine-line, black-and-gray life-like portraits include Jenna Jameson, Jared Leto, Eric Balfour and Margaret Cho as well as members of My Chemical Romance, Metallica, Slayer, Queens of the Stoneage, Incubus, Scott Ian and Sebastian Bach.

While Kat has lived most of her life in Los Angeles, she was born March 8, 1982, in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Kat's family moved to the United States when she was 4, settling in Colton, Calif. Her father and mother were born in Argentina, though her father's family origins were German and her mother's was Spanish-Italian.

Kat is close with both her parents and her siblings, however; it was her paternal grandmother, a professional pianist form Germany, who turned Kat onto the arts. Pushing Kat to take piano lessons, her grandmother introduced her to some of the great composers, including Beethoven, whose work Kat immediately fell in love with. This encounter in turn led Kat on a never-ending journey to discover other composers, painters and sculptors from that time period.

As Kat became a teenager, she was exposed to punk rock music and became immersed in its culture. At age 14 she got her first tattoo, an old English "J" on her ankle, a memento of a love gone-by. Shortly thereafter, Kat did her first tattoo. She tattooed a Misfits skull, representing one of her favorite bands, onto one of her friends. Ironically, she ended up tattooing one of the original members of the Misfits years later.

By age 16 she was hooked and working at tattoo shops in and around Los Angeles. A few years later Kat was at True Tattoo in Hollywood, working alongside notable artists like Clay Decker and Chris Garver - who brought her down to Miami Ink. There, she further honed her signature style, developed her hard-core following and came into her own as an artist. Tattoos aren't just everything to Kat Von D, they are her life. - Kat Von D

Be sure to check out this episode of the internet talk show "Anytime with Bob Kushell" featuring the highly successful Tattoo artist and television personality Kat Von D ("Miami Ink," "LA Ink"). In this episode, Kat Von D reveals the longest and craziest tattoo's she's ever created as well as her obsession with dating nerds. New episodes of "Anytime with Bob Kushell" appear every Thursday on Crackle.com, a Sony Pictures Entertainment's web video network.

The Kat Von D episode of "Anytime with Bob Kushell" available here

Kat Von D. visits the Border's bookstore near 72nd and Dodge Streets. Carrillo, 22, skipped her Tuesday afternoon class at the University of Nebraska at Omaha to meet celeb-tattoo artist Kat Von D. Who needs a course in sexual development when a real sexy rocker chick is in town? The "L.A. Ink" reality TV star was signing her new book, "High Voltage Tattoo," No. 5 on the New York Times best-seller list this week. About 500 people - mostly giggly teens, college kids and middle-aged men - waited for their chance to meet Von D. Some arrived at the 72nd and Dodge Streets store as early as 7 a.m. -- read the whole article here

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