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Kat Von D

Kat Von D is short for Katherine von Drachenberg. She’s Mexican-American, and a world-famous tattoo artist, with her own TV show, LA Ink, and numerous appearances on talk shows, including David Letterman. Her show premiered on August 7, 2007, and it ran for a total of four seasons. She has dated several notable people, amongst them Jesse James, ex-husband of Sandra Bullock, and Deadmau5, world-renowned artist. She was also on the reality television show, Miami Ink, which also appeared on TLC. However, that was prior to her having her own TV show. Her show, L.A. Ink, chronicled her career at her real tattoo shop. Her tattoo shop is called High Voltage Tattoo, and it’s located in Hollywood, California.

Kat Von D is also the world record-holder for giving the most tattoos by one person in one 24-hour period, which was 400. Her former husband, interestingly, broke the record, at 415. She broke the record on her television show, and all the proceeds went to charity. Kat Von D wrote on her Twitter that she had decided to cancel the show, L.A. Ink.

She put out a book, High Voltage Tattoo, which carries the same name as her tattoo shop, and it hit number six on the New York Times Bestseller list. It wasn’t an autobiography. It was just a picture-based outline of her career as an artist. It would make a great coffee table book! There was a forward by Nikki Sixx, who’s in Motley Crue. The book features everything from her earliest childhood drawings to tattoos that haven’t been released before. She came out with another book, The Tattoo Chronicles, which is an illustrated diary of her life for a one-year period, and it reached number three on the New York Times best-seller list in the “Hardcover Advice & Misc.” category.

She also launched and made a make-up line for Sephora, and she’s put out new collections each year, and she’s even enlarged her line-up to include perfumes. Kat Von D is not just a tattoo artist, she’s also a sex symbol. She’s a true beauty of the counterculture, and she’s a star on the world stage. No doubt, this sex appeal carried over to marketing her make-up and fragrance line-up.

She created a festival as well, which is called the MusInk Tattoo Convention and Music Festival. It’s a music, tattoo, and art festival for all ages, and it’s in Southern California.

She also opened an art gallery right next door to her tattoo shop. It’s called the Wonderland Gallery.

She even launched two clothing lines. They are called KVD Los Angeles and Kat Von D Los Angeles. This is a prolific artist!

She even provided the vocals to a The 69 Eyes song, and the song was called Rosary Blue.

Kat Von D has several different kinds of tattoos on her, but she also has the emblems of several notable rock bands like Mike Got Spike, Slayer, AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, ZZ Top, Turbonego, Misfits, and HIM. She has portraits of her parents tattooed on her too. She’s got a wide array of logos, emblems, and marks tattooed on her body, and she showed most of them off on her appearance on the David Letterman show. There are several videos that help you see how many tattoos she has on her, and what they are, because pictures don’t really suffice. A large portition of her body is tattooed, and she has said that she wants to get her whole body tattooed over enough time. She says that many of the tattoos are like landmarks in time, that trace the history of her life over time.