Kat Von D | Taking Tattooing to a Whole New Level
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Kat Von D's Ride to Fame
Kat Von D has in a relatively short time rode to fame on the back of the tattooing industry, becoming well known first in Miami Ink as one of the featured tattoo artists over a two-year period.
What's funny about doing some research on Kat are the funny ways people spell her name, which was Katherine von Drachenberg at birth, and has obviously been shortened to Kat and D.
But with Von D's persona, even that last name could have been fit into a horror type of movie. It almost has the idea of Dracula connected to it when you first say it.
Anyway, some of the interesting ways people have spelled Kat's name have been cat von d, cat von dee, kat von dee, and katvond, among others.
The funniest one to me was cat von dee, where not only the first letter was wrong, but the "dee" that was added as well.
Fallen Angel Tattoos
- Heart Tattoo Designs
The symbol of the heart apply to more areas of our lives than we are aware of, once we start thinking about it, and in regard to heart tattoos, that is expressed in a variety of ways. There is of course the obvious love aspect of the heart,...
- Fallen Angel Tattoos
Fallen angel tattoos have basically two different ways of being expressed. First, there is the fallen angels that has no care about the circumstances they find themselves in, and, according to Christian belief, were cast out of heaven because of...
Fun Facts About Kat Von D
Fire and Flame Tattoos
- Butterfly and Flower Tattoo Designs
Two of the more beautiful, delightful parts of nature are the butterfly and flowers, and when you combine the two they are great material for photos and art, including being fantastic subject matter for tattoo designs. While each can stand on...
- Fire and Flame Tattoos
Tattoos incorporating fire or flame into the design look fantastic, and with the occasional exception, are part of a combination of tattoo themes, rather than a standalone image of fire. But even on those occasions, the tattoo is designed in such...
What's fascinating about Von D is her upbringing, which is so different from who she is today.
Amazingly, she was born of missionary parents from Argentina, but was born in Monterey, Mexico, before the family moved to Southern California.
Kat Von D Girl Next Door?
A unique aspect of Kat Von D is her diverse tastes. For example, she was trained classically on the piano at an early age, and still enjoys classical music to this day.
While enjoying composers like Chopin and Beethoven, she's also into some of the more radical music like black metal, death metal and power metal.
When talking about her love of movies, she says that more than any other genre she likes comedies, especially romantic comedies. Anything with actress Anna Farris and actor Will Ferrell in she really likes.
Some of her favorite movies are Immortal Beloved, The English Patient and Spinal Tap. Other goofy movies she likes are Super Troopers, Bring It On and Zoolander.
It's funny. After hearing her selection of heavy metal music, you start to think you're going to hear her favorite movies as Saw, and a bunch of other horror types.
Kat Von D is definitely like an onion with a lot of unique layers.
- Compelling and Unusual Feather Tattoos
Feather tattoos are fascinating in that they're embraced in numerous ways as far as where they're placed on the body, possibly being among the largest variety of placements of the majority of tattoo themes I've seen. A couple of things with...
- Garter Belt Tattoo Designs
Garters or garter belts have been part of women's wear for a long time, and are a narrow band of fabric with an elastic element used to wrap around the part of the leg just below the knee in order to hold up stockings. In more modern times, they...
- Harley Davidson Tattoos
Harley Davidson motorcycles, and the brand itself, have become a way of life for many people, and represents, more than anything, freedom. Consequently, Harley fans are forever looking to express the lifestyle, and one of those choices are to get...
Her Big Break on Miami Ink
The first big break Kat Von D had was of course being one of the featured artists on Miami Ink. Her passion and skill, along with her dark beauty, made her a fascinating and interesting figure which the public connected to.
After the two tumultuous seasons connected to LA Ink, TLC contacted Von D to be the major part of a new show named LA Ink.
She jumped at the chance to be on the show, as she said the idea of an average or mediocre female becoming the face of female tattooing was close to "blasphemy" to her.
Saying she wanted to show that tattooing was a positive and good thing, she would work hard at making that a reality.
Kat says she never had the idea of being in the spotlight or being motivated primarily by money. It's the love of tattooing pure and simple that drives her. I believe she really means it.
What Inspires Kat Von D
Again, drawing on a unique and contradictory childhood, Kat Von D says the motivation behind what she does is 'love.' Other things that inspire her within the parameters of love are her family, Los Angeles, music and her heritage.
She adds that all this is the foundation for how she lives, tattoos, communicates, dresses, draws, shops and paints.
Kat says drawing has always been a part of her life as far back as she can remember, and much of her early work was compiled and saved by her mother.
Amazingly, she did her first tattoo at 14-years-old, and by the age of 16 was hired professionally by a tattoo shop. Although she is quick to add that she had to drop a lot of things she had learned on her own in regard to tattooing.
Who Inspires Kat Von D
In an interview, Kat Von D was asked if there were any specific artists that inspired her. In the usual complexity of her life, she includes traditional masters like Michelangelo and Da Vinci, while including contemporary artists like Shawn Barber and Michael Hussar.
Also a major part of her inspiration is Kore Flatmo, who has been a great friend of Von D, and of who she said she would "sell my soul to have one tenth of the talent in his pinky finger." Flatmo is a talented tattoo artist.
Kat Von D Looking Good Showing Some Skin and Ink!
Extraordinary Kat Von D
Even More Tattoos
- Magnificent Mermaid Tattoos
A mermaid tattoo theme is a wonderful option for those looking to get inked. The beautiful lines associated with the mermaid figure, along with the myths surrounding the sirens of sound. Mermaids were originally identified as Sirens in earlier...
- Ford Thunderbird, Mustang, Mercury, F-100 Tattoos
Cars and Trucks are a compelling choice for those seeking tattoos, as people tend to hive off into a favorite brand and stick with them for a long time; it becomes a part of their lives. That's the case with Ford vehicles, which include the Ford...
- Tattoos Honoring Mom
Most people getting a tattoo tend to take some risks and push the envelope, but there are some things that just don't lend themselves to that, and in the case of tattoos for mom, most people are very traditional. The majority of tattoos...
New Opportunities and Ventures
With her popularity and star growing, Kat Von D has branched out into new ventures as well, as she now owns her own make-up line called Sephora.
Typical of the contradictory Von D, I checked out the website thinking I'm going to find something goth-like or that would cater to the heavy metal crowd, and there I found a make-up website that looks like any regular website you would find.
I think this is one of the secrets behind Von D, in that she can be that rebel-like woman who you find interesting, but at the same time seem like the girl next door.
It appears to be that's why she's so popular, as she can straddle the line between renegade and mainstream without going too far over into either one. That means her audience and fan base is probably larger because of that, along with her popularity.
What I think of with Von D is something similar to Harley Davidson, which also has that unique persona, but in reality sells more bikes to people that fantasize about the biker lifestyle, rather than truly live it.
It's the fun of pretend, and I think that's what Kat Von D sells to many women in mainstream America, and why she's so popular.
Musink Festival Back Tattoo
The Musink Festival
Again, the fun of Kat Von D is just when you think she's mainstream, you check into the Musink festival she personally launched, which in the first year drew over 15,000 people and 200 tattoo artists.
The 2nd annual festival was held in February 2009, and was also very successful.
But again, this is the other side of Kat Von D, as the somewhat risque photos and celebrations were completely different than what she does with part of her other interests the general public sees.
It seems she is able to market herself to both crowds without offending the other. With the more weird stuff as measured by mainstream standards, it seems she is able to market it without them knowing about it or understanding what's under the hood.
Lucky Horseshoe Tattoos
- Hummingbird Tattoo Designs
Hummingbirds are among the most attractive to the average bird watcher, who make special provisions of growing flowers or artificial nectar in feeders to attract them nearby in order to watch them. Consequently it is an inspiration for lovers of the.
- Lucky Horseshoe Tattoos
The horseshoe has a lot of meaning, beyond the practical use a horse gets out of it, or a cool piece to hang in your garage, workshop or an entryway. In the case of tattoos, it's the luck side of the meaning of the horseshoe that is by far the...
A Who's Who list of celebrities and musicians have been and are clients of Kat Von D, and the more well known she has become the more flock to her convenient location in LA to be inked by her and her staff.
A small sampling of those tattooed by Von D include Guns N Roses, Eve and Mira Sorvino, Steve-O, Lady Gaga, Jared Leto, Bam Margera, Kerry King, Ryan Dunn and Rivaldo, among numerous others.
Kat Von D's Book
Book: High Voltage Tattoo
Early in 2009, Kat Von D released her first book named "High Voltage Tattoo," published by Harper Collins.
The book is a personal and intimate look at the history of Von D and the process through which she developed her interest and love of art and tattooing.
She talks a lot about the TV show what her inspirations are, and the LA Ink shop. Not only that, she delves deeply into the art of tattooing itself, giving many examples of the tattoo culture and the processes of the discipline of the art.
Disturbing Mask Tattoos
- Cool Bee Tattoo Designs
Tattoos with a bee or bumblebee theme are becoming increasingly popular among men and women, as the diverse personalities and meanings of bees can be incorporated into a number of fun and compelling looks and designs. Some of the meanings of bee...
- Disturbing Mask Tattoos
When you begin to think about mask tattoos, you're almost exclusively going to encounter the dark side of life, as very few tattoo designs including masks are represented by the light. There are some exceptions, and I've included a couple of those...
The Making of High Voltage Tattoo
Alice in Wonderland Tattoos
- Cupid Tattoos
Cupid and love go together, and in the case of tattoos, there are a myriad of designs to choose from to celebrate your love for that special person. Just be careful concerning names, as many people have regretted inking a name on their skin where the
- Alice in Wonderland Tattoos
There are few stories that have captured the imagination over time as there is with Alice in Wonderland. And the number and quality of tattoos that have emerged from the story are amazing. One thing I noticed, is the ladies especially like that...
Kat has been married once to another tattooer named Oliver Peck in 2003. They divorced in 2007, and since that time Kat has been connected to a number rock music artists, including Alex "Orbi" Orbison. She actually named an eyeshadow in her True Romance Eyeshadow Palette after him.
That relationship is over now, and she confirmed recently that she's currently dating Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue.
We will of course see the names change as the years go on, as it seems this is a challenging area for Von D to be successful in, as it is with many celebrities.
What is Kat Von D thinking?
Still More Tattoos
- Colorful Rainbow Tattoos
Rainbow tattoo designs are a great choice for tattoo ink, as the spectrum of color is awesome, and you can use the rainbow theme in an extraordinary variety of settings. They also represent desirable characteristics, it is considered a mirror of...
- Haunting American Indian Tattoos
Tattoos of American Indians cover a wide range of topics, as you can have the usual heads to a plethora of combinations, usually including feathers, animals and/or something spiritual. Almost every tattoo design for American Indians has a feel of...
- Faith Tattoo Designs and Meanings
Faith plays a major part in the majority of people's lives around the world, as it acts as an anchor in the storms that we all encounter, helping us to not drift off into the seas of despair. While faith can be applied to oneself, it's not...
- Betty Boop Tattoos
Betty Boop was a wildly popular cartoon character from the 1930s, capturing the imagination of the men of that period during the difficult depression years; her persona became a welcome distraction in the early years, before her character was reined.
The Future of Kat Von D
As with much of Kat Von D, it's really difficult to ascertain the truth about who she really is. She's a living contradiction; at least that's the impression she outwardly gives you.
She definitely has a love and passion for what she does, and you can feel that when she expresses herself about it.
With the rising popularity of tattoos and the ability to bridge the gap between subculture and mainstream, she potentially stands at the pinnacle of an extraordinary business empire if she chooses to continue going that route.
The question which must be answered, and can only be answered by Kat Von D, is whether she burns herself out on a personal lifestyle that could damage her future.
Again, it's hard to separate truth from fiction, and that part of Kat Von D is what makes her so fascinating to study. Personally I would be surprised if she really is a trainwreck, and more than likely a lot of the lifestyle is created by marketers and handlers to make her extremely interesting. They're doing a good job in that regard.
I think Kat Von D has an extraordinary future ahead of her, and it's only limited by how far she personally wants to take it.
Kat Von D Thinks the Future Looks Good
Kat Von D is no doubt now the face of the tattoo world to the mainstream market.
While tattooing is and will be popular with or without her, she is a key part of being a bridge between the subculture that makes up the tattoo world, and those who enjoy hanging out on the fringe of the lifestyle.