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 “High Voltage Tattoo” ( 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 “High Voltage Tattoo“.