Kat Von D is a tattoo artist, model, musician, author, entrepreneur, and television personality of Mexican descent. Kat Von D is most known for her work as a tattoo artist on the TLC reality television show LA Ink, which started on August 7, 2007, and lasted four seasons in the United States.
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Childhood and Early Years
As of 2021, Kat Von D is 39 years old. She was born in Montemorelos, Nuevo León, Mexico, on March 8, 1982. Katherine Von Drachenberg is her given name, and her zodiac sign is Pisces. René Drachenberg and Sylvia Galeano were her parents. She began piano lessons at the age of six. Karoline Von Drachenberg and Michael Von Drachenberg were her two younger siblings.
At the tender age of 12, she spent most of her time listening to Misfits and Ramones, having been heavily affected by punk rock bands. Similarly, her artistic talent was quickly revealed when she picked up a tattoo machine and tattooed a Misfits skull on a buddy.
She is also of Mexican-American descent and of mixed German-Spanish-Italian ancestry. When it comes to Kat’s educational background, she dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to pursue a career as a tattoo artist, which she did at a local professional shop called Sin City Tattoo in 1998.
Similarly, she cites her grandmother, Clara von Drachenberg, as a musical and artistic inspiration, as well as the Latino culture of Los Angeles as a key influence on her tattoo art and style. She got her first tattoo at the age of 14 and dropped out of school at the age of 16 to pursue her dream of becoming a tattoo artist.
In her professional life, she worked for a variety of shops, including Blue Bird Tattoo and Inflictions, where she gained experience and honed her skills. She then went to True Tattoo, where she worked with Tim Hendricks, Clay Decker, and Chris Garver, who suggested she try her luck at ‘Miami Ink.’
She also worked for two seasons on the TLC network’s ‘Miami Ink,’ a reality television show. Despite the fact that she was forced to leave her employment due to her conflicts with the owner, Ami James. In 2007, she moved back to Los Angeles and launched her own tattoo shop, High Voltage Tattoo, in Hollywood, California. This enabled her to host her own TLC reality show, ‘LA Ink,’ which includes tattoo tales from a variety of clients.
She also set a Guinness World Record for the most tattoos given by a single individual in 24 hours on the show, with a total of 400. In December 2007, Von D designed a logo for the city of Los Angeles, with proceeds going to the Vitamin Angels children’s blindness charity. Her record, however, was broken on June 13, 2008, by her ex-husband, Oliver Peck. Her reality show LA Ink aired for four seasons before being cancelled on September 15, 2011; TLC announced the cancellation on August 18, 2011. Von D has stated that the cancellation was due to her decision not to continue with the show.
MusInk Tattoo Convention and Music Festival, which she founded in 2008, is her baby. This event takes place in Southern California and is an all-ages tattoo, music, and art festival.
In addition, in 2009, she published her first book, High Voltage Tattoo, which included a collection of tattoos and artwork. In October 2010, she published her second book, ‘The Tattoo Chronicles,’ which debuted at #3 on The New York Times ‘Hardcover Advice & Misc’ best-seller list. Further.
Her persistent verbal squabbles with the owner also led to her dismissal. His TLC series ‘LA Ink’ became one of the channel’s highest-rated shows, with famous clients like actor Stephen Baldwin, comedian Margaret Cho, and rocker Dave Navarro.
Aside from that, she has also performed female vocals on X’s song “Rosary Blue.” It is a studio album released in 2012 by The 69 Eyes, a Finnish Gothic Rock band. In August 2013, she said on her Twitter account that Dave Grohl and producer Danny Lohner had finished two tracks of an album she had discussed creating since 2011.
She opened the art gallery and store Wonderland Gallery next door to High Voltage Tattoo on September 2, 2010. In the fall of 2011, she debuted her apparel labels KVD Los Angeles and Kat Von D Los Angeles in the United States and Canada. The following year, it expanded overseas. Kat Von D, her own cosmetics collection, was launched in 2008. Since then, she has amassed the highest social media following of any beauty business.
She also founded Kat von D, a Sephora-exclusive cosmetics line, as well as Wonderland Gallery, an art gallery and store. Von D has even launched her own clothing line, KVD, in Los Angeles.
‘Bam Margera Presents: Where the Fuck Is Santa?’ (2008) and ‘The Bleeding’ are two of her film credits (2009). Sebastian Bach, Eric Balfour, Ryan Dunn, Jenna Jameson, Nicole Richie, Travis Barker, Green Day, Mira Sorvino, and Ville Valo are among her celebrity tattoo clients.
Kat has amassed a sizable fortune through her job, with an estimated net worth of $10 million and earnings of up to $1 million. She also promotes her own goods, including Kat Von D, which is a cruelty-free makeup line that was created in 2008 for the Sephora cosmetics store and contains no animal by-products.
Kat Von D is a married woman with two children. She married Oliver Peck, a tattoo artist who has travelled extensively. He, like Kat, is talented, but his marriage has been problematic owing to Kat’s alcoholism, self-centred behaviour, and body image concerns. They did, however, break up in August of 2007.
In terms of her previous relationships, she dated Alex Orbison, an American singer, producer, and director, for roughly a year. When the two were dating, he was frequently seen on her LA Ink reality show. She enjoys Scandinavian bands and spends a lot of time with musicians, which led her to date Ville Valo, a Finnish musician. Similarly, she has a public relationship with Nikki Sixx. He is a founding member of Motley Crue. They did, however, break up soon after.
She also began dating Jesse James in January 2011. They did, however, split up with each other. She was also engaged to Deadmau5, a Canadian DJ and music producer, however, their engagement was called off unexpectedly in November 2012.
Following that, Kat began dating Steve-O, a Hollywood stuntman. Jackass, his raunchy humorous reality stunt show and film series, is his most well-known work. However, in March 2016, they called it quits on their relationship.
The following year, she began dating Rafael Reyes, an artist, author, and musician. He wrote a new song specifically for her, and she also contributed vocals to it. In February of this year, they married. They had one child, Leafar Von D Reyes, later (b. December 2018).
Kat has a beautiful figure and a wonderful personality. She stands 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs roughly 62 kilograms. She also has the following body measurements: 35-27-36 inches. Her shoe size is 9 and her dress size is 6. (US). Her hair is a light Ginger Brown tone, and her eyes are a dark brown colour.
Kat is a frequent user of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. She has a sizable fan base. Similarly, she has 11.83 million Facebook followers. She has roughly 1.9 million Twitter followers and 7.3 million Instagram followers.