Kat Von D launched her own makeup line in 2008. Since then, she has grown a beauty empire. Beauty junkies love Kat Von D’s ink-black lipsticks and red-hot studded lips. The brand’s most beloved product is the Lock It Foundation, which has been praised for its long-lasting coverage.

It is not surprising that her second foray into the bases has caused mass panic. Von D just unveiled her first medium coverage offering, True Portrait Foundation, PS28. This month.

We celebrate this milestone by taking a look back at her career as a tattoo artist and beauty mogul, with some surprising facts.

Kat Von D

Kat Von D

Kat Von D Biography

Katherine Von Drachenberg is better known as her trademarked name Kat Von D. She’s a well-known Mexican-American tattoo artist who is best known for creating intricate and artistic designs. Her inspirations come from various cultures and influences that she experienced growing up. Her grandmother is often credited with introducing her to art. She taught her how to play the piano and created tattoos inspired by Latino culture. She became a successful artist and entrepreneur from what she began as a teenager. After failing at several tattoo shops, she finally found success at True Tattoo. She was soon one of the most popular tattoo artists in Los Angeles even before she joined the famed Miami Ink. She also opened LA Ink in Hollywood, her own Hollywood tattoo parlor. She is also a talented model and actor, and has appeared in cameo roles on television and films. She has also launched her own brand of fashion and makeup, as well as a boutique and art gallery. She has had a number of romantic relationships with reputed celebrities, which have brought her plenty of attention, mostly in the form controversies.

Kat Von D Early life

Kat Von D’s real name is Katherine von Drachenberg. She was born in Montemorelos (Mexico) on March 8, 1982. Rene and Sylvia are her parents, Seventh Day Adventists. Kat Von D also has a brother, Michael, and a sister Karoline. Their family moved to Los Angeles when she was just four years old. She would grow up to be a star in the entertainment industry. She began piano lessons at the age of 6. Clara von Drachenberg, Clara’s grandmother, inspired her to pursue music as her main occupation. Kat Von D discovered her passion for art through the love she received from her grandmother. She developed a passion for tattoos from this point. She got her first tattoo at the age of 14. This tattoo was placed on her ankle.

Kat Von D Career

Kat Von D decided to take the high road and dropped out of school just two years after she received her first tattoo. Kat Von D had a career in tattooing and was eventually employed by Sin City Tattoo. She continued to improve her skills over the years by working in other shops, including Blue Bird Tattoo and Inflictions. She found her way to True Tattoo shortly thereafter. She worked with Clay Decker, Chris Garver and Tim Hendricks as tattoo artists. Kat Von D was inspired by these individuals to appear on the TLC reality TV show, Miami Ink. Fortunately, there was an opening because Darren Brass couldn’t draw after an injury to his elbow. Kat Von D was a regular on the reality series for two seasons.

Kat Von D was able to open her own tattoo shop with the help of the television show’s money. She named it High Voltage Tattoo. This enabled her to be able to air her reality TV show on TLC. LA Ink was the name of this show. She was awarded a Guinness World Record spot for the fastest 24-hour tattoo creation. She drew 400 tattoos in 24 hours. Oliver Peck, her husband at the time, broke this record a year later after completing 415 tattoos. LA Ink was the show that brought Kat Von D’s career to many people. It aired for four seasons and was terminated in 2011. The show was canceled by Kat Von D in 2011.

Kat Von D published her book High Voltage Tattoo in 2009. The book did well on the market, ranking at number 6 in The New York Times’s list of best-sellers that year.

Kat Von D Personal Life

Kat Von D married Oliver Peck, a fellow tattooist in 2003. In 2007, the couple divorced. In 2007, she declared that she was quitting her drinking habits, claiming it was a major obstacle to her career. She began dating Nikki Sixx in 2008, and then she dated Jesse James. She also began a relationship in 2012 with Deadmau5. They dated for only months, and then ended up breaking up in November 2012.

Fascinating facts About Kat Von D

  • At 14 years old, she began tattooing.
  • She is known for her unorthodox views and has been doing so since childhood. Kat left school at 16 to join Sin City Tattoo in Los Angeles.
  • She gave a skull to a friend when she was just 14 years old. The tattoo machine she used was a cassette player motor, and a string from a guitar. You are so right! OMG!
  • She holds a Guinness World Record
  • Kat has held the Guinness World Record in 2008 for the longest time since she completed the most tattoos in one day. You might be wondering how many. FOUR HUNDRED! A line of hundreds of people formed outside the LA tattoo parlour as she inked people on a first-come-first-served basis at a cost of only $20 (PS14).
  • She doesn’t like tattooed makeup
  • Are your micro-bladed eyebrows a good idea? Kat doesn’t like it. The makeup mogul said to Into The Gloss that it can take two weeks for some people to obtain their cosmetic tattooing license. This is not right for someone who will be putting permanent pigment and a needle close to your eyes. It is a huge risk. Makeup changes all the time! It is ever-changing and seasonal. That’s what makes it so awesome and cool.”
  • She is a strict vegan
  • You may have seen Kat Von D’s social media posts. She is not only a great beauty model and a good friend, but she is also an activist for veganism as well as anti-animal cruelty.
  • Kat has also been working for a vegan shoe brand for many years. The collection will be available in sizes US 5-12 and in a variety of styles, including flats, slip-ons, and platform heels. They are made in Italy, and look just like leather.
  • She designs her line’s packaging herself
  • Kat Von D Beauty’s badass packaging. All by Von D.
  • We are not surprised at all! This entire line is Kat’s style.
  • She won’t let anyone look at her without makeup
  • Right? Her beauty is her rule. The Los Angeles Times once quoted Kat Von D as saying: “It is not an insecurity thing.”
  • “The best thing about being a girl, is the ability to dress up and wear makeup. It’s another creative outlet. It’s a great way to relax and unwind. It’s difficult to get up in the morning without it.”
  • If you find it difficult to leave the house without smudging your eyebrows, you are not alone.
  • Eyeliner is her favorite makeup product
  • Kat Von D’s eyeliners have become the brand’s trademark product. Sephora’s best-selling Tattoo Liner and the brand’s first ever long-wear liquid vegan Lash Liner are both bestsellers.
  • She said that she can make 40 looks with eyeliner – liquid or pencil – if you give it to me.

Kat Von D Major Works

In 2005, she became a household name with her appearances on two seasons of Miami Ink, a reality TV series on TLC. In these episodes, she displayed her realistic tattoo portraits. Her constant verbal disputes with her owner resulted in her termination.

The reality TV series ‘LA Ink’ she created in 2007 was a hit. It featured a distinguished clientele including Stephen Baldwin, Margaret Cho, and Dave Navarro.

She set a Guinness World Record in 2007 for the most tattoos done in 24 hours while working on “LA Ink”. It was 400. Oliver Peck, her husband, set a Guinness World Record for making the most tattoos in 24 hours. In 2008, she had 415 tattoos.

Kat Von D Recognitions & Awards

Maxim magazine ranked her number 62 on its 2008 list of the “Hot 100 World’s Most Beautiful Women”.

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Kat Von D Legacy & Personal Life

In 2003, she married Oliver Peck, a fellow True Tattoo tattoo artist. Their relationship ended in 2007 when they divorced.

In 2008, she began dating Nikki Sixx (bassist in American rock band Motley Crue), but the relationship ended in January 2010.

Jesse James, CEO of West Coast Choppers, was her engagement ring. They broke up, and they patched up over the next eight months until finally announcing their split in September 2011.

In September 2012, she began dating Joel Zimmerman (also known as deejay Deadmau5) and they announced their engagement in December 2012. Infidelity led to her breaking off later in June 2013.

Since July 2013, when they were spotted together, it is believed that she has been dating comedian Tom Green.

Kat Von D Trivia

She is believed to have been the cause of Jesse James’ divorce from Sandra Bullock. This infidelity led to the end of their five-year marriage.

The Eagles of Death Metal created the song “High Voltage” after the shop’s name. It was featured on their third album, “Heart On”, which was released in 2008.

When she is not at her LA Ink Studios, she can be found at True Tattoo, Hollywood, California or Elm Street Tattoo, Dallas, Texas.

Kat Von D Relationships

In 2003, Von D got married to fellow tattoo artist Oliver Peck. They split in August 2007 and divorced later that year.

From 2007 to 2008, Von D dated Alex “Orbi” Orbison. This was documented in the first season LA Ink. In the episode “Kat Cleans Up”, Orbison and Von D move in together. Orbison then asks Von D’s dad for permission to marry Orbison in the final episode, “Orbi’s Secret”. Their relationship ended in the second episode of Season 2.

Von February 2008 to January 2010, Von D dated Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx.

Jesse James, a West Coast Choppers CEO and motorcycle customizer, was her first date. Von D confirmed that James was dating her on August 19, 2010. She tweeted, “It’s pretty obvious that it’s dating. “Von D and James got engaged in January 2011. Von D and James announced their split in July 2011. In August 2011, Von D and James declared that they were back together. Von D revealed that James and she had split again in September 2011.

Von D started dating Canadian music producer Joel Zimmerman in September 2012. She gave him a star tattoo under his eye to match hers. In November 2012, they split up. They split in November 2012. Von D made public in June 2013 that Zimmerman and she had ended their engagement. Zimmerman’s alleged infidelity was cited by Von D, which Zimmerman denies.

Von D was married to Rafael Reyes on February 21, 2018. She gave birth to their son in November 2018.

Kat Von D Personal Details

Birthday: March 8, 1982

Age: 39 Years, 39 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Pisces

Also Known As: Katherine Von Drachenberg

Born In: Montemorelos, Mexico

Famous As: Tattoo Artist

Quotes By: Kat Von D Business People

Height: 1.76 M

Spouse/Ex: Deadmau5, Jesse James, Oliver Peck

Father: René Drachenberg

Mother: Sylvia Galeano

Siblings: Karoline Von Drachenberg, Michael Von Drachenberg

Founder/Co-Founder: High Voltage Tattoo