It is okay to open your mind a bit and see beyond celebrity, take raw emotion for what its worth, and FEEL human. Kat introduces her diary as just that: " What it is however is a beautiful collection of art, mixed with snippets of peoples lives as recounted and reflected on by a tattooer and recovering addict. It really is quite that simple. Yes she is celebrity, but Kat never dwells on that.
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The punk rock tattoo artist who busted out of the super-vanilla "Miami Ink" for her own show -- "LA Ink" based in Hollywood next door to Edible Bouquets, ohfer cute -- is this fascinating gravitational pull.
She looks like a Barbie doll that was attacked by an angsty "Rocky Horror Picture Show" art weirdo teen armed with Sharpies. She dated Nikki Sixx.
She lives in something that looks like a mini Castle Grayskull. Anyone looking for juicy juice would be better served by watching E!
She started tattooing at 14, dropped out of high school, ran away, ran back, married a Texan who has accumulated a body suit, loves her family. People who watch "LA Ink" will recognize one of the final sections of the book as similar to the format of the show, where a costumer walks in, explains that they want a portrait of their cat, then tell a real sob-story about how Fluffy was hit by a car.
These are just quick hitters about dead grandparents and drunken rock tours around Finland. But it is definitely worth taking a ton of time to flip through. Kat Von D is known for her black and gray portrait work, and has mastered shading and white contrasts to make realistic likenesses, twinkles in eyes and gaps in teeth. Carnival colored Catholic art, featuring the Virgin Mary.
Details and small touches, like a Prince Charming making the metal sign, or a pirate ship motif with a subtle treasure map as the back drop. And there is humor: Skateboarder slash professional prankster Bam Margera commissioned one of a bear making furious love to a kitty, with a message for a friend: "Fuck Jeff. In her book, you get the chance to see the work she does close up. And it is amazing. She is basically this person who broke every single rule on "how to be a success" and has come out on the other side as this incredible artist.
But still love them, both of them.
The Tattoo Chronicles
"HIGH VOLTAGE TATTOO" AUTOGRAPHED BY KAT VON D