Kat Von D is a Mexican-American tattoo artist, who got her start from the reality TV show, Miami Ink. Perhaps, it was after she got her own spin-off show, LA Ink, that she became more famous. She is known for crafting artistic designs inspired by various cultures and influences that she experienced during her childhood. She is not just a tattoo artist but also a model, musician and of course a TV personality. Over the years, she has built herself an empire and become a household name not just with her crafting talents but also her cosmetic line, Kat Von D Beauty.
She was born as Katherine Von Drachenberg on March 8, 1982, in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, to Seventh-day Adventist Church missionaries, Rene and Sylvia Galeano. Her family relocated to Los Angeles when she was 4 and Latino culture inspired her tattoo art and style. She was so influenced by her first tattoo at 14 that she dropped out of school to pursue a career in it.
Criticism comes with fame and Kat Von D has handled it very well. Since rising to fame, a lot of things in her life have been less than normal. However, she lives her life following her own set of rules disregarding the negative responses she gets.
Maybe because of this, she is recognized among us as the tattoo and beauty queen, “Kat Von D.” While you may be familiar with her artistic flairs and controversial relationships, she lives in a different world than you think. Today, we are here with some untold truths about her.
#5. Relationships with Nazism supporter
Kat has always faced criticism about her love life, but it hasn’t affected her in any way. She seems to be bizarrely cool having relationships with guys who seem to support Nazism. She was once engaged to Jesse James, who was spotted wearing a Nazi uniform and performing a Nazi salute.
Her current husband Rafael Reyes has a swastika tattooed under his neck, which clearly symbolizes the Nazi flag. And that’s not the end! She was once accused of signing an autograph to her former boss, who was Jewish, writing, "Burn in hell, Jewbag." Condoning this kind of behavior has led her to face heavy backlash.
#4. World Record
Already a highly celebrated tattoo artist, Kat got her name carved in the Guinness Book of World Records. She clutched the world record for tattooing the logo of LA on as many people as possible within a 24-hour period.
The then 25-year-old aspiring artist, Kat achieved this feat by inking 400 people taking a mere 9 minutes off the whole day. Charging $20 per person, she accumulated around $8000 and the proceeds went to charity. However, her ex-husband, Oliver Peck, who is also a tattoo artist managed to break the record by inking 415 people.
#3. Controversial Makeup Line
Besides being a popular tattoo artist, author and reality TV star, she is also an entrepreneur in her own right. She released her own makeup line which has been extremely successful despite many controversies. In 2017, she introduced a new eyeliner called Basket Case and while fans had already taken offense to the name, they were even more upset by the promotional web page.
It supposedly celebrated the deadly relationship between Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. If this wasn’t enough, she also released a lipstick, which she named after a Nazi slur. Likewise, she came up with a lipstick named Underage Red, for which she was heavily criticized as well.
#2. Trained Pianist
When not holding needles, she prefers playing the piano. She is a classically trained pianist, who took up piano at the very tender age of five. Her pianist grandmother first introduced her to the world of music and passed on an extreme obsession with Beethoven. When her mates were playing with dolls and running across the playground, she enjoyed hitting those keys. Furthermore, Kat entertained her guests performing at her own wedding reception.
#1. Story of "Hollywood" Tattoo
Tattoos are permanent art that are engraved in one’s body. Everyone wishes to ink tattoos which are one of a kind and an original idea of a tattoo has its own significance. No matter how cool someone else’s idea is, are people supposed to steal this idea and make it their own? Kat has come up with hundreds and thousands of ideas for tattoos on her own, but one of her famous art wasn’t actually her own creation. She has a tattoo of the word “Hollywood” in her midriff inked in a red lipstick.
That is by far her most talked about tattoo. Allegedly, she stole the idea from a girl, who was inspired by a band called New York Dolls and wanted to ink the same design like the band’s logo. However, she took the idea for herself, which further led to her infamy. She later had an awkward meeting with the same girl at a bar but no words were exchanged.
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