Kat Von D is an American tattoo artist, singer, author, actor, entrepreneur, and model who is known for Miami Ink and LA Ink reality TV shows. Her makeup brand KVD Beauty is very popular.
Kat Von D aka Katherine von Drachenberg was born on Monday, 8 March 1982 (age 41 years; as of 2023) in Montemorelos, Nuevo León, Mexico. Her zodiac sign is Pisces. She moved with her family to the Inland Empire, Southern California, U.S.A at the age of four and later to Colton, California. Inspired by her grandmother, she started taking Piano lessons at the age of six. She started listening to punk music at the age of twelve which influenced her dramatically as she started having a mohawk hairstyle and also got her first tattoo at the age of fourteen. She got into a fight on the first day of seventh grade following which she dropped out of school. At the age of 15, she attended Provo Canyon Schoo, a psychiatric youth treatment centre, for six months, which she later described as the worst six months of her life. At the age of sixteen, she started her journey as a tattoo artist.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Weight (approx.): 65 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
She belongs to a family of missionaries of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Parents & Siblings
Her father’s name is Rene von Drachenberg, and her mother’s name is Sylvia von Drachenberg. She has a sister named Karoline and a brother named Michael.
Husband & Children
She got married to another American tattoo artist and restaurateur Oliver Peck in 2003. The couple separated in August 2007 and divorced each other later in the same year.
She got married for the second time to the American artist Rafael Reyes aka Leafar Seyer on 21 February 2018. The couple welcomed a son in December 2018 and named him Leafar Von D Reyes.
Her grandfather’s name is Carlos von Drachenberg, who was a doctor. Her grandmother’s name was Carla von Drachenberg, who later became an inspiration for Kat Von D.
Her first boyfriend’s name was James. She dated Alex ‘Orbi’ Orbison from 2007 to January 2008.
She later dated Motley Crew member Nikki Sixx from February 2008 to January 2010.
She dated motorcycle customiser Jesse James from August 2010 to September 2011. They even got engaged twice during this time; however, they broke up.
She dated Canadian musician Joel Zimmerman aka Deadmau5 from September 2012 to June 2013.
She dated Canadian entertainer Tom Green in 2013 and 2016.
She dated the American comedian Steve-O for three months between November 2015 and January 2016.
She dated the American painter Kevin Llewellyn in 2017.
She belongs to German, Italian, Spanish, and Indigenous descent.
She got her first initial experience as a tattoo artist by drawing tattoos on the bodies of her friends at the age of fourteen. At the age of sixteen, she was given employment at Sin City Tattoo in Los Angeles, California by Packer Dave. She later started working at the True Tattoo in Hollywood at the age of twenty-three.
On 3 April 2007, she opened her own shop named High Voltage Tattoo, in Hollywood, California.
On 1 December 2021, she closed her shop after operating it for more than 14 years as she moved to Indiana state in the U.S.A.
Film, TV, & Music
In 2007, she appeared in two seasons of the TLC channel reality show Miami Ink, which was shot at 305 Ink in Miami, Florida. She later appeared in its spinoff show LA Ink, which was shot at her shop High Voltage Tattoo, in Hollywood, California. The show premiered on 7 August 2007, continued for four seasons, and closed down on 15 September 2011. She also appeared on the 2004 TV show Pimp My Ride, the 2013 TV show I Love Jenni, and the 2022 TV show The Lincoln Lawyer.
She sang the female part in the 2012 song Rosary Blue by the Finnish band The 69 Eyes. In 2009, she appeared in the horror film The Bleeding. She worked as a narrator in the 2018 animal rights documentary Dominion. She appeared as a featured artist in Prayers’ song Black Leather and three songs of the IAMX’s 2018 album Alive In New Light and released her own album Love Made Me Do It in 2021.
She has also founded a tattoo, arts, and music festival named MusInk Tattoo Convention and Music Festival. She has also appeared on the cover of many magazines.
She has released two books showcasing different tattoos she designed since the age of six and different phases of her life. Her first book titled High Voltage Tattoo was released in January 2009 and climbed to sixth position on The New York Times Best Seller list. Her second book titled The Tattoo Chronicles was released on 26 October 2010 and climbed to third position on The New York Times ‘Hardcover Advice & Misc.’ best-seller list. In September 2022, she released her first children’s book titled Leafar and the Magical Treasure Chest.
She created a makeup line for the French brand Sephora in 2008 and later created fragrances as well. In 2016, she changed the products to vegan. She opened the art gallery and boutique Wonderland Gallery, next to her tattoo shop, on 2 September 2010. In 2011, she launched the clothing lines KVD Los Angeles and Kat Von D Los Angeles in US and Canada which later became a worldwide brand. In 2020, she sold her brand Kat Von D Beauty to Kendo Brands, and it was later renamed KVD Beauty.
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- Farm Sanctuary’s Compassion in Action Award in 2016
- 2018 Award of Excellence for Narration by Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards
She owns a Bentley Continental GT Coupe and a Custom 1951 Chevrolet Deluxe.
She has tattooed herself with the emblems of the bands HIM, Misfits, Turbonegro, ZZ Top, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Kent, Slayer, Mike Got Spiked, a photo of her mother on her back, a flower on the side of her neck, and ‘Slutallica’, a modified Metallica logo.
- She is a vegan, and her former makeup line is also made using vegan products in a cruelty-free manner.
- She quit alcohol in July 2007.
- In December 2007, she broke the Guinness World Record for most tattoos given by a single person in 24 hours by drawing a self-designed tattoo on 400 people.
- There have been rumours that she has been trying to get her tattoos redesigned or made lighter.
- She has been associated with many charity organisations, particularly animal rights groups including Project Chimps and Farm Sanctuary.
- Her favourite musicians are Lemmy Kilmister, The Mars Volta, and Selena.