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KAT Von D
- The sexiest tattoo artist on the planet
- Me, Myself, and I
- I guess it makes sense to start with the basics. Born on March 8th, 1982, in the town of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, she moved to the States when she was four, settling in Colton, Ca. Her father René Drachenberg and her mother Sylvia Galeano were both born in Argentina, though René's family origins were German and Sylvia's Spanish-Italian. Kat's paternal grandmother played a significant role in shaping her artistic development, particularly in playing piano and exposing her to the great composers, which, as anyone who knows her can attest to, led to her love for the works of Beethovan . Kat maintains a strong relationship with her parents and her siblings, a brother Michael and a sister Karoline, and finding the time to spend with her family is a priority.. Growing up in the Inland Empire, a collision of influences led Kat into our world much earlier than most, her first tattoo came at age 14, an old english "J" on her ankle, a memento of a love gone-by.
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Corey Miller Joining Kat at her new shop is Corey Miller, a legend in the industry. Tattooing for 25 years, this California native has inked people all around the world from Japan and Amsterdam to Hawaii and Paris. He specializes in black & gray portraits and dragons that merge the traditional and classic styles with his own. A true master, Corey is known for his freehand work, drawing the image directly onto the skin, foregoing any stencil. He has an extensive client list, including celebrities like James Hettfield from Metallica, Jason Giambi of the NY Yankees and Jesse James. In his spare time, this married father of three enjoys playing the drums.
Kim Saigh a fanatical yoga practitioner, tattoo artist Kim Saigh takes a lot of the teachings of the discipline and puts it into her art. Allegorical and illustrative works that express movement and flow dominate Kim’s portfolio. Tattooing professionally for 16 years, Kim first got her start in her native Cleveland, moving to Chicago and opening her first shop a few years later. Kim now splits her time between LA and Chicago but always has her black Persian cat, Geezer with her.
Hannah AitchisonHannah Aitchison has been tattooing for over nine years. Specializing in bold, colorful, illustrative works including life-like portraits, pin-ups and classic Americana, Hannah enjoys a technical challenge in the tattoos she creates. A single mom, Hannah worked two and three jobs while apprenticing just to support her daughter. When not tattooing or spending time with her daughter, Hannah enjoys painting, knitting, boxing and traveling.
PixieLA INK shop manager, Pixie loves to surround herself with bright, colorful, “yummy” things. Judging by the elaborate, colorful tattoos of cupcakes, Care Bears and other assorted “happy” visions, and intense body modifications that adorn her body, Pixie has a zest for life. The former Fear Factor game show winner is a Pescatarian (vegetarian who eats fish), loves animals and lives in Los Angeles with her two pitbulls, Cup Cake and Chopper, and her cat, Monkey. Before moving to LA four years ago, Pixie was a body piercer at a tattoo shop in Minnesota. These days, when not working at the shop she is a freelance make up artist.
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The shop, which Kat recently opened in Hollywood, will have a distinct rock-n-roll flavor reflecting the owner’s personal style. Filled with gorgeous black and white photography and memorabilia signed by legendary rock artists and professional athletes, LA INK has a glam-rock feel that is inviting to celebrities, athletes, rockers and regular people alike. Following the lead set by their boss, Kat Von D, these tattoo artists (and shop manager) play by their own rules and live a fast-paced, rebel lifestyle. They set their own schedule, pick their clients, sleep late and party all night long. Together, the cast of LA INK will share their lives showing the culture and stories behind tattoos.
Through TLC’s hit series MIAMI INK, artist Kat Von D tattooed her way onto the world’s stage, becoming one of the most talked about and sought after tattoo artists on the planet. Throughout her 11-year career, Kat has worked alongside men, not only surviving, but thriving. Now, after leaving Miami for her home-town of LA, she is realizing a dream by opening up her first business.
Kat Von DKat Von D, 25, was one of the featured artists on the first two seasons of MIAMI INK, which has traveled the globe, airing in many countries including Japan, Australia, Brazil and England. TLC’s season two finale, which aired on May 8th was watched by over 3,000,000 people*. Kat specializes in fine-line, black & gray style life-like portraits. In more than a decade of being a professional tattoo artist she has amassed a devout following including over 435,000 friends on her myspace.com page and thousands more checking her out at TLC.com/LA-Ink. In addition, many celebrities, athletes and entertainers seek out her services such as Jackass’ Bam Margera; Steve-O and Ryan Dunn; Slayer; My Chemical Romance; Guns N Roses; Green Day; The Mars Volta; Eve and Mira Sorvino.
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For those of you who l-o-v-e-d Kat von D from Miami Ink, and cried big crocodile tears when she got fired, good news for you: apparently the hawt tattoo artist has her own little show now call LA Ink! *cheers* Kat has a (practically) all female staff, and Kindly Póg Mo Thóin says that having this "sneaky feminism" on TV is awesome: "Even better, they talk about being women in a male-dominated field, and at least one of the artists, Hannah Aitchison, talked about pin-ups being an ironic acknowledgment of women’s traditional roles that can be enjoyed because we no longer are so tightly bound to them."
The LA Ink website on The Learning Channel's main site is fantastic as well. It features all the female artists as pin-up girls, Q&As with the artists, and the staff's top ten tattoo mistakes. (Ah!)
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