iKat Von D’s new book, ‘High Voltage Tattoo.’
Kat Von D goes for a little ‘High Voltage Tattoo’
Updated Wed. Jan. 28 2009 4:55 PM ET
Constance Droganes, entertainment writer, CTV.ca
Famed tattoo artist Kat Von D, the star of “LA Ink,” has written the definitive insider’s guide to the art of ink on skin. The ultimate communicator in a field known for looks more than linguistics, she’s penned a book that explains the allure of the tattoo and how to do it right.
Kat Von D is the Venus de Milo of high tattoo art, stacked atop her 1970s platforms with head-to-toe “tats” to die for. Renowned for her lifelike artistry with black and grey ink, she’s the fast-living rebel who makes “LA Ink,” TLC’s No. 1-rated show.
Von D’s painterly tattoos and pin-up good looks have earned her and “LA Ink” a strong cult following in the United States, Canada and around the word.
Her new book, “High Voltage Tattoo,” won’t hurt that allure – earned largely by Von D for making a venerable pop culture accessory look hot once more.
“Some people might think tattoos are passé,” says Von D, 26, who makes them look anything but in this book, with its hundreds of skimpy bikini and camera-friendly glam shots.
“Whether you go to a concert in Madison Square Garden or a fashion show in Milan you’ll see tattoos on everyone – rich people, stars, ordinary guys. It makes sense because a tattoo is about being creative and expressing who you are. That need in us never changes,” says Von D.
That point, ironically, isn’t fans’ first focus in “LA Ink.”
Since its debut in 2007, this reality show has documented the ups and downs of her tattoo business. It follows the day of this 26-year-old edge queen as she manages a colourful and overly-dramatic staff, runs her busy social life – all time looking good in tight leather pants and a bustier.
But with “High Voltage Tattoo” Von D (aka Katherine Von Drachenberg) is making a new commitment to the art of her craft, not her celebrity.
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