21 Things You Didn’t Know About Kat Von D
Kat Von D is nothing short of an icon. Even people who don’t know her name know who she is because of her iconic look and style.
However, there’s more to her than just a pretty face. Keep reading to discover twenty-one things you never knew about this awesome celebrity!
1. Her Parents Are From Argentina
As we said before, Kat Von D is absolutely iconic. But did you ever wonder who could produce such an amazing artist? It turns out that her parents (René and Sylvia) are from Argentina. Lucky for all of us that they decided to share their daughter’s talent with the world!
2. She’s a Classically Trained Pianist
If you didn’t already know, Kat Von D is a woman of many talents. While most people know her from her amazing artistic abilities, she has a musical side hidden within her. This traces back to a young age, when she began getting classical piano training at the age of six.
3. Her Grandma Was a Huge Inspiration
While her Argentinian parents brought her into the world and eventually into the states, Kat Von D traces a deeper inspiration for her various artistic and musical talents. According to Von D, her grandmother (Clara Von Drachenberg) and LA’s Latino culture were huge influences.
4. Her Big Break Happened After a Broken Elbow
Kat Von D’s “big break” was when she starred in the reality show Miami Ink. However, another “big break” had to occur before that: originally, Darren Brass was going to be fulfilling her duties, and she only got the gig after he broke his elbow.
5. She Had a Falling Out With Ami James
It’s true that Kat Von D has had an amazing life, but there were some bumps in the road of her career. For instance, her big break occurred when she was working for fellow tattoo artist Ami James, but the two eventually had a falling out.
6. She Had a Guinness World Record
Fans of Kat Von D already knew she born to break records, and eventually, she did. After she started starring in her own reality TV series, she tattooed four hundred people in twenty-four hours. This landed the star in the Guinness Book of World Records.
7. Kat Von D Is a Major Charity Supporter
Life has been pretty good to Kat Von D, and she decided to share the wealth. She is actually a major supporter of charities, and when she broke that world record, she donated all proceeds to a charity called Vitamin Angels.
8. Her Ex-Husband Broke Her Record
According to some people, records are meant to be broken. That was true for Kat Von D, as her ex-husband Oliver Peck would beat her tattooing record in the next few years. But she certainly found other ways to stand out!
9. She Walked Away From the Reality Life
Kat Von D is the kind of person who doesn’t want to be known for only one thing. This is one reason why she may have walked away from her TLC reality show LA Ink, as it gave her a chance to try new things in her life.
10. She Is A Best-Selling Author
One of the new things that Von D wanted to try was being a writer. And she is a very successful one as well: her first book, High Voltage Tattoo, ended up being in the New York Times Best Seller List. This was enough to inspire her to write more.
11. She Wrote An Illustrated Diary
For her next book, Von D gave us a slice of her life. The book, named The Tattoo Chronicles, uses both text and illustrations to let us see what a year in the life of the star is really like. This was her last book so far, but fans are hoping we’ll see a third in the future!
12. Kat Von D Had Her Own Makeup Line
Many fans fell in love with Von D’s look. Eventually, she teamed up with Sephora and other retailers to sell her own makeup line to fans who wanted to look more like their favorite celebrity.
13. Her Makeup Is Vegan-Friendly
For an artist, everything they create must represent who they are. Since Kat Von D is a vegan, she ensured that her makeup line followed vegan standards. This is great for fellow vegans and helped her line really stand out. We know what we’ll be getting our vegan friends for Christmas!
14. She Helps Protect Chimpanzees
Von D’s love of animals goes beyond simply being vegan. At one point, she donated a big portion of her makeup proceeds to Project Chimps, a group that helps protect research chimpanzees after they “retire.” Fans love to see that Von D is devoting to helping the helpless, and there are few groups as helpless as animals that have been abandoned.
15. Kat Von D Created a Music Festival
Eventually, Von D would get into music (more on this soon). First, though, she created a very unique music festival called the Musink Tattoo Convention and Music Festival. This Southern California festival combines her two favorite things: art and music! While this was the start of her professional associations with music, it certainly would not be the last time she was part of this world.
16. She Has An Art Gallery
Speaking of art, Von D eventually decided that her artistic expression shouldn’t be limited to tattoos and books. This is why she opened an art gallery named Wonderland next to her tattoo shop: to help show even more of her work to the world.
17. She Has a Clothing Line
Makeup isn’t the only way that super-fans can try to look like Kat Von D. She eventually created clothing lines called KVD Los Angeles and Kat Von D Los Angeles, allowing customers in Canada and the United States to look a bit more like Von D when they get dressed in the morning. Here’s hoping that looking like Kat Von D can give some of us her energy and confidence!
18. Kat Von D Is a Musician
Remember when we mentioned Von D’s classical piano training? That early music life was a big influence, and she eventually became part of the musical world. She helped sing for a band called The 69 Eyes as well as the group Prayers and IAMX. Fans are still hoping that we will see a solo album from her some day.
19. She Is a Recovering Alcoholic
Many fans wish they could live the glamorous life of a celebrity. However, the world of fame can be as destructive as it is rewarding. Kat Von D admitted at one point that drinking nearly sabotaged her career. This is why she devoted herself to quitting alcohol together back in 2007 so she could focus on her career with sober clarity.
20. She Doesn’t Want to Vaccinate Her Children
Celebrities have a lot of fans, but they also have a spotlight on them that can be seen worldwide. This means that even the most beloved celebrities are going to say something that offends a lot of people. For Kat Von D, this happened when she mentioned how she didn’t plan to vaccinate her children. She didn’t actually have any children at the time, but this comment ruffled quite a few feathers!
21. Kat Von D Dated Deadmau5
Kat Von D’s love of music doesn’t just extend to her own musical contributions. She has actually dated Joel Zimmerman, a man who is best known as the musician Deadmau5. While they eventually broke up, he has a memento of their time together: a star that she tattoo beneath his eye. This may be difficult for fans to see, though, since Deadmau5 famously performs with a giant mouse helmet on at all times!