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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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Kat Von D Speaks Out About ‘Torturous’ Kidnapping And Abuse As A Teenager


Kat Von D Speaks Out About ‘Torturous’ Kidnapping And Abuse As A Teenager

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Almost two decades have passed since reality television personality, and socialite Paris Hilton ruled the American media scene. In the years since her days on “The Simple Life,” the now-DJ has seemed to retreat a bit from her magazine cover-seeking days but emerged last month as a survivor ready to reckon with her abusers when she opened up about traumatic events she experienced as a teen. Appearing in a new documentary called This Is Paris the former model revealed that in her early years she endured abuse at the hands of administrators at a boarding school she attended as a teen.

The new documentary chronicled her experiences at Provo Canyon School, a youth treatment center, and featured a group of other female survivors and former peers of Hilton that she knew while attending the school. Now, Hilton’s documentary is prompting others to open up, including someone pretty well known: Kat Von D.

Von D, a controversial figure in her own right, revealed that she had experienced abuse as a teen while attending the Utah-based boarding school.

Von D is a Mexican-born tattoo artist whose career has been mired in controversy particularly as of late. In recent years she has been slammed for her anti-vaccine stance (which she eventually retracted) and she has been accused of anti-Semitism by association (which she has also denied)

Opening up to her fans in a 23-minute-long Instagram video on Monday, the tattoo artist revealed that she had been sent to the Utah boarding school at age 15 and was “locked up for half a year, without ever seeing the sun.”

Addressing her experience as a teen, Von D thanked Hilton for being the one to open up the conversation about “torturous” boarding schools. She went onto encourage others to watch Hilton’s documentary.

“I spent those 6 traumatic months of my teenage years, only to leave with major PTSD and other traumas due to the unregulated, unethical and abusive protocols of this ‘school’ — and cannot believe this place is STILL OPERATING,” Von D wrote in a caption of the video.

“Please take a moment to watch @parishilton ‘s documentary #ThisIsParis and follow @breakingcodesilence to see other survivors testimonials and better understand the horrors of the ‘Troubled Teen’ industry, and the damage it causes to not just the kids, but the families,” she concluded.

In her heartbreaking video, Von D recalled her experience attending the Provo Canyon School.

“Watching [Hilton] talk about some of her past trauma going to this school that her parents sent her as a teenager — I don’t like to call them schools because they’re not schools they’re f***ing lockdown facilities. It just triggered so much s*** for me because it turns out I went to the same school,” Von D explained. “I was sent to the same place and I was 15 when I was sent and I spent my 16th birthday in there… I was there for a total of 6 months and they were definitely the most traumatic 6 months of my life.”

Like Hilton, Von D was kidnapped from her own bed in the middle of the night before being dragged against her will to the boarding school. In her video, Von D claimed to have been blindfolded during the drive.

“I had no idea it was gonna end up being that I was trapped for six months at this pretty crazy, torturous awful place,” she revealed.

Von D recalled being force-fed medication and emotionally abused.

Von D asserted that while she had been “spared of the sexual abuse and the physical abuse” that other experienced she was definitely a witness to these events during her time at the school.

This Is Paris is a nearly two-hour film that goes into detail about the alleged abuse the model and her peers endured while at the boarding school.

In the video, Hilton explains how her trauma followed her into adulthood and even defined how she ultimately branded herself.

Speaking about the school, Hilton revealed that she endured physical and emotional abuse and was force-fed medication, she also explained that while she isn’t currently pursuing legal justice, she is working to have such schools shut down.

“I want these places shut down,” Hilton explained. “I want them to be held accountable. And I want to be a voice for children and now adults everywhere who have had similar experiences. I want it to stop for good and I will do whatever I can to make it happen.”

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Kat Von D Beauty No Longer Belongs To The Famous Tattoo Artist, ‘I Just Can’t Do Everything,’ She Said


Kat Von D Beauty No Longer Belongs To The Famous Tattoo Artist, ‘I Just Can’t Do Everything,’ She Said

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After 12 years of bold colors, vegan products, and cruelty-free beauty innovation, Kat Von D announced that she’s stepping down from her eponymous beauty line. The queen of vegan makeup sold her stakes in the company and the cosmetics line will be rebranding to reflect her departure from the makeup line. 

Kat Von D announced that she has sold all of her remaining shares in Kat Von D Beauty to partner Kendo.

The makeup line’s existing parent company will now take ownership completely now that Von D has formally resigned from her role. In a company press release, the brand stated that while Von D pursues her artistic endeavors, she will no longer be involved with the brand “in any capacity.”

Kat Von D announced she’s parting ways with her eponymous beauty brand after 12 years to allow the brand to continue to grow. 

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This past year has been one of great change for me. As many of you know, I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy, launched my vegan shoe line, and am now busy prepping to release my long awaited album in the Spring, followed by an international tour! As much as I wish I could balance all of this, on top of continuing my makeup line, it has become clear to me that I just can’t do everything at the maximum capacity. It's hard to admit this, since I’ve always said “You can do everything and anything.” But I don’t think admitting one's limits is a bad thing. With that said, I’ve decided to sell my shares of the brand, turning it over to Kendo, my partners for the past 11 years. This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, I decided I wanted the makeup line to continue to thrive and grow, and I believe Kendo is primed to do just that. The transition for you, my loyal customers, will be seamless. In order to avoid any confusion with such a big change, Kat Von D Beauty will take a moment to rebrand itself, so you will start noticing the change from KatVonD Beauty to KvD Vegan Beauty. I'd like to thank my beloved fans+followers who supported my vision to create a brand that stood for compassion, true artistry, and challenged modern ideals of beauty — most of which I never could relate to. I was able to create a makeup line that made outsiders like me feel like we have a place in this “beauty” world, and gave myself and others the tools to express ourselves in our own unique way, whether it was embraced by the majority or not. And I just couldn’t have done any of this without you! Lastly, thank you for understanding+respecting my choice, as it was a difficult one to make, but one I am proud of regardless, and am confident that the team will continue the KvD legacy! Here’s to many, many more years of KvD Vegan Beauty!

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The tattoo and makeup artist shared the news on Instagram, revealing that it wasn’t an easy decision. On top of being a new mom, launching a vegan shoe line, and preparing to release an album and tour in the spring, Von D admits she is no longer able to dedicate enough attention to the cosmetics brand. 

“This past year has been one of great change for me. As many of you know, I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy, launched my vegan shoe line, and am now busy prepping to release my long-awaited album in the Spring, followed by an international tour,” she wrote in the post’s caption. “As much as I wish I could balance all of this, on top of continuing my makeup line, it has become clear to me that I just can’t do everything at the maximum capacity.”

Kat Von D dedicated more than 2 years to her vegan shoe line.

Von D worked to create her own shoe collection, making careful decisions about everything from a price point ranging from $90 to $350 to where, exactly, the pieces would be made.

“I became vegan in 2013 and, to be honest, I thought it was just a dietary thing,” she told InStyle “Then I was looking at my shoe collection and everything was either made out of leather or snakeskin, or the adhesive used was derived from horses.”

The silver lining for fans of Kat Von D’s cult-favorite products is that they’re not going anywhere.

Kat Von D Beauty’s iconic products like the cult-favorite Ink Liner and Lock-It Foundation aren’t going anywhere. Under Kendo’s complete ownership, the brand’s current product lineup will still be available, and there will be future launches. All products will still be 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free. 

She continued  “…With that said, I’ve decided to sell my shares of the brand, turning it over to Kendo, my partners for the past 11 years. This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, I decided I wanted the makeup line to continue to thrive and grow, and I believe Kendo is primed to do just that.” 

As of Jan 16. Kat Von D Beauty is slowly rebranding as KVD Beauty. The announcement of the new name was made on the brand’s Instagram

“Today, our founder Kat Von D has parted ways with us, as she leaves to pursue other artistic endeavors (vegan shoe line and music). We wish her the best of luck and thank her for 12 years of partnership,” reads the post’s caption. “We are NOW renamed and re-branded KVD Vegan Beauty – and fully owned and operated by Kendo. The same team that created our iconic and beloved products for the past 12 years (and built the empire with Kat) is ready to make history again. We still value self-expression, compassion, and empowerment.” 

Von D launched her vegan cosmetic brand in 2008 with four red lipsticks.

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Now, there are over 250 products in the collection, which are sold globally in 36 countries at Katvondbeauty.com, Sephora.com, and Sephora stores. Products like the Ink Liner and Everlasting Liquid Lipstick are both fan and industry favorites. 

With Von D out, KVD Vegan Beauty will continue to offer its existing product range, and will now release new innovations under Kendo.

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“We are fully positioned to continue the brand’s growth and development in both product and marketing,” David Suliteanu, Kendo CEO says. “We have developed a very strong product pipeline for 2020 and beyond. The same Kendo team that made history with KVD Vegan Beauty is ready to do it again.” 

Von D added that during her tenure, she felt she was able to create a line that made outsiders feel like they had a “place in the beauty world.” She also expressed confidence in Kendo for carrying the KVD legacy.

READ: After Saying She Won’t Vaccinate Her Kid, Kat Von D Wants You To Know She’s Not An Anti-Vaxxer

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