Cool Kat

What does a renowned tattoo artist and television star who’s dating a heavy-metal icon do for an encore? Why, she writes a book, of course. Kat Von D, star of the wildly popular TLC series Miami Ink and its even more popular follow-up, LA Ink, has, er, inked High Voltage Tattoo, a book tracing her career as an artist from childhood to the present.

Von D (born Katherine Von Drachenberg) features her own designs in the image-heavy book, but the skin artist has also assembled a deep homage to the culture and process of tattooing. Tools, pigments, and Von D’s own influences share space with a history of the tattoo in what is ultimately an homage to body art. The book’s foreword was written by, of course, the author’s beau, Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe fame.

Thu., March 19, 7 p.m., 2009
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Robrt L. Pela has been a weekly contributor to Phoenix New Times since 1991, primarily as a cultural critic. His radio essays air on National Public Radio affiliate KJZZ's Morning Edition.
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