Kat Von D. biography
Born Katherine von Drachenberg on March 8, 1982, Kat Von D first fell in love with tattooing after getting inked up for the first at the age of 14, and dropped out of school when she was 16-years-old to pursue her dream of becoming a professional tattoo artist.
Von D's unique Latino culture-infused style guided her to an empty workstation at 305 Ink in Miami where she appeared in the TLC hit reality TV show Miami Ink.
After a falling out with the shop's lead artist, Ami James, Von D was offered her own series called LA Ink (2009-2010), filmed at her tattoo shop High Voltage Tattoo in Hollywood, California. While on the air, Von D broke the Guinness World Record for most tattoos given by a single artist in 24 hours, designed the city of Los Angeles' logo, launched a make-up line for Sephora and authored her debut book High Voltage Tattoo (2009), which reached number 6 on The New York Times Best Seller list.
Von D went on to launch the art boutique Wonderland Gallery next door to her shop in 2010 and the clothing line Kat Von D Los Angeles in 2011, prior to the show's official cancellation on August 18, 2011.
Kat Von D Boyfriend & Dating History Timeline
2001 - 2004
Kat Von D and fellow tattoo artist Oliver Pecker worked alongside each other before getting married. But, the two later divorced.
Kat Von D and reality star Steve-O dated for a short while, but ultimately broke up. Von D explained the reasons behind the split on her website, stating, "I think the both of us are far too busy trying to make all our projects a success to have any extra time to devote to partying and hangin' out."
2007 - 2008
Kat Von D and Alex Orbison, the drummer for Whitestarr, dated for a short period before separating.
2008 - August 2010
Kat Von D and Nikki Sixx seemed to have developed a strong relationship in 2008, but eventually broke up two years later. Nikki later posted a statement on his MySpace page, which read, "I want to wish Katherine nothing but the best in her life. She has loved and inspired the hell outta me and I know I have done the same for her in these almost two years we ruled the earth together. We are taking a break from our relationship for reasons that we will choose to keep personal. You won't find me saying a bad word about her and I don't believe vice versa, we have too much wonderful history together to ever deface that."
August 2010 - October 2010
Fellow reality star Jesse James and Kat Von D caused uproar when the two were spotted snuggling at the Palms Casino Resort's N9NE restaurant while Jesse was in a relationship with actress Sandra Bullock. The two later split in October, following circling rumors that Von D was only dating him to get back at her ex Nikki Sixx.
January 2011 - September 2011
In January 2011, Kat Von D and Jesse James announced their engagement in People magazine following Jesse's controversial divorce with Sandra Bullock, but officially broke ties in September.
September 2012 - November 2012
Kat Von D and DJ Deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman) began dating in mid-September after meeting at a party, but broke up two months later. Von D took to twitter to confirm their break-up, saying, "Man, Can't say I didn't give it my best... Man, I sure was wrong but at least he made it a no-brainer to break that off. Lesson Learned."
Deadmau5 later expressed his thoughts on the relationship via Twitter, stating, "It happened too fast, I lost my balance and fell into a familiar dark place that im having difficulty with... She deserves someone stronger."
The two later reunited when it was revealed that he had successfully proposed via Twitter on December 15, 2012. The engagement, however, was short-lived, coming to an end in June 2013 in part of his infidelity.