Von D has a sister, Karoline  and a brother, Michael. Von D was classically trained in piano beginning at age 6. She got her first tattoo at 14 and quit school at 16 to become a tattoo artist. She was offered the position after Darren Brass broke his elbow,  preventing him from tattooing.
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Kat Von D, Tattoo Artist: Rock stars want to be her and clean cut housewives live vicariously through her. At the age of twenty-six, Kat Von D is emerging as a full fledged brand and an icon for her lifestyle. She is reveling in the mainstreaming of tattoos and her contribution to what she considers a movement towards appreciation and acceptance of her type of self expression. As an accidental celebrity who has been tattooing since the age of fourteen, Kat is humbled and amused by all of the attention LA Ink has brought her. Whenever I pose a question about her recent fame, she always deflects any notion of self importance and steers the conversation back to the art of tattooing; in fact, art in general.
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And while the tattooist is very famous in America, British folk are probably more likely to recognise X Factor star Stacey in the street. Jackass star Steve has been posting plenty of loved-up selfies with his new lady after reconciling following a brief fling in and he's not the first famous guy Kat has dated. The LA Ink star, who is known as one of the world's most famous tattoo artists, has often been unlucky in love and was previously engaged to Sandra Bullock's loverat ex-husband, Jesse James. He told Howard Stern: One hundred per cent.