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14 Things You Didn't Know About Kat Von D

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Kat Von D's story is a long, diverse, and interesting one. She first gained national attention on the reality TV shows Miami Ink and LA Ink. But she’s much more than just a tattoo artist and makeup mogul. Some things you didn’t know about Kat Von D, especially about her background and hobbies, will totally surprise you. If you consider yourself a Kat Von D fan or even just want some inspiration from one of the industry's savviest figures, check out these facts from behind the scenes with Kat Von D. They range from the story of her first tattoo to some of her most fundamental beliefs.

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    She Has Been Sober For Over 10 Years

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    Kat Von D once struggled with addiction, but in July 2018 she celebrated 11 years of sobriety. In a 2016 interview with The Fix, she said, " I was using drinking and drugs as a safety blanket, as a way to ignore bigger issues. It was like putting a band-aid on an untreated wound." 

    Now she posts about her sobriety anniversary each year on Instagram, but not for the reasons some might think.

    Today, I celebrate 11 years of sobriety. Every year I look forward to posting about my sober anniversary, not for all the congrats, but in the hopes that someone out there in need of a way out from addiction might see this, and realize that you’re not alone.

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    Her Parents Were Missionaries And She Grew Up In Humble Conditions

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    Kat grew up in a religious household. Her parents were Seventh-Day Adventist missionaries, and Von D describes her religion as “Christianity, with a few Jewish traits. We kept the Sabbath, went to church on Saturdays, followed the ten commandments, and didn’t eat any pork or fish without scales.”

    Her father was a missionary doctor. There was a need for doctors in the town of Montemorelos, Mexico, where she grew up, and he made it his mission to build a hospital there. Despite being a doctor’s kid, she did not live a luxurious lifestyle.

    We didn't have electricity or running water for a long time,” she wrote in PopSugar. “And, in fact, one of my favorite photos from our family album is one of me taking a bath in a plastic bucket! Let's put it this way, in this town, you were more likely to see a horse than you would a car.

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    She Gave Her First Tattoo At 14 And Dropped Out Of School At 16

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    Kat dropped out of high school when she was 16 years old and got a job at the LA tattoo parlor Sin City Tattoo. But she started tattooing even earlier than that: She gave her first tattoo to a friend when she was just 14 years old.

    The tattoo was the Misfits band skull logo, and she reportedly made the tattoo machine out of a cassette player motor and a guitar string.

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    She Hates The Kardashians

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    Despite becoming a household name through her reality TV shows, Kat Von D is not the biggest fan of the other queens of reality TV: the Kardashians. She told Fashion magazine:

    I think those girls are beautiful in their own right, but I think what they represent and the message they [portray] to people is really so awful... Teaching people that money, status, fame, who you’re f*cking and all that stuff is important, I think it’s awful. I don’t back that sh*t at all. When I look at a lot of their products and the things they put out into the world, I don’t see that quality that’s profound and speaks to my heart. I just see dollar signs.

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