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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 if you just want some inspiration from one of the industry's savviest icons, check out these facts from behind the scenes with Kat Von D, from the story behind her first tattoo to some of her most fundamental beliefs.  The multi-talented artist-to-the-stars is actually pretty deep, and definitely very cool.

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She Has Been Sober For 10 Years


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Kat Von D struggled with addiction in her life, but in July 2017 she celebrated 10 years of sobriety. Regarding to her former boyfriend, Jessie James, Kat mentioned her addiction and emphasized that everyone makes mistakes. “I am a believer that we’re all human and we’re all capable of making mistakes,” she said.

“I think if I were to be crucified for my drug addiction three years ago now, it would be hard to live with that. I’m sober now, and it’s awesome. But I have made mistakes, too. I’ve got a lot of respect for Jesse and how he handled it.”

She also mentioned that she gave up drinking when she realized that it was interfering with her ability to be a tattoo artist.

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She Is A Classically Trained Pianist


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While Kat may look pretty punk rock, she absolutely loves classical music and has been playing classic piano since the age of six. Since her parents didn’t allow the children to watch television, Kat and her siblings practiced music in their free time. Kat and her sister Karoline would practice piano for an hour or two every day. Kat has a particular affinity for the works of Ludwig van Beethoven. She also owns a few pianos

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She Hates The Kardashians


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Despite becoming a household name through her reality TV shows Miami Ink and LA Ink, Kat Von D is not the biggest fans when it comes to the other queens of reality TV: the Kardashians. Kat 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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She Was Born In Mexico


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Katherine von Drachenberg, AKA Kat Von D, is actually Mexican American. The tattoo artist and makeup mogul was born in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, on March 8, 1982. She and her family immigrated to the United States when she was just six years old. Her parents actually hail from Argentina, and are of German, Italian and Spanish descent. 10 years after moving to the United States she obtained her citizenship. She is incredibly proud of her Mexican heritage, and is extremely against Trump’s wall and immigration ban.