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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; First Printing edition (October 26, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061953369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061953361
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The Tattoo Chronicles is an illustrated diary that offers an intimate look at a crucial year in the personal and professional life of Kat Von D, the charismatic, no-holds-barred tattooer and star of LA Ink.

When Kat does a tattoo, she writes an entry about it in her journal, reflecting not only on the significance of the tattoo for the person who is receiving it but also on how the experience of creating this tattoo affects her personally.

In these diary entries—some poignant, some hilarious, some confessional—Kat lays it on the line about how doing these tattoos influences her life and art. Here are the highs and the lows, the good, the bad, and the ugly—including her feelings about her fame, family, love life, friends, and fans.

Visually stunning, this graphically compelling diary is jam-packed with tons of Kat's images, from sketches of her tattoos to the finished works, and candid shots of her unusual personal collections—all photographed by Kat herself. Fans will love reading about her array of clients from all walks of life, including Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister, Dave Navarro, and members of Metallica, Green Day, Kings of Leon, and the Eagles. Throughout The Tattoo Chronicles are captivating, color photographs of Kat that were taken specifically for the book, published here for the first time.

Here she is: the real Kat Von D: unscripted and uncensored!

About the Author

Kat Von D is a renowned tattoo artist and the star of the former hit television series LA Ink, which ran for five successful years. She is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, High Voltage Tattoo and The Tattoo Chronicles, and is the creator of an exclusive makeup and fragrance line for Sephora. She is also the founder of Wonderland Gallery, an art gallery and boutique located next to her tattoo shop, High Voltage Tattoo, in Hollywood, where she lives.

Customer Reviews

The pictures are beautiful.
Dannyboy
Whatever I turned to, was what I read.
Ciarra Larkin
I love Kat Von D. I love her artwork.
Danielle Jackson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

76 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Hard Core Reader on October 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was also very disappointed in this book. I was so excited to receive it in the mail, I actually bought 2 copies, one for me and one for my best friend for Christmas, both of us fully tattooed and knowledgeable about the tattoo industry.

I was hoping to get that raw and intense look into the whys and how's of the clients coming in with their work. It was a drag to see Bam Margara, Nikki Sixx and other celebrities through out the whole book. It was more of a love story about her and Nikki then entries about the art and everyday people; yet the everyday people she did choose were ones we had already seen and heard from the show.... The plastic surgery girl who had the woman with 2 different faces (if anyone remembers that episode) POOR CHOICE when it comes to promoting strong female power!

Then it clicked.... This book launched the SAME DAY as they show the second to last episode of the season of LA INK exposing her breakup to Nikki Sixx... What a fabulous way to get everyone to buy this book!! For someone who feels so isolated because of the celebrity status, she has gone full blown sell out and I bought into the hype. I feel cheated.

I still think Kat Von D is extremely talented and an amazing artist, especially for her age, but she needs to put down the pen, let go of the inner author (at least keep it to yourself) and pick up the tattoo gun a little more for the common folk. (ie: not charging $500 an hour just because you are who you are... Once we forget where we come from, we loose all sense of who we are supposed to be, Kat)

I am returning the second copy...My best friend would probably stop being my friend if I gave her such a thoughtless gift.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Pineyco on November 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Although I enjoyed the book, I have to admit that it wasn't what I thought it would be. What I was expecting and looking forward to reading was diary entries about her everyday customers, their tattoos, and the interesting stories behind them. Instead I read more about her relationship with Nikki Sixx than anything else, and for the most part, the stories of her everyday customers didn't go into as much detail as I would've liked. I did however, enjoy the photography and the stories that she did go into detail with. No matter how I or anybody else feels about Kat's personality, ego, or whatever else, I can't deny her talent as a tattoo artist.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jemmye on October 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Im a pretty big fan of kat and bought her first book high voltage tatto amd LOVED it, so when i heard she was coming out with a second bok, i was totally pumped and even went so far to call B & N a couple weeks before it was due out to preorder a copy to ensure id get a copy the day it came out *embarassed face&**...because i heard this book was a sort of journal of the tattooing she has done, i imagined it would be chockfull of INTERESTING people and tattoos and their stories( some crzy,funny, wild, etc)suprise when i eagerly opened it to finda somewhat journal of her famous and well knowm friends and their somewhat cool ...but common storries n struggles with welllknown rockstar nikki sizz...so overall it wasmt what i exoected, it wasnt bad but it wasnt GREAT either. If you have to choose between her two books, choose high voltage, its ten times better. so in conclusion,TTC isnt bad but i wont be rereading it anytime soon and it disapoimted me as a KVD fan.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Oriole04 on December 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was really looking forward to Kat's second book because I enjoyed the first one so much. Unfortunately this book is less about the tattoos and more about the ups and downs of her relationship with Nikki Sixx. This book reveals her insecurities and vulnerabilities in a way that should be endearing but is instead just annoying. The photos of the tattoos are beautiful and showcase Kat's immense artistic talent.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tressa L. Breen on January 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Too much about her relationship with Nikki Sixx written in the voice of an infatuated teenager who thinks they have something profound to say about love yet spouts nothing but cliches (minus 3 stars). When the book is about what it's purported to be about, client and tattoo, it's good (half a star). Lovely packaging (1 1/2 stars).
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By MVB on October 28, 2010
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I am very disappointed in this book. I expected this book to be journal entries from random people that Kat tattooed, not all her friends and famous people. If all her journals are like this she should burn them. A book about the customers, not the "stars" and friends would have been so much better. I burned the copy I wasted my money on! I would not recommend this book to anyone!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LadyHalftone on September 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was drawn to this book because of its MAJOR eye candy quality. It's a beautiful book.

I don't have much to say for the written content though.

The little snippets about the tattoos she's creating don't stand a chance against her insipid non-stop whining about her relationship with Nikki Sixx! I have wanted to murder her through the whole thing.

I am almost finished now, as I'm the type of person who can't not finish a book, but I have lost a lot of respect for Kat from reading it. I know the content is taken from her journal, which is a personal thing, but in the editing process, the relationship stuff really should have been cut down by about 80%. This is after all, being marketed to the general public - not her Mom.

Longer stories about the individual tattoos, process, etc. would have been way more welcome than her horrible degrading complaining and second guessing.
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More About the Author

It's a funny thing about biography pages on websites...they never seem to achieve their goals. Ostensibly, the facts presented seem to attempt to give you some idea of the artist, where they are from, where they are going, what they believe to be valuable, etc. These pages are intended to let the visitor know better the person behind the work, but they usually fall far short of communicating any real sense of the person's character. They read more like a bland political pamphlet than an insight into someone's personality, and in doing so, nothing more than a contrived sense of image is conveyed. It is with this in mind, and in the spirit of trying to do better, that, when asked, I gladly accepted the chance to write this little note and hopefully help those who are curious to know more about my friend Katherine.

I guess it makes sense to start with the basics. Born on March 8, 1982, in the town of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, she moved to the United States when she was 4, settling in Colton, California. Her father, René Drachenberg, and her mother, Sylvia Galeano, were both born in Argentina, though René's family origins are German and Sylvia's are Spanish-Italian. Kat's paternal grandmother played a significant role in shaping her artistic development, particularly in playing piano and exposing her to the great composers, which, as anyone who knows her can attest to, led to her love for the works of Beethoven. Kat maintains a strong relationship with her parents and her siblings--a brother, Michael, and a sister, Karoline--and finding the time to spend with her family is a priority. Growing up in the Inland Empire, a collision of influences led Kat into our world much earlier than most; her first tattoo came at age 14, an Old English J on her ankle, a memento of a love gone-by. Shortly thereafter, realizing her natural art ability, in early 1996 her friends asked her to pick up the machine and get to work on them (her first effort was a Misfits skull with a homemade rig); the tattooing wasn't easy, but she knew it felt right and she knew she wanted to pursue it.

In 1998 she began working in her first professional shop, Sin City Tattoo, a local place in her neighborhood. A year and a half later, she moved on to Blue Bird Tattoo in Pasadena, California, for a year, and then on to Red Hot Tattoo in Arcadia, California. A little under two years later, she started working with the talented bunch at Inflictions, a shop out in Covina, California. This was a great period of growth in her work and led to her eventually moving to True Tattoo, for a chance to work with Clay Decker and Chris Garver. Any tattooist worth their salt can see what an honor and an opportunity this was, and any one who had known Kat over the course of her career up to that point knew that not only did she deserve the chance but she was also sincere and talented enough to add to the already high standards of that shop. In addition, it afforded her the opportunity to live and work in Hollywood, the heart of the city that she loves: Los Angeles. With this group, and the quality of the visiting artists and the additions to the lineup over the years, True Tattoo has become one of the shops that any real enthusiast (whether artist or client) must visit, a place where something great is always happening.

So much for the basics of her biography, let's move on to the what I think really matters, who I feel she is as a person and who she is as my friend. From the moment we met, I knew she was a bright, talented girl with a true affinity for tattooing, and our six years of friendship have offered me a view of her life that not only confirmed my initial impressions but also exceeded my expectations. As many of you who have tried to arrange an appointment with her know, she's booked completely, with a long waiting list; but what most people aren't aware of is that long before she appeared on television, she was one of the busiest artists in Los Angeles. Her work spoke for itself, and each piece she finished brought in fresh interest, this in addition to her comfortable bedside manner had her working at a pace that few equaled. To this day, I'm regularly astonished at her work ethic and enthusiasm for every piece she does, as well as her endurance, which, I say with lack of any exaggeration, is extraordinary. She is generous to a fault, incredibly loyal to her family, friends, and those in our business who treat her fairly; and despite all the bullshit that is part and parcel of this industry and the demands she is under, she is generally in a good mood and always finds the time to be there for you if you need her. I am glad to know her and proud to call her my friend.

With all sincerity,

I am,

Kore Flatmo

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