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The Tattoo Chronicles Hardcover – October 26, 2010
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.