Kat Von D

Inside Biography

Mexican-American tattoo artist and television personality, Kat Von D (Katherine Drachenberg) is best known for her work as a tattoo artist on the TLC reality TV show LA Ink. She ran the show for four seasons from 2007-11. Von D appeared in two seasons of Miami Ink, the reality TV taped at 305 Ink in Miami for the cable network TLC. Von D made a guest appearance on three songs on the 2018 album Alive in New Light by IMAX.

Kat is married to tattoo artist Rafael Reyes since February 2018 and the couple is also blessed with a child. 

Who is Kat Von D?

Katherine von Drachenberg who is known as Kat Von D was born on 8th March 1982, in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She is a musician, model, entrepreneur, television personality, and also tattoo artist.

Kat is better known for her on the TLC reality television show named LA Ink as a tattoo artist. Rene and Sylvia are Kat Von's parents. She has a sister named Karoline and a brother named Michael. She was brought up in Colton, California.

At the age of 6, Kat Von started cla s sical training in piano. For her inspiration in art and music, she gives credit to her grandmother. At the age of 14, she got her first tattoo and at 16 she quit school to pursue a career as a tattoo artist.

Professional Career

Kat Von appeared on the TLC cable network's reality TV show named Miami Ink's two seasons. After Darren Bra s s broke his elbow she was offered the position. Later on, after a disagreement with Ami James, she was asked to leave the shop.

After the record of Kat Von's work on the shop High Voltage Tattoo in Hollywood, California she eventually acquired her own TLC series LA Ink. She was recorded on the Guinness World Record for the show with a total of 400 of the most tattoos given by a single person in 24 hours. 

Kat Von's first book entitled High Voltage Tattoo was released in 2009 January. The book was compiled of her artworks and tattoos. 

In the year 2008 Kat Von launched her makeup line for Sephora. Every year she has released a new collection and she has also expanded her line to fragrances.

Collected $14 Million From Several Career

Kat Von D’s net worth is $14 million, as of 2019, as per the Celebrity Net Worth. She has earned a huge amount of money from her career. She is known best for her work as a tattoo artist on the TLC reality television show LA Ink.


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According to a source, American reality TV star earns an average salary of $100K for each episode. So, she might earn more than this as she is working in the industry for a long time. Von D also runs her own cosmetic line which is also a major source of her income.

Kat Von D sold her Hollywood Hills home for $2.5 million in 2011. In 2016, she bought a new mansion for $6.5 million in Los Angeles.

The house is a three-story historic home that sprawls across 12,565. She lives there with her husband as of 2019. She also has a collection of luxurious cars of various brands including Benz and Range Rover.

The model has also been running her own lipstick line and Tattoos liner under her name. The items' price ranges from $50 - $99.99 apiece. 

Married To  Tattoo Artist Rafael Reyes

Kat Von D is a married woman. She married Mexican tattoo artist and author Rafael Reyes on 21 February 2018. The couple has also a child, a baby boy Leafar Von Drachenberg Reyes, who was born in late 2018. 

Her husband, Rafael Reyes credits Leafar Seyer is a Mexican author, artist, and musician raised and creating the Cholo goth genre of music which lyrically explores the harsh realities of a gang and street life over throbbing beats and swirling synthesizers.


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Kat Von D is a vegan and promotes a cruelty-free makeup line. In 2016, she received Farm Sanctuary’s Compa s sion in Action Award for her work on behalf of animal rights. 

The loving couple along with their son currently resides in Hollywood, California. 

Kat was previously married Oliver Peck from 2003-07. Von D married her fellow artist named Oliver Peck in the year 2003. But due to some reason, the couple got separated in 2007 and a year later their divorce got finalized.

A year later in 2008 Kat Von started dating Nikki Sixx, a ba s sist of the band Motley Crue. They, however, ended their relationship in a few months. 

After separating from him, she began dating Jesse James in 2010. James was a reality TV personality and motorcycle customizer. The duo called off their affair in September 2011. 

Kat Von D's Age, Height, Tattoos 

  • Kat Von D's age as of 2019 is 37 years.
  • Height: She stands at 1.76 m (5ft 7 inch).
  • She has inked many tattoos throughout her body. Her first tattoo was a J letter on her ankle. Her artistic craft came out after she created a Misfits skull on her friend. 
  • Her full name is Katherine Von Drachenberg. 
  • In the years 2008, she was listed in 62 numbers in Maxim Magazine as the 'Hot 100 World’s Most.
  • Once there was also a rumor that she is the reason for the divorce of Jesse James and Sandra Bullock.

by Bchrome, 01 Mar, 2017

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