Kat Von D (Katherine Drachenberg) is one of the reality television stars of the TLC series Miami Ink, and her own TLC reality series, LA Ink. Kat Von D is an Mexican-born Argentine-American tattoo artist and television personality. Kat Von D got her first tattoo at 14, quiting school at 16 to become a tattoo artist. Von D was influenced by the prominent Latino culture of Los Angeles when drawing tattoos in her art and style. Kat Von D published a book of her artworks and tattoos called High Voltage Tattoo, released in January 2009, with a foreword by Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx.
Von D began working at Miami Ink when tattoo artist Darren Brass broke his elbow, appearing in the first three seasons of the reality show Miami Ink. Von D had a falling out with Ami James, leading to her leaving the shop and the show. Von D admits she hasn't spoken with members of Miami Ink since that time.
Von D's popularity in the Miami Ink series opened the door for her to be involved in her own reality series LA Ink following her work at her Hollywood tattoo shop, High Voltage Tattoo. During the run of LA Ink, Von D gained notariety by setting a Guinness World Record of most tattoos given by a single person in 24 hours, totaling 400 tattoos. The Guinness World Record tattoo record was later broken by her ex-husband Oliver Peck with 415 tattoos, and again at a later date by Derek Kastning with 726 tattoos.