Kat Von D and the upcoming LA Ink

I enjoy tattoos. I know many people find them hideous, including my parents who, every time I see them, seek mine out just so they can cringe and whine about them. I can appreciate their and anyone else’s dislike, but to me tattoos can be art. And personal expression.

Because of my tattoo love, I occasionally like watching TLC’s Miami Ink. I like seeing what the artists at the shop can do, from basic to more elaborate freehand tats. At first it was a total boys club, and then they brought in Kat Von D to help out when someone was unable to work due to injury. Kat really was a breath of fresh air – fun, young and extraordinarily talented. She was fresh enough that they brought her back full time for the second season.

During that second season, the hurdles were obvious. Kat was the lone female in a shop full of men, some of them quite egotistical (no, guys, hotness does not excuse away egoism), and she was trying to become acclimated to the city’s surroundings at the same time as she was acclimated to working with those guys. I still enjoyed watching her do her stunning work, but there were, naturally, conflicts between her and the egoists. The tension built and built.

The season two finale was her last episode, and I was SO sad to see this talented young woman shoved out for what looked, to me, like pretty stupid reasons. And I don’t know details, obviously, but the feelings were probably mutual by the end – her decision to leave was totally undstandable but I was still very disappointed in how it all went down.

Then, lo! Last week I discovered Kat Von D is getting her own show, LA Ink. New hope arises! I do think it’s a bit heavy-handed to have such a complete reversal in artists – this time around it’s four women artists (yay!) to one man, but I am very much looking forward to watching Kat and meeting her new circle of artists.

I wouldn’t say that Kat Von D is an across-the-board role model, but her success in what I think is still a predominantly male industry is nothing to sneeze at. I hope it only gets better for her.

Comments

  1. Jess says

    Really you thought her firing was unfair? It’s hard to tell because reality TV cuts things to appear a certian way, but they showed that one conversation where she was talking about how it was the worst shop she had ever worked in, while Ami was right there. Though, with how he acts sometimes I’m not really sure how much he can complain.

    My mom hates my tattoos as well. She can overlook the husband’s full sleeve and 1/2 sleeve.

  2. sbg says

    Really you thought her firing was unfair? It’s hard to tell because reality TV cuts things to appear a certian way, but they showed that one conversation where she was talking about how it was the worst shop she had ever worked in, while Ami was right there. Though, with how he acts sometimes I’m not really sure how much he can complain.

    I think there was blame on both sides, but I do think it wasn’t handled well. Ami didn’t really do anything or have any kind of discussion with her about the problems he had with her. It was just wham! you’re fired. I guess I looked at it from more of an HR perspective than I should have. ;)

    At any rate, I’m interested to see how different the dynamic’s going to be with a shop full of female tat artists. If I had the dough (or could fit into their schedule, because I know it’s all staged), I’d totally go there and check it out for myself. I’d like my back pieces to coordinate better than they do, somehow.

  3. Jess says

    I’m probably just looking at it from too much of a reality TV perspective. As if it wasn’t a real business with real people. I remember some of the scenes they showed in the montage before the firing, and with the exception of insulting the shop, most of it was either provoked or stuff the guys do all the time.

    I don’t even want to think about how much they’ll cost. One of the guys was on the radio and he said he charges $250 an hour.

  4. Angel says

    HAi.. I’m angel from indonesia. I love tattoos. I want to get one from u. I’ll be in LA on October. Can I made an appointment. Where will u move to LA??? Thank you

  5. Angel says

    I’m angel from Indonesia. I’ll be in LA in october. Can I made an appoinment with u?
    Thank you

    Angel

  6. says

    I was hoping she’d get her own show! She’s always been my favorite part of Miami Ink. I didn’t watch the whole lot of eps leading up to her getting fired, but I’d be surprised if it wasn’t at least as much Ami’s fault as Kat’s. Miami Ink is such the boys’ club.

  7. sbg says

    I was hoping she’d get her own show! She’s always been my favorite part of Miami Ink. I didn’t watch the whole lot of eps leading up to her getting fired, but I’d be surprised if it wasn’t at least as much Ami’s fault as Kat’s. Miami Ink is such the boys’ club.

    It really is a boys club. Garver seems the most balanced of the remaining cast, though that’s hard to tell because he doesn’t get much airtime. He’s my favorite guy.

    I’ve found, though, that I don’t remember to watch new non-Kat episodes. It’s going to be interesting to see a more female-based dynamic on her show. :)

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