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As part of our continuing "Artist in Profile" series, we talk to Kat Von D... more »
Published September 13, 2010 620k views More Info »
Additional Credits
Additional Credits:
Starring Kat Von D
Written & Directed by Seth Morris
Director of Photography: Antonio Scarlata
Produced by Allison Hord
Edited by: Danny Jelinek
Sound: BoTown Sound
Makeup & Tattoo Design by: Kat Bardot
G&E: Kevin Stewart
DIT: Brian Lane
Production Assistants: Kendall Anlian, Jon Ziskal
Featured Extras: Monika Smith, Will McLaughlin, Tricia McAlpin, Katie Boyle, Jean Villepique, Lilan Bowden
Executive Producer: Mike Farah
Special Thanks: Karoline Drachenberg, High Voltage Tattoo staff

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My name is Kat Von D,
and I'm a tattoo artist.
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Hey, can I get a rinse cup?
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I've always felt like
art is a conversation
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between the artist
and the viewer,
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and tattoos are no different.
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I see it kinda
like storytelling.
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I mean, I think I'm helping
the client tell their story.
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I think if you're
doing it from behind,
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and you look down
from that position
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onto the lower back tattoo, I
mean, it automatically becomes
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part of the sexual experience.
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These tattoos are
incomplete on purpose.
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That's what makes
them interactive.
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The piece itself isn't
actually finished
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until somebody finishes.
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And I think that's beautiful.
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[MOAN]
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A moment of ecstasy is
needed to complete the piece.
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Tattoos are about communication.
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Sex is about communication.
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This is just taking
it one step further.
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This woman met her
husband on Christmas.
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See, this Santa Clause
doesn't have a beard.
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And I think this was her way
of telling her husband "you
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complete me" or,
you know, "Christmas
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is my favorite holiday."
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Here's one I did for a divorcee
that loves spending time
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up in her cabin in Vermont.
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Will she find somebody to
add smoke to her chimney?
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I really hope she does.
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Every tattoo says
something different.
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"I love 'Blade Runner.' " This
one's pretty self-explanatory.
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Will's gay, and his
boyfriend is a firefighter.
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I'm probably the most
proud of this one.
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Dan's grandfather suffered
from type 2 diabetes.
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And I thought it would be cool
to come up with this Wilford
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Brimley without a mustache
tattoo as a dignified way
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to honor her
grandfather and also
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to draw attention to
a disease that kills
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over 4 billion people a year.
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I like to think that I'm
not just changing tattooing,
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but I'm actually
changing people's lives,
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one back tat at a time.
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Tattooing is an art.
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And art changes lives.
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What does the
future hold for me?
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I don't know.
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Maybe a ski slope.
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Eskimo without an igloo.
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Jackson Pollock painting.
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I just thought of that.
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It's a good idea.
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My name is Kat Von D,
and I'm a tattoo artist.
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