Music Art & Tattoo – Katherine Von Drachenberg

High Voltage Tattoo

Someone I have closely followed since a very long time, Kat Von D ! Kat has always been a great source of inspiration for me. As a person who broke free to combine her love for music, art and tattooing, Kat has turned into a prominent figure in the tattoo business. Kat has some crazy tattoos and some serious art work. The very first line in her ‘High way to hell – High Voltage tattoo book ‘  speaks for itself –  “I am a canvas of my experiences”

Born in Mexico and later moved to California Kat’s life story is a complete inspiration for those who live to do what they love most. She has an immense love and passion for music right from Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven to Slayer, AC/DC and Cradle of filth !

Katherine soon developed a strong passion for art in elementary school. It wasn’t long before she was busy sketching  Marilyn Monroe. Soon she discovered punk rock, then got her first tattoo and then dropped out of school. In continuation she found love and then left home and headed to Georgia for her love. Unfortunately since she missed her family, she finally went back home to California . She continued tattooing her friends and soon landed up working at Sin City in a tattoo shop. A year later she moved to her dream city – LA ! There after working with several tattoo shops finally Kat built – Hig Voltage Tattoo!

                                ” LA INK was a positive new beginning. The next thing I knew, all the contracts were signed, and it was time to build my own little empire. The construction of High Voltage Tattoo had begun, and I was ready to start a new family. Finding artist to work with was a lot easier than construction, but in the end it was all worth it – Kat Von D

Kat has come a long way from setting up her dream – High Voltage to Wonderland (Her love for art!) She has always sort a way to combine art music and tattooing! Everything right from the tattoo machines to the shop all reflects her style and passion for music and art. I am a huge fan of not only her work but also her story. Even a post wouldn’t tell it best.

Best told by her – High Voltage Tattoo  After her successful LA Ink show she soon took up a couple of interesting projects. She first set up – Wonderland LA 

Her mission was  – “Wonderland Gallery is a brand new venture by famed tattoo artist Kat Von D. Founded in 2010, Wonderland seeks to bring the art of outsiders, romantics and rebels to its West Hollywood locale. By mixing generations, time periods, fashion, and the rock world, we endeavor to create a new experience for the viewer. It is art you’ve never seen before that nevertheless has a familiar feeling to it.”

She also started something very interesting called #asketchaday – where she posted a photograph of her sketch everyday on twitter. Unfortunately she misplaced her sketch book mid way of the project. However these are some of sketches I liked the most.

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Kissin’ Dynamite

So here you have it —– my life , my loves, my music and my art. Tattooing is my life, and love is my  higher power.

Tattooing started as an experiment, but then it absorbed me completely. When il tattoo, il put on my music, and fuckin’ listen ———- il listen to my music, and il tattoo. and il get lost in my tattoo.

My skin is a magic mirror that reflects where il have been and now il staring forward into the future——- and its big, bad and beautiful.

  And that’s the way il wanna Rock n Roll !

 Con Amor,

(My favorite extract from the High Voltage Tattoo. Its just gets better and rad with the feather& ink)

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