As a girl who grew up hearing how “inappropriate” tattoos were on women from old, Irish Catholic South Side Chicagoans, I made sure to make friends with the most heavily tattooed ladies in the hood at an early age. My head never fails to turn when a hot, tattooed lady walks by, and I’m certainly not judging her (don’t tell my girlfriend). When I found out that Kat Von D was the woman behind yet another tattoo reality show, I actually wanted to watch.
Kat’s work ethic and general take-no-shit attitude attracted me from the start, and apparently all of her hard work paid off — her book, High Voltage Tattoo, made it to number 5 on the New York Times best seller list this week.
Take that, conservatives — the girl with the face tattoos has a book on the New York Times bestseller list.
The book, with a forward written by boyfriend and Motley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx, takes readers on a tour of Von D’s bod while she explains the meaning behind her many tattoos.
Sixx writes, “She’s wall-to-wall heavy metal, a B-52 bomber . . . on full-tilt boogie, guns blazing, all the while balancing on top of eight-inch stripper platform shoes — and that’s all before most people are out of bed.”
Let’s just hope Mr.Sixx has grown up a little over the years and treats Von D right. I read all about him and his bandmates doing horrible things to women (and burritos) in their bio, The Dirt, a few years back.
The book also features interviews and stories from celebs, skaters, musicians and fellow artists—but let’s not forget the best part:
“There is a knockout ten-page full-body spread of Kat — clad in a yellow bikini and seven-inch, rhinestone-studded red stilettos — that catalogs in detail all her personal tattoos on her front, back, left, and right sides — even her hands and head.”
I love hearing stories behind people’s tattoos, and am anxious to read about Kat’s.
“When I was married,“ Von D writes, “my husband told me to stop getting my face tattooed, and being the stubborn person I am, right then and there I went and added seven more stars!”
Guns blazing, indeed. Who do you think is buying High Voltage?