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High Voltage Tattooby Kat Von D
Saturday, May 25, 2013 02:00 PM
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, Beaverton, OR
Renowned tattoo artist, author of New York Times bestsellers High Voltage Tattoos and The Tattoo Chronicles, and star of the reality TV show LA Ink, Kat Von D raises the bar with her most intimate work yet: Go Big or Go Home: Taking Risks in Life, Love, and Tattooing (Harper Design). Kat has always been a risk-taker in her day-to-day life, her creative work, and love. In Go Big or Go Home, she writes candidly about her greatest desires, fears, successes, and failures, and shares how she has dealt with them. In seven thematic essays, Kat addresses issues close to her heart — such as individuality, independence, and altruism — and draws upon her own experiences and those of her many clients. Filled with Kat's sketches, handwriting, drawings of tattoos, and process photos, as well as specially commissioned photographs of the finished large-scale tattoos by celebrity and fashion photographer Patrick Hoelck, Go Big or Go Home covers a wide range of her astounding work on regular citizens, as well as the many celebrities who seek out her artistry.
Synopses & Reviews
High Voltage Tattoo is a graphic perspective on today's global tattoo culture by Kat Von D, star of The Learning Channel's L.A. Ink and one of the most talented and popular artists working today. Designed in a style that is reminiscent of a handmade Gothic journal with its red padded cover, ornate typography, and parchmentlike pages, it throws the door wide open to tattooing culture in the way only an insider like Kat can.
High Voltage Tattoo traces Kat's career as an artist, from early childhood influences to recent work, along with examples of what inspires her, information about the show and her shop, her sketches, and personal tattoos. The book goes deep into tattoo process and culture: readers can see up close the pigments, the tools, and the making of complex, even collaborative, tattoos.
With a foreword by Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx, the book features images and stories about celebrities, rockers, pro skaters, and everyday citizens, including Slayer's Kerry King, Anthrax's Scott Ian, Margaret Cho, Jackass' Bam Margera, David Letterman, and many others. It profiles and showcases the work of artists Kat has selected from all over the world, her interviews with people who have compelling tattoos and stories, and amazing images of extraordinary tattoo work. Numerous portfolios throughout the book showcase a range of relevant subjects, from the black and gray portrait work for which Kat is famous to a popular tattoo theme, such as the rose or biblical images. 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.
From the charismatic star of The Learning Channel's number-one program "L.A. Ink" comes a rich view of contemporary tattoo culture, as only a true insider can offer. Full-color throughout.
About the Author
Kat Von D is the star of The Learning Channel's L.A. Ink, which has been the station's number-one-rated program for its 2007 and 2008 seasons, and will enter its third year in January 2009. Kat's makeup line launched with Sephora in June 2008, and she is also working on a line of apparel and starting her own eponymous magazine. She holds the Guinness World Record for doing the most tattoos in a 24-hour period. Her tattoo shop, High Voltage, is in Los Angeles, where she also lives.
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