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Kat Von D’s net worth and salary in 2020. What is Kat Von D net worth today and how did she become successful? Read on to find out the story behind Kat Von D success, net worth, family, career, and more.

Kat Von D Net Worth
Kat Von D Net Worth

Kat Von D is an American tattoo artist, model, musician, author, entrepreneur, and television personality.

She is famous for her work as a tattoo artist on the TLC reality television show LA Ink, which premiered in the United States on August 7, 2007, and ran for four seasons.

Kat is also known for her cosmetics line that launched in 2008.

She has achieved success in the course of her career and has earned a huge amount of wealth along as well. So, learn about the famous tattoo artists net worth and career below

Net Worth$15 Million
ProfessionTattoo Artist, Model, Musician, Author
Entrepreneur, and Television Personality.
Date of BirthMarch 8, 1982

Early Life and Career

Katherine von Drachenberg was born on March 8, 1982 in Montemorelos, Nuevo León, Mexico to parents; father René and mother Sylvia Galeano.

Her parents were deeply religious members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. She is an American with German-Italian descent thanks to her father, as well as Spanish roots from her mother.

Kat has a sister named Karoline and a brother, Michael. Her family moved to Colton, California when she was aged 4.

She began taking up training classes in piano at age 6. As she grew older, her love for art began to illuminate.

Kat has cited her earliest inspiration for her interest in music and art to be her grandmother, Clara von Drachenberg.

At age 12, Kat started to listen to the Ramones, Misfits, and other punk rock bands and got her first tattoo at age 14 before quitting school at age 16 to fully pursue her dream of becoming a tattoo artist.

She got her first job at a local tattoo shop, True Tattoo. During her time there, Kat got recommended to try her luck with the Miami Ink.

Coincidentally, at the time she wanted to join the show, a cast member of the show had an elbow injury and Kat was handed the role as his replacement.

Eventually, Kat left the show following series of disagreement after two seasons in. Thereafter, she moved on and started her own LA Ink that helped her gain fame and success.

Since then, Kat has gone on to publish books, organize charity events and many more. She even took a shot at music in the song “Rosary Blue” on X, a 2012 studio album by the Finnish Gothic Rock band The 69 Eyes.

She also tweeted in 2013 that Dave Grohl and producer Danny Lohner had finished two tracks of an album she had talked about recording as early as 2011.

Personal Life

Kat Von D is currently married to Rafael Reyes and together the couple has one child named Leafer Von D Reyes born 2009.

The two got married in a married wedding ceremony on the 21 of February 2018.

Kat Von D  and family
Kat Von D

Aside from the love they share, the couple also have the same passion and love for Rock Music; perhaps that is what brought them together.

However, prior to her marriage to Reyes, Kat’s love life hasn’t been the easiest. She has been in and out of different relationships in her life.

In the past, Kat has been seen romantically involved with several men which includes Oliver Peck (2003-2007), Alex Orbison (2007-2008), Ville Valo (2008), Nikki Sixx (2008-2010), Jesse James (2010-2011), Joel Zimmerman (2012-2013), and lastly, Steve O. (2015-2016) before she met Ryes in 2016.

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Aside from her relationships, Kat announced on June 2007 that she had decided to quit drinking after her usage of alcohol started to threaten her work. She’s also a vegan and promotes a cruelty-free makeup line.

Meanwhile, it also appears that Kat is a pet lover, especially for cats. She has a cat named Nietzsche and she has continued to share photos of the feline on her Instagram page.

Kat is a tattoo artist, and an expert at it too. She has tattooed herself with the emblems of the bands HIM, Misfits, Turbonegro, ZZ Top, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Kent, Slayer, Mike Got Spiked and “Slutallica”, a modified Metallica logo.

Facts About Kat Von D

  • She was sent home as punishment during her first grade because she couldn’t spell her own last name.
  • Her initial dream was to become a doctor when she grows up because she thought no one makes money from drawing.
  • She drew her first tattoo at the age of 14. She drew a misfits skull on her friend Oliver Guthrie’s leg.
  • Kat is a published author. She has published books which include High Voltage Tattoo in January 2009, and The Tattoo Chronicles in October 2010.
  • Kat was given the name Kat Von D during her time at Sin City because regular clients couldn’t pronounce her full name.
  • She loves skateboarding.
  • As a tattoo artist, she also has lots of tattoos on her body, inked on her by over 40 different tattoo artists.
  • She began playing the piano at the age of 5.
  • Kat also owns an art gallery cum boutique named Wonderland Gallery next to her tattoo parlor, High Voltage.

Kat Von D Net Worth and Earnings

As of 2020, the TV personality and tattoo expert Kat Von D has an estimated net worth of $15 million. She has earned most of her as a tattoo artist which includes the tattoo shop she owns and also her time on TLC’s Miami Ink and LA Ink which helped her become more famous.

She is one of the very few tattoo artists to have gained entry into the Guinness Book of Record for the most tattoo done by a single person under 24 hours.

Kat also published two of her books which are High Voltage Tattoo, and Tattoo Chronicles which later became among the New York Times Best Sellers.

In addition to reality shows, book sales, and her tattoo shop, Kat has also earned huge from her time as an entrepreneur. Her purely vegan-based makeup line has also been a viable source for her hefty wealth.

Selected Filmography

In addition to cameo and talk-show appearances, her TV, film, and video game appearances include:

  • Pimp My Ride, 2004
  • Miami Ink, 2005–2006
  • LA Ink, 2007–2011
  • MADtv, April 5, 2008
  • Bam Margera Presents: Where the ♯$&% Is Santa? 2008
  • The Bleeding as Vanya[66]
  • Tony Hawk: Ride (video game) unlockable skater, November 17, 2009
  • Lemmy, 2010
  • I Love Jenni, 2013
  • Life in Pieces, February 11, 2016
  • Dominion, 2018 (narration)

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