Kat Von D: 'I haven't owned a television in 14 years.' Say what now?
Season four of LA Ink premieres tonight on TLC, picking up right where season three left off. Corey Miller, the last founding member of Kat Von D’s High Voltage tattoo shop, walked out. Drama couch! In tonight’s episode, the fallout between Kat and Corey will come to a head. But since Kat will be the first to admit she’s not a huge fan of on-screen sparring, we decided to get her thoughts on some other topics when she called the EW offices yesterday. Read on to find out what British TV show she loves, which blockbuster movie she’s embarrassed she hasn’t seen, and the common denominator in all her brand extensions.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What can viewers expect in season four?
KAT VON D: We really push the envelope with the tattoos. We go through an approval process for people to get tattooed on the show. So basically, we get a big fat stack of requests for tattoos. We were really picky about which projects we would pick, because we wanted to do the best tattoos possible. That’s something to definitely look forward to. And as far as the drama stuff, I’m probably not going to be the best commercial for my show because I don’t really like the drama. I think it’s unfortunate that our show needs it. If it was up to me, I would have a TV show that’s solely based around tattooing, but I also know people probably wouldn’t watch it.
The people who get tattoos on the show have really interesting stories to tell, do you have a favorite?
If I were to sit down and think about everyone that I’ve tattooed, there’s probably a [list of the] top five clients that have really touched me in a lot of ways. A lot of [these stories], unfortunately, deal with death. But death is something we all have in common. Even though I don’t have any kids, and I haven’t really experienced a whole lot of death in my life, other than my cat passing away last year, it’s something that I’ve learned a lot from, just because of how people deal with s—. Some stuff I’m like, “Dude, I have no idea how you could be strong enough to go on.” It’s really sad, but it’s inspiring at the same time.
You’ve got a lot of things other than the show planned for the future, too — a beauty line, a second book, etc. Is it hard juggling all the facets of your career?
When it comes down to it, I’m just a tattooer. That’s what I am first and foremost. But because of the show, I’ve been able to use it as a platform to do a lot of things that I’ve always wanted to do. I never imagined being on TV, let alone having an entire makeup line. That’s like every girl’s dream come true, you know? So for me, it’s just another creative outlet. I don’t really do anything that I don’t believe in 100 percent. If you look at most of my projects, they’re all art derived. Even the makeup thing to me is like an art form… I’ve always been a workaholic, so as long as I’m busy, I’m happy. The thing I struggle with the most is making just time for myself out of all of it.
Speaking of free time, what’s on your DVR?
Well I hope my answer isn’t a disappointment, but I haven’t owned a television in, it will be 14 years in March. You should see my house. I live on top of this hill, and it’s just like a forest outside. It’s just me and my cat, and I feel like Snow White every day. I listen to humming birds and [other] birds in the morning, and I’m just roaming through nature. So yeah, I haven’t watched TV in so long. But I’ve seen DVDs at my friends’ houses or on my laptop. I’m really into The Simpsons. I think everybody is. And I love Little Britain. I think it’s really funny. I love English humor. Other than that, I bet my answer is lame, huh? But I’m a big fan of movies, so I go to movies a lot.
So what movies have you seen recently?
Umm, I’m going to suck at this one too! I didn’t see Avatar and everybody is like “What?!” I actually guess I haven’t been to the movies lately. I suck! [Laughs.]