The Tattoo Chronicles, Hardback Book
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Kat Von D's followup to her "New York Times" bestseller "High Voltage Tattoo" offers an intimate look at a pivotal year in her personal and professional life through an illustrated diary that begins in spring 2008 and ends in summer 2009.

When Kat does a tattoo, she writes about it and draws sketches in a journal, creating an entry for each piece.

She has hundreds of ledgers of these entries in her own writing which reflect not only upon the significance of the tattoo for the person who is receiving it (their story), but also how the experience of creating this tattoo affects her personally.

In these entries - some poignant, some hilarious, some serious - she lays it on the line about how doing these tattoos affects her life and her art.

Here are the highs and the lows, the good, bad, and the ugly - including her feelings about her fame, her family, her boyfriend (Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue), her friends, and fans.

Visually stunning, this graphically compelling diary is jam-packed with tons of Kat's sketches, candid photographs, images of a variety of amazing finished tattoos and her many unusual personal collections - all shot by Kat herself. Fans will love the array of clients featured here, including Metallica's Kirk Hammett, guitarist Dave Navarro, and Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister, as much as they will love seeing new photographs of Kat that were taken specifically for the book.

Here's the real Kat Von D - unscripted and uncensored - and her fans are going to go wild for it.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Body art & tattooing
  • ISBN: 9780061953361



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I'm a fan of Kat Von D's art and, regardless of what you think of her personally, you have to agree that she is one heck of a talent when it comes to tattoos. In this book, she relays some of the stories she has been told by her clients while working on their art - and adds her own comments on why this or that particular story was important or poignant to her. There are loads of beautiful photos in the book, not only of tattoos, but also of Kat's own art and, sometimes bizarre, collectibles. And, there are many, many, many stories/anecdotes/descriptions of her relationship with then boyfriend Nikki Sixx. This is the biggest beef I have with the book; it was described to me as a book about Kat's journal entries about her art, but I got loads of Kat's journal entries about what it's like to date Nikki Sixx, which is information that interests me little. It is a beautiful book with very nice print and some great stories, but had it been named <i>Personal Journals</i>, rather than <i>Tattoo Chronicles</i>, I would have given it a higher rating.

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This book was picked up on a whim when I walked by it at Chapters and the cover caught my eye. I love to admire artwork tattoos and she is a fabulous artist but I this book was more a journal about her love life than her art. The artistic tattoos shown and the background story on each piece were wonderful, but there was too much drama about her love life in the book.