Katherine Von Drachenberg , known as Kat Von D   born March 8, ,  is an American tattoo artist , model, musician, author, entrepreneur, and television personality. She is best known for her work as a tattoo artist on the TLC reality television show LA Ink , which premiered in the United States on August 7, , and ran for four seasons. She is also known for her cosmetics line that launched in Von D has a sister, Karoline  and a brother, Michael. Von D was classically trained in piano beginning at age 6. Kat Von D credits her grandmother, Clara von Drachenberg, as an inspiration for her in music and art,  and the Latino culture of Los Angeles as a major influence on her tattoo art and style.