Katherine von Drachenberg, best known under her registered trademark Kat Von D (born March 8, 1982), is a Mexican-American tattoo artist, model and television personality. She is best known for her work as a tattoo artist on the TLC reality television show LA Ink, which premiered August 7, 2007, in the United States and ran four seasons. Kat Von D was born in Montemorelos, Nuevo Len, Mexico. Her missionary parents, father Ren and mother Sylvia or Silvia Galeano, were born in Argentina, of German descent and Italian and Spanish descent, respectively. Von D has a sister, Karoline and a brother, Michael. She moved with her family to the Los Angeles area at age 4 and grew up in Colton, California. Von D was classically trained in piano beginning at age 6. She particularly appreciates Ludwig van Beethoven.
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