Kat Von D Biography, Family, Siblings, Partners, Husbands and Net Worth

This article will answer every question you have about Kat Von D. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about her.

  1. What does Kat Von D do for a living?
  2. Who are Kat Von D’s parents and siblings?
  3. What are Kat Von D’s interests and hobbies?
  4. Is Kat Von D married or does she have a boyfriend?
  5. Does Kat Von D have any children?
  6. Where is Kat Von D now?
  7. How tall is Kat Von D?
  8. How much money does Kat Von D earn?
  9. What is Kat Von D’s net worth?

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Who is Kat Von D?

Katherine Von Dranchenberg recognized as Kat Von D is a Mexican-American tattoo artist, model, entrepreneur, and recording artist. Kat is well known for her work as a tattoo artist on the TLC reality television program LA Ink. The show premiered in the United States on August 7, 2007, and aired for four seasons.

Von D is also recognized for being the previous head of Kat Von D Beauty (renamed KVD Vegan Beauty). She launched her first track ”Exorcism” from her album Love Made Me Do It in May 2021. Kat appeared in two seasons of Miami Ink, the reality television program taped at 305 Ink in Miami for the cable network TLC. She was offered the spot on the program after fellow artist Darren Brass broke his elbow, preventing him from tattooing. Von D had a falling out with Ami James, while on the show, leading to her decision to leave the shop and the show.

Subsequently, she acquired her own TLC series, LA Ink, which chronicled her work at her tattoo shop, High Voltage Tattoo, in Hollywood, California. She broke the Guinness World Record of most tattoos given by a single person in a day with a total of 400, on the show. It was accomplished in December 2007, it involved a Von D- designed logo for the city of Los Angeles, with contributions going to the Children’s-blindness charity Vitamin Angels. LA Ink ran four seasons, ending September 15, 2011, after TLC announced the cancellation on August 18, 2011. She publicly mentioned that the cancellation was because she chose not to continue doing the show.

A photo of Kat Von D

A photo of Kat Von D

How old is Kat Von D?

Katherine Von Drachenberg was born on March 8, 1982, in Montemorelos, Mexico, and is aged 39 as of 2021. She shares her birthday with famous people including Brooke Butler, Aidan Quinn, Andrea Parker, Billy Childs, Boris Kodjoe, Camryn Manheim, Carole Bayer Sager, Gary Numan, George Coleman, among others.

Kat Von D Family

Who are Kat’s parents?

Katherine Von Dranchenberg was born on March 8, 1982, to Rene Dranchenberg and Sylvia Galeano in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Both her parents were Seventh-day Adventist Church missionary parents, who were German Argentines.

Her grandmother Clara von Dranchenberg was her big inspiration in music and art. The culture of San Bernardino County was a major influence on her tattoo art and style. The family moved to the Inland Empire at the age of four and was brought up in Colton California.

Does Kat have siblings?

Kat was born into a family of three children and has two siblings. She has a sister, Karoline Von Dranchenberg and a brother, Michael Von Dranchenberg.

Kat Von D Education

Kat joined Provo Canyon School at age 15 for six months and says she suffered abuse. The school was the same that Paris Hilton attended, and also said that she was abused while attending the school.

Kat Von D Interests

At age six, Von D was classically trained in piano and started listening to the Ramones, Misfits, and other punk rock bands at the age of 12. She was a fan of tattoos as she got her first tattoo at age 14 and quit school at 16 to become a tattoo artist. 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”, an improved Metallica logo.

Von D has appeared in the music video of HIM’s ”Killing Loneliness”, Alkaline Trio’s ”Help Me”, GUNSHIP’s ”Black Blood Red Kiss”, and ”Black Leather” by Cholo Goth band Prayers. She has listed other musical artists as her favorites which include The Mars Volta, Lemmy Kilmister, and Selena.

Kat is vegan and her makeup line is cruelty-free. She won Farm Sanctuary’s ”Compassion in Action Award” for her work on behalf of animal rights in 2016.

Kat Von D Partners

From 2007 to early 2008, Von D dated Alex ”Orbi” Orbison as was documented on the first season of LA Ink. Their relationship ended in the first episode of Season 2. She then began dating Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx from February 2008 to January 2010.

Subsequently, she started dating motorcycle customizer, West Coat Choppers CEO, and reality television personality Jesse James. She confirmed they were dating on August 19, 2010, and they became engaged in January 2011. Kat announced in July 2011, that they had split, however, in August the same year they announced their engagement was back on. She announced in September 2011, that she and James had broken up completely.

Von D started courting Canadian music producer Joel Zimmerman (Deadmau5) in September 2012. She gave him a star tattoo below his eye to match her own, but they later broke up in November 2012. On December 15, the same year, Zimmerman proposed via Twitter to Kat and she accepted and was now engaged to him. They ended their engagement in June 2013, after Zimmerman’s allegations of infidelity.

Kat Von D Husbands

In 2003, Kat married fellow tattoo artist Oliver Peck, but they separated in August 2007. Their divorce was finalized later in 2007. Presently Von D is married to her husband artist, Rafael Reyes. They got married in February 2018, and in November 2018, she gave birth to their son.

Kat Von D Kids

Von D has one child with her current, and second husband, Rafael Reyes, a son, Leafar Von Dranchenberg Reyes, who was born in November 2018.

Kat Von D Residence

Currently, Von D resides in Los Angeles but she announced that on December 1, she is moving with her family to Indiana.

Kat Von D Height

Tattoo artist Von D has a sexy figure with a height of 5 ft 9 in (1.76 m) and a weight of 61 kg (134 lbs).

Kat Von D Career

Kat’s initial book, High Voltage Tattoo, compiling her artworks and tattoos, with a foreword by Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx, was launched in January 2009. It also reached #6 on The New York Times Best Seller list. She mentioned the book as ”not an autobiography, but just kind of like a picture-driven outline of my career as an artist. So you see everything from my drawings when I was six to tattoos that have never been seen before.” Her second book, The Tattoo Chronicles, an illustrated diary following a year in her life was launched on October 26, 2010, and attained #3 on The New York Times” Hardcover Advice $ Misc.” best-seller list.

She then created and launched a make-up line for Sephora in 2008 and has released new collections every year and has expanded her line to include fragrances. Via Sephora, her New American Beauty Art Tour benefitted the Art of Elysium charitable organization in 2012. She announced that all products in the line would be reformulated to be vegan in June 2016. The line released a limited-edition lipstick titled Project Chimps, in August 2016, with 20% of sales being donated to Project Chimps, an organization dedicated to giving care for retired research chimpanzees.


The lipstick was renamed ”Beloved” after it received controversy from its name ”Selektion” in Germany, where it was used for Nazis during World War II. The choice of ”Selektion” gained attention to other perceived insensitive acts: The Forward called her ”anti-Jew”. She also fell under criticism when she named lipstick ”Celebutard”, Sephora pulled the lipstick from their stores and issued an apology immediately. Kat is the founder of the MusInk Tattoo Convention and Music Festival, which began in 2008. Musink is an all-ages tattoo, music, and art festival located in Southern California.

She opened the art gallery and boutique Wonderland Gallery in the space next door to High Voltage Tattoo on September 2, 2010. Kat also released the clothing lines KVD Los Angeles and Kat Von D Los Angeles in the US and Canada in fall 2011, with the latest expanding internationally the next year. She then provided the female vocals to the song ”Rosary Blue” on X, a 2012 studio album by the Finnish gothic rock band The 69 Eyes. Von D tweeted in August 2011 that Dave Grohl and producer Danny Lohner had completed two singles of an album she had spoken about recording as early as 2011.


Kat recorded vocals for the electronic music duo, Prayers, on the song ”Black Leather”, and appeared in the band’s video for the song in 2016. She then collaborated with Sia, Joaquin Phoenix, Sadie Sink, and Rooney Mara to narrate Chris Delforce’s animal rights documentary Dominion in 2018. Von D was granted the 2018 Award of Excellence for Narration by Hollywood International Documentary Awards for her contribution to the documentary.

She makes guest appearances on three tracks on the 2018 album Alive in New Light by IAMX. Kat additionally appeared on synth-wave band Gunship album Dark All Day in the track ”Black Blood, Red Kiss”. Von D revealed that she had sold her namesake beauty brand to its parent company, Kendo Brands (a subsidiary of LVMH) on January 16, 2020. The brand was to be rebranded as ”KVD Vegan Beauty”. As of the company the letters KVD now stands for ”Kindness, Vegan Beauty, and Discovery (and Doing Good). She then announced in October 2021, that she would be closing Hugh Voltage on December 1 and relocating with her family to Indiana.

Kat Von D Net Worth

Mexican-American tattoo artist, television personality, entrepreneur, recording artist, Kat has been active from the age of 16 in 1998 to now. She has an accumulated net worth of approximately $20 million as of 2021.