L.A. Ink Premiere Party Pics + Video

We recently ran across some photos of a few L.A. Ink stars at the show’s premiere party and wanted to share them today. Enjoy! Also check below for a great video of the event.

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Kat Von D

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Kat again…

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Pixie

And check out this great behind the scenes video from the premiere party….

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Pixie Has Tonsilitis, Split Tongue Ruled Out As Cause

Here is a message from Kat Von D’s myspace page talking about Pixie and a recent illness…..pixie_qa.jpg

So here’s the deal..

Pixie (our shop manager) has been diagnosed with a severe case of and
infected Tonsilitis
, and has to have immediate surgery (THIS FRIDAY) in
order for her infection not to spread causing gnarly symptoms such as
loss of hearing, and possibly stop her breathing! THIS SHIT IS
SERIOUS!

So, as her new tattoo family, the entire LA Ink crew is getting
together and donating items for auction at the shop, and we are making
this event open to anybody and everybody!

Some of the items up for bid include:

*TATTOOS! from Hannah Aitchison, Corey Miller, Kim Saigh, and myself
(Kat)!
*Clothing from la designer, Meagan Fabulous and Stop Staring Clothing
*Jewlery from world famous designer: JOSH WARNER of Good Art
*Original Chris Cuffarro print of the LA Ink crew, autographed
*Shawn Barber LITHOGRAPH signed and numbered (portrait of Kat Von D, as seen on Miami Ink)
*Personal Training sessions from Hollywood celebrity trainer, Stevie
Santangelo
*if any of you remember the “Gold Tooth” episode from Miami Ink, I’m
gonna be auctioning off my actual cap that was made for me by DR.
Bling in Miami. (come on! its for a good cause!)
*and so much more!

ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO 100% FOR PIXIES SURGERY, (including cover
charge). And please remember, this is to help Pixie, who is the most
gracious, selfless, caring and giving person I know! Please show your
support, I know it’s last minute, but it ‘s truly an EMERGENCY!

Heres all the info you need:

When: THIS FRIDAY, August 10th
What Time: This event will open at 7:30, and auctions will begin at
8pm SHARP to 10pm) SHARP!
Where: LA Ink (High Voltage Tattoo)
1259 N. La Brea Avenue.
W. Hollywood, CA 90038
Cover charge: $40
Age: 18 and up, complimentary booze for 21+ with ID.

For all of those who can’t make it, please send good vibes to Pixie,
and wish her luck on her surgery!

xoxo,
Kat Von D, and the rest of the crew at LA Ink.


L.A. Ink Casting Call This Weekend!

If you are in the West Hollywood area and want to be considered to appear on L.A. Ink and get tattooed by one of the artists, here is a great chance to do so. See the poster below for all the details, and remember to bring your artwork and story and that it is this saturday! Good luck to anyone that heads out there and let us know how it goes!

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L.A. Ink Episode One Recap And Review + Pics!

Last night, the first episode of L.A. Ink hit the TLC airwaves last night and then was repeated right away in the 11pm hour. Here is our rundown of the episode, ink by ink…..

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Welcome Home Kat Season 1. Ep1.

As the new show opens, we come to realize that the groundwork needs to be laid. Kat returns to her hometown of Los Angeles to open her new shop and needs to first assemble her crew. But before she gets into that, she heads to the home of actor/musician and fellow L.A. native Eric Balfour. Eric wants a tattoo that is L.A. related on his shoulder. We posted the video of this already, but just in case you have not seen it, check it below.

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This is also our first stab at what we call our Ink-o-meter, which will rate this tattoo experience on three things.

Kat Von D – Skull Piece

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1.) Client Idea / Story – Balfour has a strong connection to L.A., and wanted an artist with similar L.A. connections to do this piece. Kat was the perfect choice. It is also an image he uses for his band, Born As Ghosts. 8/10

2.) Artist Interpretation Kat takes the pics Eric had and really shows why she is such an amazing artist by nailing this one. She adds a few small touches as well that really make this one take off. 9 / 10

3. ) Finished Tattoo – This turned out amazing. The amount of detail made it very difficult and Kat pulled it off really really well. A great tat to kick off the new show. And c’mon, it made the dude get all teary eyed! 9 / 10

Overall 8.75/10

The show moves on now as Kat tries to assemble her team. First on the docket is Kat’s mentor and longtime artist Corey Miller. Kat has been tattooing out of Miller’s shop, Six Feet Under, while she waits for her shop to open and we get introduced to Miller next as he shows off his free-hand skills.

Corey Miller – Circle Of Life Dragon Piece

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1.) Client Idea / Story – Not alot of details on the story for this guy, but he does want a circle of life type theme, and brings Corey some pics of Dragon’s chasing their own tales and stuff. Due to the lack of explanation, I gotta rate this idea kinda low. 4/10

2.) Artist Interpretation – When Miller decides to free hand this one, I get a little nervous. I mean, in this day and age of stencils and all that good stuff, why would you want to or need to do a free hand? Of course, this is our introduction to Corey Miller, and he knocks it out of the park by adding some of his own touch, including a skull and some Asian artwork in the center of the piece to really make it pop. 9/10

3.) Finished Tattoo – I am not terribly impressed with this piece itself, probably because I feel it would have been better bigger. However, major props for it being a free hand piece and even more for Corey really turning a shaky idea into an excellent tattoo. 7.5 / 10

Overall Score 6.75 / 10

Up next, Kat heads to Chicago to try to persuade two female artists to join her team, first up is our introduction to Kim Saigh. Kat hits her shop and watches Kim do a calf piece.

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L.A. Ink Premiere Tonight @ 10PM !

It’s time! The very first episode of L.A. Ink premieres tonight on TLC so be sure to tune in and check it out. We already know a little bit about the first show, and showed you a sneak peek here. And get ready tomorrow as we give you a full show review with our thoughts on the show itself, the tattoo’s done and more!

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Kat Von D Featured In Revolver Magazine

Let the L.A. Ink buzz continue! This show and it’s star Kat Von D are really getting some big time attention leading up to next week’s premiere episdoe. Let’s all hope it delivers! Here is another promotional deal Kat recently did, this time for Revolver Magazine. Here are some scans of the article.

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L.A. Ink Artist Profile – Corey Miller

Another artist profile today here on Reality Ink, this time profiling the only male tattoocorey.jpg artist in the new shop out in L.A. , Corey Miller. Corey is by far the most well known artist in the new bunch as well, and has been tattooing for over 25 years. Here is some more info about Corey Miller.

He specializes in black and gray portraits and dragons that merge the traditional and classic styles with his own
Corey has inked clients around the world from Japan and Amsterdam to Hawaii and Paris
Corey’s favorite tattoo of his own are the dragons on his right arm. It symbolizes his daughter watching him.
Corey was born and raised in Southern California
He is the owner of Six Feet Under Tattoo Parlor in Upland, California

Check out this video interview Corey recently did….


L.A. Ink Commericial

If for some strange reason you have not yet seen the L.A. Ink commercial that TLC has been airing like crazy of late, we have it for you today on Reality Ink. Check below and view the commerical and get ready for the first episode, which airs next Tuesday at 10pm eastern on TLC.

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Ami James Might Have The Worst Website Ever

Ami James, co-owner of Miami Ink, is an amazing tattoo artist. And over the course of the show, Miami Ink, he also seems to be a very good and responsible business owner. So that is why stumbling across his personal website and seeing how brutally bad it is was such a surprise!

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Seriously, I don’t know if Ami himself is responsible for this, but the site is not only very ugly, but looks like it could have been made on an old Tripod hosting “make your own webpage deal. The photos are pixelated badly and some are very difficult to make out, and all of them are in a picture frame which distorts them. Even the best page on the site, which displays Ami’s tattoo work, is marred by the picture frame and bad background design. The mainpage itself is titled “index” which shows how little attention has been paid to it. There are some pages of the site other than the home page too, including a blog, which Ami has zero entries on, and a friends page as well, with you guessed it, pictures of Ami’s friends in those junky frames again.

Ami, keep your web presence on MySpace bro, this site is just plain bad. What do you guys think?