Kat Von D is at the top of her game. She's a sought after tattoo artist, a New York Times best-selling author, and has built a makeup empire that most of us can't get enough of. But did you know that this badass entrepreneur is a classically trained musician? Or that she grew up in a very religious household?
For all the super fans out there, now's your chance to up your Kat knowledge with these 19 lesser known facts about the star.
She doesn't follow makeup norms.
"My nighttime look is exactly like my daytime look—like I’m going to a super fancy funeral. I guess it would be considered extreme to most people, but I like it that way. The idea of conventional beauty isn't attractive to me," she revealed to Into the Gloss.
She was born in Mexico in incredibly modest conditions.
"By no means did [my family] live a life of 'luxury'" she previously wrote in Popsugar. We didn't have electricity or running water for a long time. And, in fact, one of my favorite photos from our family album is one of me taking a bath in a plastic bucket! Let's put it this way, in this town, you were more likely to see a horse than you would a car."
Kat's extremely meticulous with every aspect of her makeup, including the packaging.
"The artwork on my packaging was something I painstakingly micro-managed – for example, I treat it like a tattoo, taking into consideration the muscle structure and seeing were the line lands on the existing body," she detailed to Pages Digital. "For the rose pattern, it’s not a repeat pattern. I’ve drawn everything to work on each product, which makes it feel solid and complete."
Being featured in Maxim's Hot 100 in 2008 was a moment she never saw coming.
"That was such a trip because all my life, it was, 'Ew, the weird girl,'" she explained to The Los Angeles Times. "Now I think people are becoming more and more open to diversity, which is one of the reasons I did the show."
She grew up in a fairly religious home.
She was raised in the Seventh Day Adventist faith.
She's classically trained in piano.
Started learning when she was six years old.
Whenever people call her a makeup artist she quickly corrects them.
Despite having a coveted makeup line, she doesn't see herself as a makeup artist. She admires that line of work so much that she shared with Pages Digital that "they are the artists that intimidate me the most." She continued, "I'm certainly not cool enough to be a makeup artist."
She stays pretty unplugged from technology.
In fact, she hasn't owned a television set in close to two decades.
The first tattoo she ever got was a lowercase "j."
She got it for her first love, James and has no regrets. "I still have it and love it," she shared with The National. "There’s an idea that ‘name tats’ are somehow a ‘curse’ but I don’t see them that way. For me they are landmarks in time. I don’t regret any tattoos, although I have lasered some off to make room for new ones."