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20 Facts About Kat Von D You Probably Didn’t Know

When the world first fell in love with Kat Von D she was a successful and respected tattoo artist on “Miami Ink.” In the years since Von D has built herself an empire and become a household name. Check out 20 facts about your favorite Latina behind Kat Von D Beauty.

1. She’s been tatting since she was 14.

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In a feature interview with Prick Magazine back in 2006, the Latina tattoo artist explained how she came to be on Miami Ink. “At 17, she moved to Los Angeles and she has been living in Hollywood ever since. This is where she eventually found a home at True Tattoo, with the talented Chris Garver… Garver was so sure of Von D’s aptitude that when Darren Brass was out for an elbow injury, he recommended her for ‘Miami Ink’. TLC had been looking for a female artist, and Garver knew they would find none better.”

2. She turned heads on “Miami Ink” where she got fired.

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No one really knows what happened to Von D on the show, but rumors have long alleged that she had a huge falling out with the show’s star Ami James. Ultimately James told Von D to leave and she got her own spin-off.

3. LA Ink’ turned her into an icon.

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“I never wanted to be on TV, but felt an obligation, not as a someone who was driven by money or status, but as a tattooer who honestly and sincerely loves tattooing. If I didn’t take this opportunity, someone else would. For me, the thought of a mediocre female tattooer representing everything I love and worked for since I was 14 years old, was blasphemy and did not sit well with me. This was my opportunity to show tattooing in a positive light, and give it all I have.”

4. She’s Mexicana.

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Von D was born in Montemorelos, Nuevo León, Mexico to missionary parents. Her father René was born in Argentina and her mother Sylvia was of German, Italian and Spanish descent. 

5. She’s a classically trained pianist.

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Von D started training at the age of six and has said that she particularly admires the work of Ludwig van Beethoven. She even has a tribute tattoo to Beethoven on her finger.

6. She got her first tattoo when she was 14.

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At  14, Kat got her very first tattoo a letter”J” in Old English on her ankle. The Latina has said that the “J” stands for “James,”  her first love, but now she jokes that it stands for “just kidding.” 

7. She’s been sober for years.

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Kat has admitted that she has been living how she wants to live from a young age. According to interviews, the makeup maven realized that indulging was getting in the way of her career. “Looking back at my wild [days], I really never imagined that I would be excited about being [healthy]. When you are on the other side of things, you have such a profoundly different perspective on life. On this side, you realize it’s something to be celebrated. That doesn’t mean that I think I should get a pat on the back when I post on Instagram or Twitter about my [healthy living] anniversary… I am proud, but I don’t want to get extra credit for doing my homework,” Von Do told The Fix.

8. The cluster of stars on her face is a feminist tattoo job.

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Kat has said that the tattoo of stars on her face “is a symbol of being able to be heavily tattooed and still carry yourself in a feminine way.” 

9. Sephora pursued her when it came to her makeup line.

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On Kat’s KVDBeauty website, she talks about how the makeup line was never a dream come true for her, after all, it was something she never imagined pursuing.  According to an interview she did with The Gloss the makeup company set up a creative meeting to feel her out on her knowledge of beauty. “Much to their surprise, I was like a beauty insider for years, so I was already on board. And so they were like, ‘let’s do the four most perfect shades of red lipstick.’ And I was like, ‘OMG, four, that’s crazy! I thought I was going to make one!’ Fast forward to now… Every day is a gift.” 

10. Kat is super vegan, and most of her makeup is too.

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Fans of Von D know that the tattoo artist is an ethical vegan. The practice means that in addition to avoiding all foods with animal byproducts, she also practices the philosophy in all aspects of her life. 

11. Veganism is actually so important to Kat that she was featured on the cover of LAIKA magazine.

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For the magazine’s six-issue, Kat spoke about her efforts to change the makeup landscape and bring awareness to consumers of how they can use beauty products in a cruelty-free way.

12. She started tattooing at age 14.

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In her interview with The Fix Kat said, “I am still surprised that I managed to achieve what I did. I first started tattooing when I was 14 years old, and I got into my first shop when I was 16. I really felt like it was a luxury to be able to do something that you love. I promised myself back then that I wouldn’t allow anything to get in the way of my progress, including destructive relationships and drama. I have always put work before my social life.” 

13. She’s a huge  Mötley Crüe fan.

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So much so that she even dates the bands bassist, Nikki Sixx from February 2008 to January 2010.

14. She was proposed to on Twitter.

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On December 15, 2012, Zimmerman proposed to Von D over Twitter, and she accepted. The two broke off the engagement in 2013. 

15. If she loves your music she might put you on your body.

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Von D has tattooed herself the logos from bands like HIM, Misfits, Turbonegro, ZZ Top, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Kent, Slayer, Mike Got Spiked and “Slutallica.”

16. She officially married a band member this year.

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On February 21, 2018, Von D married Prayers frontman Rafael Reyes and had their elaborate wedding ceremony in May 2018.

17. She sticks to her beliefs.

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In 2017, Kat Von D’s disqualified a contestant of her Saint and Sinner Perfume contest for being a Trump supporter. In a post to her followers, Kat wrote, “I personally messaged her sharing MY personal feelings on the subject as to avoid her getting even more criticism than she already was receiving. She decided on her own to not come to my launch. And furthermore, just like everyone has the right to support whomever they choose, I have the right to set my own personal boundaries.” 

18. She grew up in a very religious household.

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As the daughter Seventh-day Adventist missionaries, Kat has that she “kept the Sabbath, went to church on Saturdays, followed the ten commandments, and didn’t eat any pork or fish without scales.”

19. She has a tattoo of her father.

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Kat’s father was a missionary and a doctor, and she admired him so much that she had his face tattooed on her arm. “We didn’t have electricity or running water for a long time,” Kat said. “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.”

20. She’s going to be a mother!

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Von D Beauty announced the news to fans with a photo taken alongside her new husband Rafael Reyes, better known as Leafar Seyer. The photo showed Von D in floral gilded dress as she showed off her growing bump. In true Kat style, the tattoo artist posted the goth-inspired photo with a simple caption that read “It’s a boy ?.” She used her caption to tag Seyer as well.


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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

With young Latinxs reclaiming the bruja identity, the demand for access to novenas, herbs and other specially crafted ritual tools has grown tremendously. Luckily, these Latinx-owned online botanicas have made it easy for brujas, or anyone who wants to dive deeper into the practice, to get their hands on the goods. Whether you’re looking to conjure up more cash flow or secure some extra protection from those pesky mal de ojos, these shops have the magia you need.

1. The Flowerchild Bruja

You know you’ve received some real tesoro when you open your delivery and see the holographic cellophane. Unmistakable and unique products are what make The Flowerchild Bruja’s shop un cielo de flores. Garden Smudge Sticks adorned with colorful flowers and loose herbs packaged in clear hearts make this online botanica a must-visit if you’re looking to manifest more love and beauty into your life.

2. Brooklyn Brujeria

No forlorn-looking saints and pale stricken Marys here! Brookyn Brujeria offers a fresh and modern take on the classic bruja necessity of novena candles. At $10 a candle, you can enhance the vibrations and style of your space without blowing all your chavo. With intentions like Boss Bitch and F*ck Outta Here, these ain’t your abuelitas’ novenas.

3. The Hoodwitch Store

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Thank you for all of your love & support to those who have been readers and customers of @thehoodwitch over the years. ♥️You know truly how hard I work and that this is my livelihood and culture. Visual art and magic ARE my life and practice. Not a peach flavored “turquoise” glitter drink. My magic is in my blood, my magic is in my ability to bring life to my visions, it is creation & destruction. Over the last 6 years, I have been so honored and lucky to be featured in some of the largest media publications internationally not limited to Instagram. This is bigger than that and the creative team for Starbucks knew that. I have personally worked on consulting large companies in their design concepts this work comes naturally to me. “So what’s the big fuss?” My personal style has become synonymous with the visual aesthetic of my brand. No, I absolutely did not “invent” the crystal balls nor acrylic nails but What I created was a space for myself along with other POC to feel represented and have visual imagery that was representative of us. The colorful candles of my local botanicas, my gold jewelry, and my long nails clutching my crystals are certainly not “new” but to see them presented in a manner that I shared visually in this space was. Katherine de Vos Devine @devosdevine is a lawyer and art historian who wrote a powerful and insightful look as to what exactly is happening with this situation and we are sharing it in our story today because more than anything she truly gives the full tea of the situation. I can strip away the crystal balls, the nail art, and delete all of my beautifully curated photos but I will always be me, I will always be my grandmother’s voices and wisdom. I will create, and I will always know my value and my worth. I trust and believe that my ancestors and my guides are looking after me. These giants may have the money to bully artists, creatives, and small business but we know the truth and absolutely must not allow it. As a small business owner, I appreciate you standing with us in this uphill journey and even if it goes nowhere, at the end of the day I can laugh to myself knowing that Starbucks made a drink inspired by HW 🔮

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If you’re in the market for an obsidian scrying mirror, unique tarot decks or nail polish for your mystic manos, then The Hoodwitch Store is your one-stop bruja shop. Be sure to also check out the Bruja Bookshop tab, where you’ll find vintage, one-of-a-kind libros to up your witchy wisdom. The shop offers some rare finds en español as well. However, make sure you stay up to date on the latest inventory. These goods sell out fast!

4. House of Intuition

If you live in LA, you’ve most likely heard of House of Intuition. With four brick and mortar stores throughout the area, plus an online shop, it’s probably a wise investment to grab one of their “Success” intention candles. Their beautifully colored novenas aren’t the only reason to check out the shop, though. Seriously, this casa is staked with everything from crystals skulls, cauldrons and wands to a line called “Hair Mystics” featuring crystal-infused hair mists. You’ll be glad your intuition led you here.  

5. Lunar Magic Shop

Lunar Magic Shop is the super affordable and super thoughtful shop with some of our favorite bruja apparel. You will for sure want to grab the “My Mom Will Hex You” tee for the little one in your life or the “I Am My Own Sacred Place” one for yourself. While you’re at it, you might as well secure the “Motherhood”and “Student” crystal kit bags. This small shop definitely has the whole family’s brujeria needs in mind.

6. Curandera Press

While this shop is currently taking a small hiatus, they will re-launch on August 1. This gives us time to save up for a big vela haul. We could all use some divine intervention with lazy lovers and bad hair days, right? With Curandera Press’ “No Mas Amante Perezoso” and “Good Hair Day” velas, your prayers are answered. We’re excited to see what intentions they roll out next.

Read: In These Trying Times, Boricua Bruja Emilia Ortiz Provides A Digital Space For Healing

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