Kat Von D reveals she's covering tattoo portrait of her mum with solid black ink
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The tattoo artist and model, 40, took to Instagram last week to share an update as she covers up her tattoos across her body with blackout ink.
Von D uploaded a picture of her new back design on her Instagram Stories.
“Got so much done today!” she wrote over the picture. She also gave her tattoo artist Hoode a special shoutout for helping her bring the new design to life.
Before her back was covered by blackout ink, she had a tattoo of her mum Sylvia Galeano, the phrase ‘Mi Vida Loca’ and a cartoon of Broadway actress and samba singer Carmen Miranda.
Von D and the Philadelphia-based tattoo artist Hoode started working together in December 2020 to cover the tattoos across her arms.
She shared that she got the blackout design to conceal older tattoos that no longer meant anything to her. The reality show star said the designs were ones she got when she used to drink. The LA Ink star had been sober for 13 years at that point.
She captioned her post: "Feels so good to finally cover up so many of the tattoos I got back when I used to drink.
"Those tattoos meant nothing to me but landmarks in dark times, and I'm so lucky to have the best blackout artist @hoode215 cover them up for me!"
"Now my arm looks so nice and clean, and the portrait of my Father stands out even more.”
The recording artist warned her followers against criticising her blackout tattoo design and urged them to be respectful.
“I’ve been tattooing well over 2 decades and have seen so many tattoos in my lifetime that I personally would never get, yet feel happy for the wearer because it means something to them. I don’t think there should be room for criticism when it comes to self expression, and a tattoo is personal to the person wearing it. So thank you ahead of time for being respectful. Much love!"
In June 2022, the mum-of-one said she was also getting blackout tattoos on her leg to cover the area from her upper thigh to her backside with only one portrait untouched.
Von D said she was happy with how the tattoo turned out and again asked people to avoid criticizing her decision to change her celebrated body ink designs.
“Before anyone starts criticizing, I encourage you to remember that it’s ok not to like or even understand things,” she wrote in the caption.
"Trust me, I’ve seen plenty of tattoos I personally would never get. And those differences make this world so much more interesting! So no need to comment any negativity.
“Just know that I absolutely LOVE it, and it’s extremely refreshing for me to see all the garbage, drunken tattoos I had scribbled all over my leg that I got before I became sober, be covered by sleekness and simplicity.”