Costume :Kat Von D
Source :LA Ink
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2012

Costume Photos

Katherine Von Drachenberg

Kat Von D at EXPO

What a beautiful day at London Excel Centre

promoting her first book: High Voltage Tattoo

Kat and Wed13 spotted at MCM EXPO

Lorax trees!!

hand tattoos

Being silly in the Lorax area

Kat Von D met up with Wednesday 13!


Costume Information

Ok... so I;ve been talking with FlyingMammal and there is no way I can do the version of Nikki Sixx in time for May Expo... soooooooooooooo we were talking it over and to still go with her Wednesday 13 I'm going to cosplay this amazing lady... my idol.. Kat Von D.

You're probably thinking "HOW!? SHE HAS A FULL BODY SUIT!!" well, thats where we get really clever and creative...I will use my super awesome wet look leggings for this and my killer wedge shoes that I bought ages ago as they remind me of something that Kat would wear. Then I'll be focussing on her main tattoos such as her facial tats, her finger tats, her neck rose one and her 'Hollywood' with lipstick hip one.

I can use my biker jacket to cover my arms for the majority of the afternoon as the friday is a half day OR I can use fake tattoo sleeves... they wont be accurate but this is more for the fun of it that being completely accurate.

This is someone FlyingMammal has always wanted to see me cosplay, and a lot of my friends do call me Kat Von D when their not calling me Ariel XD! I look up to Kat a lot not only for her artist skills but as person- she's real on LA Ink... yeah she can be a bitch and in the wrong but at least she's not afraid to show that at times and to me that makes her more real than ANY of the so called 'reality tv show celebrities' on tv nowadays

UPDATE: Had a Blast being Kat for the day! Had to use old shoes of mine in the end as even my gold ones rubbed my heels so much they were bleeding before I even got to the train station! BUT BIG NEWS!! KAT VON D SAW ONE OF MY PHOTOS AND TWEETED ME ABOUT IT!!!!
"Kat Von D ‏@thekatvond
@ArielCosplayer oh man! You totally pulled it off! Better than I do!"

HOLY FECKING HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NIGHT = MADE! Infact this has made my EXPO experience and all the pain on my feet sooooooooo worth it!!!!


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This is a really cool idea! Do you know how you would do the tattoo's? :)

by MissAriel on Saturday, 7 April, 2012 - 09:58
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see gallery and info. ^^ I'll use a semi perm tattoo pen from stargazer to do her main tats like the 'hollywood' hip one, the rose one and her hand tats, ill some temp tats for some of the larger shoulder ones too but ill miss out a lot of them and wear my biker jacket to cover the arms.. im going more for the essence of kat than doing a full body suit of fake tats and be 100% accurate

by FuriePhoenix on Saturday, 7 April, 2012 - 10:56
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oo wow. I bet this'll look amazing once it's finished!

by DuskatNight on Tuesday, 10 April, 2012 - 01:05
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Thanks! I hope I do it right! I've never cosplayed a real person before!

by FuriePhoenix on Tuesday, 10 April, 2012 - 18:37

Ahh, I love Kat! ^-^
I'm really looking forward to seeing this completed and how all the tattoos turn out :)

by on Wednesday, 9 May, 2012 - 17:49
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Thanks! I wont be doing EVERY tatto as I'll wear my biker jacket to cover my arms but I'll certainly be attempting as many as I possibly can with the help of a friend who does tattoos lol

by FuriePhoenix on Wednesday, 9 May, 2012 - 18:02
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Looking good so far its quite funny though because your so much like her anyway it will almost be like your wearing your own clothes

by lilkimmi27 on Saturday, 12 May, 2012 - 15:42
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well I basically am lol! The leggins I already own, the bandana I already had, my shoes are my own... its only top I specifically bought for it.. but that will be worn normally lol. Only thing that makes it a "cosplay" is the wig and tattoos lol

by FuriePhoenix on Saturday, 12 May, 2012 - 18:52
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Thhis is looking really good!

*O* Dem Shooooes, Me Likey >w<

by Karakulz on Monday, 14 May, 2012 - 17:59
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This is so cleverly done! Amazing

by Starbucks dad on Monday, 14 May, 2012 - 20:36
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I don't normally like "real-life-people-cosplay" but I have to say - you look incredible and so much like her! Being a Kat Von D fan myself, I love this and you've done her so much justice =D Really looking forward to seeing the full thing with the tats ^_^ x.

by FusionRose on Tuesday, 15 May, 2012 - 10:34
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thanks guys!!!!!! and Fusion- thank youuuuuuuuuuuuu doing her justice is one thing ive always been worried about as i look up to Kat soooooooooooo much

by FuriePhoenix on Tuesday, 15 May, 2012 - 12:59

Shopping List

bronzer: make up£1.00Bought


new shoes (Posted 14th May 2012)

Okay, so I've had to get new shoes....the shoes I WAS going to use, have started to break apart at the heel. Now I know what you're saying... "just get the heel glued back together in a shoe repairers" yeah I thought of that, but when I saw these new ones in Primark today, I began thinking.

They were down from £16 to £8, the incline from ball of foot to heel is a bit lower than my other ones, the sole on these new ones have a better grip type of sole, where as my others only have a wooden sole that is very flat and can be very slippy on non carpeted floor. Also, I was thinking of this main thing: Kat Von D is KNOWN for having ridiculous looking shoes and glittery ones in particular. I looked at them with a Kat Von D mindset, and knew they'd be overall better than my other ones.

So even though I couldn't afford them AT ALL, I went ahead and bought them anyway (with mom talking me into it!) I have also been a right mood just lately and needed retail therapy. So although off, I initially wanna say "omg these shoes are horrid!" but on I can't help but say "Omg I LOVE tese shoes and they make my feet look soooooo nice!" so yeah...

These are the new shoes I'll be wearing with my outfit for Kat Von D. Something else I thought of... they'll give my outfit a bit color too against the sharp black of my leggings and bandana.

Her hands tattoos (Posted 7th April 2012)

Now I know I wont be able to replicate all of her hand tattoos, BUT I found a guide to every tattoo she has on her hands, so I'll definitely do the knuckle ones on both hands.

Below is a guide to Kat von D’s hand tattoos:


Top of hand – All-seeing eye engulfed in a ribbon by Kiore Flatmo
Left thumb – Apple tattoo, drunken whim by Oliver peck, f**k u by her dear friend Agatha Blois
Left index finger, below knuckle – Spider, gotten when wasted by Jeff Rassier
Left index finger, above knuckle – K, matching tattoo with sister Karoline
Middle finger, below knuckle – Heartogram, but Oliver Peck
Middle finger, above knuckle – Lightening bolt
Left ring finger, below knuckle – L.A., because the ring finger lead to your heart, and Kat feels married to L.A.
Left ring finger, above knuckle – heart
Left pinky – Two 13s by Oliver Peck on different Friday the 13ths (Oliver Peck, her ex-husband, is obsessed with the number 13.)
Star, by Tom Tilden
Side of left hand - DILLIGAF, “Does it look like I give a f**k?” motto of her life


Right palm - Heart by Oliver Peck
Above knuckles – LTP, Acronym for “Love the Profession”
Right pinky - Pachure cross
Ring finger – TLA, “True Love Always”
Right index finger - LVB, Ludwig von Beethoven
Right thumb - LAMF, “Like a motherf**ker”