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TLC’S "LA Ink" top female tatoo artists

The story behind LA Ink

For centuries the tattoo industry has been dominated by men. In TLC’s series LA INK, the  glass ceiling is shattered as three of the most respected female tattoo artists, along with one legendary male artist, come together to work at the newest and hottest tattoo shop in LA.

Joining shop owner Kat Von D at LA INK are renowned tattoo artists Kim Saigh, Hannah Aitchison and Kat’s mentor, Corey Miller. The shop manager holding everything together is Kat’s good friend, Pixie.  With the majority of the artists in the shop being woman, LA INK shows that great art shares no gender bias.

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The shop, which Kat recently opened in Hollywood, has a distinct rock-n-roll flavor reflecting the owner’s personal style.

Filled with gorgeous black and white photography and memorabilia signed by legendary rock artists and professional athletes, LA INK has a glam-rock feel that is inviting to celebrities, athletes, rockers and regular people alike.

Following the lead set by their boss, Kat Von D, these tattoo artists (and shop manager) play by their own rules and live a fast-paced, rebel lifestyle. They set their own schedule, pick their clients, sleep late and party all night long. Together, the cast of LA INK will share their lives showing the culture and stories behind tattoos.

Through TLC’s hit series MIAMI INK, artist Kat Von D tattooed her way onto the world’s stage, becoming one of the most talked about and sought after tattoo artists on the planet. Throughout her 11-year career, Kat has worked alongside men, not only surviving, but thriving. Now, after leaving Miami for her home-town of LA, she is realizing a dream by opening up her first business.

Kat Von D, 25, one of the featured artists on the first two seasons of MIAMI INK, has traveled the globe, airing in many countries including Japan, Australia, Brazil and England. TLC’s season two finale, which aired on May 8, 2006 was watched by over 3,000,000 people*. Kat specializes in fine-line, black & gray style life-like portraits. In more than a decade of being a professional tattoo artist she has amassed a devout following including over 435,000 friends on her myspace.com page and thousands more checking her out at TLC.com/LA-Ink.

In addition, many celebrities, athletes and entertainers seek out her services such as Jackass’ Bam Margera; Steve-O and Ryan Dunn; Slayer; My Chemical Romance; Guns N Roses; Green Day; The Mars Volta; Eve and Mira Sorvino.

Joining Kat at her new shop is Corey Miller, a legend in the industry. Tattooing for 25 years, this California native has inked people all around the world from Japan and Amsterdam to Hawaii and Paris. He specializes in black & gray portraits and dragons that merge the traditional and classic styles with his own.

A true master, Corey is known for his freehand work, drawing the image directly onto the skin, foregoing any stencil. He has an extensive client list, including celebrities like James Hettfield from Metallica, Jason Giambi of the NY Yankees and Jesse James. In his spare time, this married father of three enjoys playing the drums.

A fanatical yoga practitioner, tattoo artist Kim Saigh takes a lot of the teachings of the discipline and puts it into her art. Allegorical and illustrative works that express movement and flow dominate Kim’s portfolio. Tattooing professionally for 16 years, Kim first got her start in her native Cleveland, moving to Chicago and opening her first shop a few years later. Kim now splits her time between LA and Chicago but always has her black Persian cat, Geezer with her.

Hannah Aitchison has been tattooing for over nine years. Specializing in bold, colorful, illustrative works including life-like portraits, pin-ups and classic Americana, Hannah enjoys a technical challenge in the tattoos she creates. A single mom, Hannah worked two and three jobs while apprenticing just to support her daughter. When not tattooing or spending time with her daughter, Hannah enjoys painting, knitting, boxing and traveling.

LA INK shop manager, Pixie loves to surround herself with bright, colorful, “yummy” things. Judging by the elaborate, colorful tattoos of cupcakes, Care Bears and other assorted “happy” visions, and intense body modifications that adorn her body, Pixie has a zest for life. The former Fear Factor game show winner is a Pescatarian (vegetarian who eats fish), loves animals and lives in Los Angeles with her two pitbulls, Cup Cake and Chopper, and her cat, Monkey. Before moving to LA four years ago, Pixie was a body piercer at a tattoo shop in Minnesota. These days, when not working at the shop she is a freelance make up artist. 

LA INK is produced by Original Media for TLC. Pamela Deutsch is the executive producer for TLC. Charlie Corwin is the executive producer for Original Media.

TLC is a property of Discovery Communications, the number-one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. Through TV and digital media, Discovery's 100-plus worldwide networks include Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, The Science Channel, Discovery Health and Discovery HD Theater. Discovery Communications is owned by Discovery Holding Co. (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB), Advance/Newhouse Communications and John S. Hendricks, Discovery's founder and chairman. For more information please visit www.discovery.com.

* P2+ cume. 6-min qualifier. 1-Day Unification

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LA Ink DVDs & Downloads

L.A. Ink: Season 1

LA Ink: Season 2 (3 DVD Set)

LA Ink: Season 3, Volume 1

Playing by her own rules Kat lives a fast-paced rebel lifestyle. Hers is a life of freedom: she sets her own schedule picks her clients sleeps late and parties all night. For her shop to be a success Kat will need to learn how to balance her lifestyle and her business while managing a colorful staff of renowned artists. LA Ink will offer a rare glimpse into an LA that is seldom seen through the eyes of a true insider.

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