LA Ink

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  • TV-PG
  • 2007
  • 7 Seasons
  • 5.5  (2,623)

LA Ink was a reality TV show that aired on TLC from 2007 to 2011. The show chronicled the lives of the tattoo artists working at High Voltage Tattoo, a renowned tattoo shop located in West Hollywood, California. The show revolved around the shop's owner and one of the most famous tattoo artists in the world, Kat Von D, as well as her colleagues Corey Miller, Hannah Aitchison, Kim Saigh, Dan Smith, and Amy Nicoletto.

The show followed the artists as they worked on their clients' tattoos, discussing the meaning behind each design and the stories that brought their clients to their chairs. Often, viewers were brought along on emotional journeys as the tattoo artists worked on poignant and meaningful tattoos that represented important moments in their clients' lives.

Aside from showcasing the artists' tattooing skills, the show also provided insight into the artists' personal lives. The show highlighted the various artists' unique personalities, personal struggles, and the relationships they had with one another. The sense of camaraderie and family-like atmosphere within the shop was a significant part of LA Ink's appeal.

Throughout the series, viewers got to know the diverse crew of artists. Kat Von D was the primary focus of the show, as she was a renowned tattoo artist and the shop's owner. Kat was the show's breakout star, and her larger-than-life personality and iconic appearance, which included tattoos on her face and body, made her an instant fan favorite. Corey Miller was also a notable presence on the show, as he was one of the most experienced tattoo artists in the business, with more than 25 years of experience under his belt. His expertise and guidance were highly valued among the other artists at the shop.

Hannah Aitchison was known for her colorful, whimsical designs, while Kim Saigh was known for her elegant, fine-line work. Dan Smith was the resident "new school" artist, often working on vivid and cartoonish designs, whereas Amy Nicoletto was known for her edgy and sometimes controversial designs.

The show also featured guest artists, often celebrities or musicians looking to get inked. In these episodes, the artists would work on a one-of-a-kind design specifically tailored to their famous clients.

As the show progressed, viewers watched as the artists tackled bigger and more complex projects and challenges, such as entering tattoo competitions and creating designs for charity auctions. The show provided a glimpse into the business side of running a tattoo shop, including managing employees, balancing finances, and dealing with difficult clients.

Aside from the tattoo artistry, LA Ink also explored the personal lives of the artists. The show dealt with themes of love, loss, and addiction. For example, viewers saw Kat's tumultuous relationship with her fiance, Nikki Sixx, a member of the band Motley Crue. They also witnessed Corey's struggles with addiction and his dedication to sobriety. Hannah's insecurities about her rocky love life were touched upon, as were Kim's struggles to balance her artistry with her personal life.

Overall, LA Ink was an engaging and entertaining show that allowed viewers to witness the inner workings of a tattoo shop while getting to know the dynamic group of artists who worked there. It was a show about art, community, and exploring the depths of human emotions through the medium of tattoos.

LA Ink is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (85 episodes). The series first aired on August 7, 2007.

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Nothing is Forever, Not Even Tattoos
8. Nothing is Forever, Not Even Tattoos
September 15, 2011
Kat decides to open an Austin tattoo shop with Jesse, and her LA family is fearful that their shop will close. Regret is a bitter pill to swallow when Kat hears Michael's big confession and is faced with the most difficult decision of her life.
While Kat's Away
7. While Kat's Away
September 8, 2011
Kat wants to make some upgrades to High Voltage, but her contractor has his own agenda. Chaos ensues in the shop and on the home front when Kat is in Austin with Jesse.
Kat & Jesse in Baja
6. Kat & Jesse in Baja
September 1, 2011
Kat goes to the place she was born in Mexico and Jesse attempts to win the challenging off-road Baja 500 race. When Arianna successfully hits 100 days sober, Kat rewards her with a big surprise.
Photo Finish
5. Photo Finish
August 25, 2011
Kat's stress levels reach an all-time high as she must finish a photo shoot in time to showcase her new clothing line.
4. Addicted
August 18, 2011
Kat finds out about Arianna's life threatening secret. Dan plays a shady prank.
Tats for Japan
3. Tats for Japan
August 11, 2011
Kat and the crew throw a benefit for the earthquake victims in Japan.
Kat's New Roommate
2. Kat's New Roommate
August 4, 2011
While Kat balances a long distance relationship with her fiance Jesse James, she teams up with the designers of her new clothing line to create her wedding dress.
New Beginnings
1. New Beginnings
July 28, 2011
The last 9 months has been a whirlwind for Kat - she's had a successful gallery opening, a book tour, survived a devastating house fire and got engaged to her soul mate, Jesse James. The High Voltage crew tries to keep up as Kat starts over.
Where to Watch LA Ink
LA Ink is available for streaming on the TLC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch LA Ink on demand at Discovery+, Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, FuboTV, Apple TV and TLC.
  • Premiere Date
    August 7, 2007
  • IMDB Rating
    5.5  (2,623)