Katzen (performer)

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Residence Austin, Texas
Occupation performance artist, tattoo artist
Known for extensive body modifications to look like a cat

Katzen the Tiger Lady is the stage name of a female performance artist and tattoo artist, whose full body tattoo theme is that of a tiger. (Katzen is the German word for cats.)


When Katzen was 5 years old, she kept having dreams of herself covered in tiger stripes. She asked her mother to be tattooed and her mother said "Wait until you're 18."


She received extensive tattooing on all parts of her body and wore tiger whiskers attached via piercings on her face. Most of the feline tatting occurred between the ages of 18 and 28. More than 227 different tattoo artists have inked her up, including 23 at one time. Katzen removed her plastic whiskers after 14 years of wear because she started to feel that they affected her field of vision.[1]

She was at one time married to a male performer named "The Enigma," with whom she collaborated in a musical show team called The Human Marvels, and with whom she bore one daughter, Caitlin, who was raised by Katzen's mother. After divorcing The Enigma, Katzen eventually moved on to have a son, Felix, and marry another man. That couple has since split. She works at a tattoo shop in Austin, Texas, and as a sideshow performer for the 999 Eyes Freakshow.[2]

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  1. ^ journalist, David Moye Pop culture; News, HuffPost Weird (2014-08-31). "Texas Woman Is A Real-Life Tiger". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2017-01-26. 
  2. ^ "999 EYES Katzen the Tiger Lady". www.999eyes.com. Retrieved 2017-01-25. 

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