LA Ink

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LA Ink
LA Ink Logo.jpg
Starring Kat Von D
Corey Miller
Hannah Aitchison
Kim Saigh
Pixie Acia
Theme music composer John Ernst (2010–11)
Opening theme
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 84 (list of episodes)
Location(s) Los Angeles, California
West Hollywood, California
Upland, California
Running time 45-48 minutes
Original network TLC
Picture format PDTV
Original release August 7, 2007 (2007-08-07) – September 15, 2011 (2011-09-15)
Related shows Miami Ink
London Ink
NY Ink
External links

LA Ink was an American reality show on TLC that followed the events of the High Voltage Tattoo (and, later in the series, American Electric) tattoo studios in Los Angeles, California.[1] The spin-off of TLC's Miami Ink, it premiered on August 7, 2007.[2][3]

In August 2011, TLC announced the cancellation ahead of the mid-season four premiere, making this season its last.[4]


High Voltage Tattoo in West Hollywood, California

After leaving the hit program Miami Ink because of a dispute with her fellow cast members, Kat Von D moved back to Los Angeles to open her own tattoo shop and was offered a spin-off show. Initially, she hired her close friend Amber "Pixie" Acia to be the shop manager, and her good friend Corey Miller as a tattoo artist. After considering many more artists for the job, Von D hired Hannah Aitchison and Kim Saigh to work for her as well. The cameras follow her as she opens the shop, while capturing everything that unfolds in between.

Each customer coming into the shop usually has a story or reason behind their tattoo. On occasion, even known celebrities make an appearance to get tattooed by Kat or one of the other artists.

Inevitably, as the show progressed, changes occurred. Von D fired Acia during the second part of Season 1. Saigh and Aitchison left the show after the Season 2 finale. Season 3 premiered with a new shop manager, former Rock of Love competitor Aubry Fisher, but she was fired by Von D in the Mid-Season 3 premiere after getting into a lot of trouble with most of the people at the shop.[5]

Tattoo artist Amy Nicoletto was hired on a trial basis, but left to work at American Electric, owned by Craig Jackman.[6] Tattoo artist Paulie Tattoo was also hired and quit to go to American Electric, because of lack of work. Fisher soon joined them as a "shop helper" at American Electric after she got fired from High Voltage. Fisher left to pursue her dream of becoming a make-up artist without telling Craig and was later fired from American Electric, but does make an appearance for two episodes in the fourth season when she appeared at the shop's 11th Anniversary as a guest.

Von D broke a Guinness world record on the show, tattooing 400 people with the "LA" part of the LA Ink logo in 24 hours, giving the money raised to charity. The record was broken in June, 2008 by Kat's ex-husband Oliver Peck who tattooed 415 tattoos of the number "13".[7]

During Season 3, Nikko Hurtado appears as a guest artist on the show several times while Von D's sister Karoline and her brother Michael also make appearances on the show.

American Electric was the competitor tattoo shop to High Voltage during Season 3 and the first half of Season 4.


LA Ink premiered on August 7, 2007, averaging 2.9 million total viewers at its time slot. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the number makes the show the most-watched series debut for the cable channel since the premiere of the US version of What Not to Wear in January 2003. This is also the highest-rated series premiere in the history of TLC among adults 18-34, with a rating of 2.6 and a viewer count of 1.5 million. The premiere was also the highest-rated basic cable primetime program August 7 among several major adult demographics, including 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.[8]


Shop owner

  • Kat Von D (High Voltage Tattoo)
  • Craig Jackman (American Electric) (seasons 3-4)

Shop managers

  • Pixie Acia (season 1)
  • Naheed Simjee (season 2)
  • Aubry Fisher (season 3)
  • Liz Friedman (season 3)
  • Adrienne Ironside (seasons 3-4)


  • Michael Drachenberg (seasons 3-4)

Kat's Personal Assistant

  • Karoline Drachenberg

Tattoo artists

  • Corey Miller
  • Hannah Aitchison (seasons 1-2)
  • Kim Saigh (seasons 1-2)
  • Dan Smith (seasons 3-4)
  • Nikko Hurtado (seasons 3-4)
  • Amy Nicoletto (seasons 3-4)
  • Paulie Tattoo (season 3)
  • Ruth "Ruthless" Pineda (season 4)
  • Jeff Ward (season 4)
  • Khoi Nguyen (season 4)
  • Adam Forman (season 4)

Celebrity clients[edit]

The following celebrities have appeared on LA Ink:

Mike Walker Pro Strength-Speed Coach

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sorlie, Amy, "LA Ink", American Way Magazine, retrieved February 14, 2010 
  2. ^ "LA Ink - About the Show". Retrieved 2007-07-04. 
  3. ^ LA Ink at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Gonzalez, Sandra (August 18, 2009). "TLC cancels 'LA Ink'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ Huff, Richard (July 7, 2009). "'L.A. Ink' turns for the worse with addition of 'Rock of Love' castoff Aubry Fisher". New York Daily News. Retrieved February 14, 2010. 
  6. ^ "American Electric Tattoo". 
  7. ^ Inkfest! Guinness record for Texas tattoo artist: Oliver Peck wins award after applying 415 tattoos in 24 hours, Associated Press, 15 June 2008 (retrieved 12 September 2010 from
  8. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (August 9, 2007). "'L.A. Ink' bow paints pretty picture for TLC". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 

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