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Go Big or Go Home : Taking Risks in Life, Love and Tattooing

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The author of "New York Times"' bestsellers "High Voltage Tattoo" and "The Tattoo Chronicles", renowned artist Kat Von D raises the expository and tattoo bar with "Go Big or Go Home", her most intimate work yet. Someone who has followed her passions with full commitment and courage from a very young age, Kat has always been a risk-taker in her day-to-day life, her creative work, and in love. Aligned with this focus on risk taking, making bold moves, following through, and taking responsibility for her actions in this context is Kat's decision to create only large-scale tattoos especially for this book. These meticulous works of art take hours to plan, draw, and execute, and require hours of concentration and endurance for both Kat and her clients. They represent a large commitment from Kat as an artist and from the client, whose lifelong commitment to the large piece almost always represents a significant event or a visible manifestation of their evolving inner selves. Filled with Kat's sketches, handwriting, and specially commissioned photographs of the large-scale tattoos by celebrity and fashion photographer Patrick Hoelck - both in process and finished pieces - "Go Big or Go Home" is filled with a range of astounding work on regular citizens, as well as the many celebrities that seek her out, including songwriter Linda Perry, actor Ewan MacGregor, rapper "The Game", and comedian Bobcat Goldthwait. Above all, this special book captures the candor, compassion, and enormous talent of an amazing woman beloved by millions worldwide.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 208 x 264 x 24mm | 1,099.98g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Harper Design International
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 200 Colour
  • 0062108131
  • 9780062108135
  • 49,015

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With passion and unflinching honesty, renowned tattoo artist and New York Times bestselling author Kat Von D chronicles her journey to develop greater personal strength by taking bigger risks in life, love, and her art in this stunning illustrated book. In Go Big or Go Home, her most intensely personal work yet, Kat Von D raises the expository and tattoo bar as she writes candidly about her greatest desires, fears, successes, and failures, and shares how she has dealt with them--for better or worse. In seven thematic essays, she addresses issues close to her heart--individuality, strength, creativity, independence, presence, wisdom, and altruism--and draws on engaging and inspiring stories from her own life and those of her clients throughout each section. Aligned with this focus on risk taking, making bold moves, and taking responsibility for her actions is Kat's decision to create only large-scale tattoos especially for this book. Each tattoo represents a two-fold commitment: one from Kat as an artist. and the other from the client, for whom the tattoo almost always represents a significant event or a visible manifestation of his or her evolving inner self. Filled with Kat's sketches, handwriting, and specially commissioned photographs of tattoos--both in process and complete--Go Big or Go Home features a range of astounding work both on regular citizens and the many celebrities who seek her out, including songwriter Linda Perry, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, actor Ewan MacGregor, rapper Game, and comedian Bobcat Goldthwait. Above all, this special book captures the candor, compassion, and enormous talent of an artist beloved by millions worldwide.show more

About Kat Von D.

Kat Von D is a renowned tattoo artist and the star of the former hit television series LA Ink, which ran for five successful years. She is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, High Voltage Tattoo and The Tattoo Chronicles, and is the creator of an exclusive makeup and fragrance line for Sephora. She is also the founder of Wonderland Gallery, an art gallery and boutique located next to her tattoo shop, High Voltage Tattoo, in Hollywood, where she lives.show more

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