The always funny and sexy Kat Von D woke up early again just for Kevin & Bean. She talked about the latest season of LA Ink, airing Wednesdays at 10pm on TLC. She mentioned how the show is getting back to its roots: tattoos. She also addressed the rumors about her “involvement” with Jesse James. After being seen holding hands in a Vegas restaurant, everyone’s been talking.
But what’s the real deal?
Bean: Speaking of boys, I don’t know if there’s anyone new in your life but the tabloids ran wild the other week when they shot you and Jesse James together. I guess you were spotted together in Las Vegas. What’s the deal there if you don’t mind me asking?
Kat: Um… I’ve known Jesse since I was 22 actually. We’ve always been friends you know? And even when all that negative stuff went down and stuff, I stay out of all that drama. Going out people were always asking what I thought about this and that. And I think it’s none of my business and it’s none of anyone’s business really. I think we’re all human and we’re all capable of making mistakes. I think if I were to be crucified for my drug addiction three years ago now, it would be harder to live with that. I’m sober now, I’ve made mistakes too. People have a hard time letting go of that you know? For me, I’ve got a lot of respect for Jesse and how he handled it.
Bean: We like Jesse a lot too by the way. We’ve had him on the show a lot of times too. I think he’s a great dude I think you know, he made a mistake and he’d be the first to admit that. But you are definitely his type Kat.
Kat: Um.. I think that I’m his type on a different level than people would assume. Just because I have tattoos doesn’t mean we’re the perfect match.
Kevin: Wait… It doesn’t? Just kidding.
Kat: No I mean it’s interesting because I’ve known Jesse for so long. He had his show on Discovery, that’s how we met. I was looking for some advice when I first started on Miami Ink. He understands what it’s like to be an artist and have a trade and have stuff blow up and how to handle it and jeep your feet on the ground.
Kevin: Ya, there’s no real training for that is there?
Kat: Well, there’s apprenticeships…
Kevin: I mean as far as things taking off and your show getting popular, you’re just flying blind.
Kat: I’m just holding real tight to all the stuff my mom and dad taught me.
Bean: Have you had much problem with paparazzi or tabloids?
Kat: I don’t have a problem with stuff that isn’t important. I think people are always gonna talk crap. I’m used to people making fun of me. Up until the show was popular I’d go to the mall and people would treat me like I was going to steal stuff.
Kevin: Watch the girl with the tattoos she’s going to take stuff.
Kat: Ya, she’s a hoodlum for sure. So that stuff doesn’t bother me. It’s a shame there’s such a high demand for it. It was funny, I was on Twitter the other day, I try to respond to kids and fans and this one girl said “Are you with Jesse James? I think we’re entitled to know since you’re putting yourself out there.” And I was like, no and that’s a false sense of entitlement. Just because I’m on TV doesn’t mean that I have to report to people.
Kevin: That’s a weird phenomenon that people believe they have a right to know.
Bean: But I think some of it is that you come across, and some celebrities don’t, as being very accessible and friendly because you go out of your way to talk to fans and because you interact with them in so many ways; including in person where they can literally walk off of the street and meet you which is the case. I think people do feel more of a bond with you than they do other people.
Kat: Well, thank you.
Kevin: So tell us everything.
Kat: That’s the thing though. I’ve always had a pretty honest approach and I have no problem talking about the bad stuff and the good stuff. I’m not going to go out there and talk about myself all day though.
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Transcribed by John McCullough