LA Ink Season 1
LA Ink isn’t a TV show that I would normally gravitate towards, but because my wife was about to get her first tattoo, I thought it might be interesting to see just what getting a tattoo might entail. Of course being an American reality TV show, I wasn’t expecting an exact run down of the process of getting a tattoo, but figured it would be a good bit of inspiration.
Turns out that LA Ink really opened my eyes to tattooing being an amazing form of art, but we’ll get to that later.
LA Ink is a show of two parts – though each episode is one complete whole, once you’ve watched a few you’ll understand what I mean. The main star of the show is Kat Von D, a tattoo artist who was kicked of the original tattoo TV show Miami Ink through an apparent clash of personalities.
Down but not out, Kat Von D returns to her hometown of LA and decides to open up her own tattoo parlor, enlisting the help of talented ink artists Corey Miller, Hannah Aitchison and Kim Saigh and brings TV channel TLC along for the ride, creating teh spin off to Miami Ink, aptly named LA Ink.
Now the main point of interest for both my wife and myself, was the actual tattooing, but the show is also about Kat Von D and her crazy lifestyle and pretty wild ideas – all of which seem to work for some crazy reason. It’s easy to see why she would have been kicked off Miami Ink – she has a self absorbing personality that is way to large for it’s own good.
We get to see her design and open her own tattoo parlor, enlist the help of some talent, employ her longtime friend, and meet a continuous stream of famous friends who come in for tattoos.
We do get to hear from Corey, Hannah and Kim – but this is the Kat Von D show.
Though it does have to be said, that Kat doesn’t really seem to do as much of the tattooing as the others, but then when it’s your shop and you’re the TV personality, I guess you don’t have to!
Love her or hate her, you have to admit that LA Ink would probably suck without her – it would be just like flicking through an amazing tattoo source book – nice to look at but easy to put down.
LA Ink isn’t easy to put down. It grabs you and keeps you hooked from the very first episode to the last, and then has you wondering when season 2 will make it onto DVD.
But putting Kat Von D aside, LA Ink will open you eyes as to just how talented some of these tattoo artists are. It’s easy for the masses who have not yet desecrated their bodies with ink to see tattooing as some kind of back ally criminal fraternity, that only lowlifes and drunkards subscribe too. But when you see the likes of Corey, Hannah and Kim – each with their own distinctive styles – listening to what a client wants, then taking the idea and sketching it out, literally breathing life into it, you can’t help but be amazed at the artistic talent that they harbour. Then when it comes time to duplicate the sketch – in either black and white or full colour – the the bodies of their clients, it’s amazing to see the genesis of an image forming, from the basic line work through to complex shading and an amazing attention to detail.
It’s an eye opening, inspirational and entertaining show.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read