Kat von D explains why she chose to ink preteen Jesse’s face on her armpit

L.A. Ink star Kat von D, who recently got a tattoo of her ex beau Jesse James’s face, explains why she chose that particular photo to ink on her armpit. On Thursday, during the premiere of L.A. Ink, the tattoo artist said the 9-year-old Jesse photo has a special meaning to both of them.

Just before the wedding being cancelled, a deeply in love Kat von D wanted to give her fiancée, Jesse James, the surprise of his life. Her gesture was, according to her, the ultimate proof of love. She decided to get a tattoo of his face on her ribcage. But it was no recent photo. The tattoo shows the face of a preteen Jesse James, with long hair and a smiling face. She explains that the photo has a special meaning to both her and Jesse. “He had a rough childhood, so to see what he’s become from there, it’s amazing,” von D says and adds that this “picture of him as a child”, has been chosen “to capture that certain innocence. The tattoo is a way of him recognizing somebody loves him.”

Jesse was caught on camera when the surprise was revealed to him. Seconds before, Kat became nervous about his reaction. She explained that she didn’t know how he would react and whether he would like it or hate it. But when the time came to show him the tattoo – which was not finished at the time – he seemed surprised and in a good way. He said “You’re crazy” and “I love you” and then they kissed.

However, Kat von D cancelled the engagement to Jesse James a few days ago, tweeting on late Monday that they are no longer a couple. He told People magazine that it was the distance that made them separate, even though rumor has it that it was because of his infidelity. She did not give any details on the break-up “out of respect for him, his family and myself”.

Talking about the beginnings of their relationship, the reality star says they were first very good friends. “Once you’re in my friend zone, that’s usually it, she says. “But one day something in my heart said, ‘How’s your friend Jesse?’ so I texted him a joke and he came right back saying he hadn’t laughed in weeks.”

After the split, Kat ditched several shows she was supposed to have an appearance on (Good Day L.A. and E! News, both scheduled on Thursday). She later explained on her Facebook page that “my intentions were never to offend or hurt anyone’s feelings”, but “as much as I’d like to picture [myself] being this strong, independent woman, the truth is most of the time I’m not as strong as I’d like to be — but I’m still trying.”

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  1. Hey Kat- How does it feel getting no privacy or respect from the media after a painful breakup? Hmmmm? just like you did to Sandra last summer – parading yourself and Jesse all over the media and Austin for the publicity- not thinking about Sandra’s pain.
    Karma is swift and you get what you put out… What goes around comes around!

  2. Kat von D getting a tattoo of Jesse James face on her rib cage was the turning point in her relationship with Jesse James. The article below explains how and why Kat’s tattoo triggered a series of events that led to Kat and Jesse’s split.

    How Kat von D’s Tattoo Led to Her Break-up with Jesse James

    Pictures of Kat von D showing Jesse James her new tattoo of him. Check out the look on Jesse’s face in picture number 7. His expression says it all.

    Kat von D’s tattoo of Jesse James – 11 pictures

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