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Kat Von D is closing her famous tattoo shop after 14 years in business as part of her move to Indiana

INSIDER logo INSIDER 10/25/2021 insider@insider.com (Amanda Krause)
Kat Von D first announced her move to Indiana last year. Phillip Faraone/Stringer/Getty Images © Phillip Faraone/Stringer/Getty Images Kat Von D first announced her move to Indiana last year. Phillip Faraone/Stringer/Getty Images
  • Kat Von D announced on Instagram that she was closing her famous High Voltage Tattoo shop.
  • She said she'd reopen the California shop, which has been in business for 14 years, in Indiana.
  • Von D previously said she was moving to escape California's taxes, policies, and government.

Kat Von D is moving to Indiana, and she's taking her famous tattoo shop with her.

In an Instagram post on Monday, the controversial tattoo artist shared a photo of herself with "Goodbye, California!" written across it. She also included shots taken at her famous High Voltage Tattoo shop - which was featured in her TLC show "LA Ink."

In the post's caption, Von D said her move would entail closing the Los Angeles parlor and reopening it in Indiana once her new house was remodeled.

"As some of you know, we recently purchased a beautiful home on a bit of land in rural Indiana, and the more time we spend out there we realize we feel more at home there than we do here in LA," she wrote.

A post shared by 𝐊𝐀𝐓 𝐕𝐎𝐍 𝐃 (@thekatvond)

Von D also explained why she and her family were moving to Indiana after previously saying they'd split time between there and California.

"After much thought, we have decided we will permanently be moving to Indiana at the end of this year," she wrote on Instagram. "We plan on selling our beautiful home here, and I will be re-opening @highvoltagetat in Indiana once we are done with the house remodel there."

She added: "This means that, sadly, I will be closing my beloved tattoo shop @highvoltagetat here in West Hollywood on Dec 1.

"I didn't think it would make sense to keep it open if I wasn't present, and aside from coming back to work on music with my band, we don't plan on returning to LA very often."

According to Von D, the High Voltage crew will spend the remaining weeks at the shop "tattooing regularly." She added that appointments were "booking up quickly." Finally, she thanked her "beloved tattoo family" and the "wonderfully supportive folks" who have visited her shop over the years.

"Whether you came by to get tattooed, buy a T-shirt, or just take a photo and say hi, I adore you for showing my little shop so much love!" she wrote. "Thank you for 14 years of love + tattooing!"

a group of people in a room: A view of Von D's High Voltage Tattoo. Matthew Simmons/Getty Images © Matthew Simmons/Getty Images A view of Von D's High Voltage Tattoo. Matthew Simmons/Getty Images

High Voltage Tattoo opened in 2007 when Von D was offered her own show after starring in "Miami Ink." Though she ran the shop and tattooed there in its early years, she eventually stepped back to focus on other ventures, like her books and makeup line with Sephora.

She made more big changes at the end of 2020. In December, she said she'd "definitely not ever" be selling her "beautiful home in LA." But she said she'd purchased a home in Indiana to escape problems she had with the state of California.

"With all that has been taking place in California with terrible policies, tyrannical government overreach, ridiculous taxing, amongst so much more corruption, we just felt the need to plant roots in a small town where there is nature, where my son can be free to play, and where we can eventually retire one day," she said.

Representatives for Von D and High Voltage Tattoo did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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