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Meet Kat Von D in Miami Beach at 'American Beauty Art Show'


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Tattoo artist and reality TV star Kat Von D is in Miami Beach Thursday, unveiling eight original prints for her "New American Beauty Art Show" at Sephora South Beach.

Coinciding with Art Basel, Von D will make a personal appearance from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at Sephora South Beach, 721 Collins Avenue. The first 100 clients to purchase a print will get wristbands to attend VIP premiere party hosted by the heavily-inked artist.

Fifty prints of the eight drawings in "The New American Beauty" collection will be on sale with proceeds benefitting The Art of Elysium, a non-profit charity Von D founded to help critically ill children.

Best known for the TLC reality TV show "LA Ink," Von D in July split with financee Jesse James, the former husband of Sandra Bullock. Von D, known for her no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is demeanor, recently posted a note entitled "Thank You, Jesse James." on the Kat Von D Facebook fan page: "Today I encountered the 19th girl to add to the list of people Jesse cheated on me with during this last year." The post had more than 16,000 likes and 4,500 comments.

In addition to owning High Voltage Tattoo in Hollywood, Calif., Von D also has a successful line of cosmetics at Sephora. The beauty company comissioned her to do the limited-edition works. The show will be exhibited at the beauty stores throughout 2012.

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Photo: Jesse James and Kat Von D at Art of Elysium gala in Los Angeles In January. Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images.

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Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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