L.A. Ink: Season 1, Volume 1 (2008)

Genre(s): Drama
Genius Products || NR - 544 minutes - $24.95 || July 22, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-07-31

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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

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Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Kat Von D

Supplemental Material:
  • One-on-One with L.A. Ink
  • Rub-On Tattoos

Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Non-Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

The only reason I watched “Miami Ink” was because of Kat Von D (her personality and looks made her very appealing) and when Kat left the show - due to Ami - I instantly stopped watching. To my delight when I heard TLC was bringing her back with her own show in L.A. I was ecstatic.

The first few episodes deal with Kat setting up her new shop (High Voltage Tattoo) and hiring a crew. Her first hire is long time friend Pixie who later becomes the shop manager. She then travels to Chicago to hire to other female tattooists (Kim and Hannah) and finally manages to get Corey Miller (famous in the tattoo world) to help out at her shop a day or two a week. Now that her crew is set, and the store finally opened, we start getting to the real meat of the show - the tattoos.

Each episode features anywhere from three to five different individuals getting tattooed by the artists. All of these people have a reason as to why they are being inked and TLC makes sure to pick the sappiest people they could possible find. While I understand some people get a tattoo because a loved one died or because of a medical reason, the show tends to air way too many of these stories and turns a show that is supposed to be hip and edgy to, well, a show airs on TLC. I typically forget what channel I am tuned into, but some of these stories just go a bit too overboard.

While I only managed to catch a few episodes of “Miami Ink”, I never really noticed any celebrity's stopping by to get inked. “L.A. Ink” is a bit different considering they are in the heart of L.A. (off La Brea and Fountain Avenues) and nearly every episode has at least one celebrity (or so called), and much like the normal average customers, each with their own story of why they are getting a certain tattoo. Season features Steve-O, Jared Leto, Eric Balfour, Eve and Jenna Jameson to name a few. Kat, originating from LA, apparently already knows most of these people have already previously done work for them.

Kat Von D proved to be a huge talent and “Miami Ink” let her go. TLC is now enjoying the ratings boom “L.A. Ink” has given them and the show returns for Season 3 sometime this summer. Once Kat left, the ratings for “Miami Ink” took a dive and ultimately TLC canceled it (it’s currently airing random episodes from the final season).

If you're not into tattoo's the show also follows the lives of all the tattooist that work with Kat and each episode has some sort of "theme" to it whether it be Kat considering getting a breast augmentation or dealing with Corey's family life. It’s a good mix of drama and documentary-like show.

This set contains all 13 episodes from Season 1.


"L.A. Ink" is packaged in a slimline cardboard outer case that houses another cardboard case that holds each of the 3 discs in small pockets. Not a big fan of these as they can give the DVD scratches over time the more you pull them out (mine were pristine however).

One-On-One with the Cast of L.A. Ink:
- Kim
- Hannah
- Pixie
- Corey
- - Each feature runs a little bit more than 3 minutes and has each cast member giving a little background how they got into the business and why they enjoy tattooing.

Also included are 4 different rub-on tattoos that are featured on Kat Von D's body. Not like I would ever use them...


The show is presented in widescreen; however it’s put inside of the typical 4:3 image so it looks as if the widescreen image is floating in the middle of your TV screen. Much like with the audio, the picture quality is better then what was aired on standard broadcast.

Genius has included a standard English Dolby Digital 2.0 track. While some may scoff that it’s not 5.1, considering the show is simply dialog, there is no reason for a 5.1 mix. The track is very effective in doing exactly what it should be doing - providing excellent dialog that surpasses the broadcast version. A small note... for whatever reason, the theme song “Dancing With Myself” by Nouvelle Vague has been removed from the Season 1 DVD set. Season 2 of “L.A. Ink” also removed the theme song so it may be a rights issue.


It's hard not to like Kat and her crew; and the show surprisingly enough does have a high re-watchability factor going for it. With picture and audio quality better than the broadcast version it makes this DVD set an easy pickup for fans. If you've never seen an episode before, tune in to TLC as they often air repeats almost daily.