Kat Von D has come home to Los Angeles to fulfill her dream of opening up her own tattoo shop. The news has spread and celebrities, rising starlets, punk rockers, musicians and tattoo collectors alike are lining up for some of Kat's famous black and grey ink. In a city known for its tattoo culture, LA Ink is sure to stand out -- drawing clients from all over the world and from all walks of life. But with popularity comes headaches, drama and a lot of hard work.Playing by her own rules, Kat lives a fast-paced, rebel lifestyle. Hers is a life of freedom: she sets her own schedule, picks her clients, sleeps late,and parties all night. For her shop to be a success, Kat will need to learn how to balance her lifestyle and her business while managing a colorful staff of renowned artists. LA Ink will offer a rare glimpse into an LA that is seldom seen, through the eyes of a true insider.
Kat's nailed down her dream team, but the shop's not ready when Hannah and Kim arrive to work in LA. Hannah's worried Kim might drop out. Fortunately, Corey agrees to let the entire crew work out of his shop until LA Ink opens.
LA Ink is open for business and Kat Von D and her crew celebrate with a huge rock n roll bash! It's been a struggle getting her dream shop off the ground but it's done and now the whole city will see if Kat has what it takes to run her own business.
While bathing suit shopping with Pixie, Kat learns her recent weight loss has changed more than her waistline. Pixie gives Kat the hard sell on breast implants. But before Kat goes under the knife, she does a test run on the girls at the shop.
Kat's overworked and tired, so Kim suggests that they both do a cleanse. Kat raises the stakes by making a bet to see who can last longer.The loser will get tattooed by Steve O.Nashville's Emerson Drive stops by the shop to celebrate their first #1 song.
Corey contemplates getting a vasectomy, but it's a tougher decision then he thought it would be. Kat surprises Pixie by getting a portrait tattoo of her to show her how much she loves her. In the shop, Hannah tattoos a fighting fish on Raye.
Pixie suddenly falls sick and she can't afford the surgery she desperately needs. Corey turns to art for a new found inspiration and he tattoos a creepy portrait for his friend.
Kat invites her father to visit the shop for the first time and everything seems to go wrong. Kat arrives five hours late for work and things get chaotic.
Kim is sick of being single and is ready to find love. The crew decides to find her a man and Kim finally takes a gamble on love at the Drag Queen Bingo.
Kat Von D's business is booming but her personal life has been suffering as a result. Kat has managed to meet a guy who she vibes with but has some doubts about jumping into a relationship so quickly after her recent divorce.
Hannah's daughter, Holly, drops by L.A. to check out the new shop, but Hannah is stuck working. As she tries to find some time to spend with her daughter, Kat hears the tragic story of the death of - Pantera's guitarist Dimebag Darrell.
Kat decides she wants to take a vacation and meet Orbi on tour, but she can't seem figure out a way to meet him and still take care of the business. Meanwhile, Hannah is forced to choose between her life in L.A. and the life she left behind in Chicago.
Corey quits High Voltage (i.e. "LA Ink") after an encounter with Kat. However, it appartently is short lived when he asks for his job back and Kat has to decide between the friendship and the shop. While at American Electric, Craig's new tattoo artist and Amy aren't getting along.
Kat consults with the rest of the LA Ink team in order to decide whether to allow Corey to come back. Ruthless and Amy continue to disagree at American Electric.
Kat has still not made a decision about Corey's return to the shop and he unsure what to do concerning his clients in Hollywood. His frustration with waiting causes him to start looking at other options.
Kat decides to bring Corey back after listening to the rest of the crew. However, it maybe too late since he may have changed his mind. At American Electric, the tension explodes between Amy and Ruthless and Paulie is almost speechless when a new visitor walks in.
Rooftop starts a prank war with Nikki Sixx and Corey joins American Electric, severing ties with High Voltage.
Corey dishs the dirt in a magazine interview while Kat travels to New York give bad news to her editor of her second book and meet with Sephora.
Kat wakes up to find that a spider has bitten her eye, and the possibility of surgery scares her just as much as not being able to tattoo. Corey calms the tension at American Electric when he agrees to tattoo Amy and Paulie.
Kat auctions off a tattoo for charity, Nikki Sixx interviews Dan on his radio show, and the crew goes to see Dan's band at The House of Blues. Corey walks in to find Aubry getting tattooed, and Amy finds herself between a rock and a hard place.
After noticing that her crew is acting strange, Kat starts digging for information only to find that she may have ruined a great surprise. At American Electric, Ruthless realizes that Amy is covering for Paulie and threatens to tell Craig.
Kat takes a long look at Corey's face on the mural and decides that it's time for a change. After an unexplained absence, Paulie returns to American Electric with a careless attitude and Craig is forced to fire him.
Michael and Rooftop are in charge of the next door event space, while Kat decides on whether to go on tour with Nikki or end their relationship. Tensions hit a head between Ruthless and Amy over an upcoming tattoo convention.
Kat's gallery "Wonderland" opens with a party of surprises, including introducing her new boyfriend to the press. Meanwhile at AE, tensions between Amy and Ruthless explode.
While balancing a long distance relationship with her fiancé, Jesse James, Kat decides to design her own wedding dress with help from the designers of her new clothing line. Later, she heads to NYC for a Sephora photo shoot.
Everyone is stressed out keeping the shop growing and running smoothly. Kat needs to hire more help, but struggles whether to hire another friend as manager. While rocker Dave Navarro wants to memorialize his mom with a pinup portrait.
Hannah tries transforming the crew at the shop into larger than life comic book characters. The new manager, Naheed, tries to bond with the crew while managing the shop at the same time.
Kat and crew rock out when Kat gets a surprise visit from Mötley Crüe musician Nikki Sixx, who wants a portrait of his friend and fellow band member Mick Mars.
Kat takes her brother, sister and a reporter from Latina magazine, to her hometown for a trip down Von D memory lane for a cover story. While phenomenal booty model, Elke the Stallion, asks Corey for a special set of wings.
Corey's long commute each day is cutting into his time with his kids. Kat tattoos "The Game", a rapper who wants to quit music to be a father and Jason gets a portrait of his deceased baby daughter.
The smokers at the shop decide to get help from a hypnotist to kick the habit. While Kat brings to life Don's photo of his wife, Yolanda Perez shares her difficulties being a single mom.
Kim's asked to provide artwork for a shoe manufacturer's new line. Meanwhile, Hannah and Corey meet one of the country's top female rally-car drivers.
Kat's up against a tight deadline on her latest project-a book about her art-and she's still got some important things to get done. Matt Bradley, of Discovery's "Deadliest Catch," steps off his fishing boat and into the shop.
Naheed crosses a line when Kat gives her a heavy metal momma on a black horse with razor teeth on her forearm. Dan, a world-famous architect isn't too sure he wants a tattoo, then isn't certain Hannah's up to doing his very complicated artwork!
Kat signs up for a big project outside the tattoo shop - redecorating her musician boyfriend Nikki Sixx's recording studio, Funny Farm. Kim gives soap actor Kristoff St. John a philosophical to remind him what makes him strong.
Nikki Sixx's work with Covenant House inspires Kat to get involved, but she stresses out when planning a benefit goes down to the wire. Olympic soccer star Natasha Kai stops by the shop to show off the gold. Corey dedicates a tattoo to his son.
Kat puts Naheed in charge of throwing a party for the whole crew to celebrate the 1 yr anniversary of the shop! Kim asks Hannah to tattoo her for the first time. Nick Wheeler from the band the All-American Rejects stops by for a portrait of his puppy dog.
Kat has been gone for months on her book tour and now returns to LA Ink. The shop has gotten more sucessful, even with Hannah and Kim gone.
With her business expanding, Kat is forced to go against her policy and hire some strangers. She brings in a new tattooist named Amy to see how she fits in around the shop.
Kat uses her new cosmetic line to make herself completely tattooless in a racy New York photo shoot promotion. Meanwhile Kat's friend, Nikko stuns everyone with a gory portrait while he guest spots.
Aubry's future at LA Ink is in jeopardy with her crazy antics and when she redecorates Kat's shop.
Aubry has been trying to fit in at the shop but her efforts are causing tension. Kat asks everyone to make her feel welcome and to show it, she sets Aubry up with one of Kat's good friends. While on the date Aubry announces she wants a baby.
In the previous episode, Aubry was thinking about getting a tattoo and now thinks getting it at shop will earn some brownie points. However, Kat is worried that she isn't doing it for the right reason.
The shop marks Kat's two year soberity aniversery with a special surprise, while Kat celebrates the occasion by tattooing her sister Karoline. Aubry plans hitting the stage to perform stand up comedy.
Kat gives Motorhead's Lemmy a tattoo; Hannah and her daughter bond in hopes of figuring out the past; Kat plans a celebration since her brother is coming for a visit.
Kat reaccounts how a doctor's appointment brought the anxiety of possible cancer into her life and Aubry is still trying to fit in but Corey is not buying it.
Kat has decided to have the mural in the back of shop redone and mistakelly announces that the entire shop personal will be on it. Aubry is looking forward to seeing her face as validation of the poor treatment she feels the staff have been showing her.