After the success of Kat Von D’s first book, High Voltage Tattoo, we got the band back together for her second title, The Tattoo Chronicles. This title was based on a year-long diary of Kat’s life and work, as opposed to the first book’s more standard autobiographical angle. For this title I pitched a narrower book format to more closely resemble a diary or ledger. One of the issues was that there was A LOT of copy for the total page count that was specified, so I pushed forward with a three-column layout with Victorian styling in order to make the full pages of text look more intentionally busy, and less cluttered. Luckily this project’s deadline was less severe than the first book, thus allowing me to work more closely with Kat, and to collaborate with her on specific ideas for the book, and incorporate visual collections of Kat’s various curious objects (such as her fantastic albino taxidermy, accordion collection, and tons of amazing illuminated globes.) Kat was also very involved in all the photography for the book, and set up and shot elaborate scenes for each of the chapter openers. The whole experience was a dream project, and I love the result.