Phenomenal Women Series: Spotlighting Kat Tat Jackson

Katrina “Kat Tat” Jackson is a young woman of many talents: tattoo artist, painter, entrepreneur, philanthropist, social media influencer with ​over 1 million followers and VH1 star. Growing up in Chicago, she began to embrace her artistic ability at a very young age. At 16, she took first place at a local art contest and was then flown to Florida to compete with over 3,000 students around the world. Little did she know, Kat’s undeniable and stunning skill would soon lead her to become the f​irst ever African-American woman t​o own a tattoo studio in Los Angeles, otherwise known as “​Enigma Beverly Hills”​ tattoo studio.

Kat Tat is a brand ambassador and has partnered with ​ShoeDazzle,​​Fashion Nova​ and UK’s Pretty Little Thing​ for the launch of her own online summer collections, becoming one of the most successful brand ambassadors for the Shoedazzle brand t​o date!

S​he is also a sponsor for the​ Jenesse Center for Domestic Violence. D​uring the 2019 Super Bowl Week, ​Kat partnered with the N​FL Players Association​ and P​ainting with a Twist​to host an annual “Painting with the Pros” night in Atlanta where she joined 18 active and former NFL Players and spoke to students about the importance of finding purpose and pursuing your dreams.

Before making history in the fields of arts and entertainment, Kat went on to study mathematics at the University of Missouri, where she discovered her love for tattooing. She began tattooing in her dorm room after class, and ultimately decided to leave school to pursue it full time.

Kat’s claim to fame came after being discovered on V​H1’s​ hit series ​“B​lack Ink Crew: Chicago”​​ where she impressed the world by performing a magnificent tattoo on her own thigh. She has since


done tattoos for countless celebrities and athletes such as Super Bowl champions Von Miller and Jamie Collins, and rappers Young MA and King Louie, to name a few.

Her artwork has been displayed on numerous platforms. One of her paintings was recently featured on a billboard in Times Square NYC, and one of her recent back tattoos was the topic of discussion on ESPN’s “H​is and Hers”​,  in addition to having two exhibitions during Art Basel in Miami.

Kat’s creative talents along with her exposure enabled her to move to Los Angeles, where she continues to expand her brand; focusing on her tattoo clients, art shows, and now, clothing line.