07/29/2011 04:05 pm ET Updated Sep 28, 2011

Kat Von D: Why I Got Jesse James' Face Tattooed On My Ribcage

Long before she and Jesse James called off their engagement, Kat von D surprised her bad boy beau with the ultimate grand gesture: a tattoo in his likeness.

"He had a rough childhood, so to see what he's become from there, it's amazing. That's why I wanted the picture of him as a child, to capture that certain innocence," von D (real name: Katherine Drachenberg) said on Thursday's L.A. Ink premiere. "It was good having him beside me while we finished. The tattoo is a way of him recognizing somebody loves him."

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