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Their broken engagement was as painfully documented as it was committed to her skin, but Kat Von D is finally ridding herself off her ill-advised tattoo of Jesse James’ face.
And there must be something genuinely cathartic about watching the West Coast Choppers’ boss, who she says cheated on her with 19 women, being zapped by a laser… if only on her arm.
She had vowed to keep the inking despite ending her engagement to Sandra Bullock’s former husband, insisting that it still meant something to her.
But thankfully Kat tweeted on Friday: ‘AND SO IT BEGINS! First round of tattoo removal well underway! :)’
Since splitting from Jesse, 43, in 2011 after discovering he was cheating on her just like he did to Bullock, 48, Kat has since dated and split from DJ Deadmau5.
Kat wrote on Twitter at the time: ‘Man, I sure was wrong.
‘But at least he made it a no-brainer to break that off. #lessonlearned. / Now, we can get all of the ‘I told you so’s’ outta the way … And move on.
She added: ‘Clarification: Deadmau5 and I are no longer together.’
Von D was so sure that she would be keeping the tattoo for eternity that she allowed herself to be filmed for her now cancelled show L.A. Ink, while having it done.
‘Years down the road when we’re all old and wrinkly we’ll be able to look at that tattoo and remember that time I surprised him,’ she gleefully told the camera.
Tellingly, in what is surely a foreshadowing of the days to come, James seemed taken aback by the gesture initially and utters ‘you’re crazy’ when his fiancee reveals the sketch on her left side.
The Austin-dwelling biker, who regained sole custody of his seven-year-old daughter Sunny by former girlfriend Janine Lindemulder last year, was seen awkwardly holding his Kat’s hand while her staff member Nikko Hurtado recreated the picture of him as a fifth grade child.
The father-of-three even took exception to the inclusion of a rainbow motif that featured on his childhood shirt, saying: ‘You could’ve left off the rainbow.’
He also squirmed as Von D and her team looked eagerly at him for a response and said: ‘I feel like I’m in court.’
Von D told him she had to include the rainbow as James emailed the picture to her with the title: ‘Rainbow dork,’ but he repeatedly called her ‘crazy.’
Kat admitted at the time: ‘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.’