9.11.2007

Q&A: Pixie Acia of ‘L.A. Ink’


If Kat Von D was the breakout star of TLC’s tattoo reality show “Miami Ink,” here’s to hoping that Pixie Acia will be the breakout star of “L.A. Ink.” Pixie got our attention with her bifurcated tongue, bikini fashions, and birthday cake tattoos, but it’s her bubbly personality and “shut the front door” catchphrase we love most. We caught up with the “L.A. Ink” shop manager recently and chatted with her about her favorite reality shows, her many body mods, and her one-time appearance on the freaks and geeks episode of “Fear Factor.”

What were you doing before “L.A. Ink?”

I was doing makeup and working at Swingers, which is a diner I absolutely love. Makeup I’ve been pursuing forever, and I was doing that freelance.

Have you stopped doing that now that the show has taken off?
Well I don’t work at Swingers anymore, but I still do makeup. I do Kat’s makeup for all her shoots and I do music videos and stuff like that.

How long does it take to shoot a season of the show?
It takes about three months of shooting in the shop, but between promotional stuff and photo shoots, about four or five months.

You’re a reality TV alumni, correct? Didn’t you win “Fear Factor?”
We didn’t actually win. We won the first day and the second day, and we won $20,000 and a trip to Florida, but we didn’t win the whole thing. It’s funny because I was never an aspiring actress or wanted to be on reality TV, it just kind of happened. It’s fun, but I’m very aware it’s going to be a short-lived thing. I’m just trying to have a really good time while it’s happening.

Did Joe Rogan hit on you?

No. He was actually not very nice to me at all.

Why?
I was really excited, and I think I was talking too much or something. They announced that we had won the trip to Florida and I was jumping up and down and I interrupted him. He told me to shut the fuck up. It’s alright though. He’s a fighter, I get it.

Who’s funnier, Joe Rogan or Carlos Mencia?
I think Joe Rogan’s kind of funny actually. But I appreciate that kind of sense of humor. He’s kind of an asshole.

What was it that first got you into body modification?
I don’t know. I was 14 when I got my first tattoo and by the time I was 17 I had like fifteen or twenty. I got my first piercing the same time I got my first tattoo. I don’t know what it was — I think I’m creative and I always saw tattoos and piercings as a cool way to adorn yourself.

How did you get your first tattoo at age 14?
Hanging out at the wrong shop at the wrong time with the wrong people.

Have you kept track of how many modifications you have?
After a while they all just sort of blend together.

How big are the spacers are in your ears?
They’re an inch and a quarter. I was a body piercer for four years so I’m familiar with all that stuff.

Will you continue to stretch them do you think?
No, I think I’m good where I am now. They’re my favorite modification on my body and I think they’re really beautiful.

The Pixies or Pixy Stix?
Both.

Would you ever pose for Playboy?
I don’t think so — mostly because it’s nude. It’d be really cool and I think I’d like it, but I don’t think so.

Maxim?
Totally.

Do you have any favorite reality shows?
“L.A. Ink!” I don’t watch TV actually. I didn’t have a TV until the show started and then I got cable. Now my friends come over and we laugh at how stupid they edit me.

Do you feel like they make characters out of everyone on the show?
We’re each definitely a character, but I’m just the shop manager so I don’t get as much real airtime. I just kind of pop in and say something here and there. It’s all stuff that I do say — it’s not scripted by any means — but I just think it’s funny that I’ve been in a bikini in the first couple of episodes and I say pretty stupid things. I guess I’m kind of a goofball and don’t realize it. There’s a lot more to me than I like to shake my ass.

Do you feel like they’re making you out to be the shop sexpot?
Maybe, but I don’t care. They do it in a lighthearted, playful way. I know that its TV and its not real so I’m not really worried about how they’re representing me.

Can one be both a yuppie and punk?
Totally! And that’s totally me. I’m getting a manicure/pedicure right now and that’s not very punk rock.

Related posts: Q&A: Kat Von D of ‘Miami Ink’ | A (Not So) Complete History of TV Show Tattoos | Q&A: Jim Lindberg of Pennywise

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40 comments:

  1. Cynthia Andrews says:

    Pixie Rocks!! She has so much personality it just jumps thru the tv screen!

  2. Pretty Lush says:

    Pixie is the most refreshing human on the show. And the best eye candy, to boot.

  3. vanessa says:

    OMG!!!! I LUV PIXIE SHE IZ JUST SO CRAZY AND SEEMS SO FUN! WoW CAN’T WAIT TO MEET HER!!!!

  4. aliwali says:

    pixie is the most rades chic ever i luv her she is so adorabel

  5. jessicaaa. says:

    alicia!! haha. omg i LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE pixie

  6. Irv says:

    I fell in love the 1st minute she hit the screen on L.A. Ink- just her beautiful face and great up beat personality. Then after seeing her body- wow what a bonus!!!!

  7. paul says:

    i think she is so gorgeous!! love the dimples and love the personality all the way from DALLAS TEXAS!! and love the PIT BULL!!

  8. aliwali says:

    i miss laink cause now i dont c pixie
    cant wait till 2nd season nd the dvd

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  10. jc says:

    pixie you are beautifull, I love you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Jemaleddin says:

    The thing about the editing is that it doesn’t seem exploitive or mean. It’s not like American Chopper where you get done with the episode wondering, “why would they give those Neanderthals tools?” Just about every episode of LA Ink leaves me thinking, “What a nice bunch of people! And so talented!” It may not be reality, but it’s not bad.

  12. immi says:

    i luv pixie im flyin ova to la to get my sleeve tattooed in ice-cream and lollipops and cake cuz it makes me happy

  13. Angela North Piegan says:

    Pixie is so awesom she is my role model. i would do almost anything 2 Meet her and be a friend of hers. I always talk about the best show ever.. LA ink OOOH Yah Kat is my role model 2

  14. Angela North Piegan says:

    PIXIE PLZ COME 2 RONAN,MT AND MEET ME….. OOH AND KAT AND LA INK CREW

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  17. jazlyn says:

    Really loved the cupcake tatto, its great. greetings form sweden. /jazlyn

  18. Matt-in-np says:

    Pixie is great she makes the show love seeing her on the show. Your not single are you? lol ne how love ya from Nebraska!

  19. MIMI says:

    pixxxie used to pierce in the town i live in and at the shop i used to work at, before i worked there i would go in everyday just to see her pretty smiling face. everyone in minnesota misses her terribly.

  20. Marilyn says:

    I want to know where I can find picture of Pixie. Her bright and colorful tattoo’s baffle me. I simply want a few really good shots of here tats.

  21. Kat Von D says:

    Yeah, i love working with pixie! Shes so awesome i love her!

  22. mysterious says:

    thats not kat thats my friend she was just messin around lol

  23. Lana says:

    if anyone nos kats address at the shop plz tell me on youtube this is my username
    xxlivesongsxx

  24. pilsener13 says:

    PILSENER13 says:

    PIXIE ES LA PRINCESA MAS LINDA QUE E VISTO EN TODOS LOS PROGRAMAS DE T.V. HASTA EL MOMENTO !!!!! WOW QUE MAMI MAS LINDA ;0)

  25. Courtney says:

    i freakin love Pixie and Kat there so awesome much better than Miami ink which is now lame without kat. High Voltage rulzz :]

  26. estiben says:

    ohhhh oixie its amazing pretty girl i love so much i meet to her , kisses baby….’

  27. pepa says:

    I love you want to be since like I your you adore you are the best are very beautiful

  28. korynn says:

    pixie is my most fav actress in the whole world i wish to look just like her i love la ink also she was great on there i love you PIXIE

  29. estiben says:

    pixie you are a very sensual, beautiful and i like your way of being….’

  30. lozzaaa says:

    i luv u so much actully to much iwant all ur tats and body monifcaticons and kats …………. plz go on http://www.xx-loxxa-xx-babi.piczo.com and then go on all about me then read it all plz

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  32. jonathan says:

    hi pixie you ar the best gril of the world mmmmmmmmmmm
    you meke me thik os having relations ja and a wona go t l ink to make me a tatto bie

  33. Juan Fabian Herrera Amezcua says:

    I love Pixie she is so gorgeous and if there´s any day that the life put us together it will be the happiest day of my life, die to meet herand love her with all the forces of my soul…

  34. Juan Fabian Herrera Amezcua says:

    I love you Pixie, thru the universe…thru the end of time…I deeply love you…GoodBlessEveryStepOfYourWay….

  35. *Dya* says:

    pixie is toooooooooooooooooooo sexy she’s beautiful and funny and sweet…..i love her is a great girl and has great tattoos pwp you pixie:-*

  36. KatieKERRAZE says:

    Pixie’s a huge idol to me. She’s beautiful and successful.
    I’ve always been interested in Make-up and Body Modification Arts.
    I’m looking for apprenticeships atm for piercings. If there is any advise anyone could give please contact me on facebook. Just search Katie Craze, My picture is with a girl and i’m wearing a hat. Any advise will be much appreciated. Thankyou for your time (:

  37. Pattie says:

    Why are you no longer working at LA Ink? I am a fairly new fan of the show, enuff to see the lovely Pixie on a few episodes. The last one I saw was whe the tonsils were removed. Where did you go Pixie!!!???

  38. BOSSHOGG009 says:

    wow……..the only reason i watch the show was to see pixie! u look just like my future wife…lol! anyway i just want to say fate is a sure thing, we all have been throu it’s plans! if fate bring me close to you, i promise to be your greatest hello and hardest good bye:)

  39. Jeanine says:

    I often see Kat signing a book of hers. I want to buy one. What is the link?

  40. larry says:

    I have a question i,m disabled but have some messed up tatoo,s I was wondering if kat or pixie would be willing to help me I can draw really good if you could donate a fully supplyed tatoo out fit or fly me out there or come here to milwaukee to help me i,m really depressed over this crap,please help me call,414-607-3754, please help me or let me know either way….