Kat Von D: I'm Jesse James' Type!

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Jesse James and Kat Von D are totally each other's type.

So Kat says, but NOT just because of the tattoos, okay?!

"Just because I have tattoos doesn't mean, 'Oh, you guys are a perfect match,'" the star of TLC's LA Ink, tells the Kevin & Bean radio show on L.A.'s KROQ-FM. "I think that I'm his type on a different level than people would assume."

Kat, 28, and Jesse, 41, are newly involved romantically.

She admitted they were dating in a short-lived Tweet on Wednesday, which followed a weekend getaway in Las Vegas. Their history goes back a lot further, though.

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Jesse James & Kat Von D: It's a (skin) deep connection.

Rumors of Jesse James and Kat Von D dating surfaced earlier this week, but the two are old friends. "I've known Jesse since I was 22, actually. We've always been friends," Kat says. "He had his show on Discovery, that's how we met.

"I was looking for some advice when I first started on Miami Ink."

When it comes to the Jesse James' cheating scandal and the public collapse of his marriage to Sandra Bullock, Kat says she can actually relate to her man's crisis.

Not just 'cause she's a hotter version of Michelle McGee, either.

"We're all human and we're all capable of making mistakes," she says. "If I were to be crucified for my drug addiction three years ago now, it would be hard to live with that. I'm sober now, and it's awesome. But I have made mistakes, too."

"I've got a lot of respect for Jesse and how he handled it."

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