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Jesse James and Kat Von D just started hitting it, but the LA Ink star appreciates what a treasure she has from the start and says she thinks he's "The One."

Seriously.

"Jesse is only my ninth boyfriend. I don't hang out with anybody unless I am in love," Kat said at the opening of her Wonderland gallery in W. Hollywood.

Asked if she thinks the motorcycle mogul, who accompanied Von D to the gallery opening, is "The One" for her, she answered, "I believe he is, so yeah."

As for how and when she first knew her feelings for Jesse James were so strong, she said, "Was it when we were playing Scrabble? I don't remember."

"But it was something like that – we both realized how nerdy we were."

Although James recently finalized his split from Sandra Bullock after he admitted to cheating on her, Von D says the drama didn't cause her to hesitate.

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Jesse James and Kat von D are an item and not afraid to show it.

No idea why they would be afraid to show it, since he and ex Sandra Bullock have both moved on and the public can think what it wants, but still. They don't!

The pair were spotted hand-in-hand Sunday in Fredericksburg, Tex., near where James and his three kids from previous marriages just moved (Austin).

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Jesse James and Kat Von D: Think they make a cute couple?

It marked the first PDA shot of the tattooed Jesse James and Kat Von D, who raised eyebrows with during their weekend trip to Las Vegas on August 15.

L.A. Ink star Kat confirmed the relationship via Twitter a week later, writing "Yes, Jesse and I are dating" - then deleted the post. But alas, word got out.

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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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Rumors of Jesse James and Kat Von D dating have caused a stir this week, but the woman he recently scorned by cheating apparently just wants the best for him.

What a mature, non-scandalous response.

While not addressing the Von D situation directly, Sandra Bullock has only words of welcome as her ex-husband and family plan a move to her adopted hometown.

"I support Jesse in his move to Austin," the Academy Award winner tells People. "We have both moved on with our lives and only want the best for each other."

"Anything else that is said on my behalf is inaccurate."

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None of this crap is true, in other words.

While Sandra and Jesse aren't getting back together, she's also not "betrayed" or "humiliated" by his current actions. Really, both just want to move on privately.

For Bullock, moving on includes finalizing her adoption of 8-month-old son Louis Bardot on August 13 surrounded by friends and her sister Gesine in New Orleans.

"She is so in love with her child," says a source.

As for motorcycle CEO James, he too is starting to move on in the wake of the bombshell cheating scandal that led to his June divorce from Bullock.

Says a source close to Jesse:

"I think he's starting to grasp reality a bit more, and that it's going to take a lot longer and a lot more than he thought to bring things back to what they were."

Tattooed friends with benefits can't hurt.

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Kat Von D Tweeted too soon. She and the Vanilla Gorilla have been outed.

Following days of rumors regarding her relationship with Jesse James, the tattoo artiste contradicted her own rep and confirmed they are more than friends.

After posting on Twitter earlier today, "Yes, Jesse and I are dating," the LA Ink star took down the message shortly after - but not until the message got out.

Therein lies the genius of Twitter. Kat's declaration quickly spread and was re-Tweeted by more than 100 people, then screen-capped by at least one (below).

Why even take it down at that point?

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Her rep said she and the motorcycle mogul are just friends and their cozy date night in Vegas over the weekend wasn't the start of a new relationship.

But clearly Jesse James and Kat Von D are not platonic.

"Jesse and Kat drove to Las Vegas together in Jesse's car. It was just the two of them and they slept in the same room," says a People source. "They have been friends for years, but this is the first time they are both single."

As far as how Jesse's ex, Sandra Bullock, feels about this?

Despite the inevitable barrage of stories about how J-squared BETRAYED her and how HEARTBROKEN she is, we're guessing at this point, she couldn't care less.

After all, he was nailing Michelle McGee and others while they were married. Why would him dating Kat after they're divorced be shocking or upsetting?

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Jesse James and Kat Von D are totally just friends. As in friends with benefits. Well, unless he kisses all his friends passionately, which we suppose is possible.

In Las Vegas Sunday, the motorcycle mogul checked out "BODIES: The Exhibition" at the Luxor Hotel & Casino with his tattoo artist / L.A. Ink star companion.

The twosome were "holding hands the whole time" during their visit, an eyewitness says, but that wasn't all. We're talking straight up mauling going on here.

According to an observer, Jesse James and Kat Von D "shared a passionate kiss" in the "circulatory room" of the exhibit. Guess we can't say "get a room" ...

Says the witness: James "stood behind her and was hugging her from behind." Ooh, better watch out, Kat. That's how it all starts, right Michelle McGee?

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Jesse James. Kat Von D. It was bound to happen.

Kat Von D (real name Katherine von Drachenberg) evidently had a great time. Before exiting, she signed the guest book, writing, "Completely mind-blowing!"

Imagine what she had to say about the Vanilla Gorilla after!

Despite this and other reported sightings of the affectionate pair in Vegas and West Hollywood, Von D's rep insists "They're just friends - that's all."

James' five-year marriage to Sandra Bullock famously imploded after his affair with Michelle "Bombshell" McGee, a tattooed stripper, came to light.

Back in May, Kat came out and defended McGee and other tattooed women, saying "You can't judge a book by its cover" and positing that "there has always been a negative stigma surrounding tattoos, especially on women."

Mistresses who help guys cheat on popular movie stars, then cash in on the story for their 15 minutes tend to carry a certain stigma too, of course.

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Jesse James and Kat Von D's night out in Las Vegas over the weekend wasn't the start of a new romance, her rep says ... though sources say otherwise.

"They did have dinner, but are just friends," says the rep, adding that the LA Ink star and ex of Sandra Bullock, both TLC show stars, met "a while ago."

"They've always remained good friends," says her rep, noting that despite affection showed during the night, "There is no romance there with Jesse."

"It was just good friends catching up. She's [held] hands with friends before."

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No word if they got his-and-hers tats in Vegas.

Here's the thing, though. Multiple sources close to the pair say Jesse James and Kat Von D were seen getting all touchy-feely at the Mandalay Bay hotel.

They had a romantic dinner at N9ne Steakhouse at The Palms, but moved on and stayed at another very high end Vegas hotel that night, TMZ reports.

Kat Von D's people are playing the "just friends" card, but insiders say "friends with benefits" is more like it. So the rep isn't necessarily lying here.

It's not the start of a new relationship ... just straight up mauling each other on occasion by peeps who are primarily friends and not looking for more.

Hey, whatever works.

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Is Jesse James already moving on ... with Kat Von D?

The motorcycle mogul, whose divorce from Sandra Bullock was finalized in June, was seen having dinner with fellow tattoo enthusiast and LA Ink star Kat Von D.

She's definitely his type ... well, at least the same type as the women he cheated on Sandra Bullock with. She's like a better looking, less insane Michelle McGee.

Settling into a table at Palms Casino Resort's N9NE in Vegas Saturday, the duo didn't bother spreading out in the booth, but got cozy sitting next to each other.

Wonder how Sandra and his kids feel about this ...

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Are Kat Von D and Jesse James an item? We can see it ...

The two shared the restaurant's signature rock shrimp and classic Caesar salad. They also both enjoyed the filet with a side of asparagus, and drank Fiji water.

People magazine not only unearthed those incredible culinary details, but reports that toward the end of the meal, the tattooed duo were seen holding hands!

Sounds like more than a friendly dinner to us, right?

Kat, who even defended James and his mistress this spring, continued holding hands with him as they left and headed to a black Mercedes James was driving.

Watch out, Kat. He's on three ex-wives and at least that many mistresses at last count. That doesn't necessarily mean he'll cheat on you too ... but he so will.

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Sandra Bullock and Jesse James were photographed together Monday for the first time since their marriage imploded, but don't expect a romantic reunion.

We think.

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The two were seen walking together outside James' West Coast Choppers shop in Long Beach, Calif., after the actress appeared at the Teen Choice Awards.

Bullock and James, who finalized their divorce in June, are on speaking terms again as James is preparing to move his family near her Austin, Tex. home.

His kids are close to Bullock, and "Jesse would not relocate his family [Chandler, 15, Jesse Jr., and Sunny, 6] without consulting with her," an insider said.

Sandra and Jesse in happier times. Long gone times.

The motorbike mogul has been pining for Sandra to give him a second chance after he ruined everything by railing Michelle "Bombshell" McGee and others.

Don't bank on that, though. Not only is their divorce final, but the baby boy they adopted this winter, Louis Bardot, is now solely Sandra's responsibility.

Sources close to her have said she wants desperately to be part of the children's lives going forward, but not his. In other words ... it's seriously over.

The Oscar winner went into hiding before legally ending things with her cheating husband earlier several months ago after nearly five years of marriage.

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He's wanted her back since the beginning. He's following her to Texas "for the kids." But Jesse James has no chance of winning over Sandra Bullock.

A source close to the motorcycle mogul says that despite the fact that Jesse is moving, and that Bullock did not try to dissuade him, it's over. Done.

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"The only reason Sandy gave the green light to Jesse's move to Austin is because she wants to maintain a relationship with his children," the source said.

Bullock, who celebrated her 45th birthday yesterday, "loves those children but she has absolutely no intention of getting back together with Jesse, ever."

"She wanted the divorce done quickly, so she could move on with her life."

NO, IT'S REALLY OVER: Sorry, Jesse James.

The move to Texas comes on the heels of Jesse's recently court victory against his other ex-wife, Janine Lindemulder, with whom he has a daughter, Sunny.

Bullock has been instrumental in raising Sunny since marrying James in 2005, and would like to continue being a part of the little girl's life ... but not his.

Jesse was caught cheating with Michelle "Bombshell" McGee back in March, at which point several other tattooed women revealed their affairs with him.

Sandra's primary focus now is on being a full-time mom to adopted son Louis, and having an active role in her step-children's lives - for all their sakes.

"Sandy is civil to Jesse for the sake of the children, that's it," the source said. "If there were no children, Sandy would have nothing to do with him, period."

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