TLC has announced LA Ink's third season will premiere on Thursday, July 9 at 10PM ET/PT

The Miami Ink spin-off's third season will continue to follow Kat Von D as she operates her High Voltage Tattoo shop in her hometown of Hollywood while also balancing several business opportunities -- including a makeup line with Sephora.

The 18 new episodes will also feature Von D as she focuses on expanding her product line as well as penning a follow-up to her current best-selling book "High Voltage Tattoo." 

In addition, Von D continues to date former Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx and has also hired former Rock of Love with Bret Michaels second-season suitor Aubrey Fisher to work as High Voltage Tattoo's new shop manager.

"Audiences are in for a wild ride with the new season of LA Ink," said TLC programming executive Nancy Daniels.  "We are breathing new life into a series and brand we really believe in. Kat is a great talent and this new season really taps into Kat's role as both an artist and burgeoning business woman."

LA Ink premiered on TLC in January 2007 and is produced by Original Media, with Gil Lopez serving as executive producer.