Nikki Sixx & Kat Von D 'Keep Getting Closer'

10/08/2008 at 12:30 PM EDT

Nikki Sixx & Kat Von D 'Keep Getting Closer'
Kat Von D and Nikki Sixx
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Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, who battled a heroin addiction, says his girlfriend of about eight months, L.A. Ink star Kat Von D, keeps him inspired.

"She's so into art," says Sixx. "I learn from her all the time and we just keep getting closer." Surely the five-plus tattoos Von D has inked on the rocker and their mutual no marriage, no kids policy are strong indicators of their common bond.

The couple, who started off as "text buddies," knew they were meant for each other, "when we went to the movies and our hands ran into each other," recalls the rocker, who's song "Tomorrow," with band Sixx: AM, was picked as the anthem for National Recovery Month this past September.

"It was like, whoa! But when I tried to kiss her she karate chopped me. She's a fiery one."

Sixx, who has four children from previous relationships, assured their age difference – he's 49, she's 26 – has never been an issue.

"You're only as old as the girl you're with," he says. "I stole that line from Katherine."

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