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Friday August 23, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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By SHARMILA NAIR
I HAVE always liked Kat Von D, even when she was the annoying female tattoo artist in the hit reality TV series, Miami Ink. Despite her moody behaviour, her artistic talents were undeniable as she designed intricate tattoos on that show, specialising in black and grey portraits as well as intricate calligraphy. She knows how to put her clients at ease and had a good rapport with most of her colleagues, even after she moved on to star in her own reality TV series, L.A. Ink.
At least judging from what we could see on television, Kat seems like a nice, hardworking girl with little to no luck in the love department (she did infamously dat e Sandra Bullock’s cheating ex-husband Jesse James and is now in an on-and-off relationship with Deadmau5).
But who knew that she is also a b estselling author on top of being one of the most sought after tattoo artists in Hollywood? I didn’t.
Flipping through the book, one first notices the awesome artwork on each page – there seriously isn’t one page that is not decorated in some way – and they are really amazing. Then, when you finally get to the
story, you will realise that Kat actually has some serious – but relatable to ordinary people – issues to talk about.
Here we learn that Kat has always wanted to sing in public but had never found the courage to tell anyone about it ... until now.
“I wanted to sing out loud, and in front of anybody and everybody. And it wasn’t because I was bred or because I had something to prove, but because something inside me demanded that of me. I hate to
blame it on ‘universal calling’, but I struggle to find any other way to describe it. Wanting to sing was like the urge I felt in my early teens to pick up a tattoo machine – there wasn’t a hint of intent behind the doing. The doing just was.”
Okay, so she wants to sing and has decided that the best way to get to it was to write about the process of making her dream come true. Of course, that’s the way to do it (note: sarcasm). Obviously the people who
just get up and do it have totally missed cashing in on writing about their journey to achieving any of their dreams.
For those who have read many selfhelp books which advise you to carpe diem, believe in yourself and live and let live ... Go Big Or Go Home has nothing new to offer, unfortunately.
Kat tells her readers what they most probably already know except that unlike most writers, she accompanies her advice with lots of creative artwork – which makes the book a lot easier to read than other motivational books out there. (There were times when I just flipped through the pages admiring
the artw ork, not paying attention to the words right next to them.)
Oh, and to classify this as a motivational book is not completely accurate, but it’s not incorrect either. What she hopes to tell through this book is that it is high time to take the bull by its horns, jump off a cliff
(with a parachute that works, of course), sing out of tune in a bar full of people and basically live life. But you already know that, right?
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