I have been thinking of this for awhile and finally getting to it: FAN OF THE MONTH. This month is Samantha Preston

When did you become a fan of Kat?

⚡ I first remember discovering who Kat was, and becoming a fan of her, in 2010.

What was your first impression of Kat?

⚡When I first discovered her, my initial impression of Kat was that she was super cool, unique, beautiful, and incredibly talented. She was actually the first person with tattoos that I wasn’t scared of. I also thought it was awesome that she had her own tattoo shop, with the shop managers and artists being mostly female (in the beginning) even though tattooing was seen as a male dominant field (at the time).

What was it about Kat that you liked that got you interested?

⚡ From day one, Kat’s artistic ability absolutely blew my mind, and it still does, even today. I also continue to appreciate how she sees tattooing (and being tattooed) as a form of self expression, and how she considers each individual tattoo as a commemoration of a landmark in time. It’s thanks to her that I became aware of the artistic side of tattooing. As a result, my perspective on this changed completely for the better, and I dropped the pre-existing notion that tattoos came with only negative connotations. If someone would have asked me 10 years ago if I would ever get any tattoos, I would have looked at them like they were crazy, and said, “Definitely not!” Fast forward to now though…I have 6 tattoos, each with specific and profound personal meanings. I have ideas for more, and I can’t wait for my collection to grow again in the future! ❤⚡❤

What do you love about her now?

⚡ There are so many things I love about Kat. So many things…. She honestly has the biggest, purest heart. I love how she genuinely cares about her fans, and considers us her friends. She takes time to interact with us and get to know us, and she remembers specific tweets, photos, and/or prior in-person meetings, when interaction occurs more than once. I also can’t say enough about how much I appreciate how Kat invests 100% of her energy, heart, and soul into everything she does, down to every last detail. She would never just slap her name on a product and call it a day. She’s 100% real — not a single ounce of her is fake and it never will be. Also, I’ve noticed (and very much appreciate) the fact that Kat currently doesn’t, and has never, let fame go to her head. Lastly, I want to express how much I admire the fact that Kat is not afraid to stand up and speak out for what she believes in. Equally as admirable is the fact that she refuses to tolerate, defend, endorse, or participate in anything that goes against her morals.

How would you describe her in 3 words?
⚡ ♠ Genuine
♠️♠️ Compassionate
♠️♠️♠️ Independent-hardworking-empire-building-creative-powerhouse

(That last one IS one word, it’s hyphenated 😉)

Has Kat changed your life in any way? If so, how?

⚡ Kat has changed my life in so many ways, I don’t even know where to start when I think about trying to list, or even articulate, them. Since she first came into my life over 7 years ago, Kat has been a constant source of light, positivity, and strength for me. She has helped me through more situations, and in more ways, than she knows. She has been, and continues to be, there for me in good times, and in difficult ones. Throughout the past 7 years, I’ve also been able interact with and form long lasting friendships with people from all over the world, whom I now consider to be some of the most important people in my life. I have Kat to thank for this, because I don’t know if I would have met any of these amazing people if it wasn’t for our mutual admiration of her. Kat also greatly inspired my dietary transition from a (regretfully ignorant) meat eater, to a vegetarian, to a vegan, and she’s been very supportive of each step I’ve taken. Simultaneously, Kat has played a role in my transition to, and upkeep of, a vegan and cruelty free lifestyle, as well as in my discovery of new career goals. I’ve decided that I ultimately want to work in animal protection, and my long term goal is to work for Mercy For Animals. If there is one person in this world (other than myself) that I want to make proud, and that I want to succeed for in life, it’s Kat. I honestly don’t know where I’d be if it wasn’t for Kat, and I can’t (and don’t want to) imagine what life would be like without her.

Does she inspire you? If so, how?
⚡ Kat inspires the hell outta me, and she’s done so for years. I first made a tweet of this nature back in the beginning, in early 2011, and I want to share an excerpt from it here:
“Kat inspires me in so many ways, and I’d like to share a few. Back in November 2010, I was watching an old episode of “LA Ink” on my computer. I was fascinated by the artistic ability of all of the tattoo artists, especially Kat. I think it’s amazing how Kat can take a portrait (or any image), and translate it so perfectly into a tattoo. When the episode was over, I found that I had the strong urge to draw. So, I got a piece of paper, picked up a pencil, and drew for the first time in years.”

I still remember that night, and how amazing it felt to draw and actually enjoy it. I’m still drawing, all these years later. Now, I actually get excited about each new drawing I do, and often times I will post my drawings, because I’m always wanting to show Kat the progress I’m making as time goes on. She inspires me in many other ways as well; ways that have changed my life, so this is going to overlap a bit with my answer to the previous question. Through her animal activism, and her advocacy for a plant-based and cruelty-free diet and lifestyle, Kat inspired me to start and stay on my (initially) vegetarian, and now vegan, journey. She has ignited a fire in me, and I want to make change. I want to do more in terms of animal activism and advocacy, and I ultimately want to make it my life’s work. Kat also inspires me to live life with a more positive attitude, and to just be a better person, in general.

What is your favourite feature on Kat?

⚡ Kat’s smile is definitely my favourite of her features. Seeing her smile brightens my world, and her happiness gives me life.

What is the most reoccurring thing you see that reminds you of Kat? (ie. cats, makeup, a song, etc.)

⚡ This may sound strange to some, but I always think of Kat whenever it rains. In multiple instances, I’ve seen her post about how much she loves rain and overcast, cloudy, weather. So, whenever I witness it, I always think, “I bet Kat would love this right now.” I personally haven’t always loved the rain. I used to very much dislike it, in fact. However, over the years, I’ve discovered, and grown to appreciate, the beauty of grey clouds and rain. I actually consider it to be my favourite type of weather now. Whenever I have the choice to walk somewhere or to get a ride, and it happens to be raining outside, I will usually choose to walk, because to me, there is something beautiful and special in watching and feeling the rain fall. 💙🌧💙

Have you met Kat? How was it?

⚡ I have met Kat, yes. More than once, in fact. To answer this question, however, I’m going to focus on the very first time our paths crossed in person. I had been waiting and wishing to meet Kat in person for over a year, and on June 21st, 2012, it finally happened. That night was amazing, to say the least. Our first meeting was unforgettable, and I will forever be thankful to Kat for everything that night, but especially for the words she told me, as they have stayed with me still, and have helped me overcome many difficult situations. Here is my favourite photo from that beautiful night…❤❤❤

Have you met her more than once? Which was your favourite time meeting her?
⚡ I’ve met Kat a total of 6 times now. Each time I’ve seen her has been special in its own right, but my favorite time so far was definitely when I saw her in London, England, when Kat Von D Beauty launched there. October 8th, 2016, was such a beautiful day! I still think about it, and I’m going to remember not just that day, but that whole trip, for the rest of my life. ❤🇬🇧❤
What is your favourite Kat von D Beauty product?

⚡ Studded Kiss Lipstick in “Magick”!! 💖 Maybe, in the future, we all might be lucky and it could be reformulated and brought back? Please? 💋

When you first heard Kat sing, what did you think/feel?

⚡ I remember this like it was yesterday, even though it was years ago. It was late at night, and Kat’s friend Kevin had posted a video of what I think was (if I remember correctly) the first time Kat had performed both piano and vocals together, in front of a live audience. Kat was performing a cover of Bronski Beat’s “Smalltown Boy”. From the moment Kat started singing, I lost it. I started crying, almost immediately, and continued to for the entire duration of the video. I already knew that Kat had been classically trained in piano as part of her musical background, but to have that be paired with her deep, dark, raw vocals, I couldn’t get over the beauty of it all. Even to this day, I still can’t believe how beautiful Kat’s voice is. I love every song I’ve ever heard her sing, and I am so incredibly excited and thankful that she has decided to share even more of her beautiful talent with us all, through the upcoming release of her album!!! 🖤🎶🖤

What is your favourite song with Kat thus far?

⚡ “Black Leather” by Prayers 🖤🖤🖤

What song would you like to see her cover?

⚡ “The Scientist” by Coldplay

What is your favourite drawing Kat has done?
⚡ Every piece of art Kat creates is perfection, but I have 2 favourites thus far…
I’m still hopeful that I might be lucky enough to have Kat tattoo the beautiful Strength script from this print on me someday…🖤🖤🖤
Do you have a favourite picture of Kat? If so, why this one?
⚡ It was hard to choose a favourite photo of Kat, because she always looks amazing, but I was able to narrow it down to 2…
For this first photo, I chose a bit of a throwback! This is circa sometime in 2011, and I’ve always loved this photo, because it exudes joy, excitement, and positivity. Also, this pair of sunglasses is actually one of my favorite pairs that Kat owns, because of this very photo! One last thing to note: Back in the day, this was considered one of Kat’s signature expressions, too! It was even her expression in one of the many incredible murals that have been painted by Belin on the outer back walls of the shop! 😃
I chose this second photo for 2 reasons. Not only does Kat look absolutely stunning, but to me, this photo also exudes an immense amount of strength. I actually reposted this photo years ago, and in my caption, I told Kat that she is my main source of strength. I still mean that to this day. ❤❤❤
If you could see Kat in a movie or TV Show what would it be? Would you replace her as a character or add her as a new one?

⚡ I would love to see Kat cast as Vampire Girl in “Plan 9 From Outer Space”, a role originally portrayed by the great Maila “Vampira” Nurmi 🖤🥀🖤

Any art of Kat or inspiration? 
⚡I’m most proud of these 3 pieces. All freehand, from sight, no tracing…🖤
What would you say to Kat if she was right in front of you right now?

⚡ First and foremost, I would give her the biggest hug. Depending on the amount of available time, I have stories I want to tell her, gifts that I want to give her, and specific reasons to thank her. No matter what though, I would make sure to tell her that I love her, so much! 🖤🖤🖤

Anything else you want to say/add?

⚡ I want to say a special thank you to you, Ashley, for conceptualizing and creating this “Fan of the Month” section, and for asking me to be a part of it. It means a lot to me. I hope that you, Kat, and whoever else reads this, enjoy this glimpse of Kat’s impact on my life so far. ❤❤❤

if you can ask Kat 3 questions what would it be?
oo1. Out of all of the animal activism you’ve done so far, is there something specific that you’ve participated in that has been most meaningful to you?
oo2. What song are you most excited about sharing with us from your upcoming album? What’s your favourite lyric from that song?
oo3. What is your favourite childhood memory?

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