The FLARE Questionnaire: Kat Von D

The outspoken tattoo artist and makeup enthusiast spouts off on love, death and cats

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Kat Von D

FLARE met up with Kat Von D at the recent Sephora fall preview in Toronto, where editors got to check out her upcoming Studded Kiss Lipstick collection. Look out for the 30 shades—both classic (fire engine red) and gutsy (iridescent lilac neon, matte lavender, shimmery navy)—on shelves in late July. With tongue-firmly-in-cheek, Von D gamely sat down to answer our FLARE Questionnaire:

How would you describe your default mood? “Despondent and hopeful.”

What is the one food you absolutely refuse to eat? “Mushrooms. It’s the texture, man. It’s just like swallowing a slug. I can’t.”

How would you fritter away a lazy Sunday? “I don’t know what it’s like to have the time to do that. But I think the perfect lazy Sunday would involve no telephone, and a piano. I’ve played classical music since I was 5 years old.”

Who do you most admire and why? “Beethoven. I think he’s the true meaning of what heroes are made of—going against the grain, and being ahead of his time. He was able to tap into his creative abilities, despite not being able to actually hear music. When you listen to the Fifth Symphony, there’s a certain magic behind it. Since Beethoven, there has never been anybody who has come close to that. Yeah, he’s the first punk-rock musician, in my opinion.”

What quality or talent do you envy in others? “People who are hopeful in love.”

If you had to change jobs tomorrow, what would you do? “Possibly kill myself. I love what I do too much.”

Salty or sweet? “Salty.”

Cat or dog? “Cat. Duh!”

What part of your day do you dread the most? “Going through airport security.”

What is your biggest fashion regret? “None! I don’t regret anything, even the bad stuff. You know how people put up embarrassing pictures of friends? All of mine would be like, I was the coolest kid! I had a Mohawk when I was 14, and I did not give a f—k! Kind of like how I am today.”

What book have you read more than once? “Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth. The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz. Every Poe book. The Bible. I’m a bookworm.”

What do you consider the most sacred in life? “Love. True love. True, noble love.”