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In case you weren’t aware, tattoo artist and TV personality from "LA Ink" Kat Von D has had a spiritual awakening — one that has resulted in her renouncing all paganism and embracing evangelical Christianity.
Recently, she joined Allie Beth Stuckey on "Relatable" to tell the story behind her radical transformation.
While this may surprise many, Von D was “born in a literal third world country” to “missionary Christians,” and yet that time “was one of the most abundant times” in her life, she says.
However, despite being raised “with God in [her] household” and reading "the Bible twice” in her early teens, Von D “ended up straying.”
“I ended up being a pretty wild teenager and leaving home at the age of 14 ... and putting my parents through a literal hell,” she told Allie.
After being sent to what she calls “a lockdown facility” and “boarding school” around age 16, Von D started drinking to cope with the trauma, which she says was “the beginning of [her] addiction.”
By age 21, Von D, who was already starring in "Miami Ink," had become “a full-blown alcoholic” and was “introduced to drugs.”
After years of struggling with addiction, she eventually got clean and started “wanting to fix" herself, which led to the discovery of “New Age stuff.” However, she was “never in a cult,” “never a witch,” and “definitely not a satanist,” despite what the rumors say.
“I was trying to find answers in the wrong places,” she said, and while “transcendental meditation,” seeking an obscure “higher power,” and reciting a “mantra” helped for a while, these practices were “short-lived Band-Aids on a sinking ship.”
Eventually, she threw away all her “self-help” books — everything from witchcraft books to texts on meditation and yoga.
“Breathing techniques,” “spell work,” and “nature worship ... they're just crutches; they're not really my answer,” Von D said. “I just want Jesus.”
To hear how Kat Von D came to renounce paganism in exchange for Jesus, watch the video below.
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