About Me

Karina Pawlak
3 min readNov 24, 2023
Karina 2022. Self Photo by Author.

I am a person who fucked around and found out. I lived wildly. I worked in strip clubs, I worked in rock bars and promoted heavy metal shows, I made art and organized underground art exhibitions, I jello wrestled and I raved. During the whole time I observed my inner goings on like a scientist. I keenly observed others too.

I have a BA degree from the University of Toronto: A major in Philosophy, and a minor in World Religions. I also took courses in Classics, Art History, and Psychology. In addition I read on many subjects including Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Biomedicine, Psychology, and Esotericism.

I was born in Poland. I came to Canada when I was six. I lived in Winnipeg for the first four years. Then we moved to the GTA (The Greater Toronto Area). The “6ix” as Drake calls it.

My parents loved road trips and we drove all over Canada and the U.S. We camped in every province and nearly every state. Camping in Florida in the summer next to a swamp sucks. Don’t do it.

When I was 15 I got kicked out of art school. Mostly for truancy. I didn’t want to sit in class, I wanted at the world. Instead of class I wondered around the city. I yearned to know what the city is like during the night. My parents wouldn’t have it. So I ran away from home. I didn’t have any plans of where to stay, nor did I have any money. I figured it would sort itself out. I ended up sleeping on the floor of a crack house ran by Drag Queens. Occasionally I was asked to hold the crack. It wasn’t the most ideal place for a 15 year old girl, but at least I was safe.

I eventually returned home as I missed sleeping in my own bed and not being asked to leave the room when someone needed to do a trick. I also missed my mom and dad. They were thrilled when I returned. I even came back with all the gold jewelry I took “just in case.”

After that I kept myself glued together by taking Kung Fu and reading. I expressed myself by writing and painting. In my later teens I got a job selling encyclopedias door to door.

I travelled throughout my twenties both work related and recreationally. One of the most memorable trips was to Peru.

In my early 30’s I quit my night life, took up Olympic style weightlifting, and went back to university to finish my degree.



Karina Pawlak

Philosopher. Artist. Powerlifter. Author of Lifting Weights & Growing Organs. https://www.amazon.com/dp/1927023939