Adult coloring books have been favorite grown-up pastimes for quite a while, even prior to enjoying arguably their greatest popularity explosion within the last year or so. Most offer a peaceful creative timeout through the addition of brilliant hues to intricate mandala patterns and other soothing images, but sometimes, nothing but raw catharsis will do.
Sometimes you just need to “Calm The F*ck Down”.
That’s exactly the apropos header that Sasha O’Hara chose for her debut compendium of vivid venting, filled with 21 single-sided coloring pages and two additional color test pages. It’s just such soothingly subversive and irreverently acerbic joy adding even more life to gorgeous abstract shapes and charmingly cheery people, animals, and fairies while you remind yourself to “Suck it up, buttercup” and “Dance like no one attractive is watching”.
Look, at some point, you’re bound to cry you don’t laugh. So, if letting loose with a few choice things you probably can’t say on television serves up some serotonin, then you might as well pair “Calm The F*ck Down” with O’Hara’s follow-up adult coloring book, “Chill The F*ck Out”.
For the record, the examples listed above are a few of the tamer selections. These books contain language we certainly don’t consider suitable for children. Definitely not for virgin eyes.