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Krystine Kryttre is an american alternative comics artist, writer, animator, painter, sculptor and performer born in 1958 from San Francisco currently based in Los Angeles.

She's been doing work ever since the early 80s from punk zines in the San Francisco Bay Area before moving out to Los Angeles in 1991. During the mid 80s her work has been published in underground comic anthologies such as Weirdo, Raw, Wimmen's Comix, Tits & Clits Comix, The Narrative Corpse, Comix 2000, Snake Eyes, Art Forum, Buzzard, Twisted Sisters and many more.

In 1990 the group Cat Head Comics published her collection of comics called "Death Warmed Over" and later another collecttion "The #@@! Coloring Book" in 2001.

From making comics in 1985 to 1992, her artistic forcus was shifted to painting in 1994 to 2003 and then taxidermy from 1994 to 2002, alongside that from 2005 to 2010 she worked on a satirical toy line called "Abu & 'Mo" based off the atrocities of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay Prisons.

Krystine is credited as a writer and creative producer for the segment "Anemia & Iodine" (1996) in the nickelodean sketch comedy series KaBlam! season 1 episode "What the Astronauts Drink!" She was also credited as an animator for the movie Freaked (1993).

Krystine has also worked with making cover art/photography for muscians and bands such as Rick Potts, Butt Trumpet and Gargoyles.

In the words of Writer Terri Sutton in Artforum, Krystine's work aimed to criticize the double standards of women and show feminist visions of healthy womanhood. Kryttre, along with artists such as Mary Fleener and Julie Doucet, "play with aggression and victimization not to express rage but better to understand where those urges take them and how to incorporate such feelings amongst all the prescriptions attached to femininity."

Why her art inspires me

Upon first finding out and looking deeper into Krystine's work, how she expresses and stylizes her art is simply amazing. The exxagerations of how she draws people and animals, the dark and grim topics accompanied with a similar sense of humour and the genuinly interesting exploration of topics like feminity like in her story "Bimbos from hell" published in Weirdo's 22th issues detailing her relationship with fellow comic artist Dori Seda is very fascinating. Her artwork made me intrigued while also making me question them in a good way, especially with how she handles and touches upon certain subjects.