ChipInHead is the blog of Suzanne Forbes, a queer, disabled, crowdfunded documentary artist.
You can see thousands of my Creative Commons-licensed live drawings here.
I grew up in NYC, lived in the Bay Area for 18 years, and immigrated to Berlin in 2015. I was trained as an artist at the Art Students League, Parsons, The School of Visual Arts and the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.
When I was young I was a courtroom artist for CBS and CNN and a penciller for DC Comics on Star Trek.
In my late 30s, I found my praxis of being a live drawing chronicler of alternative culture in the Bay Area. I began using my drawings to record events like Folsom St Fair, the Edwardian Ball, and queer porn shoots at Kink.
Now I make documentary art of queer culture in Berlin, drawing from live events (or live-streams, the last two years!) like drag shows, fetish balls and Berlin Burlesque Week.
The blog header photo is a detail from a series of portrait photographs taken of me in my home by Mirella Frangella.
If you would like to support my art, please visit my Patreon.
*This blog contains some republished content from my’s blog at a Bay Area website company, where I spent two years as the marketing manager, and some of it is pretty San-Francisco-marketing-y. You have been warned.
Also, if you’re looking for Rachel Ketchum, blonde New York graffiti artist who went to Stuyvesant in 1980, you’ve found her.