A Brief Visual History of Riot Grrrl Zines

Bikini Kill

The four-person band Bikini Kill was started in 1990 by Tobi Vail and Kathleen Hanna who were the force behind the zine of the same name. As with Jigsaw and Girl Germs, articles in Bikini Kill focused on punk rock, politics, feminist issues, and Riot Grrrl, as well as scene reports on local performances and news on bands including Bratmobile, Heavens to Betsy, Fugazi, and Nirvana, among many others. Along with Jigsaw, Girl Germs and Riot Grrrl (the zine), this zine was instrumental in initiating the Riot Grrrl movement.