Trippy Meets Trap in Distorted's Wild Illustrations

Meet the artist behind Distorted.

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Philadelphia-based visual artist Anhia Santana, better known by her art moniker Distorted, produces the type of work that she describes as "when trippy meets trap." Backed by co-signs from Erykah Badu and Action Bronson, Distorted pulls inspiration from her childhood by studying and drawing cartoon characters from the '90s, including Rugrats, Ren & Stimpy, and others. At the same time, Distorted takes a darker approach when sending a message to her viewers. 

"My art is a reflection of me," Distorted told us. "A lot of my pieces that I have displayed are personal, and I feel like I've put a piece of me inside of all of the pieces I've done thus far. My art delivers self expression; by doing that I'm able to connect with so many people."

Already Distorted has a lot on her plate for 2015. The artist has collaborated with Bombardment on a few styles of limited edition beanies featuring Distorted's trademark eyeball motif and other signature designs. In addition, on Jan. 14, Distorted will exhibit art at The Camel in Richmond, Va. for an exhibition and live painting event called "pART TRAp."


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