Collection Eric Krabbenbosch

The comics of Eric Krabbenbosch are related to both his personal history of heroin use, and the general history - and present - of drug use in Amsterdam. Eric started using cannabis and LSD in the 1960s, inspired by the cultural revolution that was going on at the time. He used LSD a lot, but gradually became so paranoid that everyday life became quite a task. Going to the bakery on the corner was already a problem for him and he was constantly struggling with the left-over effects of LSD. In 1972, when heroin was introduced on the Dutch market, he tried some of that through a couple of friends. Immediately, he enjoyed heroin’s strong, calming and numbing intoxication. The nasty aftereffects of his LSD use temporarily disappeared altogether. Eric experienced a pleasant, warm daze that lasted for hours. This was the start of a long period of heroin use. He made numerous attempts to kick the habit and finally succeeded in doing so in 2010. Eric created comics while he was using as well, but became more productive since 2010. He now regularly produces art for Mainline, a Dutch harm reduction magazine.
Curated by Gemma Blok

Title

Collection Eric Krabbenbosch

Abstract

This item set consists of a collection of comics, that were created from the late seventies onwards by cartoonist Eric Krabbenbosch (Amsterdam, 1953).

Description

The comics of Eric Krabbenbosch are related to both his personal history of heroin use, and the general history - and present - of drug use in Amsterdam. Eric started using cannabis and LSD in the 1960s, inspired by the cultural revolution that was going on at the time. He used LSD a lot, but gradually became so paranoid that everyday life became quite a task. Going to the bakery on the corner was already a problem for him and he was constantly struggling with the left-over effects of LSD.
In 1972, when heroin was introduced on the Dutch market, he tried some of that through a couple of friends. Immediately, he enjoyed heroin’s strong, calming and numbing intoxication. The nasty aftereffects of his LSD use temporarily disappeared altogether. Eric experienced a pleasant, warm daze that lasted for hours.
This was the start of a long period of heroin use. He made numerous attempts to kick the habit and finally succeeded in doing so in 2010. Eric created comics while he was using as well, but became more productive since 2010. He now regularly produces art for Mainline, a Dutch harm reduction magazine.

Creator

Gemma Blok

Temporal Coverage

1972-present

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