Chris Rini is a visual artist who uses mixed martial arts as a thematic element to explore human nature and its quest for validation or redemption through violence. He is a regular columnist for Vox Media's bloodyelbow.com illustrating "MMA Squared," MMA's first editorial cartoon. Previously he wrote and illustrated a historical MMA column for VICE Media's Fightland along with frequent collaborator Josh Rosenblatt. A graduate of both FIT and Hunter College, his artwork has been featured in galleries in New York City and Chicago. In his spare time he builds terrariums and plays guitar and keyboards in the musical group, The=Equation.