Musician, photographer and former NUVO employee Krissy Arnold died by suicide
on Friday, May 13.
Below, a collection of memories from coworkers, friends and loved ones, plus a selection of photographs taken by and of Arnold.
We encourage you to contribute to this fundraiser for Krissy's family and leave memories and favorite photos in the comments section below.
Around a decade ago, I attended the Irish Fest at Military Park. I was there for the music, not the vendors. But I spotted this long-haired young person at a booth that displayed beautiful photos — mostly portraits of people — and I lurked until we got a chance to meet. The photos were evocative images of people in New Orleans, just after Katrina, compiled into a book. I immediately invited the photographer to NUVO to discuss taking portraits for us.
Once Krissy came in — she was then going by Kris — I discovered she also built web sites. Coincidentally, we were at that very moment looking for a person with that set of skills. Krissy applied that very day, if I recall, and was quickly hired, and so we spent a couple of raucously wonderful years working together. Somehow Krissy juggled web and IT duties with continuing gorgeous work as a photographer for NUVO.
For whatever reason, I don’t think I ever heard Krissy play in a band, but suffice to say she could pretty much do anything, including changing genders, though by the time Kris was becoming Krissy, she was already living in Texas.
Krissy Arnold loved beer and bonfires and heavy metal music. She was a no-bullshit juggernaut of creativity. She loved ghost towns and abandoned buildings, haunted places where damage and neglect could be revealed as something beautiful. That’s what she did best; she turned the lost into the found.
Scenes from Dude Fest
Shots from two days of Dude Fest, held at the Hoosier Dome. First up, Thursday night, which featured The Dream is Dead, Ice Nine, Phoenix Bodies and Picked Clean; then, Friday night shots featuring Coffinworm, Coliseum and Pygmy Lush.
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— Jim Poyser, former NUVO Managing Editor, current Executive Director of Earth Charter Indiana
Krissy Arnold and I had been friends since my days working for NUVO. She has been a creative superhero to me for the past decade—a fearless artist and musician willing to grab life by the throat. She was a true visionary and pathfinder, paving the way for others with the mindset that it's okay to be yourself, no matter what.
I just thought about Krissy this week and talked to her recently. I went back to admire her stunning photography for Abandoned U.S.A. One of her photos was even featured on Weather.com, which she was very proud of.
I wanted to work with her again somehow and maybe visit and explore San Fran with her someday. She took my favorite photos of Jason Reed Milner and I in an old Model T during our Irene & Reed days, and she once spent the day with us hopping in and out of a train museum just to get a 'vintage' vibe. (We almost got kicked out of the train park!)
Slideshow: Indy 500 in the Pit
Kris Arnold was on-site for the Indy 500 and Snake Pit festivities.
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I remember her wild tales of a trip to the Salton Sea just to get the perfect photo of the decaying former resort. ... Her stories will stick with me forever. If only I could have one ounce of her courage and charisma...
And the camping trips she held every year, inviting all her friends. Those were good times.
But the thing she was most proud of in life were her kids.
Krissy was truly one of my favorite people. I am in utter shock and disbelief and am saddened for her family and friends. The world will be a shade of dull grey now that you are gone, my friend."
— Leslie Benson, former NUVO Music Editor
When my band was on tour a few summers ago, we had played Dallas and stayed at Krissy's house in Garland. Garland is where 'King of the Hill' took place, so that's why we took them. She will be deeply missed
— Kyle Shaw, Boddicker
GenCon 2011 (Slideshow)
Photographer Kris Arnold captures all the glory of GenCon, our favorite annual convention of gamers that overtakes downtown Indy every August.
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I’d pull over
Krissy was out the car, snapping away.
Going on an interview/photo shoot with Krissy Arnold was an adventure in experiencing the world along the way to and from. These photos weren’t in the book, but they enriched the feel ‘of’ the book. Brewpubs became part of an adventure about Indiana, and so our collective mantra became, “Don’t just read the book, go to the sites, feel the landscape along the way, spend time with the brewers and owners when you get there.”
Krissy made life MORE.
We bonded at NUVO, we stayed connected.
Good-speed dear friend—and as with Hamlet, equally conflicted, may angels take you to your rest.
– Rita Kohn wrote True Brew with photographs contributed by Arnold