Chronic bitchface

26 March 11

Just doing my bit to spread awareness for this common, but little understood condition. Thousands around the world are affected by chronic bitchface, with sufferers having to endure being told to "SMILE" and "cheer up" by well meaning, but irritating strangers. There is no known cure.

(Prints of this are now available!)

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HAHAHA. when i was at school the boys in the upper year called me “the filth” apparently because i always seemed to be giving filthy looks. so awful. i feel your pain and this illustration is hilarious. xo

Olivia replied almost 9 years ago.

It might not be for the “filthy” looks Oliva, sorry to break it to you.

Corrinne replied almost 9 years ago.

Ouch! Brutal for a stranger. I assure you it was, though, since I learned of the name + the reasoning behind it both at the same time when I befriended several of them later on.

Olivia replied almost 9 years ago.

You are a patron saint. I too suffer from Chronic Bitchface and ironically the only time I don’t feel like a rainbow made of kittens is when people tell me to “smile; it might never happen”. ARGH.
xo

Coco replied almost 9 years ago.

this is the best thing EVER.

Kim replied almost 9 years ago.

THANK YOU

I was walking down the street once and a homeless man yelled “SMILE, SHAWTY.”

Zeolite replied almost 9 years ago.

Hahaha I love this. I also suffer from chronic bitchface but I do think it would be rather strange to walk around smiling all the time! Or when I am off in my own thoughts, I always get ’you’re giving me that look again!’ from people that DO know I have an angry face. Sigh.

Michelle replied almost 9 years ago.

This is my life.

Mallory replied almost 9 years ago.

Oh gosh, this, a thousand times this!

hannah kristina replied almost 9 years ago.

I get this all the time, a bus driver said it to me the other day so i took complete pleasure in reeling off everything that was wrong in my life for his perusal.

Danni replied almost 9 years ago.

hahahhahaaaaaaaa i too also suffer from chronic bitchface. :S(but i mean :D)

kristen replied almost 9 years ago.

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Something for the Weekend #5 : Michelle May replied almost 9 years ago.

Hahaha this is my life! I’m (kind of) glad someone else is suffering x

milkteef replied almost 9 years ago.

please tell me that you’re going to be selling this print. it needs to be on my wall at work.

sarah replied almost 9 years ago.

Um, I second this! I would buy a print of this in a HEARTBEAT.

I’m sad to say that I suffer from sort of the opposite, where I’m smiley on the outside and bitchy on the inside. I blame my PT job, which gives me five new reasons a day to weep for humanity. I guess that would be called bitchbrain? Hah. ;)

Kim replied almost 9 years ago.

I want one for my office, too!

Emily replied almost 9 years ago.

PS. I’ve posted it on Tumblr (with the photo linked to this post) just to let you know x

milkteef replied almost 9 years ago.

Thanks for shedding light on a chronic problem. I would also like to note that my for-real bitchface shows up right after someone tells me to cheer up. That always manages to put me in a foul mood.

Kristin replied almost 9 years ago.

Who are those people to tell us what we are supposed to look like, anyway? Besides chronic bitchface, that’s another reason not to smile at them, isn’t it?

Carlotta Stermaria replied almost 9 years ago.

This is perfect! I totally have chronic bitchface too and get the same responses.

Marisa replied almost 9 years ago.

Someone asked me if I was alright on the train the other day which then lead to me thinking I might have a case of bitch face. Although I think if I walked around smiling frantically all the time people would think I was just weird/crazy.

neil replied almost 9 years ago.

hahaha, I love it! Especially because I’ve got same problem

Magda replied almost 9 years ago.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for classifying my disorder. Treatments include smiling like a crack addict or becoming a bitch. I’ve chosen the latter, and the next person who tells me to smile can SHOVE IT WHERE THE SUN DON’T SHINE.

Katie replied almost 9 years ago.

My GCSE Graphics teacher used to say ‘smile Swanwick’ at every time i looked anything less than ecstatic. Down-turning mouths cannot be helped

Hannah replied almost 9 years ago.

:)) I always get the “why are you so sad” line from people, combined with “why are you so smug?”
awesome.

daria replied almost 9 years ago.

oh, this made me smile!

val replied almost 9 years ago.

I know EXACTLY how you feel!! Everyone always comes up to me and asks,“What’s wrong,” or “Smile, life is wonderful.” I just have a serious face! I can’t help it! I’m not going to go walking around grinning from ear to ear just to appease the public…

Jade Sheldon replied almost 9 years ago.

as someone with chronic bitchface, i totally empathize!!

Jennifer replied almost 9 years ago.

hahaha YES! please make this into a print!

kirsteen replied almost 9 years ago.

Ha ha! I HAVE THIS!!!

I particularly hate, “It might never happen!” What a stupid thing to say – what if IT JUST DID?!

Sarah Rooftops replied almost 9 years ago.

Oh goodness! This is the funniest thing I’ve seen since the Sexy Sax Man. I have been a life-long sufferer (or proud recipient) of chronic bitch face. I hate when people tell me, “Smile! Everything is going to be okay!” It makes me want to say, “Mind your own business. How would you like it if I told you your shoes are ugly?”

Crissy replied almost 9 years ago.

Most AWESOME comeback ever!

whit replied almost 9 years ago.

I know the feeling my dear,

xx

Diana replied almost 9 years ago.

Hahahah “it might never happen!”

So good.

Angela Joy replied almost 9 years ago.

love it! especially the little cinderella-esque birdies. i have photographic proof that when i am intently listening to something [actually] interesting i look angry as hell.

Liz replied almost 9 years ago.

Aaah! I got told to smile by a random stranger just a few minutes ago (by some guy trying to sell me a subscription to idontevenwanttoknow)! It made my grumpy face immediately be justified… but this has put my secret smile back on my mind’s face :)

Alice replied almost 9 years ago.

yup… this is definitely me!

Taylor replied almost 9 years ago.

Yes! Thank you! I get this all the time. For some reason most of the men who decide to comment go with “Turn that frown upside down, girl!”. I can’t think of a more annoying thing to say to me about my normal face. One day my bitchface is going to turn into some bitchslappin’.

Maureen replied almost 9 years ago.

this is so mee!!! i love this

Hannah replied almost 9 years ago.

OH MY GOD, a fellow sufferer! We need to publicise this. Maybe we should have coloured ribbon? Or a status game on facebook?

Brigid replied almost 9 years ago.

Oh – fantastic!

Sophie replied almost 9 years ago.

I have the man version of this. I prefer the gender neutral term ‘screwface’: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=screwface

Kurt Vonnegut replied almost 9 years ago.

My friend told me last summer that I have this, apparently her sorority girls call it “Resting Bitchface.” I love seeing everyone who has it here commenting too, feeling some camaraderie!

Justine replied almost 9 years ago.

I feel for ya. Next time I think to tell someone to cheer up, I’ll pause and consider if it’s bitchface first.

Funny though, I usually have the opposite problem. I have flirtface.
My enthusiasm is unbridled and it gets constant, “Oh? You must like me.” attention. NO I WAS JUST BEING MY HAPPY SMILEY SELF.

agh.

Kait replied almost 9 years ago.

this is an AMAZING post. people like to call mine ‘dominican face’ but i will take chronic bitchface too.

pemora replied almost 9 years ago.

Haha this is SO true! I get it all the time from old men in work. Can’t they just understand that I’m happy on the inside and don’t have to be constantly grinny? (Oh and it SO does take more muscles to smile than it does frown. That’s the only explanation for chronic bitchface)

Helen replied almost 9 years ago.

Haha, love it. I have it too, crossed with Chronic ‘Say what now? Face,’ due to one of my eyebrows always raising itself when I’m daydreaming! Thanks for spreading the awareness, perhaps I’ll dedicated my print sale funds to set up charity for it! ;p

sarah replied almost 9 years ago.

wow. i can’t believe how well you have captured my life! i also can’t believe how many others suffer this!! many of my friends call me “death face”. thank you.

Amy replied almost 9 years ago.

Ha! Exactly… but even if I have bitchface, at least I don’t tell strangers how to look (far more rude in my opinion!)

amy w replied almost 9 years ago.

I was just talking about this to someone the other day!! I’m sorry my mouth naturally turns into a bit of a frown!! Although, it does give off a little bit of mystery, I suppose……right? :)

Nicole replied almost 9 years ago.

Ugh, I have a similar debilitating condition, constant sarcastic voice.

Christie replied almost 9 years ago.

ba-ha! brilliant!

Rose replied almost 9 years ago.

This times 9390293!
Amazing illustration, it’s spot on :D

Angelica replied almost 9 years ago.

HA! People tell me it’s the angles of my face that make me look bitchy. GET OVER IT, this is how I look!

Kacia replied almost 9 years ago.

Haha, this is brilliant! And is me too! Ever since I can remember my mom always told me I ALWAYS had to smile otherwise people would think I was angry or upset, years later my sisters still call me Goldie Hawn…
xx

Brigadeiro replied almost 9 years ago.

As a Londoner I find it’s a permanent condition that becomes more aparent every time I leave my home town. Chronic Bitchface is a condition that the public should hear about!

Piggles replied almost 9 years ago.

rofl! good stuff

nature is awesome replied almost 9 years ago.

Oh god I get this all the time at work. My glasses are pretty much that frame style, and people are constantly asking if I’m upset or sad at times when I’m perfectly content – up until they made me feel like I was captain gloom and doom pants by pointing out the fact that I wasn’t smiling.

Penguininafedora replied almost 9 years ago.

So…apparently I’m not the only one! Embarrassing to have!

justme replied almost 9 years ago.

Are you going to sell this one? I have had this my ENTIRE life, I used to live in jamaica and my friends used to call me plastic smile because when they asked for a smile i always shot my best bobby dazzler and it was deemed fake. can’t catch a break!!

Sera replied almost 9 years ago.

I suffer from this as well. I think I would buy a print of this and hang in my apartment just so people can know.

sarah replied almost 9 years ago.

Oh god this condition is the bane of my life. I shall spread the message to help myself.

Natalie replied almost 9 years ago.

oh my god, i love you. and i need this on a t-shirt.

Kitty replied almost 9 years ago.

That’s funny. In college, there was a girl my roommate and I always referred to as Bitchface. I had no idea it was a chronic condition, but it certainly explains why she always had that sour look on her face. :)

Sasha replied almost 9 years ago.

Is there a male version? Because I have it.

greg replied almost 9 years ago.

I don’t think that bitchface discriminates by gender! I would still call it bitchface on dudes ;)

kris atomic replied almost 9 years ago.

Good! Cuz I have dude-bitchface as well.

Scott replied almost 9 years ago.

Story of my life!

Heather replied almost 9 years ago.

I am a man and suffer from this (don’t know what it would be called in a man). I am constantly told that I look perpetually unhappy/grumpy. I really get tired of being told that I am grumpy when in reality I have DONE nothing to warrant it. Believe me, there will be no question when I am actually unhappy.

mike replied almost 9 years ago.

Haha my friend has it – she’s beautiful but people always think she’s grumpy. Strangers have told her “life’s not that bad before” and she’s like, “what’s wrong with my faaaace?? :(:(” Haha. I sent this image to her. :) Good stuff!

Kara replied almost 9 years ago.

Boy can I relate to this! Very comforting. <3.

Johanna replied almost 9 years ago.

omg! i suffer from chronic bitchface!! hahah!!

Lidia replied almost 9 years ago.

yep i definitely have this. i showed this to my bf and he thought it was made for me! haha. great illustration as always kris.

kristine asta replied almost 9 years ago.

ha love this! such good colours. i have this but more verging on incredibly special open mouthed gormless face i guess

colin replied almost 9 years ago.

ps i like brigadeiro’s comment best!

colin replied almost 9 years ago.

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Chronic Bitchface | Miss Wicked replied almost 9 years ago.

I second that sentiment. I need this on a tshirt which I shall give to my sister.
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Jannine replied almost 9 years ago.

I play the piano.
And sing.
At the same time..hard stuff..With more that 3 chords.Sometimes really really hard stuff.
People have been saying to me for the last 25 YEARS-
SMILE:)
aaaaaaaaaaah. YOU try playing the piano.
hard stuff .and singing.
hard stuff.
at the same time.
ITS NOT VERY EASY.Its ummm——hard??
I am paid a fortune to make it look easy.Its not.DOH.Smile when you are listening to it AND GET REAL OUT THERE.

eLIZABETH braggins replied almost 9 years ago.

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BF &#8211; Michael Alan Miller replied almost 9 years ago.

Thanks to your insightful illustration I now know that I am not alone in the world. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I shall wear my bitchface proud and seek out bitchface sisters…perhaps creating a gang or team of bitchfaces and we will wear brightly colored shirts and pigtails in our hair so that our outward appearance conveys what we feel on the inside. Perhaps then people will realize that we are inflicted with an incurable condition.

Seriously though, I’m so glad a friend showed me your site. The lovely people in your illustrations are so wonderful — I want to be friends with everyone one of them.

Smiling on the inside,
~ Beth

Beth replied almost 9 years ago.

[…] http://blog.krisatomic.com/?p=1617. Love this! This is exactly how I used to look/ be. I remember always feeling misunderstood just because I didn’t have the ”ability” to smile naturaly like everyone else. I’m kind of over it but it took a lot of practice (and moving to the other side of the globe). […]

True that | Det fattas tusen yen replied almost 9 years ago.

EXACTLY.

miss moss replied almost 9 years ago.

ME TOO.

Paulina replied almost 9 years ago.

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I have bitchface too &laquo; Feltik replied almost 9 years ago.

I have never related to an illustration so well! Seriously love this, Kris. Love, love! xxxxxxx

Bethany replied almost 9 years ago.

I am a man that suffers from chronic bitchface.

If you ever sell prints of this or tshirts I will SO buy some. :D

Tone replied almost 9 years ago.

This is one of my top pet peeves … or in addition to “cheer up”, and “smile”, the “your look so serious” gets to me too. Maybe it’s the glasses or maybe it’s because I actually listen to people when they talk; when I’m looking serious it’s because I’m engaged not because I’m no fun. Gosh, sorry to vent like this, but this post really brought it out of me I guess. Thanks, I probably needed that =)

Holly replied almost 9 years ago.

You are awesome, chronic bitchface and all! I love this. You really should put this on t-shirts. I have a few gals that I could buy them for. I am the well meaning, but irritating stranger. But! in my defense I never actually say anything, I just keep it inside and wonder to myself.

bink &amp; boo replied almost 9 years ago.

OMG thank you for this! I’m always being told to smile, “what’s wrong?” etc.. I have resorted to just saying “I’m tired” – much easier than explaining the chronic bitchface (which, btw, I’m definitely going to start calling it!) :)

Miss Amy replied almost 9 years ago.

i’m glad to know i’m not the only one! but you probably couldn’t tell by looking at my face…

Julia replied almost 9 years ago.

Lovely and stunning, love this!

Konstkonstant replied almost 9 years ago.

i know how it goes. i talk quite a bit and when i want to be quieter and just enjoy the day, everyone LOSES THEIR MINDS and people have gotten me cake before over it? what? c’mon.

Lizzie replied almost 9 years ago.

I would totally talk less if it meant people would buy me cake!

ssha replied almost 9 years ago.

I always get, “Omg what’s wrong??” “Bad night?” Nope, jusssst my face. Thanks.

jess replied almost 9 years ago.

this sums up pretty much every facial expression i have ever tired to make! some one should put this on a shirt but one for guys too just to warn people that its just our face, not actually grumpy or what ever!

Rkool replied almost 9 years ago.

I have suffered from this too. I have found that the reply, ’one’s mother doesn’t die every day’ makes for an excellent comeback. And it’s not a lie either – simply a truthful statement but it makes peeps think about what they’ve just said to you. Hopefully they’ll think twice before doing it again.

archie replied almost 9 years ago.

This is basically my ENTIRE life in one illustration. Thank you!

Rebecca replied almost 9 years ago.

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Weekend Wrap Up | Lady Writer replied almost 9 years ago.

My ex-wife and ex-mother-in-law have chronic bitchface. I think that it is hereditary. Neither of them is a bitch. However, each can best be described as a four letter word for bitch.

Jim replied almost 9 years ago.

I see that this is a universal facial expression mainly common to the female species. Like so many that have commented on this post, I have this same condition but now mine is called a “wrinkled old bitch-face”.

Melanie replied almost 9 years ago.

This is me….I have had so many strangers ask me what is wrong when all is well!!! lol this is brilliant!!

Christine replied almost 9 years ago.

Thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU.

Just last week a customer (I work at a bank) chose to visit another teller’s window, saying “You NEVER smile anyhow.” Just because I’m not grinning like an idiot 24/7 does NOT mean I’m unhappy or a genuinely nice person!

Emily replied almost 9 years ago.

Move to Russia, this kind of thing is normal here. Seriously, if you are smiling to strangers on the streets, people will just think you’re silly.

Xenoblast replied almost 9 years ago.

I’m actually originally from Russia! Very true! x

kris atomic replied almost 9 years ago.

In Soviet Russia, the Bitchface outnumbers you!!!!

HeyHeather replied over 6 years ago.

LOL!

Sofia replied almost 9 years ago.

haha
so realted to my life

marjai replied almost 9 years ago.

My cookery teacher in secondary school used to call me “smiler” because she refused to believe I wasn’t constantly wandering round miserable. She wouldn’t be content unless I pulled an expression which would usually only be reserved for posed photographs and the point you discover you won the lottery.

dan replied almost 9 years ago.

very clever!

I feel the same… and I always get the “why so serious?” joke.

My theory is the ones who carry fake happy faces are the real bitch ones…

Fabi replied almost 9 years ago.

I love this post! Sometimes, I feel the same way. I am too busy observing and listening that I have to make sure I don’t give “thinking” scowls, so I push myself to smile! Great stuff .

L.J. Acker replied almost 9 years ago.

I love your illustration! I’ve been told I have a “bitch face” when Im in deep thought. Now they call it my “PTA Face” because Im usually working on Parent Teacher Association Volunteer Work when I get the “look”.

Shel replied almost 9 years ago.

[…] uh oh. I think I have this. […]

uh oh. | thisredheaddd replied almost 9 years ago.

amazeballs :) i love your illustrations, kris!

Kate replied almost 9 years ago.

Ahh finally this condition has been recognised!
After years of being told to smile by strangers in work I am glad awareness is now being raised. You should start a support group.

Peach replied almost 9 years ago.

I hate when people say smile! It makes me want to roll my eyes way way back in my head!

Polly replied almost 9 years ago.

ZOMG this is totally me too! I get “What are you mad about?” It’s been a slow process correcting this awful condition. :)

Trude replied almost 9 years ago.

Wow, I cannot express how relieved I am to find out that “BitchFace” is a condition that someone other than myself has. How irritating is it when you feel perfectly content to then have a complete stranger tell you to “smile, it can’t be that bad” or tell you that you look pissed off. How rude is that?!? I was content before, but now I’m justified in wearing my “BitchFace”….thank you very much!

I need this in tote form, t-shirt form, notepad form, and art form stat!

Thanks!

kasey replied almost 9 years ago.

This is totally me. Back then, this girl used to ask me all the time, “What’s wrong?” every single time I hung out with her. “Yea, I guess something is wrong! Since you keep insisting!” I wanted to tell her. But seriously, all I think about is lala land and people think I’m pissed or sad. Glad some people understand.

Kylie replied almost 9 years ago.

and here is the actual medical symptom: Tardive dyskinesia

sparky replied almost 9 years ago.

omg me too! people think i’m always judging them?? ___

jess replied almost 9 years ago.

This is the story of my life!

Tory Novikova replied almost 9 years ago.

I am always being told to smile as well. ***sigh*** I guess I suffer from this disease as well. Hopefully one day there will be a cure.

Beth (A Mom's Life) replied almost 9 years ago.

you have GOT to sell this as a print. i need it….

Britney replied almost 9 years ago.

Hear here!

Kristi replied almost 9 years ago.

I understand your pain!! My walking face, my thinking face, my bored face, and my paying attention face….. they all look like I am super pissed at the world. So often I am asked “are you alright?” and the answer is YES! It’s just my face!

Sam replied almost 9 years ago.

Love love love this, especially the contrast of “how I feel” and “how I look.” So Cinderella-esque in that first panel!

Melanie Richards replied almost 9 years ago.

Haha, I am soo with this, I feel like this is how people perceive me !

In agreement replied almost 9 years ago.

It’s not you. There are just angry people with associative disorders who run around calling everyone mad when they’re in a bad mood.

Zareste replied almost 9 years ago.

SO FUNNY! I have a terrible case of bitchface too – my hubby just dubbed me “Frowns A Lot” even though I am a total goofball/happy gal.

Kirsten @ Triple Max Tons replied almost 9 years ago.

LOL stumbled on this and love it…so true.

Frances replied almost 9 years ago.

ha ha, but it terrible. automatically get lumped in with the unhappy with something group, even if you’re thinking of rainbows and puppies at the moment! :_)

NaughtyMobi replied almost 9 years ago.

I know that I have this…
You know that even my husband, up to this day, Oh and I hate this with a passion..
(say’s to me) What, What, what did I do now? I’m sitting there quiet as a bug, its that
I just so happen to look at him.. and with my look, he thinks I’m mad or something……
OOOOOhhhhhhhhhh……… Yea , now i’m mad……let me look at you some more.. LOL

Janie Baby replied almost 9 years ago.

Hahaha – do I ever have an acute case of the “bitchface”!!! I was walking in downtown Vancouver, BC at 1:30AM on a Sunday night, dressed in baggy sweatpants, a fisherman’s sweater, and sneakers – combined with my super-short, partially shaved head, resembling a short, stocky, little boy – and STILL some dude walking by told me to “Smile, gorgeous”!!!…??? So I can TOTALLY relate…

Thalia replied almost 9 years ago.

Classic!

Gracie replied almost 9 years ago.

wow, i actually say that phrase to people when they catch me with this face!
thanks for illustrating this moment!

sosays_she replied almost 9 years ago.

When I saw this, i immediately thought “She was drawing me”.
Yes, I am one of the thousands unfortunate “bitchface”.
Le sign.

Serene replied almost 9 years ago.

PLEASE make this in print form, please.

I get this ALL. THE. TIME.

A. replied almost 9 years ago.

Actually it’s called an RBF.. “resting bitch face”.. i’m working on the copyright on that.. anyways.. I’m glad people are talking about this :)

Gordon replied almost 9 years ago.

As a fellow Chronic Bitchface sufferer, I appreciate you acknowledging this syndrome. Cheers.

Britt replied almost 9 years ago.

haha love this! i know the feeling : )

Evie replied almost 9 years ago.

I too suffer from Chronic Bitchfaceitis. Thanks for making me feel not so alone.

(also I’m giggling at the post, brilliant!)

Best,

Anna

Anna replied almost 9 years ago.

When complete strangers tell me to “cheer up it might never happen” I like to tell them I’ve just been bereaved and watch them try to back down desperately. I’m aware I may actually be evil…

Lemlems replied almost 9 years ago.

Do one for guys… please.

Kevin replied almost 9 years ago.

Oh my God, that’s so true! :O
Can I publish this illustration on my Facebook wall? I’ll share the link of this post, not the picture’s URL.

BTW, your style is really admirable! This is one of the blogs I usually visit to get inspired ^^

Hannah replied almost 9 years ago.

OMG! I get that remark all the time. Its my thinking, going to school, bored, etc face. Yet I’m always happy on the inside D:

LT replied almost 9 years ago.

THANK YOU! Now to print the poster and paste it around town.

Tara replied almost 9 years ago.

Hahaha, this completely made my day. Good to know I’m not alone.

Stephanie replied almost 9 years ago.

Hilarious – I now know that you can see right into my heart !! Made my day this did!
Wicked
A xx

Anya adores replied almost 9 years ago.

[…] “Living with Chronic Bitchface” […]

This one made my day, I feel exactly the same way.

fajas colombianas replied almost 9 years ago.

I just tell people this.

McGehee replied almost 9 years ago.

Thank you for creating something so relevant to my life.

Nichole replied almost 9 years ago.

Thank you so much for this! I get “you should smile more” all the time. Ugh.

Megan replied almost 9 years ago.

[…] Personal pet peeve: when a stranger on the street tells me to cheer up and “smile!” because I’m not walking around town with a s**t-eating grin on my face. Usually I actually do scowl and don’t respond, or if I’m in a truly bad mood, I’ll retort that only looney bin escapees walk around smiling to themselves and at leering strangers. But going forward, I am going to calmly explain that I suffer from CBF and then they will feel bad for having insulted someone with a condition that they cannot help. Ha! [Kris Atomic] […]

[…] Personal pet peeve: when a stranger on the street tells me to cheer up and “smile!” because I’m not walking around town with a s**t-eating grin on my face. Usually I actually do scowl and don’t respond, or if I’m in a truly bad mood, I’ll retort that only looney bin escapees walk around smiling to themselves and at leering strangers. But going forward, I am going to calmly explain that I suffer from CBF and then they will feel bad for having insulted someone with a condition that they cannot help. Ha! [Kris Atomic] […]

“Nothing is wrong; this is my neutral face” could be my personal catch phrase.

Emily replied almost 9 years ago.

Amazing!

Konstkonstant replied almost 9 years ago.

Sweet. I love this :)

Ms Kathleen replied almost 9 years ago.

I too, my whole life,have been told to smile…its called the McGuire frown in my family, most of us got it from my grandaddy….we cant help it, we can be very happy on the inside but because we were born with those tiny corners of our lips/mouth turned a bit downwards, it appears were frowning all the time unless were ecstactically smiling or grinning and everyone assumes were “mad”..“why you so mad??” and im like “huh?? im not mad”…i wish we could all learn to stop judging people and their emotions on their looks and instead just talk to each other and accept each other..my daughter was born with a cleft palate, luckily not also a cleft lip but she would still be just as beautiful and gorgeous had she been! when i think of CBF i think of when someone sees a woman and asks her “when are you due??” only to a moment later, realise theyve made a huge mistake, the woman is not pregnant..? me thinks people should keep their mouth shut , its that old saying that seems to have gone the way of forgotten antiques..“if you dont have something nice to say, dont say nothin’ at all”?

Michelle replied almost 9 years ago.

So hilarious! I love your posts, they’re so great

Jaclyn replied almost 9 years ago.

THIS HAS BEEN MY LIFE CURSE. Seriously. Because of my bitchface, I almost got my ass kicked in junior high. Thank you so much for making this IT SPEAKS TO ME SO

Marie replied almost 9 years ago.

FINALLY!

Also, I think I also have chronic tired-face. “You look tired!” “Wake up!” etc, etc… UGH! I’M AWAKE AND I FEEL EXTRAORDINARY, DAMMIT

KCC replied almost 9 years ago.

[…] this from Lynette who got it from KRISATOMIC. And it made me […]

And this is the reason why i took plastic
Surgery

Jen replied almost 9 years ago.

So recognizable!!!! I hear it all the time!
Beautifully drawn by the way!

Lotje replied almost 9 years ago.

I love bitchface. I think it’s cute. Great illustration btw.

Conor replied almost 9 years ago.

dude. i have indeed said to these mood-interrogators, “that’s just how my face looks.” sorry i’m not beaming whilst compiling the budget reports. of course, if i even hint at a smile, i get “what are you so happy about?” nothing satisfies. bag over head.

Amanda replied almost 9 years ago.

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Lunchtime reading | kerrycooks replied almost 9 years ago.

I absolutely LOVE this!!! I’m glad I’m not alone being “grumpy” or “unhappy” when really I’m just fine & dandy.

Yellow Elm replied almost 9 years ago.

Bitch Face is a plight that not only causes suffering for those who have it, but also for those people’s loved ones as well. Many a times I have misintepreted “bitch face” in a friend as legitimate angst. As a result, I stayed away from that friend for fear of getting punched, which then caused her to misunderstand my fear as anger at her. And the vicoius cycle continues. The only cure for this disease is awareness. And booze. Lots and lots of booze.

dave replied almost 9 years ago.

Could this be a subset of

“Teeth Don’t Show When I Smile So Everybody Thinks I’m Smirking Sarcastically”?

Either way, I’ve got it, you nailed it, and I thank you.

Beware the toothy!

jeff s replied almost 9 years ago.

Thank you! I’ve suffered with this “condition” my whole life! I’ve actually been asked, “Are you unhappy?” It’s terrible! It makes me feel I have to walk around with a ridiculous plastic smile all the time so people won’t think I’m mean.

Adrienne replied almost 9 years ago.

Thanks for this! I suffer from bitchface too.

Tess replied almost 9 years ago.

Hahaha i just saw this and thought it was awsome, my boyfriend tells me i have chronic bitchface, nice eh!

leanna Kersley replied almost 9 years ago.

I was first diagnosed with chronic bitchface back in 2002, by my best friend.

Over the years I have learnt to embrace it, as it offers up great opportunities – such as a free seat next to you at all times on public transport (mmmm, legroom!) drunk girls don’t start on you and drunk men don’t approach you. It makes your specially reserved smiles even more meaningful.

Ladies, embrace your bitchface.

Sophiargh replied almost 9 years ago.

I did say “This is just how my face looks!” to my friend today, but in my case is more of an ‘angry face’ all the time. Still, I completely understand you.

(And, since this is a first comment by me, I have to mention that I have your blog on my feeds and I absolutely love it.)

Simone replied almost 9 years ago.

Ima guy…Chronic Pissedface? I have suffered from this my entire adult life. “No I’m not pissed off…I always look like this” Thanks for shining a light on things.

sh33pdog replied almost 9 years ago.

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Links for 033111. &laquo; Jeff Hamlett replied almost 9 years ago.

I saw this and started cracking up. I’ve gotten to the point where now when people tell me to smile I just come out and tell them I have bitchface. When I was in Navy bootcamp my chief even asked me why I look angry all the time and I had to respond with, “Chief, I just have bitchface, chief.” He and my entire division started cracking up.

Megan replied almost 9 years ago.

My chronic bitchface has also gotten me into some trouble without me knowing it, with my physical well-being threatened. It’s ridiculous! Sorry I’m not baring my teeth 24/7!

Jessie replied almost 9 years ago.

What happens when you suffer from the opposite syndrome? I have been called Smiley by strangers everywhere I go, ever since I can remember. Most of my friends say that they cant remember me not smiling for any extended period of time. Despite this, I can definitely say that my expression is not reflective of my disposition all of the time. I don’t think my permasmile means I am fake but more of a reflex. Maybe it’s because I have expensive teeth (done the whole braces, retainers and implant surgeries thing) and I’m making the most of my investment. Also, people still claim I’m intimidating even with my permasmile.

Hill replied almost 9 years ago.

Oh the perils of having your permasmile misunderstood. I’ve tried to feign bitchface, but to no avail. People don’t think I ever take them seriously (“Oy, what’s so funny missy, you’re askin’ for trouble, you are”) and don’t know when I am crying on the inside because of this inane permasmile – but yes, I have fabulous teeth – fabulous and expensive.

Tian Li replied almost 9 years ago.

breathing a sigh of RELIEF that i am not alone. i swear i will actually turn INTO a bitch if i hear one more person say, “smile!” and i have to retort with, “oh i am on the inside, i am!”

kitchu replied almost 9 years ago.

This illustration is amazing because 1) I now have a name for my “face,” and 2) I am not alone! Someone once told me they’ve seen more personality in a dish rag =/

Mal P replied almost 9 years ago.

I’m so happy that this happens to other people.

Last week, a guy said, SMILE, your smile generates more energy than most galaxies.

Lincoln tAFT replied almost 9 years ago.

so strange, just this morning i was complaining about this!! i’m always told to smile, by people i know, by strangers. i can’t help it if my neutral expression looks like i’m mad!!!

soooo glad to know i’m not the only one…

andrea replied almost 9 years ago.

HILARIOUS! thanks. i’m going to save this.

archie replied almost 9 years ago.

wow this is spot on. i ALWAYS get this same thing. good to know it’s not just me!

Melissa replied almost 9 years ago.

OMG I can relate!

Erika replied almost 9 years ago.

I thought I was mostly alone in this problem, people have told me to smile my whole life!

Katie replied almost 9 years ago.

I have this problem too!!! My boyfriend and I often get in arguments because apparently my face communicates emotions that I am not feeling at all. I’m working on it, but I’m really glad to see other people have this :)

Brooklyn replied almost 9 years ago.

hahah! That has happened to me a few times, and I just try to laugh it off. However, I have to say that when I’m travelling by myself overseas or walking in sketchy areas or taking the subway late at night, having the “bitchface” can be invaluable.

josephine replied almost 9 years ago.

I, too, get the “Smile, life’s not that bad!” comments. Just my thinking face, people. I’m perfectly happy.

Amy replied almost 9 years ago.

OMG happens to me all the time when it’s just my neutral I’m just chilling/waiting/standing here etc… face! Drives me crazy!

Jenny replied almost 9 years ago.

Perfect day to read this. I have been getting so frustrated with a guy at work that keeps stopping by my desk and telling me to smile. Wouldn’t I be creepy if I was sitting in my cubicle just smiling to myself??

Kara replied almost 9 years ago.

OMG this is so me!!! And what’s also even crazier is that my name is Kristina and I go by Kris too! Ever since I was little I remember friends, teachers, mothers, nuns, total strangers telling me “Smile! It’s not that bad, is it?” UGH so annoying! I’m fine people! Really. I think I moved to NYC just so I wouldn’t hear that comment anymore. But no! They do it here too. A couple years ago I read an interview with Garrison Keillor and he said he had the same problem — it was the first time I realized it wasn’t just me! I try looking happy in the mirror but my mouth naturally curves down. So sad but anyway, you made my day.

kristina replied almost 9 years ago.

I can’t tell you how happy I was to see this!!!! (though my face doesn’t show it =| ) I always thought I was alone (well, besides my sisters). People are ALWAYS asking me what’s wrong and if I’m okay and telling me to smile. I’ve always HATED it and it would always spoil my perfectly good mood. I’d be 100% fine until people start asking me if I’m ok….then I actually would be not ok. hahah

Anyway, yeah I LOVE this. thank you thank you. i need to show this to everyone i know.

Ginger replied almost 9 years ago.

Looking through photos where I am caught in the background, I realized I have Scowl Face. Or maybe it’s WTF face. I always look like I think someone is saying something stupid, or that I am telling someone something that I think is stupid.

Kathleen replied almost 9 years ago.

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With chronic bitchface. | definatalie.com replied almost 9 years ago.

OMG this is one of the greatest things I have ever seen. Might have to print it out and keep a copy in my hand bag ready to whip out during those unpleasant encounters.

Shelley replied almost 9 years ago.

Wow this is too funny and so true. Thanks for the laugh :)

Jenny ~ Something Old, Something New replied almost 9 years ago.

I just lost a job over “bitchface”! I am such a happy person inside pretty much 96% of the time… to be told I’m “angry” or “looking at someone like they’re crazy” (well… that might be true)… I said, “THAT’S JUST MY FACE!” ROFLMAO

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Bitchface &laquo; Yow Yow! replied almost 9 years ago.

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Janee Lookerse replied almost 9 years ago.

wow, finally someone has recognized this chronic condition. i know of two people who fit the profile. friday, i actually said to one of them, “do yourself a favor and smile, you are always so negative, your life must really suck, snap out of it, i am sick of walking on eggshells around you, you think you are the only one that has stress in yer life”. the whole office just stared at me. boy did that feel good. i hope i still have a job on monday. :D

eileensideways replied almost 9 years ago.

this is something i have tried to explain to many people! I’m not upset or anything.. i just look that way!

Karen replied almost 9 years ago.

I love this! lol I have this customer at work that I see every week with this problem. At first I just thought she was always angry, but the more I talked to her, the more I realized that it’s just how she looks. She’s such a sweet person!

Valerie replied almost 9 years ago.

This is the funniest thing Ive seen in a really long time, partly because this was exactly how I was!
This is to good not to be seen by everyone I know so I took the fredom and I linked to the cronic bitchface from my blog!

If there will be a print in store, sighn me up for it!

Sanna replied almost 9 years ago.

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photobooth &laquo; and she was replied almost 9 years ago.

[…] The Chronic Bitchface! […]

HILARIOUS! Love the illustration!

MichelleP replied almost 9 years ago.

you HAVE TO make a print of this. or t-shirts.

I will buy it (and more than one because quite a few of my friends suffer from this unfortunate affliction)
and wear the hell out of it. Seriously.

do it for us – your fellow sufferers.

Jing replied almost 9 years ago.

[…] I don’t think my boyfriend even recognized me. Oops. I also suffer from what Kristina calls chronic bitch face as well as disordered facial expressions. My smirks look like duck lips and any normal face makes […]

photobooth &laquo; and she was replied almost 9 years ago.

Thank you! It’s nice to know I am not the only one with “chronic bitchface.”
Working in a bar, customers would always ask me, “What’s wrong? Life isn’t that bad. Why don’t you smile?”
Sick of this, I tried smiling more and heard, “Why are you so happy? What’s with the smile?”

What the hey!?!

Cora replied almost 9 years ago.

I’m always saying, “….I AM smiling!”

Debra replied almost 9 years ago.

OMG, this is what I have to endure everyday. People telling me to cheer up when I am in fact not feeling down at all!

hiphopless replied almost 9 years ago.

hahahaha!!! lovely…finally, someone who UNDERSTANDS :-)

heela@lovelyretrohouse replied almost 9 years ago.

Just made a Facebook group based on this post. :) Join if you are living with this condition. Perhaps we could spread awareness about this.

Ubah replied almost 9 years ago.

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Pattern Pulp - Friday Quick Links! replied almost 9 years ago.

so true!! i get that a lot…whats a girl to do??? haha

Anastasia replied almost 9 years ago.

I get this ALL THE TIME. Nooo, I’m not sad, grumpy or upset. I’m THINKING.
So, thank you! xo

Gabriella replied almost 9 years ago.

Me, I’m living with chronic bitchvoice, obviously. To me, it always sounds cheerful and polite and nice – but I come off as angry and bitchy and offensive. Jeez, it’s a real pain in the a. … Meaning: Oh yes, I can totally relate to the problem.

Lilly replied almost 9 years ago.

I have chronic bitch voice too!

Ardi replied almost 9 years ago.

This happens to me all the time! Usually by really loud, rude, obnoxious people that don’t realize that they’re the reason I’m not smiling. Getting in my face and asking me why I’m not happy will only make it worse. Ug.

Bethany replied almost 9 years ago.

As one who lives with and is married to a chronic bitchface let me say this: it’s not funny and it’s not ok. Primates communicate largely through facial expressions. When you scowl at someone it’s ludicrous to think that we should somehow see through the scowl to the deep inner happiness. To all you bitchfaces: turn that damn scowl upside down so the rest of us know what you’re thinking. Stop making strangers cringe and babies cry with your bitch face. It’s not ok. Get it together.

Den replied almost 9 years ago.

But Den, that’s the whole point! We’re not scowling, we’re just going about our business with our default face!
You did make me laugh though :D

kris atomic replied almost 9 years ago.

Den: maybe you need to learn not to be so affected by what you judge others are doing.
And who says everyone s/b happy all the time… guess that is the American dream but wtf.

Melissa replied almost 9 years ago.

OMG this is so my life. thank you, thank you, thank you. i need this on a tote bag so i can just show it to people when they ask why i look mad.

Esther replied almost 9 years ago.

Tote bags are coming soon ;)
Kris x

kris atomic replied almost 9 years ago.

It should be noted that Chronic Bitchface disproportionately affects females. Increased rates of CB in women are not based on genetic differences in facial muscle composition as many have assumed. Societal expectations are to blame—Have you EVER in your whole life seen one dude tell another dude to smile? Nope. Why? Men aren’t require to bubble over with positive emotion just to keep other people feeling comfortable!

This is an emoticon with a great big smile just so no one thinks my comment is too grumpy or whatever: ;-)

Melissa replied almost 9 years ago.

[…] browse through dozens of blog posts every day, and last week this hilarious gem from Krisatomic took the cake. I have so been there, Kristina. Sufferers of chronic bitchface […]

This is my blonde cartoon twin. Literally, a friend FORWARDED this post to me. Please turn this into a “how to live with CB” blog.

And…I want the tote bag as well…or maybe a medical ID bracelet?

Jill replied almost 9 years ago.

I would recognize that face anywhere! Love, Mom

Wendy replied almost 9 years ago.

My father always told me that if I didn’t smile my face would freeze that way. Turns out he was right. People ask me, “Are you mad?” I answer, “No. Why, do I look mad?” They tell me, “Yup.”

Katie replied almost 9 years ago.

Wow! This is me!

Will you be making this into a print for sale? It belongs on my desk.

MiaB replied almost 9 years ago.

when i think i ALWAYS look angry, so when i’m at work every weekend at least 2 people say SMILE! what’s wrong! and i fake a smile. SO ANNOYING

kirstrea replied almost 9 years ago.

if another person ever says to me “you know it takes more muscles to frown than to smile” I will leap across the table, and wring your scrawny chicken neck with my bare hands until you scream uncle!
Try me! just try me! This is the way I am, so DO NOT TELL ME TO SMILE.

Laura replied almost 9 years ago.

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Nice to know im not the only one!!!

Shruthi Gowda replied almost 9 years ago.

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Shoulder Chips &laquo; jules in mapland replied almost 9 years ago.

[…] come to think of it, this portrait reminds me a lot of Kris Atomic‘s blog post about Chronic Bitchface. In my head, I was not making this face when I posed, however this is what the reality is. I do […]

Self Portrait #1 &laquo; zero zine replied almost 9 years ago.

Hilarious! And so true!! May I repost this? Giving you proper credit of course? Thanks for sharing!

Stacey @ Here's to Life replied almost 9 years ago.

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Happy Face: Made Me Laugh replied almost 9 years ago.

Oh my god, I get this all the time. So many of my friends have told me that before we became friends, they thought I was a total bitch. MY FACE JUST FALLS THAT WAY OKAY

Hannah replied almost 9 years ago.

This may be the men version of this: “why are you angry?” and I say “I’m not angry” and they say “But why are you always so angry” and I say “I’m NOT angry” and this goes on until I do really get angry.

Not Just Girls replied almost 9 years ago.

This is the story of my life. I can’t overcome it, so I will embrace it, and wear this comic on a shirt to alert people to the condition. :)

chloe replied almost 9 years ago.

Keanu Reeves and Kristen Stewart are strong sufferers of chronic bitch face.

Sophie replied almost 9 years ago.

Yes!!!!!!!!!! If anybody tells me to cheer up, or smile again I might have to shove a copy of this in their face.

Sakara replied almost 9 years ago.

I am not alone! :D

My neutral to mildly happy face apparently looks pissed off. People are always asking me “whats wrong?” and “cheer up!” and it just makes me feel bad. I don’t want to look unhappy!

Minion replied almost 9 years ago.

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oh my just found your blog- I suffer from this very affliction! glad to know i am not alone. fab blog, beautiful illustrations.

brighton peach replied almost 9 years ago.

I love this. I am also a sufferer of this condition. x

Ani replied almost 9 years ago.

Hahaha oh god, I can’t tell you how man people have asked me if I’m alright or told me to cheer up when I’m actually really happy. Definitely appreciate this.

Kayla replied almost 9 years ago.

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Bitchface | The Nouveau Shanty replied almost 9 years ago.

Smiling lets other people know your happy and helps them become happy. A smile is a gift ;)

Sollai replied almost 9 years ago.

this is my life story, seriously.
So sick of people giving me the ‘’cheer up’’ line .. saying BUT I AM, I JUST LOOK LIKE THIS doesn’t really help matters ha
xx

Kiran replied almost 9 years ago.

Hey! I too have chronic bitchface! I’m feeling pretty good on the inside, but then my husband will ask why I threw him a dirty look? Whaaaa? I was just thinking! Sometimes I try the face smile thing while strolling in public, I feel like a moron, but people stop asking what could be so bad!

DeeAnna replied almost 9 years ago.

Was just in Seattle for work and someone told me I dropped my smile. Unfortunately, I fell for it—thinking I dropped my metro card. So annoying!!!
The French can be moody, why cant I?

Melissa replied almost 9 years ago.

Hahaha!! Glad to know that another Kristina has “chronic bitchface”! I asked why this bothers men, and got the response that they’re scared when a woman is not smiling…cool, huh?

kristina replied almost 9 years ago.

Most excellent! One day I went to work in a particularly good mood; and someone asked me why I was so angry.

I’m joining the FB group… :D

Jennifer replied almost 9 years ago.

I absolutely adore this illustration – it’s a cracker x makes me laugh every time

sheryl @ nevertheless replied almost 9 years ago.

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Breaking news &laquo; μυστικά replied almost 9 years ago.

That is so funny! :D Me too, I have that-my own mom was the first to point this out to me years ago.

Mia replied almost 9 years ago.

so cute! One of my best friends suffers from this and I am constantly being told by random stangers “your friend is giving me evils!” She never ever ever ever is but it does help to fend off unwanted attention!

caroline hancox replied almost 9 years ago.

oh my God! this is just how i feel!! I have a chronic bitch face too!!

Vera replied almost 9 years ago.

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curiositykate replied almost 9 years ago.

I guess I have kind of the manly version of this ; (

Gobadin replied almost 9 years ago.

This is hilarious! I didn’t know there was a name for this!

Christi replied almost 9 years ago.

I hate being told to smile! I, too, am smiling on the inside!

Kim replied almost 9 years ago.

Maybe it’s not “the face” so much as a look. Faces are not the problem. Looks can be confusing. Faces are beautiful.

elizabeth replied almost 9 years ago.

Truth is, these jerks that demand we hold the corners of our mouths at a specified angle really don’t care about whether we look happy, they just want to run their mouths. I’ve even been at the library, deep into a book, when another patron made a special trip across the room to comment on my non-smile. Why would anyone sport a daffy grin throughout an entire book? What if the book was something like ‘How to Live with Terminal Cancer’? I usually either respond in a foreign language, use hand signals ie American Sign Language, or make some ludicrous comment like "my six illegitimate children just burned down the house with all the support payments in it.

Laura replied almost 9 years ago.

Wow you’re so cool denying guys in quirky ways.

ShaunPonzi replied almost 9 years ago.

If he wasnt so annoying she wouldnt have to…

Lisa replied over 8 years ago.

Ha! This is hilarious. I have a related issue – chronic snobby bitchy face. I don’t think I am above it all, I swear! I’m really nice!

YGirl replied almost 9 years ago.

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Icelandic Chronic Bitchface &laquo; the Gbox replied almost 9 years ago.

I’m with Laura on this one. People who tell you to “cheer up” based on how you look are inconsiderate and judgmental. They have no idea what an individual might be dealing with. Perhaps the “bitch” has friends or relatives in Japan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, or any number of places being ravaged by humans at this time. Sadness – and even anger – is an appropriate response to such things. Rather than demand people behave in a way that makes YOU more comfortable, how about reaching out a concerned hand, or even minding your own business?

Alkhemist replied almost 9 years ago.

I have to try hard to smile when greeted by others so they don’t ask me the “what’s wrong?” question. But what kills me is when they catch me at my computer, reading/thinking/whatever, and they ask me that, why? Because I’m just sitting there minding my own business, doing a solitary activity, I should have a smile on my face? I would never ask a person what’s wrong because maybe there is something wrong and they don’t want to talk about it. Very rude to do that.

Kathy replied almost 9 years ago.

Maybe you’re just ugly.

Do mirrors and children’s happiness break around you? If so, your repulsive mug might have been misdiagnosed as bitch face.

Pensive replied almost 9 years ago.

it is super rude and please ignore the douchebag that commented you above!
kris x

kris atomic replied almost 9 years ago.

Kris — Don’t worry, I ignored it. It actually made me laugh. An attitude like his is surely taking years off his life :)

Kathy replied almost 9 years ago.

We call it Resting Bitch Face, or RBF, in my circle of friends… 2 of my good friends have it.. RBF ruins lives. :P

Loni replied almost 9 years ago.

No, your mistaking someone who doesn’t smile with “I wear thick rimed glasses appear intellectual and feel better than everyone else.”

It’s one thing to have strangers tell you to smile… but I find it weird when girls with “chronic bitch face” make fucking eye contact and just glare. I don’t care if you don’t like to smile, but if you don’t want to look like you take yourself too seriously, at least give me a smirk. Otherwise I just have to stare back at your stupid thick rimed glasses and break the tension with a comment like “cheer up”…

ShaunPonzi replied almost 9 years ago.

I think you’re taking this a little too seriously yourself!

kris atomic replied almost 9 years ago.

Probably, but I’m not going to stand idly by as another “too cool” hipster justifies the attitudes of a bunch of girls who walk around with a scowl and wonder why someone in a genuine good mood makes conversation.

Tip: if you live with the chronic disease of bitch face yet are still in a good mood, maybe you should be more understanding.

Liked the drawing though. :)

ShaunPonzi replied almost 9 years ago.

I was just going to post this:

but then you had to go and be nice right at the end! cheers :)

kris atomic replied almost 9 years ago.

some of us just look angry when we arent. And after the 500th person its difficult to be understanding.

D replied almost 9 years ago.

Ha ha – I love these! I get the annoying “smile” comment all the time. Glad to see I’m not alone.

Laura replied almost 9 years ago.

We must consider ourselves fortunate not to have permanently welded on smiles like a recently super-popularised media-professor-presenter. Faces must be allowed to relax too…

Pod replied almost 9 years ago.

My god, this is made of truth. People are always telling me to smile when I’m already quite cheerful. It makes me pissy… lol

Lex replied almost 9 years ago.

I have something very similar! When I’m deep in thought or super focused on something, my eyebrows involuntarily smoosh themselves together and I squint a little bit, which always gets me “What’s wrong??? You look so angry!” Really, I’m not!

Isha replied almost 9 years ago.

Maybe loosen the hair?

Jimsy replied almost 9 years ago.

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Chronic Bitchface prints! &laquo; KRISATOMIC replied almost 9 years ago.

I think I need this to hang over my desk. And when people complain, I point to it. Perfect!

verhext replied almost 9 years ago.

hehehe, this is brilliant, I totally understand!

Niamh replied almost 9 years ago.

I have gotten this my whole life “JUST SMILE ITS NOT SO BAD!” I want to punch these people. Its not that bad, but it could be, and you do not know me. Honestly the most ANNOYING statement anyone ever says to me.

D replied almost 9 years ago.

would you consider doing a business card version of this print?

somaria replied almost 9 years ago.

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Prints I love | Quiet Contentment replied almost 9 years ago.

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Sheer Garden | ceriselle.org replied almost 9 years ago.

This is just wonderful! The blood boilingly irritating – ‘cheer up love’ comment!

Katie replied almost 9 years ago.

[…] Countless times men have approached me asking me to smile. Recently, a man told me I was pouting. Mkay. I was actually in a good mood. I just don’t randomly smile to myself when I’m waiting on someone or zoned out. I’m not sure if that was his way of trying to ease himself into a convo with me but it didn’t work. Go away. Thanks, Kris. […]

Chronic bitchface | Miss Lucy&#039;s Blog replied almost 9 years ago.

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getting in the spirit | Other Things replied almost 9 years ago.

For guys I think it should be called the Pissed Stepfather face. I have it. I’m really cheery, but I just look like I’m so mad that people want to give me a kitten and some balloons…

Coffeepillow replied almost 9 years ago.

maby if, when you were younger you did not get a stuck up attitude that causes your face to be all bitchy looking all the time.
aaawww damn now i have the mad face

mike replied almost 9 years ago.

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Have a WILD weekend! &laquo; replied almost 9 years ago.

Ugh – I got one of those, “Smile!” comments the other day. This is my mental complaint letter that I send to all such offenders:

Dear Stranger,

Let’s get this clear. I am in no way required to smile for you. If you think you’re being cute and flirty, you’re not. I now hate you. I was just walking along, minding my own business, enjoying the sunny day – and YOU tried to initiate a conversation with me. I don’t want to talk to you. And when I give you a fake, half-smile and ignore you entirely, you do not need to respond by swearing at me in French. I may not speak French, but I also have not lived under a rock for 27 years. I know that switching to another language is the universal way of cussing someone out.

So, to recap, that “smile” plan of yours failed. I would suggest that you refrain from trying it ever again.

Sincerely,
Chronic Bitch-Face Girl

Tara replied almost 9 years ago.

I think people should try to make you smile, not tell you to change the way your face appears. When men tell me to smile, I just want to kick em in the balls.

fraydecat replied almost 9 years ago.

thank you for addressing this. i, too, suffer from chronic bitch face. :) hurrah!

Katrina replied almost 9 years ago.

FANTASTIC!! LOVE it!

Rachael replied almost 9 years ago.

I strongly identify with this illustration.

jamie replied almost 9 years ago.

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&raquo; rad babe: kristina of kristatomic replied almost 9 years ago.

So glad to know it’s not just me! People are always asking me what’s wrong. I’m also a pretty shy person in general, so I get “Before I talked to you, I thought you were a stuck-up bitch.” or “Before I talked to y0u, I was scared of you.” Hahaha! I’m usually a very happy, non-scary person, so it makes the whole thing that much more hilarious. It does get annoying though, being told “Cheer up! It could be worse!” all the time when you feel perfectly fine.

rebellllll replied almost 9 years ago.

Super beaux tes dessins,bravo! Ja’dore ton souris !;)

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Angela Donava replied over 8 years ago.

See, for me, this works a little differently.

I’m loud, outgoing, charming, and fun—some of the time. I can strike up conversation with anyone that gets in my way and I will dance in any setting. You get the idea. However, there are days where I am the complete opposite and do not want anything to do with anyone. It is hard when I’m the manager of a shoppe and I am forced to be face-to-face. When I am like that, that’s how it goes, and I’m most likely going to drag everyone down with me.

The worst part about that is, is that when I’m in those bloody awful moods, people EXPECT me to be happy. They literally tell me to just drop it or ignore it or do whatever I can do “just be Tessa!” again. It’s horrid. As much as I like having the ability to truly connect with so many people I encounter, my personality acts as a complete burden, because that is something I am nowhere near sustaining for a long period of time. I’d almost rather just be one or the other all the time so I didn’t take on all these expectations, but the contrast is nice, I suppose

Tessa G replied over 8 years ago.

I agree! I hate when people ask what’s wrong and when you tell them that you’re fine, they ask again because they think you are lying. _

Maggie replied over 8 years ago.

I totally know how you feel! I often get people telling me to “Smile!” or asking me what’s wrong. I’m happy! Apparently I just don’t show it!

T replied over 8 years ago.

Just Stumbled on this. I’m happy(though you cannot tell) to see i’m not alone in this socially debilitating condition. I hate being told to smile while doing mundane chores and errands. Am i suppose to smile ear to ear while buying toilet paper or standing in line at the bank?

Poutygirl replied over 8 years ago.

I’ve gotten the “Why are you so grumpy?” and the “What’s worrying you? You looks so angry” … when I was literally thinking of nothing and actually quite happy!

Ahhh well.

Anna replied over 8 years ago.

I don’t have a Chronic Bitchface, I have a Chronic Killface. People comment on how I look like I’m going to cruelly slay the next person that crosses my path.
I don’t do it on purpose, but I sure enjoy it, lol.

Tasha replied over 8 years ago.

At My age! I am so relieved to have discovered I have not been alone with this syndrome & that it is as natural as it has always seemed to be to me when I am in concentration aka Thinking.

Ever since the whole “Have A Nice Day” ad-men-pr propaganda thang came about sometimes being an American Girl is irritating. My favorite once comeback to “WHAT? No Smile Today?” at 9am was “No My Grandmother & Parents died in a fiery crash on the freeway last night while arguing about which way to turn…..”

Another useful pat answer is “Sorry I need an enormous amount of dental work & my teeth really hurt – Could you help me out?”

But I fully realize the sexism involved when a co-band member I had been touring with & was Thinking more was growing between us asked me to set him up with an acquaintance of mine; which, taken off guard, shocked me as she was like Miss Flighty Flirty fast as fast can….
When I asked him Why he replied “Oh I Know she really Really Likes Me because she SMILED at me”

Gotta Thank StyleRookie for this link. It’s wonderful at my ahh ahem uhh ‘advanced age’ to see all the wonderful people that are battling the average hohum lifestyles & that being ‘diffeent’ is still Live & Well.

Gigi Heartmasque replied over 8 years ago.

See, if the other person just asked, “Are you okay/is something wrong?” that would at least be them showing concern. But no, it’s always the assuming smartass with a condescending, “Cheer up! Smile! It could be worse!” when you aren’t even upset in the first place – but the assumption is annoying. What if it really was that bad? Just mind your own business. No comment was required from you about what expression is on my face. :|

Melba replied over 8 years ago.

We call the male version Resting Asshole Face or RAF.

M replied over 8 years ago.

Finally!! A diagnosis!!! And it seems I am not alone!!!

mythicalmagpie replied over 8 years ago.

i don’t feel original saying this… but i am SO GLAD I AM NOT ALONE!
This is my life story…

thank you ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
(smile at you… then reverts back to bitch face)

Anne C replied over 8 years ago.

ps. also, it is worth noting how awesome your hair looks whilst in bitchface mode. Much better than princessey happy face hair. x

lucy replied over 8 years ago.

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ahhhahah! It is so true! Glad to know there are others like me :)

Christa replied over 8 years ago.

Sigh how i try not to have this…but I might as well own it. lol

Viviana replied over 8 years ago.

oh i just love this post. i totally agree & suffer from the same issue…
& am now following your awesome blog. (found you via pugly pixel)

Ana replied over 8 years ago.

EPIC WINNING!

Libby replied over 8 years ago.

Yep, people always think I’m angry or sad when I’m not. wtf…

Rosa replied over 8 years ago.

ahahah I’ve got the same problem :]

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Rosa&amp;Carlotta replied over 8 years ago.

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THIS IS MY LIFE!
Maybe it’s the South East coast?! :D

Shinypigeon replied over 8 years ago.

You understand me!!

Claire replied over 8 years ago.

Love this…I totally suffer from this and can absolutely relate! I wish you had this on a tshirt! :)

Jenn replied over 8 years ago.

I love this! I thought about making a shirt that said “This is my face!”

Cellista replied over 8 years ago.

Ohmygoodness, this just described my entire life.

Cynthia @ The Hippie Housewife replied over 8 years ago.

This is me, even when I was a little kid. Smiling does not come naturally for me, I am more likely to laugh than to smile; if I try to smile it tends to look more like a sneer or the Elvis curled lip thing.

b-girl replied over 8 years ago.

Hahaha! You’ve made this chronic bitch face smile ear to ear! Oh, how I L-O-V-E this! >:)

Megan K. replied over 8 years ago.

[…] Illustration by Kris Atomic. […]

LOL! I didn’t know there were others who’ve had to endure the “are you okay?”, “smile”, “did you get enough sleep last night?”, or my favorite “I bet you’d be a lot prettier if you’d smile”. I remember when I began to ride public transportation that I’d have to concentrate so hard to keep a smile on my face that my jaws hurt by the time I arrived at my destination!

Mary Green replied over 8 years ago.

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Frizz Tease : IDLEGLORY replied over 8 years ago.

OMG! This is so ME!!!. Sometimes living in a crazy city like NYC….I come across to crazy ass people, So I have no other choice but to have a kronic bitch face make them go AWAY!. I use this kinda as protection LOL! my face would have a kronic bitch face! n I would KILL FACE!…So stay away. If i was to smile i would be attacked n I would look stupid smiling in the streets for no reason when I’m alone.

BITCH FACE LOL replied over 8 years ago.

[…] arrogant and like an a-hole a couple times before, or that I have what @krisatomic famously calls “Chronic Bitch Face.” (This is the only reason, I think, why people like my smile so damn much. It’s rare.) […]

the world is flat: i see now everywhere like me… cheers

saru van replied over 8 years ago.

Haha I love the pictures! I could see how being told to “cheer up” would actually make you feel irritated, I’m not sure why people say that!

Brittany replied over 8 years ago.

Many years ago, while working as a Federal Officer in the International passenger arrival area of a major US airport, I was told by an arriving male passenger to SMILE! Now mind you, I was observing a group of passengers as they claimed their checked baggage, assessing which of them to refer for more inspection in the Customs/USDA area. I’m sure that my expression was serious, but it was a serious job. I wasn’t a flight attendant or ever an airline employee, I was a young, slight, female Federal Officer. I promptly asked to see this guy’s Customs Declaration and referred him for more inspection. His behavior was “suspicious” in my eyes. And I wished I had also told him to go up to one of the big burly armed MALE officers and have him tell them to SMILE!

Theresa replied over 8 years ago.

Wow I honestly didn’t think there were so many other people dealing with this annoyance. I always tell people its the way my lips are shaped. But the truth is I’m pretty introverted and often times thinking about many different things at once without a care in the world about how my face looks. It feels so good to know I’m not the only one.

jessica pears replied over 8 years ago.

Wow! I’m really good at that look! And I hate the annoying reminders to Smile. Uck. Love you, Kris Atomic! I would smile for you anyday.

Dana replied over 8 years ago.

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Too true! I’ve always said that I can be singing one of the songs from Mary Poppins in my head, but someone will come up and ask me what’s wrong! Do NOT find it something to laugh about…people judge harshly. Looking for a coat hanger shaped device to shove in my cheeks to simulate a smile at all times!!

donna jane replied over 8 years ago.

I wonder how many men going about their business with serious expressions are regularly asked to “lighten up” or told “I bet you’d be a lot prettier if you’d smile”.

I’m going to put my money on none.

Nineveh replied over 8 years ago.

Oh man, I know exactly how that goes. It’s so annoying! My boyfriend always thinks I’m upset, even when I’m ridiculously happy. Chronic Bitchface sucks!

Kristen P. replied over 8 years ago.

‘Stop asking me if I’m alright because now you’re really pissing me off! I may look Vex but inside I’m bursting with delight!’

I wish I had the courage to say these words but instead produce an anguished smile, quietly seething inside.

London Chica replied over 8 years ago.

HA! I can’t believe there are others out there with this affliction. I swear, I’m happy just as often as everyone else! Yet still people come up to me and ask me why I’m crying, what made me angry, who hurt me, am I mad at them…. ARG! Every time I’m like ‘Yeah, wasn’t angry before, but I sure as hell am now!’

Wow. Seriously, this is fantastic. I think I need to put this on calling cards that say “hey, sorry, but I’m suffering from chronic bitchface! I’m really not about to slap you.” that I can hand out every time someone asks me why I’m so angry all the time.

Liz replied over 8 years ago.

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If this was on a t-shirt I would totally buy it!

Claire replied over 8 years ago.

I’m sorry but if you have chronic bitchface, you are bitchy. You might think you are not, but you are. I have never met anyone who was chronic bitchfaced who was in fact, not bitchy in some way shape or form. When things are going good, smooth, fine, fun, happy, positive adjective here, then you lose chronic bitchface. You have to be stuck in bitchy for a while for it to chronicify. So, get fucked, eat a real meal, quit your job, eat meat or quit it, or whatever but seriously… you’re bitchy for a reason. Fix it.

fred replied over 8 years ago.

Hey Fred, I think you missed the point completely! But thanks for your invaluable input! Kris x

kris atomic replied over 8 years ago.

I think Fred needs a hug…

Olivia replied almost 8 years ago.

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#1100| Chronic Bitchface | jemmawei replied over 8 years ago.

you are so right, i don’t know why i didn’t realize this before! women who are not smiling need to get fucked, eat food (it’s been the anorexia this whole time), get rid of their lousy job with the chauvinistic boss where they should be allowed to wear low cut blouses without being gawked at and anyway they should have been promoted years ago and would have been if they weren’t women (omg men are pigs thank goodness for my cats), eat some beef (there’s that eating disorder making me not smile again), or otherwise take part in one of your helpful suggestions. finally the mystery of women not smiling has been solved – we’re horny, hungry, and unsatisfied with our jobs!

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I’m a bit vice versa! i mean, i feel common but my face is smiling!!!!!!!!!!!

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Flabbyless replied over 8 years ago.

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Melhores da Semana &laquo; replied over 8 years ago.

Yup, yup. Same problem here until I started ‘fake’ smiling. Now everyone thinks I’m fake. I’m so f’d!.

MeToo replied over 8 years ago.

I think this is very funny and I needed to smile so I thank you. Women don’t have the market cornered on bitchface cause I’ve got it but maybe it’s more sadface. My response is “I’m fine” by the way, what’s to be really happy about….outside of life itself. :)

Mark Perry replied almost 8 years ago.

I smoke pot. Can’t help but find everything fun, so I just have a huge grin from ear to ear.

john replied over 8 years ago.

All my life people have told me to smile. Complete strangers walk up to me on the street and tell me to smile! When did commenting on a stranger’s face become OK? Its just rude.

Grace replied over 8 years ago.

I have suffered with CBF for years and there must be another solution rather than adopting a super wide broadway musical smile. Maybe adding in some jazz hands?

Remie Lund replied over 8 years ago.

I think I will scream if even one more stranger rushes up to me and says, “My God! What’s wrong?” For example:

http://iwassaying.net/2008/10/26/game-face-part-two/

Saxo Grammaticus replied over 8 years ago.

I sent this comic to my boss, who has what we refer to as “the mean face”. People have stopped her on the street about it before! “Smile, lady, smile!” It’s become a running joke at work.

Cristy replied over 8 years ago.

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I’m a male, born with bitchface and bloody proud! Cheer up?? How about FUCK OFF!

christopher replied over 8 years ago.

I totally feel the same! Lol!!

jess replied over 8 years ago.

I heard the Doctors are looking for a cure for the “Bitch Face” disease…,

The problems now is that first have to help the Docs get rid of the Disease…, and then they can “Smiles- sly” continue to keep searching for a solution..

ivan replied over 8 years ago.

Holy cat fritters!!!! I get that “are you okay” or “what’s wrong” or “smile” all the time. WTF?!? So now there’s a name for it, “Chronic Bitch Face.” I am so incredibly relieved to be diagnosed and I can tell people it is a disease. Has it been chronicled in any medical journals yet? Can I be cured with plastic surgery …. bwhahahaha!!!!

Thank you Kristina … and all those who replied … for making my day!

Selma replied over 8 years ago.

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I scared someone away today…it was horrible! im a very nice person but my face just looks mean unless im laughing or with friends…meeting people is so hard to begin with. More so when i look like im about to kill someone…

i would hate to see what i look like when i actually AM angry…

Kira Faline replied over 8 years ago.

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On American Men &#8212; Doom and Gloom replied over 8 years ago.

This is hilarious- I think I have this.

Molly replied over 8 years ago.

Love it. So happy my condition has a proper name now.

mj replied over 8 years ago.

[…] I had to laugh so much about this print! [Kris […]

I swear I have this, unless I am actively smiling for a photo. I once told someone who completely ticked my off (when I was perfectly happy up til their entreaties to “Smile! It can’t be that bad!”) that my dog had just been hit by a car.

jackie replied about 8 years ago.

Hahahaha. Perfect. Even the dialogue!!! It’s so appropriate.

Christ Bannigan replied about 8 years ago.

Oh my God, I am so happy I’m not alone! But, I also get told that everything I say is bitchy too and I don’t mean that either. I’ve tried for years to change or just accept myself, but neither has worked.

Dana replied about 8 years ago.

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Ha! Maybe our moms were right…. “If you keep making that face it’ll stay like that!”

Laura S. replied about 8 years ago.

I have lived with this all my life. I have learned to deal with it. I was walking down the street the other day and a homeless guy who seemed to be in good spirits told me to smile… I was like, wow… chronic bitchface happens again!

Quinn replied about 8 years ago.

Good to know there’s a name for this condition. I chalk my visage up to an engineering defect rather than mood when told to smile.

Yellow Rose replied about 8 years ago.

hahaha! I love this. The sad thing is that even in several of my wedding photos—even in wedded bliss—I suffer from bitchface. Has anyone offered a cure?

Anna replied about 8 years ago.

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Holler to my people &laquo; alyssa replied about 8 years ago.

I have chronic confused face. I think it’s because when I pay attention I open my eyes real wide so I either look wildly bewildered or confused. Once went to a counselor to ask about transfer credits and she repeated herself 3 times because I kept nodding and opening my eyes real wide. People always look at me like I fell from the sky.

Mimi replied about 8 years ago.

this is one of the most wonderful things i have seen on the internet in a long time.
so hilarious. so true. beautifully drawn.
so much love to you and to all the women out there (including myself) suffering from chronic bitch face.

Rachel replied about 8 years ago.

AKA “Angry Resting Face” or ARF.

selenology replied about 8 years ago.

I think I’m okay with having bitchface. Kidnappers are least likely to go for someone who looks like they’re going to be trouble. Lemme gain a little more weight and I can travel in relative safety.

Amy replied about 8 years ago.

I had no idea there were so many other people out there! I work at a university so CBF is really hard because even when I’m speaking nicely to people they still think that I’m being a bitch and yell at me… at least CBF isn’t as bad as just being a Chronic Bitch.

Elyse replied about 8 years ago.

Oh I feel like I’ve found the place where I belong!!! When we’re out at a bar or wherever I inevitably have someone say “why aren’t you having fun” “are you ok” or tell my friends “your friend doesn’t seem to be having any fun.”. SO annoying!! I Knox know I suffer from Chronic Bitch Face…and I shall embrace it!

catherine replied about 8 years ago.

You’ve struck a chord here. I’d always thought of it as “Angry Resting Face.” I’m glad to know the true appellation! ;-) Thanks for sticking up for us!

Meadow replied about 8 years ago.

I have this affliction. I try to combat it by being extra friendly, but it’s exhausting.

sierra replied about 8 years ago.

^ FUCKING EXACTLY

Daylight replied over 7 years ago.

SOoooooooooooooo glad to know that there are others out there like myself. I’ve lost out on potential friends, possible job promotions and invitations to social events because of my CBF……I’m REALLY a nice person and once people get past the CBF and get to know the real me, we’re friends for life. Wish I could wave a magic wand and remove my chronic wrinkled forehead and frown lines so that I could show the world to real me. My doctor told me that the frown lines come from concentrating too hard on my work. Nice excuse, but it doesn’t solve the problem.

patricia replied about 8 years ago.

Finally. A place where I am understood! I, too, suffer from chronic bitchface and I don’t even wear glasses! It’s exhausting trying to always remember to keep my face “pleasantly neutral”! Thanks for the great illustration 😉

Cory replied about 8 years ago.

So happy there’s a support group for this condition.

angie bee replied almost 8 years ago.

Thank you for putting a name to this affliction! Everyone I’ve ever been friends with has told me that when we first met they thought I hated them. Sadly, this is when I hate my CBF the most. Alternately, when I’m out in public and I can tell that some creep-o jerk is about to hit on me, I know I can count on my CBF to make them go away. I love/hate my CBF. Thanks for raising awareness – now I just hope those creep-o jerks don’t find out my secret!

xoxo

Lotus replied almost 8 years ago.

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The Kitchen | More Than Toast replied almost 8 years ago.

OMG i knw exactly what ur talking about!i always got guys coming up to me in clubs telling me to smile n i got soooo angry !my friends soon started grabbing guys when they heard what they were saying and warned them to go away because i would rip into them in the end.i try to do a pleasant neutral but too hard work unfortunately my face doesnt want to go that way when im relaxed.at least im not alone thanks guys!!!

Bonita replied almost 8 years ago.

This is why i heart the internet – found you via Pinterest. I hereby nominate you as President of Chronic Bitchface International, so long as I can be Vice-President in Charge of Meeting Drinks, at which it will be understood that no one smiles.

Mrs. Pretty replied almost 8 years ago.

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LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!! I get so sick of being told to “smile”!!!! I also have an 18 year old daughter whom I have had to coach on “puting on a fake smile” to help her get a job!! It is so tiring to have to put effort into a facial expression so people don’t think you’re a bitch!! So glad to know there are others out there with the same dilema!!

Dawn replied almost 8 years ago.

Yes! Lovely illustration :)

AP replied almost 8 years ago.

Oh my days; I’m not alone!!

I have loast count of the amount of times strangers have walked up to me to tell me to smile!!! It’s annoying, because most of the time I’m not in a bad mood, just deep in thought. My colleagues also have a go and make such a big deal about it. Ironically, I just wind up feeling self-conscious and less in a mood to smile!

You call that chocolate? replied almost 8 years ago.

This is funny. Tavi actually has a step-by-step guide to bitchface that I think you’ll enjoy. http://rookiemag.com/2011/10/diy-bitchface/

EBD replied almost 8 years ago.

Kristina I love you

Seriously

oh god

Daylight replied over 7 years ago.

Im a guy who has chronic bitch face as well. People always ask me, “why do I look so serious.” Now there is a diagnosis for it and I have an excuse. Lol.

Danyogurt replied over 7 years ago.

Today I was at the store buying some lunch when someone said to me, “you look so serious!” and I had to smile. I was not serious, only hungry, as I happily purchased some food. I ALWAYS get told that I need to smile or other girls think I’m giving them the “stank” look, when I’m really just walking around or admiring an outfit. SIGH

Kaylynn replied over 7 years ago.

It’s summer I want this print! Open up up the print shop! Please!

Ellen replied over 7 years ago.

Hi Ellen,
It’ll be open on the 11th of June!
kris x

kris atomic replied over 7 years ago.

Hooray! I have found my people! A little corner of the internet where we have something quirky in common…and had someone clever enough to crystallise it in a humorous form.

Thanks for the cartoon, it has made my day.

BF replied over 7 years ago.

I love the diagnosis’ name ;-) I have chronic “sad face” or “unhappy face” with a mouth that turns down at the corners…inherited gene. I want a “catchy” diagnosis name. I’m really a very happy person inside but unless I smile all the time, everyone assumes that I’m very sad or unhappy…any suggestions for a diagnosis?

Sheryl Jensen replied over 7 years ago.

I always redirect people to this, because it’s the most apt way to describe myself! And, yes, I’ve had that exact line, too, and I’ve even had to google its meaning because I’ve no idea! xx

Olivija replied over 7 years ago.

Thanks for this post! I always thought I was the only one with the condition and tried to avoid public places.

T.K. replied over 7 years ago.

That’s absolutely wonderful! I almost laughed at it for 10 minutes ! I just loved it ! Thanks for posting ! Did u drew those sketches or they are image from some where else ?

rahul replied over 7 years ago.

Thank you! The drawing is mine :)
Kris x

kris atomic replied over 7 years ago.

I ain’t an artist , but I feel you use similar kind of colors most of the time ,particularly bright and vibrant color. Any such reason of doing that ?. Is it because of the object you are doing so or you love those colors. But, beauty oozing from colors seems to express its true worth ! No doubt !

rahul replied over 7 years ago.

haha, this has made my day! it also explains a lot…

Lowri replied over 7 years ago.

I’m a gay male with chronic bitchface. Gay bitchface may perhaps be the worst type of bitchface, it’s somehow more transparent. Two unfortunate things about it: first, I’m in theater, which if you have bitchface immediately brands you as difficult, and secondly it’s quite often involuntary, but when it is voluntary is when I really get in trouble because it’s far worse than I imagine it to be. I hope I’ve found a support group here :)

Carlo replied over 7 years ago.

[…] I applaud lifestyle, fashion and other personal bloggers who do it every day. I also suffer from chronic bitchface (see above. I swear I’m really nice! Say hi if you see […]

Where I Work: Jaime Derringer replied over 7 years ago.

I really am a happy person and I like to smile but my relaxed face is straight. People have called me snobby because of my face before. A girl in one of my previous classes who I had only talked to on one or two occasions said she hated me because I thought I was better than her. I DON’T THINK I’M BETTER!! It is hard living with this sometimes because people always misunderstand you

Katie replied over 7 years ago.

Yes! Thank you! I finally have a name for this affliction other than “this is just how my face looks!”

Jes replied over 7 years ago.

THIS IS ME!!!! I usually look like I want to KILL someone if I am not smiling, but that’s just how my face looks naturally! I now have a name for my affliction. :)

Nicole replied over 7 years ago.

Sourpuss.

That is what a random customer called me a work one day.

She came up to me and told me I look like a sourpuss and that If a handsome man came into the store I woudn’t attract him because of the look on my face.

Beeray replied over 7 years ago.

Oh now I know why I have not had a date in the 15 years since my divorce. Thank god my baby was raised staring up at my bitch face while feeling nothing bu love and warmth, so at east she knows the difference. My relaxed face sucks, especially if I am looking down, like at a menu. I can be so excited about eating out and waiter treats me like I just spat on the menu. Alas it is a tough syndrome to live with. I just constantly put on an idiot grin in public now to overcome my disability.

Martha replied over 6 years ago.

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Male, 34, I have chronic bitch face as well. I get comments on my facebook to, smile, lighten up. Thing is I am smiling. I smile in every photo. I am as happy as can be. People are just idiots. Now I give a thumbs up in photos to make happy.

Other people have chronic bitch face too. Alot of people that test ISTP on the briggs and myers test tend to have it as well as INTPs and a few other types.

I like it alot. It keeps unwanted conversations and fights away. “Look at crazy eyes over there. Lets not f with him.” so fun.

Male w/ CBF replied about 7 years ago.

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Oh my!!! There are others out there! My whole life I’ve heard, “Smile! Life’s not that bad!” and many other similar phrases. A perpetual pout is my plight. Thanks for the giggles!

Angela replied about 7 years ago.

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THIS IS ME, omg. I shared this on twitter. I have bitchface, drivingface, programmingface. And it is the worst when people tell me to smile! I am the happiest person ever! I hate looking dour on the outside! So I put on a smile but I can’t imagine it’s natural looking. I think I need smile lessons.

kristen replied about 7 years ago.

oh my gosh, this is how it has been for me since grade school i think. Its just my face people. I always told/tell them that. Uggh but glad im not alone.

Kimberly replied about 7 years ago.

This is awesome!

Me and my friends refer to it as RBF (Resting Bitch Face)

Ash Frog replied about 7 years ago.

So, it looks like there are a bunch of people out there that know that they are sending off some kind of non verbal message about being bitchy but don’t think that there is “anything” they can do about it. I am calling bullshit, stop being such a bitch, and figure out how to communicate happiness. The rest of the world shouldn’t have to be clairvoyant because you feel like a victim. You people are pathetic.

tony replied about 7 years ago.

Calm down Tony, it’s just a bit of fun.

kris atomic replied about 7 years ago.

What Tony needs to understand is that it’s actually the unsolicited commenters that are rude and that women don’t exist to brighten his day. His entitlement is staggering.

That whole “Smile for me” attitude is really revolting. Whether strangers have a bitch face or not is none of their business.

Tony’s problem is that he thinks he’s owed smiles. He is owed fuck all by anyone. Least of all people he doesn’t even know.

Jessica replied almost 7 years ago.

I have had this all my life! People were telling me to smile as I was going down the isle at my wedding! I thought it was just me.

Kate replied about 7 years ago.

What a great post! I had chronic bitch face and got so tired of the “smile” and “it’s not that bad” comments that I decided to change my face. I practiced turning the corners of my mouth up and now it’s a habit. I don’t feel any different on the inside but everyone around me feels better. You can also communicate a positive vibe through eye contact.

Deborah replied about 7 years ago.

Atleast people ask you about it. Or comment on it nicely. I have chronic bitch face and as a male everyone just assumes I’m a prick. And treats me as such. Woman have it easy…

Bobsaggot replied about 7 years ago.

Actually, no. The comments are never nice, no matter how they are worded – they are always a domination exercise. Because women are somehow public domain. I really don’t think you would appreciate being public domain.

Other people’s resting facial expressions is none of anyone’s business and still people stick their nose in. How a face is put together is not an invitation to self important, unsolicited blowhards.

You have it easy. Because you are not reminded that your body, down to your facial expressions, is not your own every time you leave the house but everyone’s to order about.

Jessica replied almost 7 years ago.

You’re awesome.
Kris x

kris atomic replied over 6 years ago.

Love it – share your gift! An American living in Britain loves your work!

sally replied about 7 years ago.

I can’t even begin to describe how much this picture is like me! i always get comments like " Cheer Up , we hate it when your crabby" and im all lke " What are you talikng about? im in a great mood!" Now i know its just my face!! To bad there isnt a cure!

Estella replied about 7 years ago.

thank you for this, yes it is a pain to have this condition. if i had a nickel for every, “smile it can’t be that bad” or why do you always look so grumpy!!

M. S. Miller replied about 7 years ago.

thank you for this, yes it is a pain to have this condition. if i had a nickel for every, “smile it can’t be that bad” or why do you always look so grumpy!!

M. S. Miller replied about 7 years ago.

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Chronic Bitchface | Blah Blah Blah replied almost 7 years ago.

this happens to me all the time,started in my teens til adulthood….. now i have one wrinkle crease between my eyes and that REALLY makes me look bitchy!no matter how nice you are or the tone of your voice,people look at your face and think your a bitch,mad,grumpy or something is wrong….i would love to have plastic surgery to fix this…what can i do?

Jennifer replied almost 7 years ago.

can’t help it if we are not fake people with a permanent plastic smile!

Noreen replied almost 7 years ago.

[…] Chronic bitchface […]

I have the opposite condition. I have an Irish face, and even when I’m brooding people seem to think I’m always ready to dance a jig on the table, smiling rainbows.

Tim replied almost 7 years ago.

people also can’t tell the difference between:

a) pointless worrying
and

b) trying to think hard about something that is legitimately, seriously bothering me

or c) trying to put on a moody atmosphere so I can enjoy a feeling of pleasant, bittersweet melancholy, like that awesome cut scene in that game

I don’t like looking cheerful and happy all the time. Nintendo does that. I was raised Sega.

Hildegard Argelmach replied almost 7 years ago.

HAHA I LOVE THIS. It should be a Facebook page. since young people have always thought I was stuck up, and only after actually getting to know me would say,“You know, I thought you were really bitchy when I first met you. But you’re actually fun!”

Noreen replied almost 7 years ago.

I have this too! It used to drive me crazy. But then I realized, it’s because the outer corners of my eyes droop down, just like a sad cartoon character. So when I realized that, I decided to start doing a cat eye and now I only get comments like “your eyes are so pretty”. Makeup can do ANYTHING

Susy replied almost 7 years ago.

Uggggh! Thank you so much. :)

dalaurya replied almost 7 years ago.

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[…] for work and getting shouted at by strangers to cheer up because I have an ongoing case of chronic bitchface (she even has […]

Weeknotes, 01/07/12 | hecavanagh.org replied almost 7 years ago.

hahah!! perfect. i get this from everybody, was starting to think i was just a bitch, this post gives me hope hahaha.

CHRISSIE replied almost 7 years ago.

[…] couple of weeks ago, I ran across this comic going around Facebook. I SO IDENTIFY WITH IT. I remember even way back in high school, struggling […]

[…] of “being friendly” as a marker of beauty? What if you’re like me or friends of mine who have Chronic Bitchface either from dealing with all the bullshit in the world, or just because that’s how our face […]

somebody says to me: “What’s with the face”
I say: “So you’ll know who I am”

Michael Morrell replied almost 7 years ago.

This is wonderful. I really always thought it was just me who had to explain that I wasn’t annoyed/don’t not like someone but that actually it’s just my face…My favourite illustration in such a long time!

emma replied almost 7 years ago.

http://laughingsquid.com/bitchy-resting-face-a-disorder-that-makes-women-look-bitchy-when-theyre-not/

Enjoy!

Helen replied over 6 years ago.

God, this is so me. “what’s wrong?” What’s wrong?" NOTHING IS WRONG in fact I’m pretty goshdarn happy. ARGH. I have neutral face on – what can a girl do???

Shannon replied over 6 years ago.

..I’m in sales and have to really make an effort to smile, big. Not small…big, because I have small teeth and they don’t show if I don’t make it a big one! I have this one customer that has told me I have the reputation of the girl who never smiles! I can remember my mom telling me from the front seat of the car when I was around eight to smile because I look so serious! And I was dumbfounded. This helps, lol..I guess I have chronic bitchface and it explains ALOT!
Thanks:/
I mean :)
Haha..

Melissa replied over 6 years ago.

Everyone always asks me “Are you ok?” or “Is there something wrong?” or “Woah, whats up with you?” when really, I’m usually completely fine, very content and happy, but my face is saying “Boo I hate the world and you and everyone else!” I often feel the need to make a conscious effort to smile for no reason so people don’t think i’m a sour puss. :(

chris replied over 6 years ago.

Chris, you are NOT REQUIRED to smile, either by dint of conscious effort, or upon command by impertinent strangers, or to make other people comfortable. Are you by any chance female? It’s as if women are allowed only two expressions, with corresponding facial expressions: SMILING/HAPPY, or NOTSMILING/NOTHAPPY. There’s no allowance for any complexity of feeling, or a face that doesn’t jerk into a rictus on awakening. The more useful response, I think, to those near and dear and (theoretically) well-meaning questions is: “Why? Why do you ask?” – and if they persist with personal comments, you can either go with, “Nope, just my usual face!” or even “Well, YOU should see YOUR face!” The proper response when strangers tell you “Smile!” is, “Roll over and beg!”

Topaz replied about 6 years ago.

I have this posted outside my cubicle (with citation, of course), and I honestly think it’s been really helpful, not to mention an amusing ice-breaker. Thanks!

Laura replied over 6 years ago.

[…] Do you ever get told you’re quiet as if it were a problem? Do some people continuously expect you to contribute what’s on your mind so that you can prove to them that you’re worthy of respect? Do acquaintances tell you you look “angry” or tell you to cheer up when you’re busy thinking about what you’ll have for supper? Then you might be a sufferer of Chronic Bitchface. […]

I’m another sufferer. I’m so happy to have a name for my condition but you wouldn’t know it from looking at me. hahaha

Jennifer replied over 6 years ago.

I get this ALL THE FREAKIN’ TIME!! I’m not alone! I’m SO glad to hear it’s become an epidemic! My sister always asks me what’s wrong, tells me I look crabby or asks if I have a headache! It’s gotten so bad that now if she asks "what’s the matter with you? "or tells me I look pissed, I usually tell her “Well, I CAN be if you want me to”. I started wearing bangs about 10 years ago because of this.

Jennifer replied over 6 years ago.

YOU WIN! “Well, I CAN be if your want me to.” WIN! <3

Melissa replied over 6 years ago.

[…] facial expressions.  I have to be aware of my own facial expressions, especially if I suffer from this syndrome (It more recently was mentioned in a funny viral video…).  Face to face interactions are more […]

Face to Monitor Time? | Singing Underwater replied over 6 years ago.

[…] this let’s-be-happy-all-the-time attitude is just too much for me. It feels forced. I have chronic bitch face. People tell me all the time to smile. Shut up. It’s my face and I’ll cry if I want […]

YES! THIS! EVERY TIME! i need to put this in my room!! my mom yells at me all the time for ‘being bitchy’ or ‘looking grouchy’, when I dont do anything! its just my face!!!!!!

EveryTime replied over 6 years ago.

[…] Or so I assume based on pure observation. Will I ever talk to him? HAHAHAHA no. I suffer from chronic bitchface. So, I’m sure if he has ever glanced at me (especially in the morning), he probably thinks […]

This used to happen to me, despite the fact that I’m a natural optimist.
I was even told in a work appraisal that I didn’t smile enough.
So I slapped on a fake smile to please my bosses, it became
so much of a habit that they then failed to notice when I was
really stressed and sick and I had to take time out to tell my body
I wasn’t ignoring it any more.

Behind a painted smile replied over 6 years ago.

[…] the sour face if you can! I feel like I need to remind people constantly that I'm a sufferer of chronic bitchface and that nobody has in fact died. This shirt was a very naughty buy, I'd been umm-ing and ahh-ing […]

Ladybird, Ladybird topic | ogle star replied over 6 years ago.

I know this pain. I’m shy and quiet, but definitely not snooty or bitchy. Yet I think I too suffer from this condition. I think people avoid me because of it! Agh.

lauren replied over 6 years ago.

[…] mostly a happy-go-lucky person, which might make you laugh if you know me, because of my bitchface problem.  But I really am.  I try to look on the good side, try not to let the bad shit get me […]

Temper Tantrum | theasceticlibertine replied over 6 years ago.

Guys have this issue as well! Although, I’m sure it might have a different name. As a photographer, this has made me come off as intimidating, creepy guy with camera, and unapproachable… UGH!!

Brad replied over 6 years ago.

Oh, whew, I thought I was left to deal with this alone… I feel better, really. It’s just that at the moment, my face doesn’t show it. But I smile on the inside. :)

Cheers!

Lily replied about 6 years ago.

Wow, I love this..I am 67 years old and have been fighting this all my life!! I finally just said…“no, I am not mad…I am letting my face rest!” Usually, people will remark..“you always have a smile.”….yikes, that’s intentional so I don’t get the comments…“what is wrong” “are you mad at me?”…..stumbled on here and the comments are very old…so I’ll just go rest my face and stumble along….great drawings by the way…
Ollie…2013

ollie replied about 6 years ago.

Store clerks often assume I’m vexed or impatient while standing in line and say things like, “I’ll be with you in a moment!” Actually, I’m more tolerant of boredom than most people, I think – rarely mind waiting because I enjoy people watching and daydreaming, and I’m retired and usually not in any hurry. This is just how I look when I’m not constantly working at smiling. One time a stranger on a hospital elevator said, “Cheer up! Things can’t be that bad!” and I blurted that my mother was dying of cancer, which happened to be the truth at that moment. If I really were a bitch, I’d be tempted to use that response every time because it gave her something to think about. Maybe people should just refrain from commenting on the facial expressions of strangers. If you’re really concerned about someone’s well-being, you could just ask how things are going.

Rose replied about 6 years ago.

Aww I love that I’m not the only one with this problem :(

Jessica replied about 6 years ago.

I would just be walking alone on the street, and a stranger would just say why are you so angry? Its annoying as hell

Mel replied almost 6 years ago.

At long last there is a name for this condition? To make matters, my tone of voice matches the face as well ..double jeopardy yikes! Yes I have often heard from members of my family that my face can sour milk… oh well don’t look at it then yes? :)

Bina Messenger replied almost 6 years ago.

!!! I’m not alone!!!! Thank you!!!

Miss Dominique replied almost 6 years ago.

O.M.G. My boyfriend has asked me so much “what is wrong” with me, and just recently I took pics of myself, posted one on FB and he said it looked terrible because I looked liked I was “pissed”. I said “no I don’t!”, then I saw this “chronic bitch face” picture on a website…I’m not a naturally smiley person, so perhaps I just found the reason why people think there is always something wrong with me! :3

Bonnie replied almost 6 years ago.

THIS! Literally half my life is ‘omg what’s wrong are you okay?‘, ’cheer up love’. When really on the inside I am so happy.

Immy replied over 5 years ago.

I CANNOT tell you how funny/perfect this is – thanks for finally putting an adorable spin on a life-long condition!! :)

mahroon replied over 5 years ago.

I have suffered 26 years with this problem and thinking something was wrong with me because people always thought I was angry, mad, unapproachable, etc. I was recently called into a meeting with my manager who started the conversation off with “What’s wrong?” And when I, genuinely surprised, said “Nothing,” she told me I gave off the vibe that I was upset or angry all the time and I need to look and be more cheerful when I’m at work. IT’S JUST MY NATURAL FACE!

Binger replied about 5 years ago.

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My Top 5 Pet Peeves | Nosilla replied about 5 years ago.

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Things I Love Thursday | Blog replied almost 5 years ago.

I am an older woman 67 years old I feel young at heart have a lot of energy feel happy but when I catch myself I feel like I put all these other bitch faces to shame!!!!! The bitchiest ever.

BevyAnn replied almost 5 years ago.

[…] however, like random strangers shouting at me to tell me to smile. just no. reminds me of this illustration by kris atomic (more on her later in the […]

spring fling &raquo; cardboardcities replied almost 5 years ago.

[…] How tall? This Tall: That was me, Christmas 1986.  Already displaying the signs of chronic bitchface. On the back of the photo, in my mother’s handwriting, it reads “Still waiting for that […]

Tall Christmas replied almost 5 years ago.

I’ve had acquaintances who made comments about my facial expression every time they saw me, despite my explanation that I wasn’t unhappy, sad, or tired — I was just thinking or concentrating on something. It has gotten worse as I’ve gotten older (I’m now in my 70s) because the skin on my face sags. I’ve found that I eventually have to tell them, “If you don’t like the way I look, don’t look at me!” It works!

I saw someone wearing a T-shirt that said I AM SMILING, DAMN IT! By the number of responses to this blog, I think we could make a fortune selling that shirt!

Louise replied almost 5 years ago.

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Other Blogs | insert life here replied over 4 years ago.

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link love // 001 | rachinthecities replied over 4 years ago.

Smile’’’ I am always told. My face is this way. I can not help it .. I know I can smile but it is not natural.

a replied about 3 years ago.

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