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Allergy Arcade

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Two panels side-by-side from the comic series ‘Allergy Arcade’. Panel 1 shows you are playing a video game and are being asked to “CHOOSE YOUR ALLERGY”. Panel 2 has a big, red box saying “GAME OVER”.
Allergy Arcade. © Boe for Wellcome Collection.

Being allergic to a tonne of things is more exciting than you think. Danger lurks left, right and centre. Taking a light-hearted approach to their own suffering, Boe playfully illustrates the battles that come with having allergies and intolerances.

About the artist

A photo of Boe sitting outside on stairs, with graffiti in the background



Boe is a self-taught illustrator and tattoo artist based in London. Boe's aim is to normalise social and political discussions and make them accessible for all. And as a queer person, their identity is a central theme to their work. Boe also lives with a wide range of allergies which has had its challenges, and has resulted in a big bag of medicines and creams to get by.