Tobi Vail is a write, musican and zinester,
She was the writer of the Olympia, WA-based Jigsaw zine, which was originally published from 1989 until 1995, although there have recently been small previews of a newer, online-only issue #8 at Vail's record label website, Bumpidee.
Her first band was The Go Team, with Calvin Johnson, for which the two released a series of singles and cassette tapes on K Records featuring guest musicians such as Kurt Cobain, Billy Karren and zinesters Donna Dresch and Jeffery Kennedy. She was also the drummer for the band Bikini Kill which, along with the band Bratmobile, introduced Riot Grrrl to the world. Vail may have coined the term "riot grrrl", something she later claimed in a later issue of Jigsaw was a joke not to be taken seriously, as the media and everyone else has then and since. She is currently in the band Spider and the Webs.