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BEN EINE - TYPE AND MORE

Ben Eine is one of the hottest stars in today's street art scene - his trademark typography based graffiti can be found everywhere from tube stations to Selfridges and there is no doubt that his presence is set to evolve even further. To learn more about the man though, we have to travel back a bit further! Growing up as many did, on the naughtier side of the tracks, EINE was largely influenced by the street and hip hop scenes which flourished in his youth. The artistic aspects of these cultures were the draw for young Ben, mainly the graffiti, and this was manifested in several ways. Leaving school almost directly after his GCSEs, employment was a necessity which would allow him to continue practising some of his more subversive habits.

After securing the means to an end, any time off he had would be used to 'create' attention, even if it meant tagging in his lunch break! Having spent over a decade of running from the powers that be, EINE started to gain attention and notoriety which gave him the opportunity to transfer his focus to creating pieces more legitimately, and more importantly, legally. His work started to receive coverage in the media, both in print and on screen, which allowed him to approach property owners with a far more legitimate guise, with a view to making his work larger and more permanent.

His new circle of friends included Banksy, Shepard Fairey and Jamie Hewlett, amongst many others and this may well have been his 'foot in the door' with regards to setting his reputation in stone. It was one step after another for EINE at this point and from painting storefronts in Dalston, to doing a commission for Barack Obama on behalf od David Cameron to designing a range for Louis Vuitton, EINE has found himself where he least expected, but most deserves to be.

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