BNE is a New York-based graffiti artist, who has left his mark in cities throughout the world, including the United States, Canada, Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America. His identity is unknown by the public, though he is likely to have been born in the late 1970s or early 1980s.
BNE Water Foundation
In 2011, BNE founded the BNE Water Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing clean, safe water, and basic sanitation to people living in extreme poverty.
Legally, the majority of BNE's work is vandalism according to the law, and considered so by the police and general public. In May 2006, the San Francisco Police Department noted BNE's stickers appearing on parking meters, traffic signs, and other public property fixtures across the city. As a result of the broken window theory, Gavin Newsom the mayor of San Francisco, offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to BNE's arrest. Peter F. Vallone Jr., chairman of the New York City Council Public Safety Committee, has called him “an unrepentant criminal who has cost honest taxpayers a lot of money".
It is worth note that "BNE" is likely a reference to the crime of Breaking and Entering, commonly known as "B. 'n E."