Mr Bingo

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Mr Bingo in Brooklyn, 2008

Mr Bingo (or Mr. Bingo), born in 1979,[1] is an illustrator animator and graphic designer, living and working in London, UK.

Early Life[edit]

Mr Bingo grew up in Leigh, Kent and attended The Judd School, Tonbridge

Biography[edit]

"Dress Your Age" for Soho House magazine

Mr Bingo works from his studio, in Shoreditch, London."[2] He describes himself as having a "slightly smaller than average" head and "girl's arms," plus "the same haircut as his mum".[3][4] He includes amongst his influences "[the] local ASDA supermarket, thick humans, fat humans, dogs who wear clothes, the British abroad, overheard conversations and juvenile graffiti". His star sign is Aquarius.[5]

Work[edit]

Illustration for WIRED

His first paid work involved "character and background designs" for the BBC Three animated TV series Monkey Dust.[5] He has also produced artwork advertising the Suicide Girls' first tour, and has also produced posters for the Scottish Food Standards Agency.[6]

Among his many clients are such big-name companies as Oxfam, Orange, Microsoft, Nike, the BBC, Volkswagen, Virgin, Converse, Howies, Carhartt, Absolut and MTV. He also does editorial illustrations and other work for both The Financial Times and The Guardian newspapers, and has had work featured in magazines as diverse as Bearded, Dazed and Confused, WIRED, Esquire and GQ, while his art has also been featured in Creative Review and Icon magazines.[3][4]

In 2006 and 2007, he provided the covers for the two QI books based on the comedy panel quiz fronted by Stephen Fry. The Book of General Ignorance and The Book of Animal Ignorance are both published by Faber and Faber. A selection of rough artwork and preliminary designs have since been showcased by the QI website.[7]


He has also designed a couple of T-shirts, including one for Club Compression, San Francisco-based club promoters.[5]

He counts "beatboxing" and "Scrabble" among his hobbies, and collects pairs of trainers.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mr Bingo's MySpace. Accessed February 6, 2008
  2. ^ Mr Bingo at "On My Desk". Accessed February 6, 2008
  3. ^ a b Contemporary Urban Art Blog: Mr Bingo - ASDA, thick humans & juvenile graffiti, September 14, 2006. Accessed February 6, 2008
  4. ^ a b c Mr Bingo biography at Blanka.co.uk. Accessed February 6, 2008
  5. ^ a b c d Mr Bingo at Modular People. Accessed February 6, 2008
  6. ^ Mr Bingo's website: Latest Work #Six; #Sept. Accessed February 6, 2008
  7. ^ QI Book's Photos at Facebook. Accessed February 6, 2008

External links[edit]

"Happy Mothers Day" (2005)