BNE (artist)

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Sticker at Central Park West and 77th Street, Manhattan
BNE among other stickers in Amsterdam, Netherlands

BNE is a California-based graffiti artist most known for stickers that read "BNE"/"BNE was here". He has left his mark in countries throughout the world, including the United States, Canada, Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America.[1] His identity is unknown by the public, though he is likely to have been born in the late 1970s or early 1980s.[2]

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.[3] As a result of the broken windows theory,[3] Gavin Newsom, the mayor of San Francisco, offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to BNE's arrest.[4] 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".[2]

In 2009, the advertising agency Mother in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, commissioned the artist to create a mural near their agency at 44th Street and Eleventh Avenue as part of an exhibition of the artist's work.[2][5][6]

In 2013 and 2014 BNE was involved in several fundraising campaigns for Charity: Water.[7][8]


  1. ^ Schacter, Rafael (2013). The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti. NewSouth Books. pp. 60–61. ISBN 9781742246536. 
  2. ^ a b c Corey Kilgannon, "Making a Name for Himself, With Just 3 Letters", The New York Times, December 8, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Becky Bowman, "Reward for BNE sticker vandal", San Francisco Chronicle, July 18, 2006
  4. ^ Demian Bulwa, "'BNE' graffiti man emerges – briefly", San Francisco Chronicle, December 9, 2009
  5. ^ "Mother New York and Animal Host First Ever BNE Exhibit Tonight in Hell's Kitchen" by Matt Van Hoven, AgencySpy, December 10, 2009
  6. ^ "What or Who is B-N-E?" by John Noel, NBC New York, December 9, 2009
  7. ^ Artists 4 Water – BNE, Charity: Water
  8. ^ "Rebel With a Cause: An Interview with BNE" by Jesse Thomas, Forbes, May 21, 2012

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