Ben Eine

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Ben Eine at work in London EC2A, 2007

Ben Flynn[1] (born 23 August 1970), known professionally as Eine, is an English street artist based in London.

Life and career[edit]

Eine is most notable for his alphabet lettering on shop shutters in London's Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Broadway Market areas.[2] Some of these letters have been mapped for ease of finding.[3] He has also taken his lettering to the streets of Paris, Stockholm, Hastings and Newcastle upon Tyne.[4]

Prior to becoming involved in commercial graffiti, Eine was a very famous and highly credible writer in the underground London graffiti scene. His unusual 'throw up' was created to stand out from the usual tags and dubs seen on the streets and can still be found in some dingy areas of East London.[citation needed]

Inspired by the work of fashion assassin Noki, Eine first started to explore more commercial avenues in a workshop above the Dragon Bar in Leonard Street, London (since demolished). Eine produced a number of custom clothing designs notably some custom "VANDALS" sweatshirts and started to explore screen prints eventually working as a screen printer for cult screen print company Pictures On Walls. Eine produced many of the hand pulled prints for artists represented by POW including Banksy, Jamie Hewlett, Mode2, Modern Toss and David Shrigley. His natural talent for colour combinations meant that he was able to enhance the work supplied by the artists. He left this position to pursue his own solo career in 2008.

At this time Eine contributed to sticker graffiti and was prolific in East London with his neon and black EINE stickers (multiple EINE names).

Eine first came to prominence in the "commercial" graffiti scene through his symbiotic partnership with London graffiti artist Banksy; through Eine, Banksy was able to access the underground scene and through Banksy Eine accessed the commercial world.

Eine's shutter lettering
on Hackney Road, London

In his commercial work he has produced numerous lettering styles including: shutter, circus, neon, elton, vandalism and wendy.

In 2007, the Tower Hamlets Partnership began to survey residents of Brick Lane to ask whether they considered his graffiti offensive and should be removed.[5]

In January 2008, Eine was featured in an article in London's Time Out magazine as one of the six best new street artists working in the capital.[6]

There is a chapter on Eine in Street Renegades: New Underground Art[7] by Francesca Gavin and he is also featured in The Art Of Rebellion 2: World Of Urban Art Activism[8] by Christian Hundertmark, and he was featured in Sebastian Peiter's documentary 'Guerilla Art'.[9]

In July 2010, President Barack Obama was presented with a painting by Eine, Twenty First Century City, as an official gift from the British Prime Minister. David Cameron.[10][11][12]

In May 2010 Ben Eine painted a complete alphabet on Middlesex Street in East London, which was re-christened Alphabet Street by the residents and described by The Times as “a street now internationally recognized as a living piece of art with direct links to The White House.”

EINE’s solo show (March 2011) at White Walls gallery in San Francisco sold out prior to opening. He was also included in the biggest exhibition of street art to date “Art in the Streets” at MOCA, Los Angeles (April 2011).

In 2011 EINE was invited by Amnesty International to design their 50th anniversary poster, joining other artists such as Picasso and Miro in supporting the charity through art. Eine continues to produce canvasses and screen prints from his studio in Hastings and aims to travel the world painting his colourful letters and statements on shutters and walls wherever he can.

Eine's work was featured at Art Below's The Peace Project.[13] His work at the show contained his graffiti typography. One of his pieces that simply spelled out the word love titled 'Circus Love' was displayed at Regent's Park this had previously being featured in Art Below's July 2012 show where it was placed on the wall of the Central line at Oxford Circus.[14] Where Eine joined a growing list of Street Artists who have exhibited with Art Below such as Banksy, Inkie, Mike Ballard, and Goldie. Eine's work was featured at Art Below's The Peace Project.[13] Enie's known for Alphabet Street, where the shutters and murals on which he painted his colours and typography can be seen in London's Shoreditch, Brick Lane and Broadway Market areas.[15] One of his pieces that simply spelled out the word love titled 'Circus Love' was displayed at Regent's Park; this had previously being featured in Art Below's July 2012 show, where it was placed on the wall of the Central line at Oxford Circus.[14] In 2012, typographer Chank Diesel released Tenderloin, a free font designed in collaboration with Eine.Griffin, James (2012-06-28). "Ben Eine and Chank Create Tenderloin Free Font". Bonafide Magazine. Retrieved 2014-12-11. In 2013, edition house and gallery Nelly Duff released "Tenderloin A-Z", a 52-color silkscreen based on the Tenderloin font.

On 7 June 2018, Eine was formally charged with assault following an incident at the private view for the Serpentine Sackler Gallery exhibition of Tamma Abts on the previous day.[16] On 10 July during his trial, Eine pled guilty to assault and criminal damage on his then girlfriend. Giving evidence, the victim stated that he punched her "in the mouth with a clenched fist, with some force [...] I was bleeding from the mouth". On 17 July Eine was sentenced, a community order was then issued consisting of unpaid work. A restraining order has also been put in place until further order, and a victim surcharge of £85 and costs to the prosecution of £85 were issued.[17]

Other endeavors[edit]

In January 2018, Ben Eine launched the debut collection for his clothing company EINE London[18], at London Fashion Week: Men's.

Eine in popular culture[edit]

Eine's lettering is often featured in magazines and promotional material. His work was used prominently by pop group Alphabeat and features in Duffy's music video for "Stepping Stone" and also, briefly, in Snow Patrol's video for "Take Back the City".

Gallery shows[edit]


Judith Charles Gallery, HEARTFELT, New York, New York, January 2014


The Wooster Collective 10th Anniversary Show - Johnathan Levine Galley, August 2013

INNOCENCE - Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles, CA USA, June 2013

OUCH - Project One Gallery, San Francisco, US


COLOR OR COLOUR - Charles Bank Gallery, NYC USA, November 2012

GREATEST - White Walls, San Francisco, US[19]
EINE World Record Attempt Show - Nelly Duff, London, UK[20]
When The Lights Go Out - Andenken Gallery, Denver, CO.
Vandalism - Kemistry Gallery, London, UK
Portobello Film Festival - Westbourne Studios, London, UK

Group shows
4 Geezers - Ad Hoc Art, Brooklyn, New York (The London Police, Flying Fortress, Pez and Eine)
Santa's Ghetto - Bethlehem
Open Studio - 19 Kingland Road, London, UK
Urban Sprawl - Leonard Street Gallery, London, UK
Nuart - Stavanger, Norway
Eleven - Leonard Street Gallery, London, UK
Santa's Ghetto - London, UK
Collette, Paris, France
Electrik Sheep, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Santa's Ghetto - London, UK
POW Group Show - Allmänna Galleriet, Stockholm, Sweden
Santa's Ghetto - London, UK
Banksy vs Eine - Gallery V1, Copenhagen, Denmark
Artomatic - London, UK


  1. ^ "Interview: 'Eine' and the letters he paints on east London shop shutters". I Shot The Deputy newsletter. Archived from the original on 2007-10-14.
  2. ^ Carter, Imogen (2010-06-27). "Ben Eine's alphabet street". London: The Guardian.
  3. ^ "Map of EINE letters". Google Maps.
  4. ^ "Eine: Typographic Vandal". Creative Review.
  5. ^ "Tower Hamlets Polling The Public On Their Opinions On Street Art". Wooster Collective.
  6. ^ "London's New Street Artists". Time Out.
  7. ^ Gavin, Francesca (2007). Street Renegades: New Underground Art. Laurence King. ISBN 978-1-85669-529-9.
  8. ^ Hundertmark, Christian (2006). The Art Of Rebellion 2: World of Urban Art Activism. Gingko Press. ISBN 978-3-9809909-4-3.
  9. ^ "Sebastian Peiter's documentary 'Guerilla Art'". Babelgum. Archived from the original on 2010-07-25.
  10. ^ "David Cameron presents Barack Obama with graffiti art". BBC News. 2010-07-21.
  11. ^ "A painting for the President". BBC News. 2010-07-21.
  12. ^ Henley, Jon (2010-07-21). "Ben Eine: the street artist who's made it to the White House". London: The Guardian.
  13. ^ a b
  14. ^ a b "ArtBelow". Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  15. ^ Carter, Imogine (2010-06-26). "Ben Eine's alphabet street". Guardian. Retrieved 2014-12-11.
  16. ^ "Celebrated Street Artist Ben Eine Charged With Assault". Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  17. ^ "Street Artist, Whose Work David Cameron Gifted to Barack Obama, Convicted of Assault". Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  18. ^ "EINE London". EINE London.
  19. ^ EINE GREATEST Show at "White Walls". March 12 - April 2, 2011
  20. ^ EINE World Record Attempt Show at "Nelly Duff". Accessed October 7, 2009

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