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Secret Wars 2007-01-27 Inkie cropped.jpg
Participating in the Secret Wars hhcompetition in 2007
Tom Bingle

1969/1970 (age 49–50)[1]
Known forGraffiti, Street art, Bristol underground scene

Inkie is a London-based painter and street artist, originally from Clifton, Bristol.[1][2] He is cited as being part of Bristol's graffiti heritage, along with Banksy, 3D and Nick Walker.[3][4]


Inkie began working as part of Crime Incorporated Crew (also known as the "CIC" or the Crime inc.crew) in 1983, along with Felix and Joe Braun.[5] He was the head of the many artists arrested in 1989 during "Operation Anderson", the UK's largest ever graffiti bust.[6] He arranged 1998's Walls on Fire event with Banksy, on the site of the future At-Bristol centre.[7] He has subsequently worked in the video game industry,[2] including some time as head of creative design at Sega,[8] where his work was included in Jet Set Radio.[9] Inkie was one artist present to do live painting at the launch of Banksy's book Bristol: Home Sweet Home.[10] Inkie has likened the time spent training as a graffiti artist to that of classical musicians.[11]

He now teaches art and graphic design to young children and college students.


Inkie's works have been described as "diverse", incorporating styles from Maya architecture, William Morris, Mouse & Kelly, Alphonse Mucha, the Arts and Crafts movement and Islamic geometry.[12][13]


CIC painted a mural in the canteen of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, where Inkie and Felix Braun were students.[5] Inkie's works were featured in a 2009 exhibition at Bristol's Royal West of England Academy and he curated 2009's Ibiza street art festival, Urban in Ibiza.[14][15]

He hosted a show of his works in 2010 for which 25% of the proceeds would be donated to Southmead Hospital's cochlear implant programme.[1]

His works have included murals in buildings in the Bristol area, including a friend's restaurant in Keynsham[16] and Clifton pub The Grapes (after being taken over by former video director Bill Butt).[17] He has taken part in Bristol's annual Upfest, the largest free urban paint festival in Europe.[6]

In August 2011 and 2012 Inkie was named as the organiser of a major street art event in Bristol, See No Evil, which involved painting the buildings of an entire street, turning it into Europe's largest outdoor art gallery.[18] Nelson Street, in the city centre, was painted by a large number of international graffiti artists over a two-week period.[19]

Between 30 January and 29 February 2013, Inkie's work was featured at Art Below's first "pop up" billboard show in America in New Orleans. For the show, billboard space used normally for advertising featured a mix of urban and contemporary art. A curated selection of 20 billboards flanked the major New Orleans Mardi Gras parade routes. Running alongside the billboard show was an exhibition of the artists original works at Gallery Orange in the French Quarter. Scenes and moments from this exhibition were screened on the Art Below web site in April 2012.[20]


  1. ^ a b c "Inkie show in Bristol to raise cochlear implant cash". BBC News. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b Baker, Lindsay (28 March 2008). "Banksy: off the wall". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Street art show comes to Bristol". BBC News. 9 February 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  4. ^ Reid, Julia (6 February 2008). "Banksy Hits Out at Street Art Auctions". Sky News. London. Archived from the original on 17 November 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  5. ^ a b Hicks, Roger (1998). The airbrushing book: the handbook for all airbrush users. Broadcast. p. 156. ISBN 1-85404-000-6.
  6. ^ a b "Celebrate home of graffiti". Bristol Evening Post. 2 June 2011. Archived from the original on 10 August 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2011.
  7. ^ Levinson, Mark (4 February 2008). "Tribute To Banksy – Not Just Another Piss Artist". Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  8. ^ Joseph, Claudia (12 July 2008). "Graffiti artist Banksy unmasked ... as a former public schoolboy from middle-class suburbia". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  9. ^ "Inkie". Archived from the original on 14 September 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  10. ^ Nowak, Sara (1 April 2008). "Home Sweet Home: "Banksy's Bristol" Launch Due". Clash. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  11. ^ Pheby, James (30 April 2009). "Guitar legends turn to graffiti to help Brazilian kids". Adelaide. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  12. ^ "Inkie: See No Evil Bristol graffiti and street art festival interview". guide2bristol website. 9 August 2012. Archived from the original on 12 August 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  13. ^ Lazrides, Steve (27 September 2012). "INKIE – "Without Inkie there would be no Lazrides Gallery!"". Designwars. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  14. ^ W, Miss. "Ibiza interview: Inkie, Curator, Urban In Ibiza". Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  15. ^ "Urban art exhibition". 4 September 2009. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  16. ^ "Opening night for Farrells – Keynsham's Irish/Italian restaurant". 8 June 2011. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  17. ^ "Moving in and moving on – all change in 2010". Bristol Evening Post. Bristol. 30 December 2010. Archived from the original on 26 August 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  18. ^ Simon de Bruxelles (21 July 2011). "Urban gallery streets ahead". The Australian.
  19. ^ "Art attack begins to transform Nelson Street, Bristol". Bristol Evening Post. 16 August 2011. Archived from the original on 14 September 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
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