Artist Name : Inkie
About: Born in Clifton, Bristol, Inkie began his artistic path in the early 1980’s as a member of the Crime Incorporated Crew (CIC) along with Felix and Joe Braun. He was influenced by the New York / Brooklyn artists such as Goldie and The Chrome Angels. For Inkie, graffiti represents a challenge that always makes him wanna do something better.
In 1989 this multidisciplinary artist was regarded as the Kingpin of the Operation Anderson, the largest UK’s graffiti bust ever, for which he got arrested together with 72 other writers. This was later documented by BBC2 in the show Drawing the Line. In the 90’s, he moved to London, where he collaborated with the legendary Banksy, on various projects. He also participated in his Bristol “Home Sweet Home” book promotion with live painting, and other publications like Children of the Can, Graffiti World, Street Fonts.
Considered a part of Bristol’s graffiti heritage alongside Banksy, 3D, and Nick Walker, Inkie has become popular for combining art nouveau influences with an urban twist. Besides making street art, he also worked as a designer for renowned game companies but also designs illustrations, prints, and clothes. His influences come from a variety of sources, from the punk rock culture to the Mayan architecture, and Islamic geometry.
Inkie also works in a videogame and other industries for brands like Puma, XBox, Adidas, Levis, Addict, Lovebox, SEGA, and more. His work is coveted by celebrity collectors including: Robbie Williams, Jade Jagger, Fatboy Slim, Roots Manuva, Alan Carr, Massive Attack & Sean Pertwee, among others.