Ben Eine

The renowned street artist Ben Eine was born in London, England in 1970. Eine claims there is a clear distinction between graffiti and street art, stating that graffiti makes the street ugly while street art beautifies it. He has been tagging trains and walls since the age of 14 and has been arrested for vandalism 14 times, putting him in the category of artistic fugitive at a young age.

As a young adult, Eine worked for Lloyds of London and continued his train tagging during his lunch hour. He stopped this practice when two of his fellow graffiti artists were arrested and sent to prison. He turned instead to devoting his full attention to decorating the streets. The fugitive is no more; he does not practice his art without first obtaining permission from the owner of the property that will display his work.