Named in Timeout’s Top 100 most influential UK creatives 2012, Tom Bingle, aka Inkie, has emerged as one of the most prolific graffiti writers in UK history. Inkie has painted with some of the most notorious artists in the scene, including Banksy, Nick Walker and Massive Attack’s 3D. His work has been published in books such as Banksy’s Bristol, Children of the Can, Concrete Canvas, Street Fonts, 100 European Graffiti Artists and Graffiti World. His much sought after pieces have gained a celebrity following, as well as featuring in respected magazines such as Rolling Stone, GQ and Dazed & Confused, and graffiti documentaries, including the infamous ‘Bomb It’.
Inkie’s art is characterised by a unique collaboration of graffiti and figurative imagery. His widely recognised “Ink Nouveau’ style draws on Art Nouveau influences, with an unmistakeable urban twist.
The inspiration for my chess set is iconic 1980’s film ‘Empire strikes back’ whose theme is good (Rebel Alliance) vs evil (The Imperial Empire). As a graffiti artist, I have used my style of painting for each of the pieces and the chess board. Find out more about Inkie here.