Following Beastman in our The Australian Invasion Series, we’d like to introduce a leading emerging artist in our eyes – Ben Bigeni. We like to call him Benny B.
Who is Ben Bigeni, to those who don’t know you? I’m just a simple guy from Sydney. I run a T-shirt brand called Taken Clothing with my best friend who is also my brother (by blood). I like drawing lines and scribbling colours and calling it art. I was raised on a healthy dose of art, skateboarding, music and tattooing.
What do you think of the Australian streetwear scene compared to the rest of the world? It’s definitely alive and doing well in comparison to the rest of the world. As dormant as it may seem to the general public, we have a pretty thriving scene. Australia has a lot of really talented artists that are holding it down and been keeping things fresh for years now.
How would you describe your style? Growing up I was a huge fan of Jim Phillips and a lot of the skateboard artists from the ‘80s/’90s. I’ve always had a love of vinyl/album cover art and the way the use of a singular image or colour scheme could grab a viewer and portray a message. Parodies of pop culture or imagery are a favourite too.
What do you know about the UK in general? The author of the Harry Potter series has more money than the Queen. Oh, and it’s the first place most Aussies pack up and head to when they’re looking for a change with a strange similarity.
Have you ever been to the UK and tell us about a memorable experience you had? Unfortunately I’ve never been to the UK… yet! I left high school, went right into studying and then chained myself to the slave mines (full-time agency work). So my most memorable moment would have to be giving up the opportunity to go when I was younger.