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    BNE Was Here

    Has anyone else noticed these stickers posted all around Bangkok? I have seen them in English, Korean and Japanese.

    Who the fook is BNE?

    I googled a bit and see he's some kind of graffiti artist, but this is not graffiti - in the old school sense. This is simply posting stickers.

    Anyone seen them, know anything about BNE, who is he, what's his agenda?!

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    I've seen them, and they're exactly the same style as a similar sticker campaign from England from around 2001 but the sticker said "DON'T BE A DICK!" in big white letters on a black background.

    We were stopped once whilst entering Homelands Festival car park by what we thought was a rozzer saying that he needed to search the car. He let us sweat for about 30sec before slapping the "DON'T BE A DICK!" sticker on my mates forehead. Turns out he was just a carpark attendent.

    That sticker then spent the rest of its life on my fridge at uni, but I used to see them around different cities.

    No idea what BNE is though.

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    LOL nice story

    So have you seen these BNE Was Here stickers around? I know there's a shed load down Sukhumvit Rd and Surawong.

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    You'll find these BNE was here throughout Asia. For years...be it in the form of graffiti, posters, stickers, etc. Hong Hong, Tokyo, BKK, Singapore. They're bladdy everywhere.

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    Brisbane airport code.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin View Post
    You'll find these BNE was here throughout Asia. For years...be it in the form of graffiti, posters, stickers, etc. Hong Hong, Tokyo, BKK, Singapore. They're bladdy everywhere.
    I personally have only just started noticing them around BKK over the last month or so.

    But from googling, yeah I see he's been around. Talking to a friend about it yesterday, reckons it's some American 'artist'.

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    Yep, seen them on Sukhumvit, Surawong and Silom but only recently.

    There's another sticker that I see popping up all over the place and that the Morally Diminished one. When I first came to Thailand years ago I met this dude sat at a bar who had started his company Morally Diminished, making T Shirts. I did a few designs for him but not sure if he ever used them. I've bumped into him once since then but it still amazes me some of the random places that I see his stickers.

    He also had a rather cool Morally Diminished beer holder. He couldn't give me the one he had as it was his last one but he promised to get me one later. So just incase he's reading this. I NEVER GOT IT!! Ha Ha

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    ^Did you read his blog then?

    Something like morallydiminished.blogspot.com

    NSFW.

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    They are everywhere in Chiang Mai also, fuck knows what its all about though..!

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    “BNE has arrived!” - well that’s what the stickers tell us. What stickers? If you don’t know, then you either don’t live in any one of many big cities around the world where they are now officially everywhere, or you just don’t get out very much.

    These BNE stickers have become the centre of a baffling worldwide “who dunnit” involving stickers, and graffiti in an ever increasing number of well known international destinations. Living in Tokyo, we have noticed these stickers are appearing more and more, and more interestingly continue to be replaced even after authorities remove them! They are distinctive and all feature black, block characters, on a white background, and while having a number of variations, all deliver the same message that BNE is here. What is BNE is here to do? That is still anyone’s guess, and apart from his adhesive efforts, there has been little influence



    “B-N-E”: the three letters stand for what has become an international mystery. From Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur, New York to Prague, and now Tokyo and Osaka, the acronym has been plastered on phone boxes, walls, newspaper dispensers, vending machines, parking meters and street signs. When the culprit becomes tired of stickers, he (we refer to BNE as a he, as he often refers to himself as “King BNE”) switches to spray paint, and even permanent marker. San Francisco has been plagued with the stickers since early 2006, and the mayor, Gavin Newsom is absolutely furious. He has made several news appearances promising to prosecute Mr. BNE to the extent of the law, and has even gone so far as to offer a reward of $2500 USD (almost JPY 30 men) for his capture. One estimate has it that the BNE stickers alone are costing the city of San Francisco $1 million USD a month to keep under control, as a futile effort to remove them continues while the mayor vows to stick at it, and catch the meddling vandal. The obvious, but sad fact is however, that the stickers are many times more costly and time consuming to remove than they are to put in place.



    So, what does it all mean? Theories are bouncing around the web, and even have had air time on international news networks. Some ideas for the acronym (despite being lame efforts) are, “Be Nowhere Else”, “Big Nuclear Explosion” and “Breaking ‘n’ Entering”. However, there is still no definitive answer to the puzzle that has police in at least 6 nations running wild goose chases for the vandal that is spreading an unknown message to tens of millions of people around the globe. (BNE is also the 3 letter international location code for Brisbane, Australia. It is also the name for an Israeli music production company called BNE (standing for “Brand New Entertainment”). However it would be extremely disappointing to learn that this code that has stumped us all for over a year now, amounted to nothing more than the Sunshine State’s capital city, or a local music company in the holy land).



    San Francisco police first noted the menace in May 2005, but since then, BNE has gone worldwide, and has an overwhelming presence here in Tokyo only in the last 6 months, with stickers now visible in every nook and cranny of each of the major city centers of Tokyo, even extending out to the suburbs. The BNE revolution (as some call it) has drawn so much attention here in Japan, that it has been featured quite regularly in the media also. This is a short clip, from the news, on location in Tokyo. The reporter finds BNE presence in Akihabara, Shinjuku, Shibuya and even Harajuku and Omotesando! (The clip is in Japanese, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying it):




    it is hard to open your eyes and not see them. The phone booth pictured on left (click to enlarge) was looking particularly worse for wear, with almost every glass panel bearing the repetitive BNE symbology.
    American news stations believe BNE is from Japan, due to the fact that the acronym is regularly displayed with the Japanese word 参上 (Sanjyo, meaning “arrived” or “is here”). However, it could simply mean “BNE was here” (as amateur spray paint graffiti vandals often like to let us know), using the Japanese word for the same to deepen the wild theories that so many are brewing, and seems to be working well so far to that end.
    Interestingly enough, there was quite a widespread computer virus that infected computer systems around the world soon after BNE started “arriving” that contained the three letters “BNE” in its name (Win32.Rbot.BNE). There are many references on the Internet linking the sticker culprits, and the hackers behind the virus, but as expected, proof of it has not been ascertained.



    There is only one explanation for BNE so far that is believable enough for me - that being the “Benet” theory. “Benet”, as he is known, is a “prolific” (the word most often associated with him) graffiti artist from San Francisco. Allegedly, (as in the picture to the right), he writes his name in overdone bubble graffiti letters. The reason he is linked to BNE is that apparently he signs his graffiti with the block letter initials “BNE”. Although, the BNE stickers have become more widely known than his graffiti artwork, and he himself remains elusive to police, despite his popularity among cult graffiti artists. Benet is said to also have visited Tokyo a few times, around the same time when stickers started to appear on the streets here. One comment on a blog I visited recounts the writer having an alleged run in with Benet at Club Milk in Ebisu, where he was hanging out with the likes of several other “celebrities”. When the blogger approached Benet with comments of adoration of his work, Benet ignored him, and was “cold and rude” according to the post.



    Whoever BNE is, he has carried out one of the most successful, low budget and viral brand recognition campaigns I have ever seen. What it is exactly that he wants, or is trying to tell us, remains in the dark… at least for now. Of his several different variations of sticker, some feature a halo and the number 1 as to the left, and as yet, these subtle symbols are as baffling to us as the three letters themselves.
    We will update you with any more information we get on the BNE enigma, but if you know anything, please share it with us by leaving a comment below! In the meantime, enjoy the BNE Sticker collection below (All of were shot in and around Tokyo). Note the seventh image, which is a perfect example of BNE’s spray painted graffiti art in, showing how BNE often refers to himself as King BNE in his non-sticker adaptations.






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    He's growing! Not just stickers now, "he's" physically spraying his name in black (rather neat handwriting I must say!) and proclaiming to be King BNE now.

    The latest being sprayed at the end of my soi, Sukhumvit 53.

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    Is it the new John 3:16?

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    filch, you live in 53?

    My kids go to school there, we live on 55.

    Lots of it around our area.

    Maybe it's me.

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    I do indeed. So you're kinds go to Bangkok Prep, nice.

    Maybe that's you in the Toyota WISH that always holds me up when I am on a motorcycle on my way to the BTS!

    Swine!

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    Hardly, I refuse to drive in this country.

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    I just noticed it a couple of days ago on lower Suk also and now am seeing it bloody everywhere

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    Is he the new "DJ Demolition" sticker ? that one used to be everywhere in Bangkok

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    Went down Soi 53 on Wednesday & saw the "king BNE was here" sprayed on the wall.

    He's also all over Silom, has spay paintings round Chinatown and of course Khao San Road.

    What gets me is the stickers are bunched up together but most importantly they're always perfectly straight not as if he's just slapped them on as he passes by. How the fok does no one spot him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly
    Is he the new "DJ Demolition" sticker ?
    he really was a DJ, used to do Mystique, glow then graduated to Lucifiers in Pattaya!

    blah blah hip hop.

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    Also wondering

    I stumbled across your web community as I was searching for the truth about BNE. I have seen 'his' stickers around BKK since I came back from BNE (Brisbane, QLD) itself in August 2006, but kind of have this familiar feeling about it some time before.

    It seems to me as it is a 'movement', a global one since it is unlikely that 'the king' can be everywhere at the same time. And there has to be a huge number of people must involve in this international mission of some sort. It is outragously interesting to know who 'he' is, and what he is up to. Thhanks for sharing.

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    aint that a thing i was just wondering about that when i was in bkk yesterday, down near the british embassy ploenchit entrance, theres some bne sprayed on some road works on the pavement,loads in sukumvit too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rural Surin View Post
    You'll find these BNE was here throughout Asia. For years...be it in the form of graffiti, posters, stickers, etc. Hong Hong, Tokyo, BKK, Singapore. They're bladdy everywhere.
    I live in Singapore and I've seen BNE almost everywhere and when I came to BKK for work I STILL see it everywhere!

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    bne

    i say ,,,,,,,go and do something useful in this world,,,,,,i think you are stupid

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    and you are way behind son shine!

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