Video credit: My Dubai My City
He’s been referred to as Bristol city in UK’s “king of the graffiti scene” and this status has been given an added boost after Inkie, aka Tom Bingle recently helped to create the official world’s longest graffiti mural – standing at just around 2.5km long (around 2,245.4 metres)
Inkie, aka Tom Bingle, joined 150 graffiti artists in total all from around the world to create the work in Dubai, entitled The Rehlatna, or Our Journey in English. The urban mural measured precisely 2,245.4 metres in length and used at least 7,000 spray paint cans to complete.
The graffiti scroll – almost three times the height of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest man-made structure – was sprawled on the side of a sand fixture which was made especially to resemble the UAE map, near the Jumeirah Beach Park.
The work was created as part of the recent celebrations of the 43rd UAE National Day, which marks the UAE’s formal nationalisation from the British Protectorate Treaties ending on December 1, 1971.
It took more than one hour to measure the whole scroll and it was officially confirmed as the worlds longest graffiti scroll upon completion.
Inkie is a London based painter and street artist, originally from Clifton in Bristol. He is cited as being part of Bristol’s graffiti heritage, alongside fellow artists like Banksy, 3D and Nick Walker. He has had a range of UK based commissions in addition to his traveling involvements and his works have been described as very diverse in influences… incorporating styles from Maya architecture, William Morris, Mouse & Kelly, Alphonse Mucha, the Arts and Crafts movement and Islamic geometry.
Inkie was commissioned for this latest project in Dubai to contribute his unique style to the graffiti scrolls, with overall brief being to detail the 43 year UAE’s journey to date.The sections sprayed by Inkie feature a variety of writing, including his own tag, and artwork in his signature styles, all which are common sights around Bristol city in the UK.
Other parts of the artwork include depictions of camels, palm trees and a veiled woman.
Inkie is currently planning upcoming projects in London, UK and also plans to travel for more international commissions in 2015. Mumbai in India is one of many worldwide destinations in which his team are actively looking at local commissions and showcase.
EDITORIAL NOTE: For those in the UK currently watching the latest series of Big Brother on Channel 5… we spotted some graffiti art in the house that looked very much like the work of Inkie… if you spot it in the background, TWEET US!
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