Mue Bon, the 36 year old street artist from Thailand ... has made his name painting endearing character with a social message; including his PukRuk black bird, the tv-screen faced Mr. TV, and a Mickey Mouse-eared skull incorporating a peace symbol. He has exhibited his paintings and sculptures around the world and recently partnered with high-end brand Hermès. His first introduction to graffiti as a kid were album covers from hip hop, hardcore and heavy metal genres. Music moves this black bird from migrating from one city to the next. During his latest trip to NYC, we got a few facts about our new feathered friend.
FACT #1: What does the moniker Mue Bon stand for?
The ‘MUE’ means ‘hands’ in Thai, while ‘BON’ refers to ‘restlessness’ or ‘fidgeting.’ The name is also international because ‘bon’ in French means good. So, he has either good or fidgety hands…
FACT #2: Where did Mue Bon grow up?
The artist grew up in the slum area of Thonburi, Bangkok, in Thailand; where he escaped into a fantasy world reading Japanese manga and, as a teen, doing graffiti by night to avoid arrest.
No! He has travelled around Southeast Asia, Australia, Japan, Moscow, Denver and New York. He has just flew in from opening a joint show with Thai artist Alex Face at Vertical Gallery, Chicago, IL. After leaving the Big Apple he heads to Milwaukee, Miami, LA and then Palestine!
FACT #5: Are there causes Mue Bon supports?
Yes! In addition to the social commentary in his work, the artist recently painted murals in support of endangered wildlife with a giant rooftop black panther in Melbourne, Australia, and PukRuk spraying “Save Our Forests” across the front of the Bangkok Arts and Cultural Centre in Thailand.