Bentoghoul is the name I go by for all my street art needs. I really wanted Ghoul but it’s common in tagger names so I added Bento to it to make it more interesting…also to make it sound less cringey. I wanted something that reflected the fact that I’m drawing darker things but with a bit of fun to it too.
Since May 2019, so for a year now!
My girlfriend took me on a little street art tour of our city (Manchester). Back then I had no idea what any of it was about or why people did it. I became a bit obsessed with trying to understand it, and through reading online and watching videos it started to sound really fun and appealing. So I bought some eggshells and poscas and started to make some stickers.
Not too long ago a businessman came out and shouted at me for putting stickers on this old tagged up door that had nazi symbols on it. When he saw me and realised I was bigger than him and had a beard and tattoos he seemed far less into the idea of shouting at me…which was pretty funny. I tried to have a normal conversation with him to tell him I was covering nazi tags, he didn’t seem to care, and told me he didn’t want my “porn stickers” on his building.
There is definitely a sub culture, the sticker culture on instagram alone is proof of that. There are sticker exhibitions, shows, meet ups and even a sticker museum in Berlin. It feels pretty underground, and there are different types of groups too which is fun.
I do consider it art, anything that you practice and is visually appealing to someone is art in some way. Some people don’t like to call what they do art because they connect that to the stuff in galleries but I think it’s a broad word. Honestly, I’m just trying to have fun and to find an outlet for my drawings. My job is based in digital art, so I never get to touch anything I create. Making stickers and printing them is that step from art existing on an ipad to real life and then living on the street where it’s free for anyone to see.
I do think that there is room for more dark art in street art though. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy most of the stuff I see but I’d love to see more darker stuff for sure.
There’s always too many ideas in mind. Nothing huge at the moment, I still feel pretty new to the scene so I’m continuing creating new designs at the moment as well as collabing with amazing artists.
The farthest I’ve gone and put stickers up is probably Berlin. I’ve only been abroad twice since I’ve started this so haven’t had much time to travel really far away yet. I’d love to see my stickers anywhere! One goal I had recently was New York, and thanks to an artist over there I now have stickers up on those streets.
Have fun! Create what feels right for you and put it out there. Don’t be afraid to go and put your work up on the streets. Instagram is a great tool to use for people to see your stickers but if they never leave your room you only exist on a platform that could vanish whenever the next best thing comes along. A good eggshell or even vinyl will last years outdoors and there are people who go looking for new stickers regularly. Go share with them.
I have lots of inspirations. Some of the strongest are the guys from my crew Pestilencia Worldwide. Ratanic and Rek La Blatte were/are really big inspirations because their stuff is darker with a bit of humour too. Another one is a friend I made quite early on called Ohzlvart, he’s an insane artist and has a really appealing style. Feelingsboi from Canada is great too, his character is always so appealing and he manages to add good messages to his work. Pretty much everyone inspires me in some way, there are loads of people from the UK who make amazing things.
For the next interview I’d like to nominate Ohzlvart. He’s been a supporter and huge help since I started this journey and is always creating incredible art. I’m sure he can make pretty much anything, like some kind of dark art wizard.
Huge thanks to my girlfriend for getting me into street art and being my biggest supporter. A big thanks to the following sticker and pasteup artists for their help – Ohlzvart, Rek La Blatte, Dmstff, Jimzina, Losthills, Fuzzylogic, Black Dove Artist, Youfo, Daddystreetfox, Hellothemushroom and probably loads more!