Eine is in love with typography. Over a few years he has transformed Hoxton into a giant sentence, covering many of the area’s metal shutters with colourful capital letters in a circus-style font.
The 37-year-old artist has been writing graffiti since the early ’80s but no longer has ‘the legs or lungs to be running away from the police all the time’ as he puts it. His shutter pieces developed out of a mistake: he ran out of room while painting his name and realised that single letters raised fascinating questions: ‘Why? Who? What does it mean? Is it an advert?’ He takes pleasure in that lack of clarity, using his super-sized alphabet to trace a personal, interpretative trajectory across the city.
Over the past two years, Eine has painted more than 60 of his letters in London, Newcastle, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Paris. ‘Every time I visit a crime-ridden city I try to paint some shutters. You only find shop shutters in places where there is a fear, real or not, of crime,’ he observes. In addition to alphabet prints exhibited in galleries, he’s started painting a more futuristic A-Z on the back of the black electrical boxes on roadsides. He’s also made huge 16-metre-long murals of words like ‘Scary’ or ‘Vandalism’. Credits to this full article go to timeout magazine.