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Getting to know (#011)…Mr Bingo™


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Eleventh in the series of interviews with people we know, have worked with, or are inspiring.
I'm sure you've all heard of our next interviewee, he's the King of self-promotion, the man born in a small childs body, Mr Potty-mouth, the master of pens, the one, the only (thank f**k) Mr Bingo™
Mr Bingo™, the Batman of the illustration world once chastised Nicky for calling him by his real name ("Don't EVER call me that in public again"). I met Mr Bingo™ (one of the SBCs) through another friend James 'Gradiate' Greenfield quite a few years ago and has been a friend ever since. He's a very talented individual with a wicked sense of humour, and I think that's his main USP, the way he looks at the world.
He came up with the genius idea of 'Hate Mail©', as the man himself explains it "You send me twenty quid (plus postage) and I'll send you a vintage postcard with a little drawing and an offensive message on it. (that's why it's called 'Hate mail'). So you get an original signed drawing, the postman get's a laugh and the world get's a little bit happier". The project was so successful that he was inundated with requests and the project has now been made into a book 'Hate Mail©' (published by Penguin Books). As Mr Bingo™ himself says, it's a great downstairs toilet book, buy it, you won't regret it (and perhaps he'll stop spamming everywhere if you do).

**UPDATE** Mr Bingo™'s brand team have been in touch and pointed out that the only reason he did this interview was so he could plug his book. And as outlined in our agreement, pages 3, 5, 9 & 11 state "A link should clearly be displayed pointing to the Amazon page of his book, failure to do so will end in legal procedure by Mr Bingo™'s legal team".
So here is that link — BUY Mr Bingo™ - HATE MAIL BOOK HERE.
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*Hate Mail© book cover
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*Hate Mail© spread
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*Hate Mail© spread
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*Hate Mail© posting
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*Hate Mail© posting
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*Hate Ale©
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Getting to know (#011) — Mr Bingo™
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Build: Please tell us a little about who you are and what you do.
Mr Bingo™: My name is Mr Bingo and I'm meant to be an illustrator.
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B: How did you get to this point in time?
MB: Through a series of mistakes, accidents, decisions (right and wrong ones), a bit of luck and trying hard.
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B: Where are you based?
MB: I live in Victoria Park (London) and I work from a studio in Dalston (London).
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B: Does where you live/work inform you as a person?
MB: If my work includes ironically facial haired middle class hipsters discussing their latest coffee app in a pop up burlesque burger bar, then yes.
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B: What is your favourite piece of your own work and why is it your favourite?
MB: It's a postcard I sent to someone which has a drawing on it of an overweight boy looking at a book and it says 'GIVE UP YOUR UNREALISTIC DREAMS'.
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B: Three words that sum up you and your attitude to what you do?
MB: MASTER OF PENS.
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B: Describe your style?
MB: I would say my work has more of a feeling than a look.
I'd want that feeling to be a funny feeling.
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B: What kind of music do you listen to?
MB: http://studiomusic.fm/_bingo.html
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B: What is your most played track in iTunes?
MB: The Strokes - Machu Picchu.
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B: What is your favourite piece of art?
MB: A drawing my girlfriend did of me, drinking a Capri Sun.
(http://instagram.com/p/RxHY8kPCkP/)
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B: Where were you last happiest?
MB: 1986. I completed the Panini Mexico 86 World Cup sticker album.
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B: What makes you smile?
MB: Animals, humans, sky, nature, buildings, conversations, youtube clips, art, new socks, food, nudists, colours.
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B: Your house is on fire, your family is safe, what do you save?
MB: A plastic A4 wallet containing a collection of my childhood drawings.

Thanks Mr Bingo™*

*Mr Bingo™ is a registered trademark of Mr Bingo™

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Mr Bingo™ / Hate Mail© / Dalston (London) / The Strokes - Machu Picchu / Panini Mexico 86 World Cup sticker album.

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