BNE has amazing range

You may have seen our prior story on BNE, still at large and subject to a $2500 reward. Apparently previous theories about him possibly being Japanese are correct . . . my friend Joe is now visiting Japan, and sends this picture from Kyoto:


5 Comments so far

  1. Chipmonkey (unregistered) on September 4th, 2006 @ 11:47 am

    Although it is not impossible, I find it unlikely that this world wide representation of BNE is all from 1 person. Think of the Obey or You Are Beautiful movements – many people are involved and the numbers grow each day. I’d venture to say even the San Francisco culprit they are searching for is more than one person. But there is no doubt that everyone has seen the BNE stickers and that is what it is all about.

  2. Adam (unregistered) on September 4th, 2006 @ 5:32 pm

    Yeah, I agree–it’s much more likely that BNE is a group than a solo operator, and probably a group with no connection other than the stickers. It’d be neat to see who’s behind this and why they’re doing it. The Obey and You Are Beautiful stickers are a little easier to grasp because they have an aesthetic, a thesis, a unifying principle besides their plain meaning: even without more information, anyone can tell you that a sticker that says “Obey” probably has something to do with authority, one that mentions a “posse” has something to do with group membership, and one that says “you are beautiful” has something to do with beauty. These things, you just get three block capital letters (and two kanji on the older ones), and no information on what they mean or what BNE (be it a person or group) supports, opposes, stands for, or is.

  3. sam (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 7:46 pm

    BNE is one person, King Bento

  4. sam (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 7:48 pm


  5. MassArt (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2006 @ 7:42 am

    BNE means Be Nice Everyone

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