FAB66 is a fourth-generation London ‘Eastender’. He was born in 1966 - exactly 300 years after the original Bow Bells of St Mary-le-Bow were destroyed in the Great Fire of London.

His father’s first suit was cut by the Kray’s suit-maker. His grandmother’s job in the original pre-war Tinseltown would regale a juvenile Terence Stamp with tales of Hollywood. Indeed, the young ‘Stampy’ was fortuitously rescued from drowning in a local swimming pool by her son, FAB’s father. That same garden fence would on occasion overlook visits from Michael Cane to David Bailey.

From a post-industrial backdrop of London’s docks, bridges and wharfs, FAB66 embraced the visual arts as a means to look out beyond the shadows of yesteryear. An early school report stated he was simply ‘good at art’. The rest is posthistory.

Now at a landmark age, FAB66, a practising pop artist, runs an urban art initiative in north London; here he once introduced American celebrated artist Shepard Fairey to the walls at the end of his street.

During the same year that FAB66 made his debut appearance:
The Beatles began recording the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
John Lennon met Yoko Ono at the Indica Gallery, London
Star Trek debuted on NBC-TV
The legendary album Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys was released
Walt Disney died
Cassius Clay, later Muhammad Ali, declared himself a conscientious objector and refused to go to the Vietnam war
The Batman television series, starring Adam West, debuts on ABC

View FAB66 works HERE

All artwork and images © James Straffon 2017.