Ron English has been making street art for years. He started out in the 1980s with street art that was a warning about corporate greed to come in America. His art has blown up and many say he’s the prequel to Banksy. This year, Ron English is making masks for COVID with a partnership through Threadless. He figures now that everyone has to wear them, they might as well make you look cool doing it.
- New York artist Ron English has been called a precursor to Banksy.
- His best-selling Grin masks have been popular in China for years.
- English’s designer toys became a way for him to address social and political issues.
“For Threadless, English has been keeping busy in quarantine with a new series of face masks, which was born out of his wife’s efforts to help a local hospital during the peak of the pandemic, when there was a shortage of personal protective equipment.”