Native Texan Ben Jenkins is an American designer, brand strategist, entrepreneur, speaker, and semi-pro dad, husband, rubberfoot, workamper, surfer, and angler. He founded OneFastBuffalo in 1998 after completing his MFA in Art & Technology at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied new media arts & technology, design, film, philosophy, and current social issues of the American Indian. While attending SAIC he spent time making his thesis film on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. This period of time really screwed up his trust of conventional wisdom and thus the seed idea for Onefastbuffalo was born.
Before this time, Ben studied graphic design and architecture as an undergraduate at Mississippi State University while playing baseball for the Southeastern Conference school. After college, Ben spent time as a Minor League baseball player for the Philadelphia Phillies. This is when he started doing freelance design projects to pass the time while sitting in motels and riding in buses. "I love playing ball but I don't like watching soap operas, eating at 711s, and playing poker half the day. I did like the long bus rides from town-to-town though. I had long stretches of time to think on things, sketch ideas, and read. I also saw lots of interesting terrain." To this day, that sense of nomadism and learning remains as the core creative philosophy of the company. "I believe that creative people do not just "have" ideas. I believe we are just better equipped to see and find them. We need to see new things, to have new ideas. So as a company, that is what we do. We get out and experience the world, bring it back to the studio, and then make something new out of it." Read about his 1958 Airstream Mobile Office.
Ben has a passion for creating new brands and helping revitalize old brands. Receiving no previous agency experience before founding OFB, Ben has 15 + years experience working with organizations large and small and has no intention of ending his daily pursuit to progress as a designer. "Making things is what I like to do. I'm not cut out for much else from an employment standpoint. I'd just sit there and re-arrange everything in the place." OneFastBuffalo is a full time endeavor for Ben, but he also enjoys speaking and giving lectures.
Beyond working with clients via OFB, Ben has also started other successful brands of his own including: Warstic Bat Co, Treadsmith Board Co, Workhaus Lodge, and INDIG. Ben was selected as the 2009 MSU College of Architecture, Art & Design Alumnus of the Year. Ben is married to a kick-arse gal named Jenn whom he met when he was 12. They have 3 sons, Shane, Shepard and Shaw. He enjoys collecting boots, playing guitars and banjo, camping, surfing/skiing/snowboarding, cooking, drawing & painting, leather-working, all kinds of working out, and playing baseball. He coaches the Warstic Buffaloes Little League Baseball teams and enjoys Airstream trips with his family…dragging them pretty much all around the Northern hemisphere looking for cool junk, hittin every pawn shop from here to Barstow and generally enjoying some slow clean living.