Tribute to Ben Naz as Street Artists Take Over the Leake Street Tunnel for Memorial Paint Jam

The legal graffiti space underneath the arches of Waterloo station, the Leake Street Tunnel, once again received a makeover today as the street art community turned out in force to pay tribute to one of its own.

Ben Naz, the respected street artist, recently lost a long running battle with cancer having fought against the disease for a number of years. Naz’s motto, was ‘Live Life Without Regrets’ and that is certainly the way he chose to live his life particularly during the last months of his life.

This weekend was a poignant one for the family and friends of the ‘Guerilla’ artist. A funeral and service on Friday was followed by a fundraising event in his name the day after at the Affordably Affordable Art Fair in Shoreditch. Sunday’s Leake Street Paint Jam was an opportunity for friends from the art world to come along and pay their respects in the best way they know how.

It’s not the first time a Paint Jam has been held to support Ben Naz, the F**K You Cancer event in 2013 also saw the street art community come out in force. So for this post I just wanted to concentrate on the art that was created in memory of Ben Naz, the original Guerilla artist.

Ben Naz Leake Street Tribute Gallery

Ben Naz by Pauli Bates

Ben Naz by Pauli Bates

Pauli Bates by his tribute piece

Pauli Bates by his tribute piece

Elno next to her tribute piece to Ben Naz in the tunnel

Elno next to her tribute piece to Ben Naz in the tunnel

Edit of Elno drawing in a book with her tribute piece behind

Edit of Elno drawing in a book with her tribute piece behind

Amara Por Dios next to her tribute piece in the tunnel

Amara Por Dios next to her tribute piece in the tunnel

Edit of Amara Por Dios tribute piece to Ben Naz

Edit of Amara Por Dios tribute piece to Ben Naz

Itsa Disorder and Koby in action creating the tribute.  Itsa Disorder In a message on the Team Naz Facebook page Disorder said that the 2013 paint jam inspired her to paint again after a lengthy break

Itsa Disorder and Koby in action creating the tribute. Itsa Disorder In a message on the Team Naz Facebook page Disorder said that the 2013 paint jam inspired her to paint again after a lengthy break

'Ben' by Itsa Disorder and Koby with Koby painting.

‘Ben’ by Itsa Disorder and Koby with Koby painting.

Collaboration between Itsa Disorder and Koby

Collaboration between Itsa Disorder and Koby

Work from Baron Naz, the son of Ben following in his fathers footsteps

Work from Baron Naz, the son of Ben following in his fathers footsteps

Dice Sixty Seven Tribute

Dice Sixty Seven Tribute

A photographer takes a picture of the tribute from TrueF and Pauli Bates

A photographer takes a picture of the tribute from TrueF-1 and Pauli Bates

Fist by Pauli Bates

Fist by Pauli Bates

'Ben Naz' by 'Next Generation'

‘Ben Naz’ by ‘Next Generation’

The Leake Street Tunnel during the Ben Naz paint jam

The Leake Street Tunnel during the Ben Naz paint jam

Angel tribute by KerryAnn Hays and her son Kieran

Angel tribute by KerryAnn Hays and her son Kieran

Piece by Blair Zaye and Ubangibangi photo by Blair Zaye taken  from 'Team Naz' facebook page

Piece by Blair Zaye and Ubangibangi photo by Blair Zaye taken from ‘Team Naz’ facebook page

Tribute by Pixels Pencil photo by the artist taken from the Team Naz facebook page

Tribute by Pixels Pencil photo by the artist taken from the Team Naz facebook page

Naz looking down the tunnel by Pixels Pencil

Naz looking down the tunnel by Pixels Pencil

Emotive tribute from TrueF to Ben Naz

Emotive tribute from TrueF-1 aka Art Under the Hood to Ben Naz

Bandito tribute to Ben Naz

Bandito tribute to Ben Naz

Work from Carlos Martyn Burgos and Pauli Bates

Work from Carlos Martyn Burgos and Pauli Bates

A tribute to Ben Naz's famous 'Selfie' image by Gee Street Art

A tribute to Ben Naz’s famous ‘Selfie’ image by Gee Street Art

Ben Naz with 'Live Life Without Regrets' written in Farsi by Elle and Mike

Ben Naz with ‘Live Life Without Regrets’ written in Farsi by Elle and Mike

Team Naz by Gee Higgins

Team Naz by Gee Higgins

Ben Naz Tribute by Speculum

Ben Naz Tribute by Speculum

Ben Naz close up by Elle and Mike

Ben Naz close up by Elle and Mike

Work from Graffeeney next to Next Generation

Work from Graffeeney next to Next Generation

Ben Naz by Beastie

Ben Naz by Beastie

Ben Naz by Pauli Bates

Ben Naz by Pauli Bates

The Leake Street tribute to Ben Naz took place on 16 November 2014 at the Leake Street Tunnel in Waterloo.