Paint Jam in the Leake Street Tunnel as Street Artists remember Ben Naz

Street Artists once again got together over the weekend to pay tribute to popular artist Ben Naz at one of his favoured locations, the Leake Street tunnel.

Occupying one end of the popular legal graffiti spot, tributes were painted to remember Naz who died from Cancer the year before. Many of the artists on show were part of SSOSVA, the guerilla grouping otherwise known as the Secret Society of Super Villain Artists of which Naz was a part.

Jamming in the tunnel with a tribute to Ben Naz from Dope in the background
Jamming in the tunnel with a tribute to Ben Naz from Dope in the background

Last year another event in the same place paid tribute to Naz and the year before, the F**K You Cancer event took place in the midst of the artists battle with the disease. It’s been a running theme of artists doing what they can to raise awareness.

Naz’s motto was to ‘Live life without regrets’ and it was on the tongues of many inside the tunnel, also finding its way onto the walls as part of a number of the pieces. We went along towards the end of the day and got some snaps which are below. Our friends at London Calling also captured a lot of the day and their post can be found here.

We missed the end of the day, when the sun went down and the tunnel became dark. The artists held a candlelit vigil for their friend as they lit up the tunnel with flickering candlelight. A moving tribute to a popular man who died too young.

The paint jam paying tribute to Ben Naz took place in the Leake Street Tunnel on Saturday 24 October 2015.

Remembering Ben Naz Photo Gallery

Boy blowing Ben Naz bubbles from Dope
Boy blowing Ben Naz bubbles from Dope
Popular Italian artist Giusi Tomasello
Popular Italian artist Giusi Tomasello
Political image from Tony Bellow.  He told me that Naz often painted political images so that's why he chose to do this piece
Political image from John Bulley. He told me that Naz often painted political images so that’s why he chose to do this piece
Paste up from Pixel Pencils and Pauli Bates
Paste up from Pixel Pencils and Pauli Bates
'Live Life' not sure who the artist is on this one
‘Live Life’ just one of a number of pieces from the prolific Jarvis
The amazing Perspicere with string art in the tunnel
The amazing Perspicere with string art in the tunnel
More perspicere work attached to debris at the far end of the tunnel
More perspicere work attached to debris at the far end of the tunnel
Admittedly not the most glamorous of locations for Perspicere's colourful effort but that's what the tunnel is like, art can be found anywhere
Admittedly not the most glamorous of locations for Perspicere’s colourful effort but that’s what the tunnel is like, art can be found anywhere
Dope's piece with Ben Naz paste ups in the  background
Dope’s piece with Ben Naz paste ups in the background
Lisart and with some young friends having painted in the tunnel
Lisart and with some young friends having painted in the tunnel
Ben Naz mural by 'The Next Generation'
Ben Naz mural by ‘The Next Generation’
Lisart also paid tribute to Terry Sue-Patt who died earlier this year and who was also a member of SSOSVA
Lisart also paid tribute to Terry Sue-Patt who died earlier this year and who was also a member of SSOSVA
Rizla1, John Bulley and Venus side by side at the far end of the tunnel
Rizla1, John Bulley and Venus side by side at the far end of the tunnel
'Running Free' a stallion by Venus
‘Running Free’ a stallion by Venus
The prolific Jarvis painting in the tunnel
The prolific Jarvis painting in the tunnel
Looking down onto the action below
Looking down onto the action below
'Punk Queen' stencils from Bof
‘Punk Queen’ stencils from Bof
Multiple artists painted side by side at the far end of the tunnel
Multiple artists painted side by side at the far end of the tunnel
The tunnel with work from Tho3e Tw1nz
The tunnel with work from Tho3e Tw1nz
Looking at the tunnel from the other side with work from Tho3e Tw1nz
Looking at the tunnel from the other side with work from Tho3e Tw1nz

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