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