Mugshots of some the city’s best known street artists have been appearing all over the Brick Lane and Shoreditch areas of London.
Holding a sign that simply says PINCH, the artists are photographed against their work and then reproduced in glorious black and white before being slapped up against a wall for wanderers to wonder at.
Part of a project from the curator collective ‘Art No Cube‘, PINCH comes from an acronym of the phrase ‘Names Have been Changed to Protect the Innocent. It’s all seemingly to do with identity, to show the true features of those who are normally only known by the works they leave behind.
According to the Art No Cube website, “We are so used to seeing these artists around our neighbourhoods on our day-by-day lives through their work, so we thought it would be cool to transform themselves in art.”
By all accounts there are loads of these posters around although I suspect many have fallen foul of either the weather or of ‘other artists’. A quick wander around just before Christmas revealed a number that had been ripped down and some which looked a bit bedraggled whilst others were doing pretty well.
It’s a nice idea anyway from Art no Cube, who we met for the first time last year when they arranged a successful pop up outdoor show on Sclater Street for the popular Lucas Levitan. The followed it up a year later as they featured another friend of this blog, Ben Wilson the Chewing Gum Man on the South Bank where his chewing gum bridge has become the stuff of legend.
So we weren’t able to have the most extensive look around but we did manage to find quite a few. There will be plenty of others, it’s just a case of seeking them out but for now, here are some of the street art mugshots from the PINCH project.
For more mugshots have a look here at www.pinchmugshots.com. All pictures were taken by Inspiring City on 13 December 2015 around the area of Brick Lane and Redchurch Street in Shoreditch. To follow the project on instagram check our their page here.