Mugshots of street artists are pasted onto the walls of London as part of the PINCH project from Art No Cube

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.


Posters have been popping up everywhere as part of the PINCH project.  Here is Marcelo Eco from Brazil and Vinie Graffiti from France who incidentally was also the first to have her picture taken.

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  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.

PINCH Gallery

airborne mark poster

Airborne Mark on Chance Street


French artist Alex Krap-Crap on Grimsby Street with some works from Donk next to it.

louis masai poster ant carver

Louis Masai next to some work from Ant Carver

zina poster

Zina on Scalter Street appears to have fallen foul of a blue pen which is quite ironic because of course she usually paints with blue

christiaan nagal poster

Christiaan Nagal, he of the giant mushrooms with some interactive art from Saki & Bitches in the foreground

christiaan nagal poster

Close up of Christiaans mugshot.  It looks like he’s been photographed somewhere suitably high as that’s where most of his art can be found

pang sr.x, zabou poster

Pang, Sr.X and Zabou on Brick Lane


Zabou next to one of her pieces which can still be seen on Brick Lane


Pang with a mask she has added to her face and Lord Snooty peeking round the corner


Regular visitor to the city Cranio, the Brazilian artist


Frenchman Gregos on Hanbury Street whose face should be well known by now as his art involves him making plaster casts of himself and placing them around the city.


Vinie Graffiti taken next to her fantastic piece by the Toynbee Hall.  This poster though can be found in the Seven Stars car park off Brick Lane

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Brazilian artist Marcelo Eco


Onesto, another artist from Brazil


The prolific Nathan Bowen photographed on Fashion Street


Furia and Elno next to each other on Hanbury Street