Blackall Street Paint Jam celebrates one year of London Calling

Our friends at London Calling blog are celebrating one full year of blogging. What better way to mark the occasion than with an a celebration out paint jam on Blackall Street, one of London’s most popular painting spots.

The blog, which documents street art as it happens, has built up a great reputation over the year and become a staple of the blogging scene in the East End.  We’ve recommended them for a while and you find links to them and more in our blogs we love to follow section.

And for Blackall Street, it’s the second set piece paint jam we’ve covered this year having visited a couple of weeks before to record the all girl jam organised by Femme Fierce.  On that occasion London in January didn’t disappoint and it chucked it down, this time it was just “pretty cold”.

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Elno wearing an Artista mask hanging out in Monty’s Bar afterwards

Taking part, the likes of Giusi Tomasello, Gary Alford, Olivier Robieau, New Art Rioter, Elno, Zina, Frankie Strand, Mutiny, Artista, Seeds One, Furia and Morgandy all turned up, paints in hand to decorate spots on the street supplied by street art organisers Global Street Art. Needless to say the art didn’t disappoint and following on from the antics earlier in the month, Blackall Street is starting to look pretty good.

So, the purpose of a paint jam is of course to create new art and for blogs like ours it’s our job to hang out, be cool and take awesome photos so here they are and happy birthday to London Calling.

The paint jam in Blackall Street took place over the weekend of 23 and 24 January 2016.  Our previous feature on the the paint jam earlier in the year can be found here.

Blackall Street Paint Jam Gallery

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Giusi Tomasello finishing off her work on the first day
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Blackall Street with unfinished work from Olivier Roubieu
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Elno in action finishing up her piece
The finished piece from Elno
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Seeds One was trying something different for the new year and painted this atmospheric Anonymous duo
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Seeds finishing off his Anonymous piece
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Giusi Tomasello’s tribute to David Bowie
Giusi’s finished work
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Next to her Gary Alford painted a portrait of Nick Cave who had said that his music was inspired by Bowie
New Art Rioter’s green haired lady
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Zina decided to use the jam to try something totally different and wrote ‘Recognize’ in orange and yellow.  Still keeping a blue background though.
Frankie Strand drew a dolphin with its insides coming out next to a piece from Kaes
A quick flying toast throw up from Artista
Artista and Morgandy painted a collaboration with each other
Morgandy and Artista collaboration
Golden-Shouldered Parrot from Jane Mutiny
Skeleton Cardboard
Portrait of Donald Trump by Furia ‘Democracy even when an idiot has a say’
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Furia even made his artwork interactive by providing eggs for people to pelt it with.  You can read more about that piece in a follow up article here.


  1. Looking forward to seeing that street again… The Furia one really made me smile…..Sending this comment from Nepal… Oh in between power cuts!!!!

      1. Just spent 10 hours in Delhi airport soooo that’s not as much fun as spotting street art in London…. Looking forward to seeing all the artwork for real soon….Boarding now!!!

  2. Wow! What a fantastic and lovely review accompanied by superb pictures, Inspiring City, we can’t thank you enough, a privilege to be featured on this wonderful blog, which inspired us to start our own. Glad you made it down, was great to see you, and until the next one, Thank You so very much!

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