Birthday celebrations lead to a graffiti jam at Mile End skate park

Mile End skate park isn’t a place we get to very often.  There’s a leisure centre, a running track a leisure centre and a whole bunch of five a side courts alongside the park which is rammed full of graffiti.

An event last weekend saw an impromptu gathering to celebrate the upcoming birthdays of two of our favourite muralists Artista from London and Annatomix, down for the day from Birmingham.  Painting alongside them New Art Rioter, Skeleton Cardboard and Lenny Massive added to the days session and gave me an excuse to get down to Mile End.

Annatomix and Artista often paint together and have been fairly active over the year so far. In fact Artista has painted over twenty murals alone during January and February, it’s an impressive number and means that the streets of London have been receiving a regular dowsing of colour.  Annatomix meanwhile hit the headlines earlier in the year when her tribute to David Bowie painted in Birmingham hit the headlines.  There have been a lot of tributes but hers was a stand out.

So just a small post this, if you like graffiti the mile end skate park is a good place to go and have a look at what’s on offer.  It’s kind of out of the way in terms of the more regular street art scene but you do get artists turning up from time to time to add to the work on the arches so you never know who you might bump into.

The paint jam at Mile End took place on Saturday 20 February 2016 and featured work from Artista, Annatomix, New Art Rioter, Lenny Massive and Skeleton Cardboard.

Mile End Birthday paint jam gallery

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The completed wall from Artista, Annatomix and New Art Rioter in the tunnel next to the skate park

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Birthday cake from Artista

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A chilling out fox from Annatomix

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Annatomix adding her tag to the work

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Our friends at London Calling blog trying to get a good snap

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The mile end skate park graffiti

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Artists working in the tunnel next to the skate park

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The skate park in the rain

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New Art Rioters dog portrait flanked with some candles and flowers from Artista

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Little sea creatures from Lenny Massive

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The Squid Massive from Lenny Massive

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Work from Skeleton Cardboard

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Artista adding some finishing touches

For more on the paint jam head down to our friends at London Calling Blog who were also there capturing the day.  You can read their post here.