Banksy Tunnel

The air is thick with chemicals and weed. Overhead trains rumble in and out of Waterloo. Masked artist, armed with cans and plans, stand like off-duty stormtroopers. Adding colour and political expression to what otherwise would be another dingy London alley.

Storm Trooper Graffiti Artist

Leake Street Tunnel is London's playground for graffiti artists. The place they go to get baked as they decorate the walls and the ceiling with vivid colour and political statement–hopefully, without fear of arrest.

Trump

Nearly a decade ago, in May 2008, renowned street artist Banksy held the first Cans Festival here in the Leake Street Tunnel, expressing his wish that the project would:

Transform a dark forgotten filth pit into an oasis of beautiful art… I’ve always felt anyone with a paint can should have as much say in how our cities look as architects and ad men.
Tunnel Girl

Twenty-nine artists went to work, each spraying down a section of wall, giving the tunnel a touch of their artistic style, and starting a trend that changed Leake Street forever. Six months after the festival, The Tunnel was made pedestrian only graffiti zone.

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It's incredible how small the world is. In a city of nearly 9 million people, the girl I shoot doing flips before a pink, four-eyed brain with teeth, turns out a friend of The Daughters... I give you Megan and The Brain...

Megan & The Brain

The Writing is on the Wall at Leake Street – aka The Banksy Tunnel – underneath London Waterloo station.

The Writing is on the Wall