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Streetfest returns to Tobacco Dock this Sunday


Streetfest is back this bank holiday Sunday for it’s 8th year, putting on their biggest & best show to date.


The line-up’s chock-full of talent from the worlds of art, music, urban sport, fashion and dance. Over 50 internationally celebrated graffiti & street artists will be representing from all corners of the globe, holding workshops, live wall painting & more.


Artists include I.D crew members Tizer and Gent 48, Captain Kris, SPzero76, SiMitchell and Squirl of The Lost Soulz crew and talented painters InkFetish, ARTiSTA and Kaes.


Musically speaking, a slew of live acts and DJS will be performing including grime scene stalwarts and Butterz Records bossmen Elijah & Skilliam, Shamz Le Roc, Isaiah Dreads and the So Fresh, So Clean boys. The Doctor’s Orders perform a full showcase whilst DJ Kutmah holds down the adidas stage with a headline DJ set.


The 2015 Streetfest Sport programme combines demos, competitions, qualifiers and music for their biggest sports area to date. This includes a mini-ramp pro invitational contest for skateboarders and inline skates, as well as classic games of S.K.A.T.E culminating in an epic final. Pros include skates Chris Oliver and Dennis Lynn, and Red Bull BMXer Kyle Forte returning with his jump-box demo team.


To top it all off they’ve got live tattooing from Paperchase Ink, digital graffiti walls and murals, a pop up nail bar and the Mayamada treasure hunt and funzone for the kids. Food both sweet & savory comes via some of London’s top street food traders, including Mama’s Jerk and Churros R Us.


Check the StreetFest website for the full itinerary. StreetFest 2015 runs from 13:00 – 23:00 on bank holiday Sunday, 3rd May.

Tobacco Docks
50 Porters Walk,
London E1W 2SF


An interview with: Zina

Our friends at Global Street Art recently caught up with street artist Zina… this is what she had to say!

Linda Aslaksen, often known as Zina, is a young London-based street artist who has become well known for her blue-scale portraits of women and children. She has been getting a lot of attention this past year and has been invited to an increasing number of street art festivals.

Chasing the Blues Away

My name ‘Zina’ basically comes from cutting out of magazines: my style was more collage based when I finished university two years ago. It was quicker to produce a final piece and I had lots of fun making crazy and quirky characters. Zina also means ‘stranger’ in Greek; I find it funny how most people think of Xena the Warrior Princess when they hear it. Being a woman in a male-dominated culture I’m definitely OK with having a warrior name!

I’ve always drawn – it was basically a way my Mum kept three energetic kids occupied. I come from a creative family and I’d draw on the school desk, on my arms, etc. I’d draw on everything! That’s why I’m addicted to collecting sketchbooks now instead.

I got into using acrylic and gouache six years ago when doing my Art and Design foundation degree near Oslo, Norway (I’m from Norway originally). My teacher at university always encouraged me to paint bigger! I only started using spray paint two years ago, when I first moved to London. It took me a couple of pieces to getting the hang of it. Mostly, I’ve sprayed at live events. My older brother was a big influence: he was a [graffiti] writer and into throw-ups and bombing. 

When I’m finding portraits for my street pieces, I look for the expression of emotion and the right shading / light. The shading has to be interesting or challenging enough, with a certain depth to it. I also find inspiration from different ethnic cultures (I’m an ethnic minority myself – the Sami people in north of Scandinavia).

My themes keep changing; I stated copying cartoons, then drawing landscapes, characters, etc. Now I’m testing out realistic elements, with a more positive attitude and emotion behind it. I’m looking to somehow merge my illustrative paintings with these ‘blue’ faces. As for the illustrations, I do a lot of research before starting. I have a main idea, but all the details and meanings have to work together, like pieces in a machine. I read about mythology, symbolism and ancient cultures, and mix it up with a little bit of steam punk elements.

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