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JOLLING ABOVE THE CLOUDS

by Samora Chapman / 26.03.2015

Pastelheart could click his tongue like a Zulu and sometimes dressed like a queen… even when it wasn’t a dress-up party. He was the most unique human I have ever met. And a true artist in every sense of the word. I never knew him best, but I could say we were friends…

“I am an artist, not by choice, but by instinct.” – Pastelheart
 (Graffiti South Africa, Cale Waddacore, 2015).

He loved God but he never preached. He adored the feminine form. He was ALWAYS the best dressed mofo in town.

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Once he joined me on a mission down the South Coast for the weekend. We were gonna be making fires, painting, trudging through the bush and swimming in the sea. He rocked up at my flat wearing white jeans, a white T-shirt and platform shoes. His hair was freshly peroxided and a gold chain gleamed beneath his clean-shaven chin. He brought one tiny bag and a packet full of paint.

I wondered what he was going to eat. But I ended up trading him food for paint… so it was a win win.

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When I first met Pastel, he was a fine artist, but he gradually moved onto painting walls with graffiti writers. Because graffiti is a movement and perhaps he found a home within the culture. A crew is like a fam; a brotherhood with a common purpose.

Shout out to ALT Crew… stay strong homies.

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When Pastel started using spray paint he came under heavy fire from the most important figure in Durban graffiti, who claimed that Pastel was not a graffiti writer… and never would be. Because he didn’t do letters and he used mixed mediums.

He proved that motherf#$* wrong.

Over the next six odd years, he got up all over the city AND the country… piecing and bombing. When he passed away, he was probably Durban’s most well known graffiti writer/street artist. He had his style locked down and he was developing it further with every piece.

He was the king of graffiti pop. Twelve-year-old girls from Umhlanga knew his name.

He will be remembered as one of the founders of Durban street art. He was a brother. A friend. A son. A lover. And there is a big gaping hole in everyone’s hearts where he used to be… ‘cos damn, that cat had a HUGE personality. Good bye homey. Travel like the wind.

“I will continue to paint graffiti until I cannot see. It heals me and fulfills me as a human. It will be the way I give back to our earth.” – Pastelheart (Graffiti South Africa, Cale Waddacore, 2015).

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*tribute wall

*Tribute wall

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*Artwork © Pastelheart

*Images © Samora Chapman

*Snapshot of tribute wall by Samora, Stops and Nate.

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