Rasty

Graffi ti artist

On Jan Smuts Avenue, Joe Slovo Drive, Bree Street and many other streets in Johannesburg, gargoyles, fiends and other creatures look out at the passing traffic. Many of these artworks have been done by Durban born Rasty and his PCP collective, which includes his co conspirators, Curio and Angel. The collective does large-scale graffiti murals and commissions across South Africa for clients that include Nike, Sprite, Converse and Nokia. Rasty, comfortable in a wide range of graffiti styles, including tattooing, is especially acclaimed for being a character, cartoon-type, and a photo realistic images specialist. The PCP collective also own a graffiti store in central Johannesburg and is the South African distributer of Montana spray paint, a paint manufactured in Germany specifically for graffiti art. "I am constantly trying to challenge myself and push the limits of my capabilities. This is what helps me keep my style fresh and evolving,� he says. � Percy Zvomuya

Lunch spot: Lapa Fo, Greenside, Johannesburg