Sub-Cult turned to one of our forefathers for this issue of You’re It. Yup that’s right, other than being the dude behind Capital Jakarta, Kims is also one of Sub-Cult’s early founder. We’ve been bugging him for some times to give us the details about himself, and after he finally succumbed to the idea (we’re persistent basterds that’s what we are) here it is.
There’s so many output to this, I’m really attracted to the whole ‘youth spirit’ itself no matter whether that person is a businessman or an artist. Even someone in finance is a work of art on its own. I like it when someone makes a breakthrough in anything; it interests me – the spirit of creating something new as well as something better.
To me this city is a love and hate relationship: whether you really love it or really hate it. I’ve lived out of town before and travel around, and I realized I’m comfortable here. I have hopes for this town *laughs* I really do. Apart from the ugliness, there is something unique about Jakarta whether it’s the people, or the obviousness of social status. One thing that describes Jakartans is ‘These people don’t try to look cool. They’re already cool’. So, those people you encounter that tries really hard are most likely out-of-towners *laughs*
The tricks, the clothing style, the board. . .it’s all one package. I started skating in 1996, the skating scene made me aware with streetwear labels. I think there’s this code in the skating community that is not like any other community/hangouts, it’s one of the reasons that made me aware with their jokes, their fashion style, also the way they talk. Everything is very particular.
I’ve always loved to draw even during my school years. My entire text books are filled with doodles. There was no internet (back when I was still in school), I think I knew about graffiti from MTV (back when they were still playing actual music and not shit). The interesting thing about graffiti is that there is no class to teach you how it’s done; graffiti is meant to be learnt on your own.
For me the 90s is the one for me. The wave totally got me – it was the decade where something absolutely new came out; grunge, rave, hip hop, Brit-pop. I went through the era where candy ravers are still out and about on the scene. I understood why Nirvana was so depressed, because the drugs are so depressing at that time. I personally believe with every new drug there’s a new kind of music born. During this era when you call an underground movement it’s actually really underground whereas nowadays underground is not underground, it’s corporate made.
THINGS PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT ME
The first song I’ve ever heard is Rolling Stone’s ‘Satisfaction’. I was only 2 – 3 years old at the time and I can sing it well due to my older brother.
I can’t pull my right arm to my body cause I broke it years ago.
I can’t wear white shoes. I like it, but I can’t wear it.
I don’t read books cause it bores me. I’m a “more pictures less words” kind of guy, but I like magazines.
Not sure if I should share this but I’ve had the same password since the internet got into Indonesia.
I used to be so much into guitar – very deep. Then one day I decided to sell everything I have from amps, guitars, basically everything. The reason? The Indonesian music industry disappoints me.