Sir JBS rides high on many talents

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 March, 2012, 12:00am


Real name: Julius Brian Siswojo
Birthplace: Jakarta, Indonesia
Star sign: Leo
Chinese zodiac: Tiger
Albums: 24Herbs (2008), Bring It On (2011)

Skateboarding ... changes your life, dude. It changes the way you think, the way you do business. When you're learning a trick, you don't give up until you [are] perfect. You can apply that to life: you try to start a business and it fails, you do it again. If it's not working, let's do it again.

Skating on the streets of Hong Kong ... is super fun. Street skating is where I started. But now things have changed: you can't skate on the street any more. The cops give you warnings and write tickets, and security guards get upset and throw water at you. Now that I'm older, I've realised that we were destroying their property.

When I started skating ... I started from Wan Chai. I skated to Admiralty and Central. Then I skated around in Central for a bit, came back to Admiralty and then left. Skating on the street is still the best. That's the essence of skateboarding.

I've run from ... the cops a few times. Back then, the cops were so rude and super raw, cursing at us. I was 13 or 14 and scared out of my mind. I got caught a few times but never went to jail - thank God for that. I was just caught and then let go.

I try to skate ... at least twice a week now. If I have more time, maybe three times when I'm hyped. But I have a daughter, and I have 10 jobs. It's never enough, but I have priorities.

Last time I counted ... I had about 750 pairs of sneakers. A lot of them are here at the shop. I have 150, 200 at home, some of them are in stock rooms - they're just all over the place. I don't think of myself as a collector. I just love sneakers. I just buy sneakers that I think are dope [cool].

The most I ever paid for a pair of sneakers ... was HK$3,000 for Vans-Comme des Gar?ons wingtips. And that's OK for that shoe, because I've sold some rare shoes for HK$8,000, HK$10,000.

I do business ... but if I were a real businessman I would already be chilling. I wouldn't have to work that hard, trying to pay bills and everything. There were a lot of opportunities that I said 'no' to because they were against my beliefs. A true businessman, I'm not. I'm just trying to make a living.

I've just learned ... how to rap. I've been emceeing left and right. And I love talking. I talk so much, and I talk a lot of nonsense. I'm the hyper dude. I love to entertain, that's me being me.

Skateboarding ... is straight up JBS, 110 per cent. The skateboard and I, we go way back. Without skating, none of this would have happened - the shop, the rapping, none of it. Skateboarding is the best.

My rap name used to be ... Sir Eats-a-Lot. I love eating. If you let me, I'll eat the whole restaurant. But when you get older, you have to take care of your body. And when you're fat and trying to perform, it's hard, dude. Two songs is all right, but when you're doing a 30-, 40-minute set, you'll be gasping for air. And for skating, too, you can't ollie [a skateboard trick] if you're fat.

I like ... a lot of food. But I also like to learn about them. For example, Korean food. People just think of Korean barbecue or kimchi, but there's a lot more to Korean food than that. I like all of them. I can appreciate the stinky tofu of Korea ... the weird foods, the natto [fermented soybeans] of Japan. You have to eat that like the Japanese, though. You don't eat it with a fork and spoon. You eat it with chopsticks, with an egg, and it's amazing.