Hong Kong’s hustle culture is one that many live by on the daily, but few can say they embody it in the same way as Julius Brian Siswojo. To kickflip enthusiasts, he’s a street icon: having founded skateboard and streetwear shop 8Five2 and the game-changing skate park, Sk85ive2; to local hip hop connoisseurs, he’s been an OG of the city’s decades-burgeoning hip hop scene since his stint as Sir JBS: an instrumental piece of the pioneering, legendary hip hop group 24HERBS. To the Hong Kong public, he’s a man of many talents, from establishing the multi-joint barbershop Handsome Factory to becoming a rising star in the world of local cinema. Julius Brian Siswojo has become an indelible mainstay in the shared consciousness of Hong Kong pop culture.
Ahead of Father’s Day, we sat down with Brian to learn more about his Jakartan roots, his Hong Kong upbringing, and perhaps most significantly — the man, the myth, and the legend behind the Brian we know today.