Ari Astina – known as Jerinx – is a native Kutan and drummer of acclaimed punk rock band Superman Is Dead, as well as fronting and playing guitar with other musical outfits. The 29-year-old vintage car enthusiast who would like to go back in time and meet Elvis, and who also runs a bar and clothing store in Kuta, shared his day with Bali Times contributor Bagus Ferriyanto.

When I wake up, usually at 9am, I like to look at myself in the mirror and imagine that someday I’ll take over the world. When that happens I’ll make sure everyone studies art because I believe that people who love art are less inclined towards violence and love peace – art can fix the world.

In the mornings I cook breakfast for myself while watching the news on television. I’m vegetarian and have been since 1997, when I saw people slaughtering a pig in front of me – that put me right off and I haven’t eaten meat ever since.

I live over my bar and clothing store in Kuta – in Poppies Lane II – and it’s a great place to be because of the rocking environment. Around midday I jump on my motorbike and head to the gym for an hour, after which I’ll focus on creating music – writing lyrics and coming up with the tunes. I also design some clothing; so it’s a very creative time of the day for me.

Living in Kuta gives me so many ideas – it’s a place of many stories, a place where people mess around, make love and so many other things. Right now I’m a member of three bands – Superman is Dead, Devil Dice and Kool Katz – and at least once a week I practice with one of them

Superman was formed in 1995, in front of where the old Paddies Pub was in Legian; we also had a shop there at the time, before moving to Poppies in 2000. So far we’ve released six albums; our bestseller is our fifth, Kuta Rock City, for which we signed with a major label.

My life is like a rollercoaster and is so unpredictable. Sometimes I have a lot of money and feel rich and other times I’ve hardly any. I’ve spent money on foolish things – like classic American cars, for example. I’m obsessed with them, especially cars from the 50s and 60s. I have two Chevrolet, and have given them names: Black Velvet is from 66 and Lady Rose 63. They are look amazing and have real soul; I love to drive them around Kuta. Back then people knew how to make a good car – with style and art, not because of economic reasons. These days cars look like electric shavers.

If I could turn back time I’d like to live in the 50s because that was a cool time. I’d like to meet Elvis. And if I’d also like to have a new liver because mine is destroyed because I’ve been drinking heavily since I left high school, though now I only drink beer. I have to go to the doctor often and I take herbal medicines.

Lunch and dinner are usually at a vegetarian restaurant or an American diner like SOHO. Afternoons are taken up with staff and band-management meetings so we can schedule tours; they can go on till 8pm.

After a shower I’ll go down to the bar, which opens from 6pm to 1am. Four bands play every night, and sometimes I’ll jam with them. For me every night is the same, whether it’s the weekend or not.

I might have a punk-rock, carefree attitude, but I really care about my country. In Indonesia I see people who don’t have any respect for others, who use religion for bad things, and that’s not what I want to see. That’s why I’m very much into my Hindu religion. With my music I want to show that I care and that change starts from small things. The lyrics and tunes speak of love, humanity, respect, our country’s culture, alcohol and even tattoos.

When you play in front of five or ten thousand people it’s an amazing feeling – one you cannot get anywhere else or buy. It’s crazy when people are screaming at you; it’s awesome. We’ve also had some bad experiences, though, when people in the audience throw things at us, like beer bottles – they like our music, but they’re just expressing their wild emotions.

I’ve never had any problems with my appearance in Bali: a man with piercings and tattoos here are is a common sight and it doesn’t mean they’re bad in any way. But I’ve had some odd encounters outside of Bali – people staring at me like I’m Satan or something. I think Indonesians should learn from the Balinese and others who live in Bali, because here people are open-minded and tolerant.

After midnight is the best time for creating music; it’s inspiring. The gradually I’ll wind down and drift off into a sleep filled with tunes.

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