Born in Jakarta
Darbotz loves Jakarta very much. For him, the traffic jam, the
chaos and the hecticness of Jakarta must be faced by him
everyday. That which bring out his visual character of his work.
The cumi (squid). A character describes his alter ego in facing the
Darbotz first signature on the street probably his school gang name back in 1997, from walls, buses, and
including at the enemy schools area. After more comprehend visual principles during lectures in
2000-2004, darbotz develop in efforts to create visual characteristics as his own identity, which is shall be
recognized without putting his name in the drawing. Unlike graffiti which showing your street name with
typography, he explored how to make identity without using any typography. Influenced by hiphop
culture with Wu Tang Clan, NWA, A Tribe Called Quest on his tapes he explored and actually able to
reconcile himself with the situation of Jakarta urban society which represented by him. Darbotz find alter
ego that also reflects the situation of the city that he faces everyday.
He began to make his character on the street in 2004, the character itself always evolve, its like the
dynamic of urban society, always evolve. He also one of the founder of Tembokbomber.com, one of the
biggest street art and graffiti community in Indonesia.
His visualization style is very distinctive and unique. Darbotz solely uses black and white and a bit of
accentuation. This is part of strategy that he uses when work on the streets. Black and white becomes the
cure of urban festive colors with a variety of advertising products such as billboards, neon box, and city
lights. By using simple color, the picture that he made in the wall able to take the attention in the middle of
visual density. Besides working on the street, works of darbotz also attract the attention of some big
companies to cooperate. Nike, Google chrome and other companies use darbotz’s work to collaborate.
Moreover, darbotz also produce clothing and merchandise product with character that he developed.
Through this way the darbotz character transformed in various media as the same citizen who spread and
become part of urban culture.