‘My whole life I’ve dressed different than other people. As a child, I always acted more extreme than others. Went to school in a dress. And if another kid fell, I would dramatically throw myself to the ground as well. That was so weird that the other kids thought: better not make jokes about this one.’
‘In 1999 I took pictures at a festival from legs and the only thing I saw, stooped down below, were blue jeans. Not for me, I thought. We live in a free world and still we choose to dress the same. Be free!
People want to get through life as unnoticed as possible. Ninety per cent are obedient civilians who just follow. In Amsterdam there was a better state of freedom and relaxation 15 to 20 years ago. Since then we’ve developed rules that are really hard to shake off. I notice that people find it cool when I look a little different, as long as they don’t have to do so themselves.
You can loosen people up, though. I do so at the parties I organise. Everyone has to be painted, otherwise you don’t get in. I paint people at the entrance, since they find it hard to go through the streets all dressed up. The part from house to the club; they can’t bridge it. Every person has his wild dreams and fantasies, but you have to rip him out of his comfort zone first.’