Arnold Putra
Interview with Arnold Putra 

Today, we are interviewing the one and only Arnold Putra @arnoldputra on instagram – the young Indonesian born, artist, entrepreneur and connoisseur who lives in Singapore and Jakarta, usually found around the world in unique travelings.

Question: What interesting thing are you working on?

Arnold: I have been working on music, I recently gathered talents that played forgotten music instruments around indonesia to produce some songs. I am working to host a festival for the Dictator of Turkmenistan, who happens to be a dj. We will be hosting acts such from International dj’s to Dragonforce in an eternal burning hole in Darvaza, Turkmenistan.

 Question: When you are old, what do you think children will ask you to tell stories about?

Arnold: Cultures/subcultures that once was.

Question: What would the closest person in your life say if I asked them, ‘What is the one characteristic that they totally dig about you, and the one that drives them insane?

Arnold: “He is really good at making the best out of any situation and finds a way to always have a good time with whatever he’s doing.” Quote from my fiance.


Question: What’s an example of a modern masterpiece?

Arnold: The internet, instagram, twitter

Question: What was the most memorable gift you’ve received?

Arnold: I never got gifts for birthdays/christmas etc, my family is not festive. Which changed when I met my fiance who gave me an engagement ring the night we met.

 Question: In the past people were buried with the items they would need in the afterlife, what would you want buried with you so you could use it in the afterlife?

Arnold: Funny you asked that, I have just gotten a few lots of egyptian burial artefacts, among which are these helper figures who are supposed to help those buried with them to perform duties in the afterlife, from boatmen to row them to the highest place in the afterlife to concubines who nurse cattle. If I were to pick one thing it would be a big book of prayers for me to read and direct me to the afterlife I desire 🙂


Question: How were you as a student?

Arnold: I felt like the uniformity of the educational system that penalizes for small errors enforcing one uniform not just answer but ideology is built upon to prepare the future to favor those who are in control of it; limiting opposition and bribing them with a “life” that they can be content with. I was the worst performing student not just in class but in school, I burnt all my report cards with single digit grades for every subject whenever they had asked for a parent’s signature. Teachers used to confiscate my books and poked fun at me for drawing, held me during recess and after school. I gathered a few peers who were treated similar and were always responsible for the mess we did after hours, reported the next day anonymously in school assembly.

Question: What is your motto for life?

Arnold: Time is the only real currency, and freedom is the only real luxury. I believe a lot of people fail to utilize and compromise too much of them both for the man made construct of money with no clear intention/purpose for the latter. Though money is power, much like battery life to a phone, it is what you do with it as efficiently that matters.


Time is the only real currency, and freedom is the only real luxury.