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Indonesian artist turns psychedelia revival into business empire

From bands to business districts, the world wants Kendra Ahimsa's trippy designs

Kendra "Ardneks" Ahimsa launches his Artist Attire series at The Stories creative space in Osaka, surrounded by his art.   © Ardneks/Artist Attire

JAKARTA -- Quickly establishing himself as a uniquely Indonesian creative export, artist-illustrator Kendra Ahimsa is building a loyal fan base that began in Japan’s independent music and art and design scene but has since spread to other parts of the world, all under the pseudonym Ardneks.

In July, Ahimsa launched Artist Attire, a merchandise line adorned with his illustrations, at Dmoarts gallery and The Stories creative space, both in Osaka. The brand is a collaborative effort between Ahimsa and a group of Japanese designers who, for now at least, choose to remain as anonymous collaborators and investors.

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