In his video for “Mad or Nah,” Candy Ken posed as a statue, painted gold, and wearing only Versace underwear. Today, even less.
I look like this normal, crazy gym guy, and I don’t want to look like that. I love combining muscles and Hello Kitty, being white and wearing grillz — things that aren’t supposed to go together. I love Hello Kitty & it looks good on a boy. Right now I’m working on a hip-hop Hello Kitty song. ~Candy Ken.
Candy Ken is a Bavarian-based wrapper and an eccentric extraordinaire. OMG Blog described him pretty well, “If you mixed Riff Raff with a Hello Kitty-obsessed go-go boy from Austria, you might come up with Candy Ken.”
PaperMag adds, “Candy Ken (aka Jakob Kasimir) has been adding a flashy, technicolor, gender-bending vibe to the city’s music and art scenes for a couple of years now. He’s the darling of designers like Nicola Formichetti and Jeremy Scott. After Formichetti first came across his Instagram feed last month, the Diesel designer immediately flew Ken to Milan to do a photo shoot for his soon-to-launch Japan-based fashion magazine, FREE.”
Here’s the result of that photo shoot …
My biggest goal is to inspire the right people. I know a lot of people think I’m just trying to provoke, but I’m not. I’m trying to get away from stereotypes and follow what my heart tells me and what really makes me happy. I’m trying to work with people like myself and find them. I just want to create music, music videos, films, magazines, photo shoots. I also want my own fashion collection — like Hello Kitty.