“We fucked up a whole room with paint and I was using my hair as a brush,” Aoki recalls. “So we would dip my hair and he would roll me in a wheelchair, and I would paint the walls while he was pushing me.”
In other words, for Aoki, it’s not about buying the most expensive piece or building up the most value—it’s about partaking in creative culture. And often, that comes back to collecting, whether it be art or shoes or another entry in the Guiness Book of World Records. Currently, he has two—one for most-well-traveled DJ and another for longest crowd cheer.
“I like all kinds of different things,” he says. “So many different things make up Steve Aoki. I’m not just one different thing, I’m not one-dimensional. That’s the same way I think about buying and collecting art.”