Headshots are Used in Barbershop Banners, Governor Emil: It's Just OK

A barbershop in Cikajang, Garut, West Java put a headshot photo of Governor Ridwan Kamil at the top-right corner of its advertising banner. | Photo: Yudi Nuralim via Facebook.

IT IS not the first time that headshot photograph of West Java Governor Mochamad Ridwan Kamil has been used, without his permission, for the benefit of someone else.

The 50-year-old governor whose nickname is Emil, however, seems to not bothered by his headshot "misuses", as long as they're used for good, lawful purposes.

Recently, a profesional-pose photo of Mr Emil has been used in a small barbershop's promotional banner in Cikajang of Garut regency.

The barbershop owner put Mr Emil's headshot at the top-right corner of the banner.

Instead of feeling annoyed or kind of that, the "easygoing" governor even wrote a post on his Facebook account, hoping and praying the barbershop to get more customers, and the business can run better.

"Come to this Cikajang's barber to getting a haircut", Mr Emil said.

A couple years ago, when Mr Emil was still Mayor of Bandung (the capital of West Java), a small barbershop in Sleman, Yogyakarta province, had already used his identification photograph, on the printed advertising banner.

Knowing that, the architect-turned-politician, surprisingly, wrote a response in a hillarious way: "My salary as a mayor is too low, then I need to make extra income as a barber".

Mr Emil was born in Bandung, October 4, 1971. He served as Mayor of Bandung from 2013 to 2018. He subsequently won West Java gubernatorial election in 2018. 

Before dragging his heels into politics, Mr Emil spent almost 20 years in architecture, and later became a non-permanent lecturer at ITB (Bandung Institute of Technology).[sahrudin]