So excited to introduce this newcomer, Skateboard Magazine Unsung. They had their first issue launch party just few days ago in Seoul and the magazine will be published bi-monthly. We got to ask them couple of questions about the inspiration behind the magazine and the differences between skateboarding culture in the east and the west.
Unsung: We started the magazine because while there are sick sites that cover skateboarding, like Dailygrind, there wasn’t anything in physical form. We all want to see skateboarding in Korea blow up and this is one way we can help get everyone involved. We offer a view on skateboarding from a different part of the world. For skateboarding magazines, the West dominates the information. We want to give people a better view of how the East does it’s thaaaang. Especially to bring all the skaters in Korea together to really push everybody. There’s so much potential already, we would love to take it to the next level and get the scene known worldwide.
There are a few major differences between skateboarding in Korea and the rest of the world. One thing is that the scene isn’t nearly as developed. There are dudes that have been skaters for upwards of 15 years, but the gap between the OG’s and the new generation is pretty huge. We’re seeing it start to close up as more and more people get interested. Also, the spots. The majority of Korea has been built within the past 30 years, lending itself to huge expanses of beautiful concrete, marble, and granite. There are so many untouched, virgin spots just begging for a good thrashing. There aren’t many places in the world that have so much potential that haven’t been blown out yet. Korea is a final frontier of sorts.
The aim is to have a 50-50 split of words and images in the magazine. We want to show as many faces in the photos as possible to get people psyched, and have the images to prove the gnarly stuff that people are doing. It’s a bilingual magazine, with emphasis on the Korean side.
We really want to help realize the potential of the Korean scene and get everyone excited and to assist in building the scene that was already here.
Photographer: Nak-Won Choi
Staff Writer: Martyn Conrad
Staff Writer: Brian Mollot
Editor: Patrick Biffle
Editor: Jin-yob Kim
Creative director: Ryan Saley
Director: Phil Song
Publisher: Kevin Kim
Art direction: prakt
You can pick up your copy from the stores listed here (currently Korea only).