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Unsung Magazine

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.

Unsung staff:
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).

Unsung Magazine



The TRVR riding team is not a typical road racing team. We have gathered to enjoy riding on beautiful and adventurous routes unknown to most riders. We are not only concerned with riding, but creating inspiring films and pictures, projecting sports into art. We believe that our projects are all about communicating with people through sports. Shared emotion through projects could help us taste at least some happiness and satisfaction in our lives

TRVR also has a line of beautifully made knitwear, bags and caps. See the TRVR website for more:

Around magazine

AROUND MAGAZINE “HAMMOCK” from around on Vimeo. Check out AROUND Vimeo for more beautiful videos.

AROUND is a lifestyle magazine that represents rest, relaxation and mental healing with articles on camping, bicycling, mountain climbing, picnic and traveling. The focus on those who are away from the nature, fatigued from the hectic city life wondering how to spend their leisure time.

We are contemplating over what we can do in the nature as it stands instead of seeking artificial benefits like food, clothing and shelter. We are living in an absent minded manner even when there must be beautiful moments in our everyday life. We want to re-highlight the beauty of the pure nature and play a role that it can consolidate itself into a form of a new culture.

We hope that you will smile as you enjoy the photos and the writings that capture the happy moments spent with your family members and friends amidst pretty everyday life.

*We always wait for the participation of diverse writers such as designer, photographer, film director, musician and chef background with a good fit with the AROUND*

10 X 270 MM / 184 PAGE / OFFSET PRINTING / COLOR / PLAYGROUND / 2012.08.20.


We posted the trailer of Save The Bike Lane back in April and finally the full video is online. It was selected for the Bicycle Film Festival 2011 and premiered in New York in June this year.

Seoul is not covered up with enough bike lanes compare to the size of the city, so the main purpose of this project is to create bike lanes on the road as a propaganda against Seoul city.

Seoul has been investing huge budget in its bike lane project since 1990s. The initial intention of the project itself was seemed promising. However, the city mistakenly did not consider diverse traffic conditions in each region. The bike lanes eventually caused traffic congestions, and turned out a massive parking space.

The already existing bike lanes along the sidewalks has been dominated by pedestrians and even trees for a long time. You will realize that there won’t be any big change even if filing civil complaints. The yellow line on the left side of the logo means protection, so you can see it as we are here to save the bike lanes. No cars are allowed.

One more Bike, One less Car

Written & Directed by David Jongkwon Kim

Fixie Picnic Weekend 2011

Fixie Picnic Weekend on 14th of May.

Video by: VM Project.

Bap Story

Yum yum a new blog dedicated to Korean food! Bo Carney and Jeana Sohn have recently started a new blog called Bap Story. Bap Story shares great easy recipes to make Korean food at home and their photos will probably make your stomach growl in no time.

Korean skate scene

Photo credit: Nike SB Team Korea

Skating in Suwon.

Skater Yang DongChul

Skater Kim Gunhoo

Korea does not have many skate parks but there are some good skateboarders making a use of concrete architecture of Seoul and other cities. They have decent community supporting them and helping them to keep Korean skate scene alive. Check out one of the links below for more information (mostly in Korean).
Nike SB Team Korea

Save The Bike Lane (Teaser)

[SAVE THE BIKE LANE] is a new project of [SEOUL got SOUL] series. Seoul is not covered up with enough bike lanes compare to the size of the city, so the main purpose of this project is to create bike lanes on the road as a propaganda against Seoul city. The yellow line on the left side of the logo means protection, so you can see it as we are here to save the bike lanes. No cars are allowed.

One more Bike, One less Car

Written & Directed by David Jongkwon Kim


You know we heart Seoul, but we love Busan too.

See also:
Seoul timelapse
Autumn in small-town Korea
by amor fati

Son Dong-Joo

WOWSAN is excited to get a chance to introduce everyone Son Dong-Joo, a fashion photographer from Seoul. We first found her beautiful zine for SSE Project and her photographs for street fashion magazine Maps where she works as a freelancer. She has been working with many different fashion magazines, designers and brands such as Mishka, Paul & Alice, Kai-aakmann, Ugiz, Nike, Puma, Adidas, Reebok.

How did you get interested in photography?

When I was young, I saw a photograph which made me feel like taking photos myself. I decided to photograph as my major in university.

What inspires you the most?

It’s difficult to say in only one thing that inspires me. For example, a light coming in from a window, a shadow left on the wall. Those daily things come to me by chance and inspire me.

Describe your work in three words
Sensibility, Natural, After glow

What is your favorite subject to photograph?
My favorite subjects are fashion and portraits.

How about your favorite photographers and artists?
Mark Borthwick, Ryan McGinley, Hedi Slimane

What do you like the most in Seoul? Is there something you don’t like?
It’s good to have many chances to come across diverse cultures, including fashion. However, at times I feel stuffy. The city is too busy and a life-pattern changes so rapidly, so sometimes I can’t feel relaxed. Also the air isn’t clean because of too many cars.

Your favorite place in your hometown?
I live nearby Han river, also my favorite place in Han river park.

What is your dream?
I want to be a photographer who captures feelings and I wish people will be impressed by my photographs.

See more of Son Dong-Joo’s beautiful work on her website,