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In between photographing events like Glaswegian DJ Jackmaster’s appearance at Cakeshop and reviewing Dirty Beaches’ controversial performance at Mun in Mullae (read the negative review versus the positive review), we took Chincha photographer and writer Tom to get his first ever tattoo and documented the process for the world to witness. We also interviewed Andy Knowlton, who creates dolls from trash and leaves them lying around Itaewon, and published a quirky photoessay of the Ansan area from blogger Whitney Lenox.
The pinnacle of the last seven days for many, however, was VLUF’s House of Vans party, an unusual showcase of skateboarding, punk rock and bespoke sneakers at a warehouse in east Seoul. Here’s a video we shot at the event:
Unfortunately, one of the exhibition pieces at the House of Vans event, created by artist Orcfinga from live graffiti art collective SUPACRQS, has gone missing. It’s a black framed A2 sized painting of a frog on a skateboard(!), which you can see here. If you have any information on its whereabouts then please contact the VLUF team through Facebook or on 070 4142 0414. There’ll be no backlash if you just want to organise dropping it off anonymously, the guys just want it back.
Jean Michel Basquiat Exhibition
Basquiat is regularly referred to as a modern Picasso, and his work is currently on display until the end of March at the Kukje Gallery in South Korea. The posthumous display of art is in commemoration of 25 years since his death at 27 years old. The Kukje Gallery’s website has full information on the show.
Stop Kiss at the Whitebox Theatre
A Korean-subtitled English-language play which explores the repercussions of violent prejudice against a female couple is ongoing this weekend at the Whitebox Theatre, Hyochang Park station. Three performances of Stop Kiss will occur this weekend, on Friday, February 22nd, 8:00pm, Saturday, February 23rd, 8:00pm and Sunday, February 24th, 4:00pm. Tickets are 15,000 won and you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Stars Live in Seoul
Mellow Canadian pop band Stars, who count Broken Social Scene and Feist as label mates, are in Seoul this Friday night. If you haven’t heard the band’s beautiful music yet then grab the chance right now – they’ve recently released a free downloadable EP recently called ‘You Guys Are All Awesome’ in honour of their current tour. The group are playing V-Hall in Hongdae this Friday night. Purchase pre-sale tickets for 48,000 won from the SuperColorSuper website.
The Shake Shop Vol 1
Dancer Eshe has launched a new event series called The Shake Shop where bellydancing will clash with live instrumental and post-rock. Romantiqua and Toyshop are the bands set to play while Eshe, Navah, Renata Shim, and May of Golden Vardo perform. The event is at Freebird in Hongdae this Fri and costs 10,000 won (with a free drink).
Bass Attack at Factory Underground
The d’n'b and dubstep night that always pleases is back this weekend, this time at Hongdae club Factory Underground. Read an interview we did a while back with event founder Tong Lanus before checking out some other events the basement club has ongoing this month. Entry is 10,000 won before midnight.
Volt Age 2nd Invasion
Volt Age are a loose electro DJ collaboration made up of some of Seoul’s most well-established spinners, like the guys from DDND MVMNT, who played VLUF last weekend. This Friday, Volt Age will be presenting the mixes they dub the ‘sound of Seoul’ at Myoungwolgwan in Hongdae for the launch party of their VAS 2v Album. Check the event page for more info or watch this slick Volt Age music video.
Urban Decay Photowalk
Professional, semi-pro or amateur photographers will appreciate Imaag Studios, Expedition Korea and Groove magazine linking up to present a free urban photo walk around an abandoned school in Paju. Organiser Sabrina Hill will even give you a sneak peek of the location if you tweet #februaryphotowalk to her @thesabrinahill on Twitter. The event is open to everyone, no matter what camera equipment you own. Find out more here.
Mangwon Arthole Power Fest
The resident artists at Mangwon Art hole are throwing the antithesis to their recent ‘No Power Fest’ event this weekend. This time it’s all about the opposite, meaning plenty of music created with the use of electricity. Bands include the Language of Shapes, a folk band who have recently released an EP, and artists from all over the globe will be exhibiting their work. Read more on the event here. Entry = 5,000 won.
Bicep at Cakeshop
One of DJ Mag’s ‘Breakthrough DJs of 2012′ is coming to Cakeshop this Sat night. The hip and hot musician is presented by Multi and Brokenteeth, who always curate the best line-up of underground house DJs for their events. Find out about costs and other deets on the event page. For more cool DJ events on the same night, you could also check out one of L.E.T’s parties at Dojo Lounge in Gyungnidan (dubstep/ drum n bass) or the Silk/Juice guys ‘Hella Everything’ party at Exit in Hongdae (deep house).
ProjectROK Launch Party
We’ll be at fellow webzine ProjectROK‘s launch party this weekend snapping some disposable photos of you guys to take home from our portable photobooth (remember the Chincha party??) This time around we’ll have some very interesting props and our films will also be screened. Southern Sons are supplying drinks, art installations will be in place, and the interesting location is Shin Masta’s brand new poi studio in Maebong, Gangnam. Sign up to the event page now.
Thee Oh Sees Live in Seoul
San Franciscan alt rock band Thee Oh Sees are heading Seoul-side this weekend. Find out how to buy advance tickets for just 35,000 won advance on Interpark. For further band and ticketing info you can head to this website.
Ben Folds Five in Seoul at UNIQLO AX
Woah, here’s a little blast from the past. Who else listened to Ben Folds back in the days? The alternative pop rock group are heading to the peninsula to play at Uniqlo AX for (yet another high price of) 110,000 won. Purchase tickets here.
In honour of witnessing a naked scuffle in the locker room while on my first ever jimjilbang experience last week, I recommend heading to the sauna this weekend for some weird yet relaxing fun. Read this article by Stephanie Gall about getting scrubbed down by an ajumma and then plan your nude trip to Dragon Hill Spa, a facility recognised as one of the best in Seoul.
Platoon Showcase Reboot
Platoon, a very funky Gangnam venue, are showing off their newly chosen resident artists on Tuesday the 26th of February with drinks, nibbles and a live light & sound performance by Sunghyun Cho at 8pm. See all the new artists on Platoon’s website. The Barefoot Basterds are our faves – their such cool guys and have some awesome events coming up.
Apologies for all the technical difficulties on the site this week, we’re having some problems that we’re working through. Hopefully everything will be fixed soon and we appreciate your patience ^_^
Images: Volt Age