FINAL CUT -- when finalities coexist with what is to come.
In the gallery hub of Jongno-gu, Arario Gallery always manages to boast nouveau art that translates into the psyches of our contemporary world.
This time, Arario exhibits men’s avante garde designer brand PAF (Post Archive Faction) that examines the dystopian wear that doesn’t lean far enough into tech-wear or linger too far into couture, but exclaims a maximalism that is lacking in a time where faux minimalism is promoted.
after a twelve year hiatus, they have come back with a serenity much needed in 2021.
I first discovered the Norwegian duo somewhere in the endless abundance that was tumblr, when you could still rip songs straight from the multi-media blog platform. I was sixteen and broken at the time, juggling my identities of being a queer Asian in conservative Orange County.
I still remember the terror of the gym, undressing in front of boys in the humid climate of when “faggot” crossed hateful mouths with much ease. “Gay” was still an easy insult, even after the AdCouncil funded a…
nathan’s field notes 002
The center will not hold, and other ways I’m destroying myself.
Spring leaves my loose grasp, too quickly, too shamefully. Every year it is like this. I don’t get enough sun. I don’t enjoy afternoons in the park like I used to in France, a baguette, sun dried tomatoes, brittle clouds of mozzarella for mini makeshift sandwiches.
Most days, I’ve been destroying my eyes with screens. My work PC. My phone. My iPad. Even when it comes to books, a kindle which has begun to hurt my eyes in the dark.
Last night was the first…
Each and every day that passes here in Korea makes me want to come back to Los Angeles less and less.
One of the issues I originally had with Korea was the lack of reseller luxury goods sites like Depop or Grailed. I felt I had to go to Gwanjang Market or one of those overpriced independent places in Hongdae. Only recently had I found out about Carrot Market or Danggeun Market (당근마켓).
Until finally, my Instagram ads showed me exactly what I wanted:
A place where I can finally find the hard-to-find. …
I didn’t think history would repeat itself again so quickly in a xenophobic anniversary.
Around this time last year, I had gone to Seoul for the usual weekend self care trip I usually take at the end of the month: haircut, check out a bookstore or two, coffee somewhere new.
When I came back to the office to early morning smiles and the chit chat you cough up to start any manic Monday, I had a good feeling that Monday wasn’t going to be manic at all.
The afternoon crept through, and the door to my office slammed open. Accusatory…
I did the best thing I could do for the rest of my life.
Since this past week was the calm before the storm, I decided to look at all the details I purposefully ignored for moments like these.
I looked at the dust in all the corners of my desk, leafed through loose papers that piled up through the void that was 2020. I brought these habits home.
I made a list. Of things to declutter. First, I focussed on my kitchen pantry. Instant ramen packets bounced out every time I opened the drawers. (I’m trying to…
and what you’re missing out on:
Community. Invigorating conversations. Eavesdropping on the most intimate discussions you wish you were having with your pandemic-far best friends.
From Lupe Fiasco and Virgil Abloh talking about the New School in New York to Peggy Gou spinning ghetto house, to radio station-esque rooms playing retro French music. The possibilities are endless.
In one room that started as a welcoming party for a friend as a first-time clubhouser, it went as you’d expect it: just friends, inside-jokes, casual. Until the gays invaded.
Literally, Asian gays from all over the world joined in and the conversation…
A social revolution has come up. And you’re most likely missing out on it.
It’s a social media app based purely on your voice. Your physical one. One that can transcend from topic to topic, person to person. How it works: Your voice floats to different “rooms” to explore speakers with various topics. Your voice can then “raise its hand” to speak up and share its thoughts.
What’s beautiful about this app is that in a world where human communication has been severed, you can connect to people without worrying about eye contact or the clothes on your back. …
Music has always been an incredibly important factor to my life. I listen to more albums than I do reading and watching books because I sing better in them. Here were some of my favorites:
10. NCT, Resonance P2
Okay, sure. BTS is important, but the visuals and production value for NCT have always been immaculate. Don’t sleep on these boys.
9. Arca, Kick I
Arca comes back with another album that’s still angry and a little more sexy with great collaborations from the likes of Rosalia and Bjork.
8. KAI, KAI
For his self-titled album, he goes solo from…