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MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and connecting with a global community on a deeper level that social media just doesn't provide. We’re d...Show More
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MAEKAN & BYBORRE — Redefining Comfort: Céline Pham

16:47 | Apr 2nd

Comfort. It’s something essential to our lives. The degree of comfort we experience can impact how we view the world around us. Comfort can take shape in a practical sense. Are we dry? Are we able to move freely? Are we confident about how we look? C...Show More
502 Bad Gateway — An Antidote to Online Fast Fashion

34:12 | Mar 22nd

 502 Bad Gateway is the best life decision Seth Footring has made in  recent years. By day, Seth works in the photo and eCommerce department  of ASOS in London, by night—and in all other spare waking hours—he  focuses his efforts on being the creator...Show More
Understanding Our World Through Objects — Johanna Agerman Ross

23:50 | Mar 14th

The value of an object is different for everyone. If you’re practical above all else, an object’s function, efficiency, and affordability are probably the most important aspects. If you’re drawn to beautiful things, the way an object looks and fits w...Show More
Remembering Triple X — Hong Kong's Underground Mecca

47:37 | Mar 7th

 Gone before its time, XXX (known popularly as “Triple X”) was a club not  far from the MAEKAN Office that was a hotspot for underground culture  and music on Hong Kong’s Kowloon side. The venue of choice for acts like  OKOKOK, Yeti Out and Eric Lau,...Show More
MAEKAN & BYBORRE — Redefining Comfort: Rebecca Kelley

19:43 | Feb 18th

Comfort. It’s something essential to our lives. The degree of comfort we experience can impact how we view the world around us. Comfort can take shape in a practical sense. Are we dry? Are we able to move freely? Are we confident about how we look? C...Show More
Floating in Time — Daniel Arsham Brings Us Static Mythologies

11:33 | Feb 4th

“Looking back at it, it feels like I’m jumping around a lot, but all  of the different types of work, whether it’s an installation or in the  architecture studio that I have, they’re all in service of the same  goal—which is to take our everyday expe...Show More
MAEKAN Session — The Need for Criticism

1:02:55 | Jan 9th

The growth of social media gives off the perception that the world’s smaller and more connected, but conversely, this doesn’t necessarily make the world easier to understand. In our MAEKAN Session titled The Need for Criticism, we focused on the conc...Show More
To Be a Member of a Club You Never Wanted to Join — Conversing with Mike Shinoda

42:36 | Dec 2nd, 2018

Studies suggest that mental illness just may be the new normal—with an overwhelming amount of the population suffering from depression, anxiety, or a deep rooted sadness at one point or another in their lives. While some may attempt to ignore symptom...Show More
Building the Brand — Community Governance

26:24 | Nov 27th, 2018

In this Building the Brand, Eugene sits down with Scott to talk about the role of community governance in a brand strategy. It's never been easier to start and build a brand today, but a side effect of this is building loyalty has become that much ha...Show More
Observations Abroad with Joan Wong — Part II

21:42 | Nov 25th, 2018

Joan Wong worked at Penguin Random House in New York for the past five years as a book cover designer. Her more well-known work includes the paperback covers of the Crazy Rich Asians series by Kevin Kwan, Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang...Show More
Celebrating and Evaluating — A Recap of Unexpected Connections

30:59 | Nov 19th, 2018

I have a trick for when I meet new people in order to get more quickly into a substantiative conversation. I resist, for the entire meeting if possible, asking the person that I’ve just met what they do for a living. I’m not always able to swerve cle...Show More
Good Earth for Good Herb — Summerland and the Perfect Ceramic Bong

33:08 | Nov 19th, 2018

An eternal summer on a coast of smooth white sand represented in ceramics. Liam Kaczmar set out to make what he couldn’t find elsewhere when he dreamed up Summerland. His one-man operation in San Francisco has allowed him to escape the dissatisfactio...Show More
From the Portfolio of Guillaume Ferrand

14:31 | Nov 13th, 2018

Guillaume Ferrand is an illustrator who approaches his work with careful research, deliberate intentions, and a willingness to experiment. He draws inspiration from literature, old movies, classical paintings, architecture, fashion collections, tiles...Show More
An Hour with Tan Dun — Master Composer and Force of Culture

16:40 | Oct 17th, 2018

Recently, MAEKAN teamed with Hong Kong’s most renowned publication SCMP to produce a story on Tan Dun, a master composer and living Chinese national treasure. Most familiar to international audiences for his work scoring Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, H...Show More
Shochu & Soju — Yardbird's Elliot Faber Breaks Down The World's Favorite Rice Wines

12:15 | Oct 7th, 2018

As the distilled spirit of choice in South Korea, soju has quickly gained popularity alongside the country’s cultural exports. No stranger to the different spirits of the world, especially those in Asia, Yardbird beverage director, and Sake Samurai E...Show More
Authenticity and Transparency in Fashion Media — The Fashion Law with Julie Zerbo

28:46 | Sep 30th, 2018

Julie Zerbo began The Fashion Law while she was still in law school, using it as a way to ground the theory that she was learning in something concrete. Julie’s website originates around the explosion in popularity of fashion blogging. Those who were...Show More
There is No Handbook — Chapter-by-Chapter with Director Decatur Dan

51:25 | Sep 24th, 2018

Rarely do creatives start their careers with a particular defined path. It requires a few bumps and bruises, and wrong turns to find the right path. Decatur Dan, otherwise known as Daniel Hall, has come up through the ranks in a way that’s almost a r...Show More
Product Research Through Culture — Behzod Sirjani and How Slack Humanizes Work

52:36 | Sep 21st, 2018

Researcher and photographer Behzod Sirjani has dedicated his career towards the understanding of culture. It has come through the lens of both social media, at Facebook and more recently with remote and digital work at Slack. The interactions we’ve e...Show More
MAEKAN Travel Diary — Conversing through Football in Egypt

03:25 | Sep 8th, 2018

Hey, everyone. My name is Umar Issa. I’m from Los Angeles, California and recently I took a trip to Egypt for a few weeks. Egypt is a place I’ve wanted to visit for so long. It’s known in Arabic as Umm al-Dunya which means “mother of the world”. And ...Show More
Anything Can be Fascinating — Avery Trufelman of 99% Invisible on Telling Stories Well

44:08 | Sep 1st, 2018

Avery Trufelman is a producer at 99% Invisible, an extremely popular podcast created by Roman Mars. She crafts stories about things overlooked and believes anything can be a good story when told correctly. “If you go far enough away and zoom out and ...Show More
Sights & Sounds — Chris da Canha

13:40 | Aug 30th, 2018

Chris da Canha is a skateboarder and photographer who hails from Durban, South Africa, but currently calls South Korea home. A regular contributing photographer for MAEKAN, he has shot many of our stories in Seoul, where he is currently based. These ...Show More
Building A True Cannabis Lifestyle Brand — Ariel Stark-Benz of Mister Green

1:23:12 | Aug 18th, 2018

Weed. Marijuana. Bud. Pot. Reefer. Dope. Herb. Mary Jane. Chronic. Broccoli. Every region, person, and demographic seemingly have their own preferred definition for cannabis. Mind you, the short list above only spans the English language. The unive...Show More
Straight Outta Saigon — Jenni Trang Le Talks Vietnam's Film Industry

28:51 | Aug 15th, 2018

In this first story to come out of Saigon, Elphick recalls his chat with film producer Jenni Trang Le. A near 10-year veteran of the Vietnamese film industry, her work has continued to push the envelope of cinema in Vietnam overcoming obstacles that ...Show More
Calming the Freelance Rollercoaster — Cushion App Built by Jonnie Hallman

20:59 | Aug 10th, 2018

Jonnie Hallman has dedicated the past four years to building an app called Cushion to help ease the minds of freelancers. A long time freelancer himself, he meets the needs of freelancers with useful, smart features and also through giving a digital ...Show More
Building the Brand — 28 Days with Alek Rose

25:24 | Aug 1st, 2018

In this Building the Brand, Eugene and Charis sit down with Alek Rose, MAEKAN's second full-time apprentice who we had the pleasure of working with these past 28 days. Half debriefing, half feedback session, this episode examines some of the insights...Show More
Rooted in Californian Nostalgia — 40s and Shorties Grows Up

30:16 | Jul 31st, 2018

Charis Poon interviewed Adem Niazi and Drewbyrd from 40s and Shorties during their short trip to Hong Kong. Listen as the two co-founders speak about building the brand and how it has enabled them to share their own story of being rooted deep in Cali...Show More
Sights & Sounds — Gideon de Kock

09:15 | Jul 22nd, 2018

Gideon De Kock is a Hong Kong based street photographer originally from Cape Town, South Africa. He used to work as a full time musician while in South Africa, has a background in sound engineering, and still occasionally plays guitar and bass and mi...Show More
The Golden Years — Detroit Techno's Warehouse Scene

1:06:28 | Jul 17th, 2018

“See you at the Packard” was what Detroit youth would say as they parted ways at the city’s coffee shops, before regrouping after sunset. Opened in 1903, the Packard Plant was a grand statement of the booming American car industry. Yet the mid-centur...Show More
Depression is Like Anything Else — Neal Brennan Mic'd Up

25:45 | Jul 15th, 2018

Depression is Like Anything Else — Neal Brennan Mic'd Up Comedian and Chapelle's Show co-creator Neal Brennan opens up on how culture and society need to change perceptions of depression. Script, Narration & Audio by Kevin Chau Photos by Christophe...Show More
Shedding Vanity — Establishing Purpose with Alex Valdman of Rapha

40:39 | Jul 13th, 2018

Alex Valdman has worked dilligently and embraced the bumps and bruises of innovating in fashion and design. His early path in fashion was driven by the vanity of working with the likes of Kanye West and Nike, but in time he recognized vanity's detrim...Show More
War Machine

47:03 | Jul 1st, 2018

David Kenji Chang spoke with Brendon Babenzien, creator of the apparel brand Noah, about taking a stand, not pulling punches, and balancing contradictions. Continue reading for the full story or listen to a condensed version of the interview above. T...Show More
Made To Last — The Knives of Hinoki

20:40 | Jun 27th, 2018

The Hinoki Gyuto with companion oil and cloth. " data-reactid=".q4jj6sab2w.3.$2.2.2.0.0:$16281000014.0.0.0.0" /> The brand Hinoki may be best known for the S1 Gyuto Chefs Knife, but 24-year-old founder Hamish Grace is doing a lot more than just se...Show More
Trusting Your Senses — Eric Lau on Music Shaping Society

56:38 | Jun 24th, 2018

Eric Lau is a London based music producer focused on making music that connects people and has a positive impact on society. He looks intentionally for ways that his music and his skills can inspire and encourage others, whether it’s through mixing a...Show More
A Playing Field for All — New Opportunities for Creatives of Color

26:11 | Jun 20th, 2018

The creative world sees itself as progressive and liberal. The beliefs that make up this mindset are easy to understand on a theoretical level, but they don’t always translate directly into practice. Each life is a collection of unique experiences: a...Show More
Muted Music — The Private Spaces of Karachi’s Underground

28:11 | Jun 14th, 2018

Faraz Siddiqui and Hassan Khan, Co-Founders of lifestyle brand HeF. " data-reactid=".twey87g0iy.3.$4.2.2.0.0:$17836000003.0.0.0.0" /> Imagine moving ‘home’ for the first time in your life. Having spent almost the entirety of her life abroad, Mahira r...Show More
Joshua Kissi on True Diversity in Stock Photography — TONL's Take on Equality

53:59 | Jun 8th, 2018

Joshua Kissi’s initial foray into the world of creative culture started at a unique point in time. The fashion forums were a place of digital congregation and represented an era before the emergence of social media as we know it today. The in-depth c...Show More
Creating a Neighborhood Hotel — RYSE Makes Its Mark on Hongdae

20:21 | Jun 6th, 2018

In the face of the sharing economy, the modern idea of a hotel has largely been upended and put on the defensive. When on-demand rental places offer a plethora of choices in prime neighborhoods and with potentially more competitive prices, it pushes ...Show More
The Outlier Way — Clothing Unwavering Against Compromise

18:51 | Jun 4th, 2018

Abe Burmeister (left) and Tyler Clemens (right) in their Brooklyn studio. " /> The philosophy behind Outlier may not be abundantly clear but several moments spent with their product or their visuals should evoke something. A moment of intrigue. A sen...Show More
Spinning Wheels — Ceramics and Music with Sloane Angell

32:01 | May 27th, 2018

It was an off chance that MAEKAN connected with fashion designer and DJ turned ceramicist Sloane Angell. It’s funny how things manage to work themselves out. At the time, MAEKAN had just moved into a new office and the lingering odor from a fresh coa...Show More
Block Parties & Music History — Philadelphia's DJ Matthew Law

23:28 | May 18th, 2018

Back in Summer 2017, Elphick took a trip to North America to visit friend and fellow producer Tee (who helped to produce our Sounds of Hong Kong and Sounds of Tokyo stories). Following his stays in Toronto and New York, he decided to drop by Philadel...Show More
How Long Did That Take to Paint? — The Art of Matt McCormick

23:21 | May 9th, 2018

Every day is a culmination of all our past experiences. Seemingly innocuous moments snowball with major life-altering events to shape how we look and perceive the world around us. For Matt McCormick, the tattoo turned fine artist wasn’t somebody who ...Show More
Ballers for Hire — China's Underground Basketball Scene

24:18 | May 7th, 2018

When you hear the term “pro athlete,” it’s understandable you’d think almost exclusively of the superstars on TV playing before sold-out audiences in the major leagues. But what if the athletes were getting paid to play for different teams by-the-mat...Show More
Equidistant — Ms Banks & Fotan Laiki Contrast and Compare Their Musical Worlds

22:25 | Apr 27th, 2018

As a native of Hong Kong, I’m confronted with the duplicity of being a creative in a market full of opportunity, but with little structure to support it. Hong Kong is vexing in that it’s a globalized financial and cultural center similar to New York ...Show More
Imperfectly Perfect — Cody Hudson for RYSE Hotel

34:17 | Apr 27th, 2018

Cody Hudson is a mutual friend that has become in many ways, the artist who’s everybody’s friend. It’s hard not to like the soft-spoken artist based in Chicago. He carries himself with this outward calm that frankly puts you at ease. His work itself ...Show More
Into the South — Connecting with The Mississippi Delta Chinese

43:40 | Apr 21st, 2018

Jerome Seu stands in his shop in Greenville, Mississippi. " /> In this story, Nate chats with NY-based photographers Emanuel Hahn and Andrew Kung. While both have a large body of experience with commercial work, the two left the big city behind for a...Show More
YETI — ORIGINS

15:38 | Apr 7th, 2018

Earlier this year, we paid a visit to friend, long-time collaborator and neighbor Arthur Bray, better known as Yeti. A native Hong Konger that attended university in the UK, his career as a DJ developed through weekend trips throughout the country an...Show More
Observations Abroad with Joan Wong — Part I

21:17 | Apr 4th, 2018

Joan Wong worked at Penguin Random House in New York for the past five years as a book cover designer. Among her well-known work are the paperback covers of the Crazy Rich Asians series by Kevin Kwan, Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang, an...Show More
Bohan Phoenix — Bridging the Gap Between East and West, Hip-Hop in China

18:04 | Mar 28th, 2018

On the streets of Chengdu with Elphick Wo " /> Bohan Phoenix was born in Hubei, China and moved to the United States when he was eleven. Fast forward to his first forays into producing music full time after graduating from NYU, Bohan found himself wo...Show More
Authenticity in Media

1:07:32 | Mar 21st, 2018

From left to right: Eugene Kan, Ari Stein, Iona Goulder, and Tom Brandhorst " /> In our latest MAEKAN Session, we moved the show to London and discussed the topic of “Authenticity in Media.” London has been an inspiration to the team for some time. T...Show More
Curated Kyoto with Sara Aiko

11:53 | Mar 16th, 2018

Sara Aiko founded Curated Kyoto, a travel boutique based in Kyoto, Japan, in March 2017 on her birthday. She had previously worked at a media company promoting Kyoto, but knew that there was so much more to the city than what they were in the busines...Show More
Sights & Sounds — ThirdCulture

09:29 | Mar 6th, 2018

In our first Sights & Sounds of 2018, we hear from Melbourne-based Jean-Paul McAllan, better known as ThirdCulture. Born in the States but raised in Japan and Hong Kong, he has never felt inseparably linked to a specific location, but rather carries ...Show More
"Flower" by Alex Maeland — A Show for All of Us

22:25 | Mar 2nd, 2018

There’s been a bit of excitement around MAEKAN with Alex opening his first-ever photo exhibition, “Flower,” at McNamara Art Projects. The show, as the name suggests, revolves around still life botanical photos that may or may not be of the illicit va...Show More
Gathering Growth with Brian Kelley — Documenting the Champion Trees

25:46 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Photography can mean a lot of different things today. Is it more ephemeral and about capturing the trivial parts of life? Is it about something more artful and considered? Is it about documenting and providing memories that will certainly outlive us?...Show More
Building the Brand — Writing for Ears

24:19 | Feb 19th, 2018

When you've spent most of your life writing for eyes, the transition to scripts written for podcasts and audio stories can sometimes be a bit challenging. But with the right resources and a bit of practice, you eventually find yourself developing a w...Show More
Uguisu the Little Shoppe — From Roppongi to the World

20:32 | Feb 14th, 2018

The mention of Japanese culture calls to mind any number of things, ranging from Pokémon and Nintendo to kimonos and Noh theatre. Japan is full of niche cultural products that are often specific to certain prefectures and certain eras, but to an outs...Show More
A Tale of Two Cities— Exploring China's Hip-Hop Capitals

43:28 | Feb 10th, 2018

When trap music is highlighted in the context of China and especially in English, the discussion often wanders into focusing on the showy garish side, before writing off the burgeoning scene as a shallow imitation of the popular North American genre....Show More
Borderless — Musical and Cultural Identity with Crystal Kay

22:15 | Feb 3rd, 2018

The faces of Japan’s entertainment industry are changing. From models to boy bands to athletes, the country is celebrating its new diversity, especially hafus—the Japanese term for biracial people. But before this new wave of mixed Japanese celebriti...Show More
The Road Less Traveled — Into the Chinese Countryside with Elphick and Yin

17:54 | Jan 30th, 2018

To produce one of our stories in October 2017, we sent our sound engineer Elphick with frequent MAEKAN collaborator and photographer Yin to China. They were there to meet with pro baller Erron Maxey and cover the growing local underground scene known...Show More
Field Testing — The Polaroid OneStep 2

18:10 | Jan 26th, 2018

In this fun MAEKAN story, Alex and Chris get ahold of a Polaroid Originals OneStep 2 i-Type Camera and take it out for a field test around Alex’s neighborhood in Chai Wan on Hong Kong Island. Audio by Kevin Chau Photos by Christopher Lim See the whol...Show More
Street Dreams — The Feed in Real Life

55:15 | Jan 12th, 2018

Leafing through a copy of Street Dreams. " /> Many interests often begin solo. Collecting sneakers, shooting photos, or maybe cooking are acts that can take shape in various forms. But it’s the power of community and connection that not only draws us...Show More
Jayscale — Intersecting Philanthropy and Photography

23:14 | Jan 10th, 2018

Jamal goes through a bunch of selects for an upcoming print project. " />Jamal Burger, or Jayscale as he’s known in the digital world, has come a long ways as a curious kid in Toronto. Like many of his generation, their first foray into photography c...Show More
Hard Stop All Along the Wall — Lost in the Desert Crossing the Mexico-United States Border

14:59 | Dec 29th, 2017

New truck components await transport in Otay Mesa, California. " /> With the political rhetoric and mass media firestorm shaping, if not commanding the immigration debate in the United States, it’s easy to find oneself distant and apathetic to the ve...Show More
Conservation Technology with Shah Selbe — How iPhones Can Stave-Off Mass Extinction

23:39 | Dec 28th, 2017

Shah Selbe’s work puts him at the intersection of the world’s most famous exploration organization and cutting-edge technology. A conservation technologist, Selbe is a fellow with the National Geographic Society and uses drones, sensors, and smartpho...Show More
Sights & Sounds — Bo Bridges

23:45 | Dec 20th, 2017

An iconic shot of Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) in Marrakesh, Morroco for Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation by Bo Bridges. " /> Bo Bridges is a Los Angeles-based action, commercial and fine-art photographer whose work spans over two decades. Bo cut his te...Show More
Sights & Sounds — Jayscale

13:23 | Dec 13th, 2017

Born and raised in Toronto, Jamal Burger aka Jayscale has a penchant capturing the unique energy of everyday life found in big cities. After speaking with him, you soon find his soft-spoken—perhaps you could even say shy—demeanor and his philanthropi...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #027: Preserving food culture amongst tribes and the future of dining in the sky.

42:40 | Dec 8th, 2017

NOTE: This will be the last podcast we upload on this feed. Please subscribe to the new "MAEKAN It Up" feed. On MAEKAN It Up #027, we try to take a non-tech approach to the week's topic and land on how one lady is fighting to preserve her tribe's cui...Show More
For My Family — Jay Park's Transcontinental Success

22:01 | Dec 7th, 2017

It’s hard to quantify success when you’re starting out. Few people set out with a clear path or vision as to where they’ll end up in the future. The path becomes increasingly murky in the face of setbacks and challenges. From Seattle to Seoul, Jay Pa...Show More
Sights & Sounds — Edward Barnieh

21:51 | Dec 6th, 2017

Edward Barnieh lives in Hong Kong working for Cartoon Network, but he’s gained notoriety on Instagram as a photographer (@edwardkb). Edward quickly amassed followers on Instagram in 2014 during the era of suggested users on the app, but he has retain...Show More
More to a Like — The Real World of Instagram with Edward Barnieh

25:57 | Dec 5th, 2017

Edward Barnieh is a photographer currently based in Hong Kong who’s originally from the UK. He has been using Instagram since 2013 and has a verified account with 210,000 followers. He had no expectations when he first started using the app, and cert...Show More
Without an Agenda — A Trip Through the Japanese Countryside with Focus HIDA

19:18 | Dec 5th, 2017

We live in a time and place where everything can be reviewed and researched. It doesn’t leave ourselves much opportunity to simply let things happen. Half on a whim and half on the trusted recommendation of a friend, Eugene took a trip to Hida, a sle...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #026: The FCC's steps towards eradicating net neutrality, and giving kids slack for what they say on social media.

38:12 | Dec 4th, 2017

NOTE: We're migrating MAEKAN It Up to its own show feed. Search for the new feed "MAEKAN It Up" on your favorite podcast apps.  On MAEKAN It Up #026, we take an deep look into the recent FCC movements around Net Neutrality. At its core who will this ...Show More
Start Building Young — Marissa Louie's Animoodles

27:31 | Dec 4th, 2017

An illustration of the complexity scale used to find the right look for the Animoodles. " /> Marissa Louie, the founder of Animoodles, wanted to create a stuffed animal that children would love to keep and collect. She wanted to make a to...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #025: Why do we need to touch things at museums, and what are the factors behind critical thought and analysis?

39:03 | Dec 4th, 2017

NOTE: We're migrating MAEKAN It Up to its own show feed. Search for the new feed "MAEKAN It Up" on your favorite podcast apps.  On MAEKAN It Up #025, we examine why we feel so compelled to put our hands on the artifacts at the museum and the purpose ...Show More
Seoul’s Musical Oasis — Cakeshop and Contra

48:56 | Nov 24th, 2017

Gabriel Joseph and his partner Samuel Swanson made a calculated bet five years ago to open their very own club in Seoul's uniquely diverse area known as Itaewon. Not content with the work they were putting in for other promoters, they approached thei...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #024: Have we hit peak merchandise? The dark world of Children's YouTube.

38:32 | Nov 24th, 2017

On MAEKAN It Up #024, we go in-depth into what merchandise means for "non-fashion" brands such as apps, journalists, magazines and more. Is merchandise the key towards unlocking a new and potent revenue stream? We also look at the dark and twisted wo...Show More
Straight Outta Sham Shui Po — OKOKOK

25:55 | Nov 20th, 2017

It's easy for many in Hong Kong to say the city lacks an alternate cultural scene, but the reality is there is one thriving down on the ground, behind the scenes and hidden in obscurity. For most starting brands, there’s a definite desire to struggle...Show More
The Business of Bugs — Psychology and Untapped Food Sustainability

34:15 | Nov 16th, 2017

From stadium concession stands to DIY mealworm farms, edible insects have been making headlines in the last couple of years. But bugs are not just another viral food trend—they could potentially be the answer to the world’s growing food security prob...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #023: ComplexCon 2017 and media's future at the hands of billionaires

47:56 | Nov 15th, 2017

On MAEKAN It Up #023, look at some of the industry insights into ComplexCon 2017, a direct-to-consumer tradeshow around street culture. After a great debut in 2016, a series of incidents overshadowed an otherwise fascinating real-world insight into a...Show More
MAEKAN Tools — Cody's Editorial Tools

08:33 | Nov 15th, 2017

Original stories, produced and driven entirely by MAEKAN, typically start with an editorial team on the ground capturing audio and visuals as they unfold. Our editors wear many hats on set, and when push comes to shove, they're called upon to record ...Show More
Witnessed — The Aftermath of the Tubbs Fire

16:15 | Nov 14th, 2017

This fall has been a trying time for the United States with natural disasters impacting several of its states and territories. Most recently, the Tubbs Fire—a wildfire that is contained but still burning in several counties in Northern California—has...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #022: Our first-ever guest, video games as a military tool, and the relevance of Barbara Kruger's subway ticket art.

45:16 | Nov 9th, 2017

On MAEKAN It Up #022, we invite our first-ever guest, Mikey Scott to chop it up over the US military's adoption of video games as a high-level training tool. We also examine the relevance and meaning of iconic graphic designer Barbara Kruger's art pr...Show More
iPhones for the Dead — Material Goods and the Chinese Afterlife

20:56 | Nov 8th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. When a Chinese person dies, it's customary to offer food, paper money and goods for use in the underworld. These goods are made of paper and can take the ...Show More
The Road Less Traveled — Finding Family with Cheuk-Yin

16:31 | Nov 8th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. As the modern world continues to race toward the future, we can find ourselves constantly groping for radical or material ways to find our identities in i...Show More
MAEKAN Tools — Charis' Illustration Tools

03:49 | Nov 7th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. If you listen to our MAEKAN It Up podcast series, you’ll undoubtedly have noticed some sketches to accompany the story and no, we’re not talking about Eug...Show More
Building the Brand — The Apprentice

21:06 | Nov 6th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. If you’re a creative that’s still in school or just on the way out, you might wonder what your next steps are. For Willie, our first apprentice, his inter...Show More
Sake Bar O — The Sake Speakeasy

33:35 | Nov 5th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. We've all heard of speakeasies, low-key or even hidden bars that favor intimate atmospheres and quiet drinks. But most of them have an almost exclusive co...Show More
Community Spotlight — Yannick Hits Cuba

06:10 | Nov 4th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. In this inaugural Community Spotlight, a recurring series that focuses on members from MAEKAN's Slack community by highlighting their experiences, we catc...Show More
Sounds of Tokyo

10:16 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. As the latest collaborative effort between MAEKAN Sound Engineer Elphick Wo and Producer Tee, Sounds of Tokyo transports you to the vibrant metropolis by ...Show More
Does Slack Allow Us to Focus on Our Work? — Making Sense of Creative Efficiency

21:16 | Nov 2nd, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. The workflow for a creative has changed drastically over the past few decades. The digital age ushered in a reformation of how we communicate. But alongsi...Show More
Kicks with Capes — Super Heroic and How Jason Mayden is Building Stronger Kids

31:50 | Nov 1st, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. Since our talk last year on his Trillicon Valley initiative, Jason Mayden is writing the next chapter of his narrative centered on building the next gener...Show More
Where It All Went Wrong — Lessons from the Field in Losing $8,000 Worth of Gear

16:40 | Oct 30th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. It was gone within a split second. All of Alex's photo gear in a hard rolling case disappeared into the streets of Seoul, most likely to never be seen (it...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #021: China starts rating its citizens to increase trust and AI becomes increasingly common

41:04 | Oct 30th, 2017

On MAEKAN It Up #021 Charis co-hosts with special guest Nathan Kan. Nathan is an editor at MAEKAN and together with Charis they make it an episode all about dystopia. Charis talks about the Social Credit System in China that will soon assign ratings ...Show More
GAO Dumpling Bar — Transplanting Hong Kong Culture in Copenhagen

15:54 | Oct 30th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. When you think of dumplings full of ground pork and cabbage, you might picture them being served at a shop in Hong Kong or maybe somewhere on the West Coa...Show More
Part I — Mike Cherman's Contingency Plan

23:20 | Oct 29th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. At the age of 25, Mike Cherman has been through more business highs and lows than most entrepreneurs twice his age. After exiting his own label, ICNY, two...Show More
The Business Side of the Creative Coin — An Hour with John C Jay

24:34 | Oct 29th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. When creatives look at commerce, there’s typically a justified sense of tension between the artistic and the business side. But how does someone from the ...Show More
Time Waits for No One — Lauren Gallo on Creating Opportunities for Yourself

17:23 | Oct 27th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. Growing up in New York, Lauren Gallo has always been hungry for opportunities, both to earn and more importantly, to learn. From wearing several hats at B...Show More
Building the Brand — Why Hong Kong?

15:19 | Oct 26th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. A lot of people are surprised when we tell them we’re based in Hong Kong. For a publication and brand looking to influence creative culture, it seems stra...Show More
A Subscription-Based Uniform with LOT2046

20:22 | Oct 25th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. LOT2046 is a subscription-based service which distributes a basic set of clothing, footwear, essential self-care products, accessories, and media content....Show More
MAEKAN Tools — Nate's Writing Tools

03:50 | Oct 24th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. Often before a MAEKAN story becomes the sounds you hear and the pictures you see, it starts out as a script—and that means a lot of words. While writing o...Show More
Beat — Jiving with José James and Jazzy Sports in Shibuya

08:11 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. During our trip to Tokyo in February, the team visited Jazzy Sport, a prominent Japanese record store in Meguro. After striking a conversation with the st...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #020: The case for adding sneaker culture into the curriculum, and the current state of push notifications?

49:22 | Oct 20th, 2017

On MAEKAN It Up #020 (we made it to episode 20 somehow), Eugene and Charis discuss the case for adding sneaker culture to the school curriculum based on its importance within youth and popular culture. Eugene manages to show how out of the loop he is...Show More
Building the Brand — The New Process of Recording

16:22 | Oct 20th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. As the essential component to producing our stories, the process of recording has come a long way since we first started working on audio stories. Bringin...Show More
Figuring Out Female Equality Together — Sarah Kim

17:10 | Oct 20th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. Sarah Kim is a woman of many talents. By day she works at an ad agency in New York. By night and the weekend, she’s a publisher with By Way Of Brooklyn. N...Show More
One Sneaker at a Time — Mark Gainor Slows Down Production

15:55 | Oct 20th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. When the information age nostalgically looked back toward traditional craftsmanship for inspiration, we ended up with hand-stitched leather cases for our ...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #019: The encroachment of AR into our public spaces, and Dropbox's controversial rebranding.

43:11 | Oct 13th, 2017

On MAEKAN It Up #019, Eugene and Charis discuss the future of "corporate" geo-tagging based on a recent project between Snapchat, and Jeff Koons' balloon dog sculpture. It incorporates insights from Sebastian Errazuriz, a Chilean artist and a designe...Show More
MAEKAN Tools — Chris' Cameras

02:47 | Oct 12th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. At MAEKAN, we're always open to different mediums if they help enhance a story, and while we do shoot a lot in digital, we've definitely all got a special...Show More
Hands — One Night At Sushi Shin

23:27 | Oct 11th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. A lot of people like trying new things, especially if it involves something delicious. But how much of the experience is coming from your five senses and ...Show More
Beat — Wheels Rattling on Granite in Barcelona

02:46 | Oct 10th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. The sounds get progressively clearer. Wheels rattling along smooth granite are met with the intermittent screech of trucks grinding against a ledge. You c...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #018: How Apple is tackling streaming music, and PUMA & Daily Paper's trip to Africa to build a football pitch.

41:26 | Oct 6th, 2017

On MAEKAN It Up #018, Eugene and Charis discuss an Apple Music interview that featured Jimmy Iovine, Zane Lowe, and Larry Jackson. Some interesting insights led them to dig deeper into how the future of streaming music will play out and Apple's posit...Show More
Building the Brand — Learning When to Bob and When to Weave

36:23 | Oct 4th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. MAEKAN’s approach to documenting stories has been highly methodical, structured and organized. We achieved great editorial results over the past few month...Show More
Marketing Cannabis — A Day with Sherbinskis and Young Dolph

19:47 | Oct 3rd, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. The American cannabis industry is poised to reach over $20 billion USD by 2021. But with each industry comes its own sectors, whether it be finance, marke...Show More
Growing on the Rez — Native American Entrepreneurship and The Green Rush

30:21 | Oct 2nd, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. With the legalization of recreational cannabis becoming more and more of a reality in California, the ensuing Green Rush promises a new economy and a new ...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #017: Coca-Cola sponsors a video game character and how tech and social media has changed food reviews.

42:27 | Sep 29th, 2017

On MAEKAN It Up #017, Eugene and Charis discuss the what it means for Coca-Cola to sponsor a video game character and how social media and technology has changed and normalized food reviews. Coca-Cola nets its first ever virtual athlete in Fifa 18...Show More
Other Side of the Dish — The Art of Creating Elevated Serviceware

30:39 | Sep 28th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. In the competitive world of fine dining, commissioning the creation of custom objects for food presentation has become practically de rigueur. We talk to ...Show More
Damned Ikebana — AMKK Transforms MAEKAN into Floral Art

09:59 | Sep 27th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. At the end of our visit to Tokyo-based floral art collective AMKK, head botanist Makoto Azuma graciously created three pieces exclusively for MAEKAN. Inco...Show More
Not Your Childhood Toy — The World of Custom LEGO

03:50 | Sep 26th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. While LEGO has been a creative building block—pun very much intended —in every childhood, there are plenty of "kids at heart" who just can't let go of the...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #016: Improving photographic diversity in media and the emergence of Polaroid Originals

42:41 | Sep 22nd, 2017

On MAEKAN It Up #016, Eugene and Charis discuss the efforts by The Undefeated's photo editor Brent Lewis on improving diversity amongst photographers and the return of a familiar classic with Polaroid Originals.  Diversity in Photojournalism: ‘Tal...Show More
Building the Brand — Why Audio?

07:10 | Sep 20th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. You might be curious about why you’re listening to this story as opposed to just reading it off your screen. In the early stages of MAEKAN, a lot of consi...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #015: The value of a New Yorker magazine tote bag as cultural currency, and what it means for Detroit to have a "chief storyteller."

51:03 | Sep 15th, 2017

On MAEKAN It Up #015, Eugene and Charis examine the cultural currency of objects, starting with a New Yorker magazine tote bag, and how Detroit's hiring of a Chief Storyteller makes us wonder about the idea of who can tell what stories amongst differ...Show More
Never Miss a Shot — Bo Bridges and the Art of Action Photography

18:53 | Sep 13th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. The beauty of photography lies in the ability to capture a singular moment in time. Some events occur at an everyday pace, which makes their documentation...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #014: How can blockchain and cryptocurrencies change social media? Can you achieve greatness on a 40-hour work week?

58:50 | Sep 8th, 2017

On MAEKAN It Up #014, Eugene and Charis debut a new "collaborative" drawing and start the podcast off with some good news. Then they delve into what it means to decentralize social media with blockchain and cryptocurrencies. They cap things off by di...Show More
How AMKK Has Changed the Way We See Flowers

21:31 | Sep 2nd, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. Makoto Azuma and Shunsuke Shiinoki might've given up on dreams of becoming rock musicians, but they didn't hang up their guitars. The pair, renowned for t...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #013: Black Girls Code turns down $125K from Uber and how creatives should look at money

42:29 | Sep 1st, 2017

Illustration by Charis Poon On MAEKAN It Up #013, Eugene and Charis discuss the bold move by Black Girls Code to say no to a $125K USD donation from Uber, and how creatives should look at their relationship with money thanks to a 2Bobs podcast (shout...Show More
FRANCHISE & MUNDIAL for MAEKAN: What's Happened to Our Sports Icons?

1:35:25 | Aug 26th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. Why are sports media outlets obsessed with statistics and numbers? How hard is it to tell a good sports-related story? What value does print offer to toda...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #012: How aging affects our creative process and PR agency Derris' new investment fund.

39:26 | Aug 24th, 2017

Illustration by Charis Poon On MAEKAN It Up #012, Eugene and Charis discuss the idea of creativity as we age and why a child-like approach to problem solving embraces psychedelic drugs and what does it mean for a PR agency like Derris to simultaneous...Show More
Mundial for MAEKAN: On Their Skin

13:30 | Aug 19th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. Kits change, managers change, players are sold, shadowy billionaire owners come in, stadiums close, communities are destroyed… Shops that have relied on f...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #011: Is church-based streetwear the next big thing? Can a tech-minded approach to food work in the face of regulation?

30:10 | Aug 18th, 2017

On MAEKAN It Up #011, Eugene and Charis look into the different sides of streetwear released by churches, and what does it mean when a tech-based mindset that focuses on innovation over regulation enters food with the Impossible Burger? Recap of Al...Show More
Building the Brand — Our Fabric

11:18 | Aug 15th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. With MAEKAN’s ongoing effort to bring a sense of tangibility to the digital experience, the team commissioned the talents of the multi-talented Jordan Sow...Show More
MAEKAN Tools – The Audio Rig

02:23 | Aug 13th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. As an audio-focused publication, MAEKAN wouldn’t be what it is without an amazing sound engineer, and like any professional photographer or videographer i...Show More
How Virgilio Martinez Skated Into the Kitchen and Put Peru on the Map

12:55 | Aug 12th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. In a generation where people leave their hometowns in search of culturally or creatively greener pastures and the allure of the exotic elsewhere, Virgilio...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #010: Should you speed listen to podcasts? What does it mean when memes are used as political tools?

33:46 | Aug 10th, 2017

On MAEKAN It Up #010, Eugene and Charis discuss whether we should "speed listen" to our podcasts, and what does it mean when meme media companies are popping up and financially supported by politics?  Does speed listening compromise our comprehensi...Show More
Daewon Song on Selling Flowers and Donuts

21:17 | Aug 9th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. Not every pro athlete dreams of hitting the big leagues as a kid. For many, like Daewon Song, skateboarding was something to do for fun, but also a means ...Show More
ByBorre — Judo's Influence on Design

18:47 | Aug 7th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. Judo is literally translated from Japanese as “the gentle way,” and in theory, has to do with the use of technique to allow a weaker person to unbalance a...Show More
Beat — Slug Agency

05:04 | Aug 5th, 2017

Listen to the story here and see the accompanying photos at MAEKAN.com for the best experience. Our MAEKAN Atlanta Beat takes us to Slug Agency’s opening party where they sought to challenge the idea that the Atlanta scene has unequivocally been dubb...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #009: WeTransfer's $10,000 grants for ex-SoundCloud employees and the power of the newsletter

34:39 | Aug 3rd, 2017

On MAEKAN It Up #009, Eugene and Charis discuss: Nike issues A$AP Bari statement to GQ (2:00) WeTransfer looks to continue audio innovation by creating a $10,000 grant for ex-Soundcloud employees. (4:40) WeTransfer x Central Saint Martins Art Schola...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #008: Los Angeles' new social media camp and Deloitte's approach to diversity in the workplace

40:22 | Aug 1st, 2017

On another weekly episode of MAEKAN It Up, Eugene and Charis discuss: A new social media creation camp in LA (05:00) The potential storytelling/communications skills that could be nurtured (07:00) The dangers that come with social media (14:00) Whet...Show More
Beat — The Music Room at Potato Head Hong Kong

02:13 | Aug 1st, 2017

Nestled deep within restaurant and bar Potato Head Hong Kong is a soon to be legendary “Music Room.” This descriptor is no hyperbole, however, as entering the room requires you to navigate a dark labyrinthian set of corridors that pass by various are...Show More
Beat — The Birth of the Earl Simmons Drink

03:35 | Aug 1st, 2017

In a break from some of MAEKAN's long-form stories comes the MAEKAN Beat, something we liken to as "visual radio." This story is about a drink that started in Long Beach, but ended up in Hong Kong. Part coffee, part tequila, the drink took on a life ...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #007: Is 90s web design making a comeback and Nike's silence over the A$AP Bari incident

44:14 | Aug 1st, 2017

MAEKAN It Up #007 returns with Eugene and Charis and Eugene are back in the same timezone, albeit they're a bit behind in releasing this latest MAEKAN It Up #007. But along the way, they've made some tweaks to the show. In this episode, Eugene and Ch...Show More
Finding Depth in K-Fashion — How IISE Brings Korean Tradition to Contemporary Menswear

13:59 | Jul 31st, 2017

With Korean music, fashion, and entertainment leading modern trends in Asia, it seems counterintuitive to take a step in the opposite direction towards the country's original sartorial past. With its collections that have been well received by old an...Show More
Jordan Sowers — Painting Over Pixels

15:04 | Jul 31st, 2017

With devices and technology being an inseparable part of our lives, is there tangible value in picking up an analog medium? As interactive Art Director, Designer and Developer Jordan Sowers discovered, there is and then some. Fascinated by the design...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #006: Netflix for Education, Cannes Lions, and the importance of stories over payment

53:48 | Jul 31st, 2017

In this latest MAEKAN It Up, Eugene and Charis talk about the creation of a "Netflix for education," and whether there's a need or market for continued education that offers legitimate certification. We also delve into the role of awards in creative ...Show More
ComplexCon — Walking Through the Internet

09:20 | Jul 25th, 2017

In response to a faltering traditional tradeshow model, the inaugural ComplexCon represented a chance for vendors, industry leaders and fans to gather and connect. It was also the starting point for an online publication you might be familiar with. M...Show More
Apollo Bar — The Art of the Highball

10:33 | Jul 25th, 2017

Ice. Whisky. Soda. Spotlight? The popular Japanese cocktail known as the Whisky Highball and the ingredients that go into it don't get much simpler. Some have taken a unique path for the drink such as Hidenori Komatsu, Owner of Tokyo-based speakeasy ...Show More
Meaningful Things — Daniel Arsham (Brushes)

00:26 | Jul 24th, 2017

Daniel uses standard round tip brushes. The nature of his work, as well as the corrosive materials he works with, limits him to these inexpensive tools. Yet, he’s happy to use them, especially the larger brushes, because he doesn’t have to worry abou...Show More
Meaningful Things — Daniel Arsham (Bonsai Trees)

00:53 | Jul 24th, 2017

Countless trips to Japan led to Daniel’s fascination with the traditional art form, Bonsai. There are several varieties in his studio, the most notable of which is an elm bonsai that’s over 40 years old. Daniel continues to shape and style these mini...Show More
Meaningful Things — Daniel Arsham (Bamford Watch Department Custom Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm)

00:44 | Jul 24th, 2017

In 2015, Daniel designed a watch in collaboration with custom luxury watch brand, Bamford Watch Department. While their collaboration entailed a Rolex Milgauss, Daniel later had a custom Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm watch commissioned as a 1 of 1. ...Show More
Meaningful Things — Daniel Arsham (Kaweco Special AL Mini Mechanical Pencil)

00:49 | Jul 24th, 2017

Several years ago, Daniel took a trip to Montreal. Mutual friends introduced him to one of the city’s most notable creative personalities, Justin Saunders, otherwise known as JJJJound. On Justin’s suggestion as Montreal’s “best shop,” Daniel visited ...Show More
Meaningful Things — Daniel Arsham (Kith x Garrett Leight “Kinney” Sunglasses)

00:17 | Jul 24th, 2017

Close friend Ronnie Fieg and his boutique Kith have been a collaborative product juggernaut of over the past few years. An item released by Kith that has been especially appealing to Daniel, are the collaborative “Kinney” sunglasses created with Los ...Show More
Meaningful Things — Daniel Arsham (Leica M-P)

01:38 | Jul 24th, 2017

The feeling of a cherished product in your hands provides a certain unique and personal connection. The means in which something meaningful comes into your possession often has to do with one's process of acquisition. For artist Daniel Arsham, severa...Show More
Sights & Sounds — Jeremy Deputat on 50 Cent

03:53 | Jul 24th, 2017

Jeremy Deputat has been a cornerstone of Detroit and hip-hop's music scene for many years. In this story, Jeremy talks about shooting album images for 50 Cent, his always-ready-to-work attitude, and how he beat Jeremy to the studio for the first time...Show More
Sights & Sounds — Jeremy Deputat on Mayer Hawthorne

05:13 | Jul 24th, 2017

Jeremy Deputat has been a cornerstone of Detroit and hip-hop's music scene for many years. In this story, Jeremy talks about his history with Mayer Hawthorne, and how it led to him shooting the album cover of Mayer’s “A Strange Arrangement” at a Detr...Show More
Sights & Sounds — Jeremy Deputat on Moodymann

04:21 | Jul 24th, 2017

Jeremy Deputat has been a cornerstone of Detroit and hip-hop's music scene for many years. In this story, Jeremy talks about how he managed to secure the first ever photoshoot with one of Detroit’s most elusive musical artists, Moodymann. See the ful...Show More
Sights & Sounds — Jeremy Deputat on Rick Rubin and Eminem

03:57 | Jul 24th, 2017

Jeremy Deputat has been a cornerstone of Detroit and hip-hop's music scene for many years. Cool and confident in his demeanor, Jeremy's eye has earned him the trust of one Eminem, becoming his trusted tour photographer. As one of the few people to ca...Show More
Yamayo — How a Small Japanese Textile Mill Influenced Global Sportswear

13:36 | Jul 18th, 2017

While working on a separate project, the MAEKAN team visited Yamayo Textile, a fabric mill in Kamitonda, a sleepy manufacturing town in western Japan. After visiting the mill and having spoken with the company’s president, we were inspired in discove...Show More
From Bradford to BAPE BOY — How Neil Bedford's Brand Obsession Influenced his Photography

19:59 | Jul 18th, 2017

Logos are a snapshot into a brand and what it represents. When executed correctly, there's an immense amount of meaning that one can associate with a logo. For photographer Neil Bedford, logos became sources of identity and confidence. His youth was ...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #005: MTV News Cuts Long-Form and Brooklyn Beckham’s Photography Book

33:46 | Jul 18th, 2017

In this latest cross-time zone MAEKAN It Up, Eugene and Charis talk about the latest casualty in long-form online publishing and the price of fame. With an inability to monetize effectively and a lack of journalistic support from the very industry it...Show More
Building the Brand — Everything Up to This Point

08:35 | Jul 12th, 2017

It took a while, but we're finally here. We spent the past year and a half laying down the foundation for a publication focused on fostering community, supporting creatives and maintaining an ad-free experience. The process has been nothing short of ...Show More
There's More Than Just Cloth and Thread — Samuel Ross of A-COLD-WALL*

19:09 | Jul 12th, 2017

Samuel Ross was never just about being a skilled artist in just one medium. His passion for realizing good, considered ideas through graphics, film, design and fashion have followed him through his tumultuous youth all the way to a celebrated career ...Show More
Beats, Food & Design — Karl Injex Brings It All Together

16:18 | Jul 11th, 2017

The fast-paced globetrotting lifestyle of a DJ might seem like an exciting career, but it can also be one of the loneliest when high times and endless partying fail to replace proper human connection. DJ and restauranteur Karl Injex shares the story ...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #004: Spotify and labels, Brian Anderson, and toasting the end of The Toast

39:11 | Jul 6th, 2017

MAEKAN It Up #004 continues despite timezone differences to tackle four topics inspired by our twice-a-week newsletter, the Briefing. This week we discuss Spotify’s relationship with major music labels and how it influences their playlists, Brian And...Show More
Time & A Place — Johan & Charlene of MAAPS Discuss the Power of Scent

15:22 | Jul 6th, 2017

Of the five human senses, none are quite as powerful as that of scent. The often unseen and invisible nature of it has this magical ability to register powerful memories. Scent travels directly through the olfactory cortex, the region of the brain th...Show More
Pursuing the East in the West — The In-Store Experience with Kitsune's Masaya Kuroki

09:28 | Jul 5th, 2017

Masaya Kuroki's story is much like many others, moving from the East to the West, Kuroki was faced with many cultural barriers that he was able to overcome through his love of art, music, and fashion. With the help of friend and business partner Gild...Show More
Punk & Design — Jon Warren Discusses Their Relationship

23:16 | Jul 4th, 2017

Jon Warren left the Midwest early in his youth. Shortly after arriving in California, two kids ridiculed him for his outfit. They pushed him to pick-up a pair of Vans and adopt a truly Californian lifestyle that embodied skateboarding. It was the sta...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #003: Video Games or movies, AI-moderated comments, and when sponsorship and politics intersect

37:28 | Jul 3rd, 2017

MAEKAN It Up #003 tackles four topics inspired by our twice-a-week newsletter, the Briefing. Today we discuss the award-winning movie trailer Everything and the relationship between movies and gaming, the NY Times' AI-moderated commenting system, whe...Show More
Building the Brand — Giclee Printing in Los Angeles

06:46 | Jun 29th, 2017

When we first launched late last year, the special sign-up gift we offered to our Yearly Members was a limited-edition print from artists James Jean or Jun Cha. To make those happen, we needed the help of Sam Whitney, owner, and founder of Giclee LA,...Show More
Redefining Car Culture — Talking Commuter Culture with Nic Jammet of sweetgreen

11:43 | Jun 29th, 2017

Car culture as we know it is changing. Autonomous driving cars and on-demand ride sharing are set to change how we work and how we live. sweetgreen Founder Nic Jammet shares his experiences in uprooting his whole business from Washington D.C. and mov...Show More
Hands — The Post-Tour Life with Stephen Harrison

12:16 | Jun 29th, 2017

For a while, Stephen “Stevis” Harrison’s identity was known almost solely as, “the guitarist from The Chariot.” A self-taught musician, he spent the bulk of the last ten years touring in bands and living life on the road. Now, two years after The Cha...Show More
Daniel Arsham — The Time Traveler

19:59 | Jun 29th, 2017

Daniel Arsham is an artist unencumbered by the conventions of a particular place or period. Indeed, the very nature of his work and his audience's connection to it suggest that the lines of what constitute "proper" art and even time itself seem to be...Show More
MAEKAN Tools — Contax T3

01:32 | Jun 29th, 2017

In our latest MAEKAN Tools, we highlight one of the newest additions to the family of implements, the Contax T3. See the full story here. (Members Only) What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and ...Show More
Taking a Community Offline with ComplexCon

11:07 | Jun 29th, 2017

We live in a digital world. There's little to suggest that will ever change. But we're often forgetting the importance of interacting, building and connecting in the real world. Follow along as MAEKAN outlines the importance of community building off...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #002: Debating the news, Google cataloging fashion, and Wonder Woman's achievements

41:35 | Jun 28th, 2017

MAEKAN It Up returns with #002 with a diverse range of discussion. We tackle the concept of news and what constitutes the best way to tell it, Wonder Woman's impact in the entertainment industry, Google's new fashion project, and Agnes Gund's remarka...Show More
The Sounds of Hong Kong — Director's Note

12:15 | Jun 28th, 2017

Elphick and Terence sit down to explain the above soundtrack, titled “Sounds of Hong Kong”. It’s the first time either producer went on a soundwalk, let alone sampled and created a soundtrack using only the ambient sounds they recorded. Listen to the...Show More
The Sounds of Hong Kong — The Soundtrack

10:11 | Jun 28th, 2017

“Sounds of Hong Kong” by Delf and TEE See the full story here. (Members Only) What is MAEKAN? MAEKAN is a membership-based publication and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We're about learning, participating, and conne...Show More
The Sounds of Hong Kong — Introduction

09:17 | Jun 28th, 2017

A "soundwalk" is a simple exercise. It involves taking a walk with a focus on listening to the environment and mindfully exposing our ears to what's around us. It seems straightforward enough, but when was the last time you stopped and heard the bird...Show More
Barriers to Entry — Artistic Struggles 20 Years After a War

18:17 | Jun 28th, 2017

Ryan Montoya's byline is unlike anything you've ever seen: A licensed doctor, a comic book artist, and a Goyard design consultant. For two years, he spent time in Bosna i Hercegovina alongside his wife who serves as an American diplomat. He recounts ...Show More
MAEKAN It Up — #001: The Pilot Podcast

33:55 | Jun 27th, 2017

MAEKAN It Up marks the debut of our weekly podcast series featuring MAEKAN Editor-in-Chief Eugene Kan, and MAEKAN Community Manager and Designer Charis Poon. The podcast uses our twice-a-week MAEKAN Briefings as a starting point from which we dig dee...Show More
The Act of Unlearning — James Jean & Jun Cha and the Progress of an Artist

22:14 | Jun 26th, 2017

Many contemporary artists dream of making it big and moving past the idea of being a "starving artist." But what happens after both of those things happen and you hit a creative wall? Artists James Jean and Jun Cha share some valuable insights into t...Show More
All Because of a Black Stamp — Jordan Brand’s “Friends & Family” Design Differences

07:36 | Jun 26th, 2017

What do Rolex's subtle reference number differences, Playboy's underlying star system, and a black stamp on a pair of Air Jordans have in common? It's about how logistics can unassumingly play a role in future brand equity. See the full story here. ...Show More
Building an Inclusive World of Tech — Jason Mayden and Trillicon Valley

13:50 | Jun 26th, 2017

Jason Mayden grew up during one of Chicago’s darkest periods. The 1990s were rife with violence and murder. But he was also fortunate enough to witness one of sports’ greatest dynasties: The Chicago Bulls. From an early age, Jason channeled the posit...Show More
Creativity & Kids — Andrew Chen Talks About Carefree Children

10:51 | Jun 26th, 2017

Andrew Chen, Co-Founder of American-Contemporary menswear label, 3sixteen, and a partner of denim mecca Self Edge is most known for his contributions to the modern world of denim. However, outside of the “office,” his other, and more important full-t...Show More
Building the Brand — Focusing on Tangible Design

04:21 | May 22nd, 2017

From the beginning, MAEKAN was not just about great stories. It was just as much about things you could touch and feel. This is the story of our beginnings and the details that are often overlooked. See the full story here. (Members Only) What is MAE...Show More