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MAEKAN is a publisher and community focused on the sights and sounds of creative culture. We’re about creative accountability, participation, and culture within a broader global community. MAEKAN’s focused on equipping creators with the tangible and intangible tools to succeed and define the future of creative culture. We don’t have all the answers, but our curiosity ensures we never stop looking. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/maekan/support


MAEKAN & BYBORRE — Redefining Comfort: Céline Pham
Apr 1 • 16 min
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?…
502 Bad Gateway — An Antidote to Online Fast Fashion
Mar 22 • 34 min
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 and…
Understanding Our World Through Objects — Johanna Agerman Ross
Mar 14 • 23 min
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 within…
Remembering Triple X — Hong Kong’s Underground Mecca
Mar 7 • 47 min
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, among…
MAEKAN & BYBORRE — Redefining Comfort: Rebecca Kelley
Feb 18 • 19 min
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?…
Floating in Time — Daniel Arsham Brings Us Static Mythologies
Feb 3 • 11 min
“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 experience,…
MAEKAN Session — The Need for Criticism
Jan 8 • 62 min
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 concept…
To Be a Member of a Club You Never Wanted to Join — Conversing with Mike Shinoda
Dec 2, 2018 • 42 min
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 symptoms,…
Building the Brand — Community Governance
Nov 27, 2018 • 26 min
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 harder.…
Observations Abroad with Joan Wong — Part II
Nov 25, 2018 • 21 min
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, and…
Celebrating and Evaluating — A Recap of Unexpected Connections
Nov 19, 2018 • 30 min
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 clear of…
Good Earth for Good Herb — Summerland and the Perfect Ceramic Bong
Nov 18, 2018 • 33 min
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 dissatisfaction he…
From the Portfolio of Guillaume Ferrand
Nov 13, 2018 • 14 min
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,…
An Hour with Tan Dun — Master Composer and Force of Culture
Oct 17, 2018 • 16 min
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, Hidden…
Shochu & Soju — Yardbird’s Elliot Faber Breaks Down The World’s Favorite Rice Wines
Oct 7, 2018 • 12 min
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 Elliot…
Authenticity and Transparency in Fashion Media — The Fashion Law with Julie Zerbo
Sep 30, 2018 • 28 min
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 not…
There is No Handbook — Chapter-by-Chapter with Director Decatur Dan
Sep 24, 2018 • 51 min
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…
Product Research Through Culture — Behzod Sirjani and How Slack Humanizes Work
Sep 20, 2018 • 52 min
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…
MAEKAN Travel Diary — Conversing through Football in Egypt
Sep 7, 2018 • 3 min
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 I…
Anything Can be Fascinating — Avery Trufelman of 99% Invisible on Telling Stories Well
Aug 31, 2018 • 44 min
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 look…
Sights & Sounds — Chris da Canha
Aug 29, 2018 • 13 min
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…
Building A True Cannabis Lifestyle Brand — Ariel Stark-Benz of Mister Green
Aug 17, 2018 • 83 min
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 universal…
Straight Outta Saigon — Jenni Trang Le Talks Vietnam’s Film Industry
Aug 15, 2018 • 28 min
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…
Calming the Freelance Rollercoaster — Cushion App Built by Jonnie Hallman
Aug 9, 2018 • 20 min
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 tool…
Building the Brand — 28 Days with Alek Rose
Jul 31, 2018 • 25 min
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 the…
Rooted in Californian Nostalgia — 40s and Shorties Grows Up
Jul 30, 2018 • 30 min
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…
Sights & Sounds — Gideon de Kock
Jul 22, 2018 • 9 min
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 mixes…
The Golden Years — Detroit Techno’s Warehouse Scene
Jul 16, 2018 • 66 min
“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-century…
Depression is Like Anything Else — Neal Brennan Mic’d Up
Jul 15, 2018 • 25 min
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 Christopher Lim &…
Shedding Vanity — Establishing Purpose with Alex Valdman of Rapha
Jul 12, 2018 • 40 min
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 detrimental…
War Machine
Jul 1, 2018 • 47 min
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. Text…
Made To Last — The Knives of Hinoki
Jun 27, 2018 • 20 min
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 selling blades on the internet with this project. Behind what appears to be a sleek knife brand is actually a mission to c…
Trusting Your Senses — Eric Lau on Music Shaping Society
Jun 24, 2018 • 56 min
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 Playing Field for All — New Opportunities for Creatives of Color
Jun 19, 2018 • 26 min
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…
Muted Music — The Private Spaces of Karachi’s Underground
Jun 14, 2018 • 28 min
Imagine moving ‘home’ for the first time in your life. Having spent almost the entirety of her life abroad, Mahira returned to Karachi, Pakistan to explore the the city of her father’s childhood and mother’s early adulthood. Brought up on the stories of…
Joshua Kissi on True Diversity in Stock Photography — TONL’s Take on Equality
Jun 7, 2018 • 53 min
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…
Creating a Neighborhood Hotel — RYSE Makes Its Mark on Hongdae
Jun 6, 2018 • 20 min
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…
The Outlier Way — Clothing Unwavering Against Compromise
Jun 3, 2018 • 18 min
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 sense of movement. It takes a bit of dedication and experience with the brand but with…
Spinning Wheels — Ceramics and Music with Sloane Angell
May 27, 2018 • 32 min
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 coat of…
Block Parties & Music History — Philadelphia’s DJ Matthew Law
May 17, 2018 • 23 min
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 Philadelphia…
How Long Did That Take to Paint? — The Art of Matt McCormick
May 9, 2018 • 23 min
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…
Ballers for Hire — China’s Underground Basketball Scene
May 6, 2018 • 24 min
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-match…
Equidistant — Ms Banks & Fotan Laiki Contrast and Compare Their Musical Worlds
Apr 27, 2018 • 22 min
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 and…
Imperfectly Perfect — Cody Hudson for RYSE Hotel
Apr 27, 2018 • 34 min
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 feels…
Into the South — Connecting with The Mississippi Delta Chinese
Apr 20, 2018 • 43 min
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 few weeks in October 2017 to personally connect with a community in…
YETI — ORIGINS
Apr 6, 2018 • 15 min
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 and its…
Observations Abroad with Joan Wong — Part I
Apr 3, 2018 • 21 min
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, and…
Bohan Phoenix — Bridging the Gap Between East and West, Hip-Hop in China
Mar 27, 2018 • 18 min
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 wondering what his persona should be as an…
Authenticity in Media
Mar 20, 2018 • 67 min
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. The city has been an important driver of globally-relevant subcultures with a keen…
Curated Kyoto with Sara Aiko
Mar 15, 2018 • 11 min
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 business of…
Sights & Sounds — ThirdCulture
Mar 6, 2018 • 9 min
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 a mix…
“Flower” by Alex Maeland — A Show for All of Us
Mar 2, 2018 • 22 min
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…
Gathering Growth with Brian Kelley — Documenting the Champion Trees
Feb 23, 2018 • 25 min
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? You…
Building the Brand — Writing for Ears
Feb 19, 2018 • 24 min
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…
Uguisu the Little Shoppe — From Roppongi to the World
Feb 14, 2018 • 20 min
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 outsider…
A Tale of Two Cities— Exploring China’s Hip-Hop Capitals
Feb 9, 2018 • 43 min
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. But…
Borderless — Musical and Cultural Identity with Crystal Kay
Feb 2, 2018 • 22 min
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 celebrities,…
The Road Less Traveled — Into the Chinese Countryside with Elphick and Yin
Jan 30, 2018 • 17 min
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 as…
Field Testing — The Polaroid OneStep 2
Jan 26, 2018 • 18 min
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 whole…
Street Dreams — The Feed in Real Life
Jan 12, 2018 • 55 min
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 in but keeps us rooted and engaged. A strong…
Jayscale — Intersecting Philanthropy and Photography
Jan 10, 2018 • 23 min
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 came courtesy of a mobile device. The phone would be a cherished tool on a…
Hard Stop All Along the Wall — Lost in the Desert Crossing the Mexico-United States Border
Dec 29, 2017 • 14 min
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 very issue at hand—people going from one place to another. In this…
Conservation Technology with Shah Selbe — How iPhones Can Stave-Off Mass Extinction
Dec 27, 2017 • 23 min
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 smartphones…
Sights & Sounds — Bo Bridges
Dec 19, 2017 • 23 min
Bo Bridges is a Los Angeles-based action, commercial and fine-art photographer whose work spans over two decades. Bo cut his teeth in film-based action photography before transitioning to the digital world, working with household names in professional…
Sights & Sounds — Jayscale
Dec 12, 2017 • 13 min
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 philanthropic…
MAEKAN It Up — #027: Preserving food culture amongst tribes and the future of dining in the sky.
Dec 8, 2017 • 42 min
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 cuisine.…
For My Family — Jay Park’s Transcontinental Success
Dec 7, 2017 • 22 min
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 Park…
Sights & Sounds — Edward Barnieh
Dec 6, 2017 • 21 min
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 retained a…
More to a Like — The Real World of Instagram with Edward Barnieh
Dec 5, 2017 • 25 min
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 certainly…
Without an Agenda — A Trip Through the Japanese Countryside with Focus HIDA
Dec 4, 2017 • 19 min
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 sleepy…
MAEKAN It Up — #026: The FCC’s steps towards eradicating net neutrality, and giving kids slack for what they say on social media.
Dec 3, 2017 • 38 min
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 affect…
Start Building Young — Marissa Louie’s Animoodles
Dec 3, 2017 • 27 min
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 toy that childr —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/maekan/support
MAEKAN It Up — #025: Why do we need to touch things at museums, and what are the factors behind critical thought and analysis?
Dec 3, 2017 • 39 min
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 of…
Seoul’s Musical Oasis — Cakeshop and Contra
Nov 24, 2017 • 48 min
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 their…
MAEKAN It Up — #024: Have we hit peak merchandise? The dark world of Children’s YouTube.
Nov 24, 2017 • 38 min
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 world…
Straight Outta Sham Shui Po — OKOKOK
Nov 20, 2017 • 25 min
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 hard…
The Business of Bugs — Psychology and Untapped Food Sustainability
Nov 15, 2017 • 34 min
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 problems.…
MAEKAN It Up — #023: ComplexCon 2017 and media’s future at the hands of billionaires
Nov 15, 2017 • 47 min
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…
MAEKAN Tools — Cody’s Editorial Tools
Nov 14, 2017 • 8 min
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…
Witnessed — The Aftermath of the Tubbs Fire
Nov 14, 2017 • 16 min
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…
MAEKAN It Up — #022: Our first-ever guest, video games as a military tool, and the relevance of Barbara Kruger’s subway ticket art.
Nov 9, 2017 • 45 min
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 project…
The Road Less Traveled — Finding Family with Cheuk-Yin
Nov 7, 2017 • 16 min
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 it.…
iPhones for the Dead — Material Goods and the Chinese Afterlife
Nov 7, 2017 • 20 min
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 form…
MAEKAN Tools — Charis’ Illustration Tools
Nov 6, 2017 • 3 min
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 Eugene’s…
Building the Brand — The Apprentice
Nov 5, 2017 • 21 min
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 interest…
Sake Bar O — The Sake Speakeasy
Nov 5, 2017 • 33 min
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…
Community Spotlight — Yannick Hits Cuba
Nov 4, 2017 • 6 min
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 catch up…
Sounds of Tokyo
Nov 3, 2017 • 10 min
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…
Does Slack Allow Us to Focus on Our Work? — Making Sense of Creative Efficiency
Nov 2, 2017 • 21 min
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 alongside…
Kicks with Capes — Super Heroic and How Jason Mayden is Building Stronger Kids
Nov 1, 2017 • 31 min
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 generation…
Where It All Went Wrong — Lessons from the Field in Losing $8,000 Worth of Gear
Oct 30, 2017 • 16 min
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…
MAEKAN It Up — #021: China starts rating its citizens to increase trust and AI becomes increasingly common
Oct 30, 2017 • 41 min
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 to…
GAO Dumpling Bar — Transplanting Hong Kong Culture in Copenhagen
Oct 30, 2017 • 15 min
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 Coast.…
Part I — Mike Cherman’s Contingency Plan
Oct 29, 2017 • 23 min
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…
The Business Side of the Creative Coin — An Hour with John C Jay
Oct 29, 2017 • 24 min
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…
Time Waits for No One — Lauren Gallo on Creating Opportunities for Yourself
Oct 27, 2017 • 17 min
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…
Building the Brand — Why Hong Kong?
Oct 26, 2017 • 15 min
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 strange…
A Subscription-Based Uniform with LOT2046
Oct 25, 2017 • 20 min
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. The…
MAEKAN Tools — Nate’s Writing Tools
Oct 24, 2017 • 3 min
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 or…
Beat — Jiving with José James and Jazzy Sports in Shibuya
Oct 23, 2017 • 8 min
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…
MAEKAN It Up — #020: The case for adding sneaker culture into the curriculum, and the current state of push notifications?
Oct 20, 2017 • 49 min
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 when…
Building the Brand — The New Process of Recording
Oct 20, 2017 • 16 min
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. Bringing…
Figuring Out Female Equality Together — Sarah Kim
Oct 20, 2017 • 17 min
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. Not…
One Sneaker at a Time — Mark Gainor Slows Down Production
Oct 20, 2017 • 15 min
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…
MAEKAN It Up — #019: The encroachment of AR into our public spaces, and Dropbox’s controversial rebranding.
Oct 13, 2017 • 43 min
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 designer…
MAEKAN Tools — Chris’ Cameras
Oct 12, 2017 • 2 min
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…
Hands — One Night At Sushi Shin
Oct 11, 2017 • 23 min
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 how…
Beat — Wheels Rattling on Granite in Barcelona
Oct 10, 2017 • 2 min
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 can…
MAEKAN It Up — #018: How Apple is tackling streaming music, and PUMA & Daily Paper’s trip to Africa to build a football pitch.
Oct 6, 2017 • 41 min
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…
Building the Brand — Learning When to Bob and When to Weave
Oct 4, 2017 • 36 min
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 months by…
Marketing Cannabis — A Day with Sherbinskis and Young Dolph
Oct 3, 2017 • 19 min
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, marketing,…
Growing on the Rez — Native American Entrepreneurship and The Green Rush
Oct 2, 2017 • 30 min
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…
MAEKAN It Up — #017: Coca-Cola sponsors a video game character and how tech and social media has changed food reviews.
Sep 29, 2017 • 42 min
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’s…
Other Side of the Dish — The Art of Creating Elevated Serviceware
Sep 28, 2017 • 30 min
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 two…
Damned Ikebana — AMKK Transforms MAEKAN into Floral Art
Sep 27, 2017 • 9 min
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.…
Not Your Childhood Toy — The World of Custom LEGO
Sep 26, 2017 • 3 min
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 them,…
MAEKAN It Up — #016: Improving photographic diversity in media and the emergence of Polaroid Originals
Sep 22, 2017 • 42 min
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: ‘Talk Is…
Building the Brand — Why Audio?
Sep 20, 2017 • 7 min
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…
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.”
Sep 15, 2017 • 51 min
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 different…
Never Miss a Shot — Bo Bridges and the Art of Action Photography
Sep 13, 2017 • 18 min
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, all…
MAEKAN It Up — #014: How can blockchain and cryptocurrencies change social media? Can you achieve greatness on a 40-hour work week?
Sep 8, 2017 • 58 min
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…
How AMKK Has Changed the Way We See Flowers
Sep 2, 2017 • 21 min
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 their…
MAEKAN It Up — #013: Black Girls Code turns down $125K from Uber and how creatives should look at money
Sep 1, 2017 • 42 min
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 out…
FRANCHISE & MUNDIAL for MAEKAN: What’s Happened to Our Sports Icons?
Aug 26, 2017 • 95 min
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 today’s…
MAEKAN It Up — #012: How aging affects our creative process and PR agency Derris’ new investment fund.
Aug 24, 2017 • 39 min
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 simultaneously…
Mundial for MAEKAN: On Their Skin
Aug 19, 2017 • 13 min
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 fan…
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?
Aug 18, 2017 • 30 min
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 Alex and…
Building the Brand — Our Fabric
Aug 15, 2017 • 11 min
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 Sowers…
MAEKAN Tools – The Audio Rig
Aug 13, 2017 • 2 min
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 in the…
How Virgilio Martinez Skated Into the Kitchen and Put Peru on the Map
Aug 12, 2017 • 12 min
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…