iKON takes over Instagram

Today, after the Music Core performance iKONICS were treated to a surprise to beat all surprises.

All iKON members opened public Instagram accounts at the same time and proceeded to bomb the Instagram with photos, videos and comments trying very hard to make up for the last two years of radio silence.

iKONICS used to scarce and slow updates were completely shocked and overwhelmed with the sudden influx of content.

Not even a day after opening their accounts all the members have over 200 000 followers.

Here are all of their accounts so you can follow them if you haven’t already but be warned June will blow up your notifications.

Donghyuk  – _dong_ii

Bobby – bobbyindaeyo

Hanbin – shxxbi131

Jinhwan – gnani_____

June – juneeeeeeya
Yunhyeong –sssong_yh
Chanwoo – chan_w000

 

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A trot cart and a voice that couldn’t leave my mind: my story with iKON.

I can tell you the exact time and place where iKON came into my life.

I was almost twenty and on a spontaneous, quarter-life crisis trip to Seoul. It was my second time, but my first time as an adult, which meant no one to hold my hand or tell me I was spending too much money on Etude House cosmetics.

There I was, barely five foot and in my favourite pleated skirt, on the way back from visiting a Shinsegae in Gwanak-gu. There was a stain on my turtleneck from eating bibimbap too quickly. I’m pretty sure I was trying to rub it clean, waiting for the traffic lights to change, when I heard it:

“익숙한 스킨쉽에도 심장이 뛰고
신경 쓰여 괜히.”

The light flickered green and nameless faces filtered around me, but I was stuck on that voice. When the crowd cleared I traced the footpath, to where a vendor sat, set outside a few shop fronts. It was an old man with leathery skin and a kind smile, and set up in boxes were CDs I didn’t recognise. Trot singers that I didn’t know. But overhead, he played iKON. And that much I knew.

Who hadn’t heard of iKON? At that time it was April 2016 and they had just debuted into the world like a hurricane of seven boys, seven talents, seven wonders.

Although I had seen them since WIN, knew of every time they were knocked down and each time they stood tall again, it was never personal. But thanks to an elderly trot CD salesman with a toothy smile, iKON became personal to me.

If I could go back and thank that salesman, I would. Because through all my years of being a K-Pop fan, from 2011 until now, I have never known that loving a group could be so easy. Like breathing.

It’s true, that not every moment is black and white, a lot are pale greys and uncertain shades. But the moments of vibrant red, of iKON smiling and iKONICS smiling back, those are the moments that make everything worth it.

So here I am, a writer, a dancer, a reader, a supporter, but most importantly, an iKONIC and the new Kony’s Island member.

I am excited to be a part of a movement that promotes positive content for iKON, and you’ll probably see me behind a lot fluff pieces, feature articles and stories that highlight not only iKON’s influence, but iKONICS talent and commitment.

Are you ready? Showtime!

iKON fan art – the youngest iKON fanartist

Love for iKON is not limited by age, we saw entire families, from grandparents to tiny little kids, attending iKON concerts in Japan and it is time to let one of those young fans say a thing or two about their love for iKON. As last for this year in our iKON fan art series we bring you the youngest iKON fanartist, Soki.

Tell us  a bit about yourself?

Mom you know me.

We are doing an interview, pretend I am not your mom. Just tell me your name and stuff. 

My name is Sonja, everyone calls me Soki. I am 11 years old. I go to school and I draw comics just like my dad.

How did you become an iKONIC?

Because of you.

Say a litte bit more about it.

My mom and dad listen to lot of music and I listen to it too. I like Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age and iKON. I  also really, really like BIGBANG and 2ne1 since when I was a child because you listened to them.

You are still a child. 

When I was a little child. I especially liked Taeyang because he looks like my dad.

He really does not (unfortunately).

He does too. I also love 2ne1 and I was really sad when you told me they broke up. Their last song was very sad and I cried. I don’t like sad songs, they make me cry. Than you started to listen to iKON and they have puppies in their videos and I like that a lot, and they love animals and Bobby is a bunny and they are very funny…

Easy there tiger, slow down. I need to write all this down.

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What?

I want to be a puppy not a tiger.

OK?! What is your favorite iKON song or a moment? 

Dumb and Dumber is the best song ever  but I am not allowed to play it more than five times in a row. I like also Bomb with Psy, Bobby and Hanbin but it does not have a video and that makes me sad. They should make a video and have puppies in it. Dumb and Dumber video has two puppies in it, TWO!! Also B-day!

Anything else you specially love about iKON, like something they did and said?

I like that TV show Hanbin and Jinhwan did with animals, that was the best. Bobby said he is iKONs bunny there, that was funny. You should buy me a goat.

Yes, Mari and I was great. I am not buying you a goat. We are over the goat discussion. 

Then bunny, I should have a bunny and his name would be Bobby. You would like that too. Right, a bunny Bobby. I really need one.

No bunny. We have a mental cat that would give that bunny a heart attack in 5 minutes tops. No more animals in this house. You have a dog and a cat enough is enough. 

…but Bobby bunny…

No!

Ok. We can talk about it later…

Why do I have the feeling I lost all control of this interview. How did you become an iKON fanartist?

What’s a fanartist?

Someone who draws iKON like you. When did you start drawing iKON?

I’m a fanartist. Cool. I started drawing iKON when I was a child.

You are still a chil….yeah . You were 9 when you started  drawing iKON OK.

Yes, when I was a child. I was not good then as I am now. I am better now at drawing.

Why did you start to draw them?

Because they are funny and I like them, and you like them, and we like them together.

Oh, baby!

I am not a baby mom, you are embarrassing.

You haven’t been doing a lot of iKON drawing lately, why is that?

I am very busy with school. You make me do all this hard work, like do my homework, brush my teeth and all that… I just don’t have time for my art. Stop laughing mom,  it is really not that funny, it is sad, and it is all your fault you make me do all that homework… STOP LAUGHING!!

Ok, ok. Is there a particular member, ship or a theme you love to draw?

Why are you talking about ships? I don’t like boats. Why are you so weird?

Who in iKON do you like to draw the most?

Ohhh, Hanbin and Bobby. Bobby is Hanbin’s bunny. That is so funny, I love that. You love Bobby and Hanbin too mom, right? You have all these photos on your computer of them shirtle…

Yeah OK. We don’t need to share everything. 

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Also June, cause he is very funny, and Chanwoo because he is cute and has a Husky in Dumb and Dumber video, and Jinhwan because he is small, and Dong because he is pretty and Yoyo cause he cooks and is pretty too…

 

Is there a favorite drawing of iKON you did and why is it your favorite.soki153

It is my drawing of iKON as My Little Pony characters. I got to give them all a beauty mark. That was fun and then your friend,  made me a pencil bag out of it. She draws Jinhwan very pretty, your nice friend and made stickers too. He looks so cute and he is shorter then me.

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No he is not, and yes @icelycheetea spoiled you with that bag. 

Well, he will be.

..probably..

I was talking mom, stop interrupting me. Than your super nice friend made me my pencil bag and I keep all my drawing stuff in it, and I took it to school and everyone was all oooooooooohhhh. You should buy me a konbat.

Wait what, no. I am not buying you a konbat so you can hit your friend in school. No, we are not discussing this again. 

Konbat is all red, and pretty and shiny and he touched my pencil bag and deserves to be hit.

Konbat is not for hitting people, we had this talk before.

It looks like a bat mom, really (insert eye roll).

Do you publish your work anywhere?

You put it on that iKON place (OneHallyu) when I do something and send it to your friends. You do not let me go on line alone because you said “it is full of nasty people that want to talk to little kids and shouldn’t”.  I am not a little kid but I still don’t want to talk to nasty people so you just show it to other iKONICS, OK.

Thank you for talking to me!

You are my mom , not like I can say no. Duh…

Anything to add?

iKON will come back soon (my mom said) and I hope they have more puppies in their videos or bees, I like bees and that dinosaur dance was amazing!!! waengwaeng

Enjoy more of Soki’s  drawings

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Oh, mommmmm I was little when I drew this, it is not good. Why are you so embarrassing.

 

 

 

iKON SUPPORT CHERISHED SENIORS BIGBANG AT FINAL LAST DANCE IN SEOUL CONCERT

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It’s truly a victorious and emotional night for VIPs the fandom of iKON’s legendary seniors BigBang as the group held its final Concert for LAST DANCE IN SEOUL – the last Concert before their enlistment – and in the midst of them, shoulder to shoulder with VIPs was iKON, stepping away for a while from their CB preparations to be a part of this moment.

Like so many other idol groups, iKON are VIPs. Since their Pre-Debut days, iKON have taken advantage of every opportunity to attend BigBang Concerts religiously where they always join the audience and can be seen either watching intensely, dancing or being awed like any other fan.

Congratulations to Big Bang the undefeated Kings of Kpop as they round up this final concert knowing the entire country and all their fans will wait for them as always.

iKON is currently preparing for a January Come Back and iKONICs are eagerly waiting for a Come Back date from YGE.

iKON Team Show Great Support for Tired Leader

Today, iKONICs were grateful towards iKON’s team of security and staff who showed attentive support to iKON’s leader Kim Hanbin at Gimpo Airport when he appeared exceptionally drowsy.

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The young leader, who along with iKON Members and staff is en route to Japan today, caused a small stir when he literally seemed to sleep-walk through the airport assisted at different points by Security, a manager and fellow iKON member, Kim Donghyuk.

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Fans didn’t know wether to be charmed or concerned for the sleepy leader as Hanbin is known for his intense, nocturnal work habits. No doubt he must have been very tired indeed.

Fans were later reassured when pictures surfaced showing he was able to wake up a little more after a while.

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On arriving in Japan he was even able to make a cute selfie at immigration further reassuring fans about his current wellbeing.

Despite the leader’s clear fatigue fans also noted something particularly special about his appearance. Apparently Kim Hanbin was dressed from head to toes in fan gifts!

iKON members have always been very fond of wearing fan gifts and for a while have used it to turn their Airport appearances into one more way of communicating with their fans!

iKON are currently on their way to Japan for three Concerts in Chiba scheduled as part of their Encore Dome Tour, two to occur on Saturday.

iKON’s Bobby traveled ahead some days ago for unconfirmed schedules and is not with the group today.

In other words; as usual the boys are hectically busy!

We are thankful once again to the fan sites who also woke up early to bring us these pictures and Kony’s Island wishes iKON good health and good shows and of course hope that Kim Hanbin will find some time in their intense schedule for a good night or day’s rest!

*EDIT: actually these events occurred at about 7pm not 7am so we have adjusted our remarks. As we have no confirmation as to why Hanbin was so sleepy we continue to hope he gets adequate rest and wish him and his members and staff good health for their tough schedules.

BobDong’s Surprise Heart Fluttering V Live!

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Today, Kim Bobby and Kim Donghyuk surprised iKONICs with an unannounced VApp Live Session from Japan where they are currently preparing for their Concert Tour!

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Bobby and Donghyuk otherwise known as BobDong have always been a classic combination when it comes to V-Lives! They are famous for their lively and brotherly chemistry and this VApp session did not disappoint in those qualities.

Teasing Each other: Check

Praising Each other: Check

Impromptu Wrestling: Check

Drop Broadcasting Phone at some point due to Wrestling or Laughing: Check

Today’s Episode was extra special because it was an opportunity for Bobby to give some insight on his soon to be released first solo album, “Love and Fall.”

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Bobby spoke of the Song “I Love You” and also gave heart fluttering lyric spoilers.

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He also asked fans not to anticipate for the album too much but then got scolded by everyone XD

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When Bobby left the session for a moment, Donghyuk took the opportunty to speak glowingly of his hyung’s work.

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Other highlights of the the VLive include:

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And the best for last!!!!

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The V Live session racked up 80k+ views and 2 Million+ hearts. It ranked well for viewership!

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Bobby’s Album, “Love and Fall” will be dropping on the 14th of September with the Title Track, “I Love You.”  iKONICs are currently preparing with great excitement by streaming his solo single, “Holup,” so don’t forget to participate!

iKONICs are also preparing diligently for iKON’s 2nd Anniversary which falls the day after Bobby’s album drops and for a possible iKON comeback in the year’s last quarter.

As iKONICs prepare for these events, iKON is currently in Japan preparing for their 22 Venue Concert Tour which kicks off on September 9th.

 

Bling Bling brought a talented fan to the iKON yard

We are branching out people. This time on iKON fan art we have a lovely new iKONIC and fan artist @namekyu0726 from China. Her art ranges from gorgeous realistic paintings to most adorable chibi art. But we shall let @namekyu0726 and her art speak for themselves. 1

How did you become an iKONIC?

Bling Bling is such a good song, and B-DAY makes me feel happy. iKON’s music style is my type! So i searched for iKON videos, such as their concerts, DVD, M&M. In the end, I fell for BOBBY who is my type!!!! I think I fell in love with iKON. And I love Double-B getting along with someone. So I become an iKONIC.

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Everyone falls in love with Bobby at least a little bit; he is a huge stan attractor. Tell me; what is your favorite iKON song or a moment?

Bling Bling & B-day are my favorite songs, because through these songs I got to know iKON. I love boys love them, I really like Double-B having fun with each other.kkkkkkkkkkkk  But I know they are best friends. kkkkkkkkk

When news report good news about them, I feel so happy!!I am proud of iKON.

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A new fan and such a talented one, I am so happy you joined our fandom. How did you become an iKON fan artist?

I am majoring in painting, because I like iKON I wanted to draw their life by my hand.

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And you are doing such a great job. Is art something you do just as a hobby or are you a professional artist?

Since I was young, I began to learn painting. So painting is not only my work, but it is also my hobby.

What inspires your fan art?

People loving my artwork, this is the best way to inspire me!

Is there a particular member, ship or a theme you love to draw?

In iKON, my favorite member is BOBBY, so BOBBY often appears in my artwork.

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A fellow Bobby stan. I love your cute drawings of Bobby and so does my daughter who is another Bobby/DoubleB stan. You appeal transcends age! Where do you usually publish your work and where can we look you up?

Because I am Chinese, so my favourite network medium is Weibo , but i also have twitter & ins.

My Weibo ID is :@你里kim大爷

My twitter ID is:@namekyu0726

ins ID:@namkyu19980726

I often put my artwork in Weibo and Twitter,but some artwork only put in Weibo.

You get a lot of reaction and feedback for your work from other fans. Was there anything someone said that was negative? I think everyone loves fan art and fan artist, I never saw anything negative ever said under a fan art post. Is my impression right?

No one said anything that really stayed with me, but I don’t care this. I think everyone has their life, they are transient visitors in my life. But I have received some negative comments under fan art post. In this world, there are kind people but also hateful people. So, we should keep in our mind not to become the bad people.

Oh, wow! I did not expect this answer. I guess miserable people can hate even something as cheerful and positive as your fan art. Is there any particular illustration or comic you drew that is special to you and that you would like to share with us? Tell us why is it special?

This picture is special to me, because this picture is my first time to draw fanart. This boy is Infinite leader SungKyu.

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This is another special picture for me as it is the first time I drew BOBBY.

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Was your art ever used without your permission or plagiarised? How do you prevent things like that from happening.

Yes, my artwork was used without my permission and plagiarised.

I am a rational person. I will look for them to explain their reasons.

Your art has a chance to reach iKON members or people close to them, thus giving you the satisfaction of reaching your idol in a way most of fans can only dream off.

I don’t think I am closer to iKON than any other iKONIC, we are all in it together equally.

My artwork can make people happy, and this is my dream.

I am positive that your art has made many an iKONIC happy! How could it not, as it is downright adorable. 

This was @namekyu0726, a talented new iKONIC with a soft spot for Double B, give her a lot of love and enjoy more of her delightful art.

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Dinner with #RealHyung

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iKON’s official Instagram account withikonic posted a heartwarming photo of the boys having dinner with Big Bang’s Kang Daesung after they all performed today at Japan’s A-Nation festival.

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Both Daesung and iKON are known for being extremely successful in Japan which was just emphasized by their marvelous performances in one of the biggest summer festivals in Japan.

This is not the first time Daesung and iKON have shared a stage as June, Jinhwan and Donghyunk went as audience support for Deasung on an episode of Fantastic Duo 2, for which the famous BigBang crooner ended up being the overall winner.

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In fact, Daesung has been known before now to habitually look out for his dongsaengs, iKON.

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And iKON boys have been declaring their love for this caring hyung on various broadcasts.

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iKONICS all over are just happy that our boys have a chance to spend time with one of the nicest men in K-POP.

Cozy, Midnight Chat with Hanbin

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 Last night, iKON’s leader fulfilled his promise to iKONICs and was able to meet with fans through V app for almost 2 hours! 

Interestingly the session felt more like a comfortable talk with a good friend than a basic interaction between an idol and his fans.

In order to maintain high spirits, we’ve prepared a series of highlights and facts spoken by our favorite charismatic boy, for those who were unable to watch or would simply enjoy a recall of last night’s events.

Let’s begin with Hanbin’s moving words about his brothers, and his claim that iKON is simply a name for him, incomparable to the strong bond of the seven people behind it. Now and forever, he would like nothing more than maintain a tight connection with those whom he sees as family. 

On a side note, this sends us back to Bobby’s words during iKONCERT, right?

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Bobby:

In order to remember the funniest things revealed by Hanbin himself, let’s have a look at the list below! (credit in each link)

  • Despite having a schedule in the same day, he’d wanted to attend a concert with his friend Raesung (better known as Millennium, who participated in the composition of Bling Bling), but the results weren’t quite what he’d expected: “I got scammed, but really, I was just dumb”;
  • A reveal about his height, that was certainly frowned upon by a certain member;
  • Hanbin was about to sing “Perfect” in Korean, but couldn’t recall the lyrics (it took him a few tries);
  • “I’m like an uncle when it comes to girl groups“;
  • Our charismatic leader who has a strange way of wording things, in order to “sound like an idol”;
  • His hobbies include doing absolutely nothing;

While asked about “Get it beauty,” Hanbin lets us know that he’s close with very few celebrities, including One, whom he also complimented by referring to him as a “flower boy.” 

On a more serious note, our leader has brought us a series of exciting news. According to him, iKON are to release new songs before winter. As long as everything goes well, his favorite songs will be released! Let’s anticipate our hard working boys who never disappoint!

And furthermore, here’s his answer when being questioned about preparations for a future solo:

Of course, he never fails to think of ikonics and their feelings; during one of their hardest times before the release of “Bling Bling”, Hanbin confesses he wrote a song for fans while in the car, including lyrics such as: “I can give you nothing now.” 

Please don’t say that! You’ve already offered so much to your fans, and granted nothing less than exceptional stage presence and quality songs.

For the final bit of this article, we can’t forget about Hanbin’s words of wisdom,  which bring inspiration to many of us!

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Friendship born out of rivalry: Olltii and Bobby

 

 

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During a recent IG live Olltii mentioned Bobby by saying they talk on kakotalk and drink together sometimes. Fans especially noted how Olltii called Bobby Jiwon.

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Also, a month ago Olltii took a picture with Bobby’s cardboard cutout  leading to a cute kkt conversation between him and Bobby.

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Although Olltii was presented as Bobby’s nemesis during the SMTM 3 and there was some direct dissing going on, most notable one being Olltii calling Bobby and B.I “pretty Barbie dolls”, that did not stop the two of them from forming a friendship. Even iKONICS regard Olltii fondly as it is clear that there is no hard feelings on either side. Hope you get a chance to go for that drink boys!