The beginning of KiST: Kony’s island Subbing Team

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This is finally happening! We have been trying to get together an iKONIC subbing team for the last couple of weeks and we can finally reveal them and their official name!

KiST stands for Kony’s island Subbing Team. It is a team dedicated solely to subbing iKON videos from Japanese or Korean to English.

We are currently recruiting more JP/KR to En subbers/timers/encoders. Also, if you are interested but are not familiar with timing or encoding, we will have a training period where one of our KiST members will be training all the members!

The first order of events as KiST is subbing..

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iKON’s JP New Kids: Begin DVD! the team is already working hard trying to sub it (green means it’s complete) and bring it to you guys as quickly as possible so please be a little more patient!

The videos being subbed include:
1 BLING BLING -BEHIND THE SCENES-
2 B-DAY -BEHIND THE SCENES-
3 A-nation 2016 stadium fes. (30分)
4 HOLIDAYS IN JAPAN (40分) (収録予定)

If you are interested in joining the KiST team, please send a DM to @ourkonysisland, we are trying to expand and become big enough to always have subbers active and ready to sub iKON videos!syh0jf2– from the KiST members 

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MAKE WAY FOR THE KING OF THE YOUTH !!

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YG LIFE web site posted the announcement of Bobby’s solo album coming out on September 14th, only a day before iKON’s debut anniversary. Needless to say this news spread among the iKONICS like wildfire as this was somewhat unexpected but welcome surprise. After all we have been waiting for this for three years.

For those who don’t know (there isn’t anyone like that) Bobby won SMTM season 3 in 2014 while still only a trainee at YG Entertainment. His rise to the top was a rocky one, but in true Bobby fashion he overcame all obstacles to win in the end. Only idol rapper to do so. His fans have been waiting for his solo album since then.

In 2015 he came out with a solo single Holup and as part of Mobb duo.

Holup was a song in true Bobby fashion, full of unbridled energy and swag.

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New crew is credited on his new album including new stylists and make up artists bringing us a whole new look. I for one cannot wait to see what new facets of Bobby we get to enjoy in his first solo album and hopefully during album’s full promotions.

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Bobby’s solo article is up on Naver, go show our boy some love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

iKON fan art, the gorgeously sensual

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This time we have a Japanese iKONIC and a Donghyuk stan @IKCO1D. She draws some of the most sensual and downright sexy fan art of IKON that is at the same time completely children appropriate. That is a rare talent indeed. She also has quite a unique story of how she became an iKONIC. Curious? Read on.

How did you become an iKONIC?

The reason how I got to know about “iKON” was through “Mix and Match”. Actually, my mom (she was a fan of Big Bang) recommended the TV program. I didn’t know much about K-POP then, so at first I didn’t have a lot of interests in it. But my mom didn’t give up lol. She bulldozed me into watching it! Oh, I should tell you guys why I was not interested in K-pop then. I actually was biased against K-pop idols. I mean I thought that there’s too much of a gap between how they really feel and the facade they put out. I felt that they only showed us  a “fake” image  you know. Also I thought only teenagers were allowed to be their fans ha-ha-ha. Now I know they’re not true and I had big misunderstanding about them. As you know, they have all kinds of emotions and show us everything about them. They have love and respect for their songs and performances and always have a dream. It’s really attractive! (Maybe Japanese idols are not). That’s how I got hooked on “iKON”.

Basically you became an iKONIC because your mom told you so! LOL!! Good job your mom. Tell me, what is your favorite iKON song or a moment?

Oh…It’s so hard for me to choose one!!! I like “LOVE ME” “JUST GO” and all of the songs on their new album “NEW KIDS”. “Mercy” and “Eyes, Nose, Lips” that they sang in “Mix and Match” were awesome! I felt a personal attachment to these performances in the show. That’s because I could see  how  attractive they were from watching the show. “Mercy”…I got to know what a beautiful voice Junhoe has! “Eyes, Nose, Lips”… Oh! God! That performance just killed me!! Especially DK! I got hooked on his voice! And that was one of the reasons why I became “iKONIC”. I love DK because he is honest and pure. Especially I like his face from the side! It’s like a work of art!

How did you become an iKON fan artist? 

Thanks for asking me this question! When I watched “Mix and Match”, I thought “Wow I want to draw them!” just like that! I got motivation from JAY! His beautiful nose! So my first fan art was JAY’s face from the side. At first, I just enjoyed my drawings for self- gratification. But day by day I couldn’t progress with my drawings ( I just thought they were not good) and I started to think “I want to improve my art skills”. Then one idea came up! Yes! I decided to show everyone my drawings and I made my twitter account. I think that “RT” and “Like” is kind of a reaction from people. And also these reactions and feedback can be like carrot and stick approach for me.

Is art something you do just as a hobby or are you a professional artist?

Oh! It’s just a hobby! Definitely hobby! Lol. I went to art school when I was a teenager. But I didn’t get any skills there. It’s like a bad chance to give up on being an artist. However, to work as an artist is kind of my dream but I think I don’t have enough skills to be one yet. I’ll keep trying to improve my skills.

What inspires your fan art?

From their variety of expression, costumes and hair styles! Also women fashion models and actresses! They have good posing expression and know clothes, loveliness. I like the atmosphere that they make. Reading fashion magazines makes me to draw something.

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Yes, I can see fashion as inspiration in some of your art! I love how you incorporated it but still retained the feel of iKON. Is there a particular member, ship or a theme you love to draw? 

As I told you, I’m really into DK, so naturally I draw him a lot!I like all of the members. But my love to DK is soooooo strong! And I like BOBBY and SONG (95’s members) so these 3 members are frequent models for my art. What I always try to express is to be conscience of their “sexiness”. I think it’s my policy for drawing.

I can tell you that you are really, really good at expressing their “sexiness”! Your art really captured my attention because it is so viscerally sensual. Now, to get somewhat technical; what is your favorite technique/medium to work in? 

I like the to use digital  medium (PC) but to look as if I drew it using pencils, or like a watercolor painting or an oil painting. I love the atmosphere of analog art. Equipment that I use most are “CLIP STUDIO” and pen tablet (WACOM). I prefer to arrange my drawings using camera applications than using paint softs. I use them for finishing processing. Actually sometimes it degrades the image quality but If I don’t print the drawings it’s OK. To be honest I wanted to keep it as a secret ha-ha-ha. That’s the very important work.

Thank you for sharing your craft secrets with us.  You get a lot of reaction and feedback for your work from other fans. Was there anything someone said that stayed with you as special? 

Yes! To see other iKONICS enjoying and liking my drawings is the one of the reasons why I draw. I really am grateful to people who send me comments because to write comments takes a lot of time I think. They spend their time on me. It’s so awesome.

One iKONIC sent me such an awesome comment→“Your drawings are not kind of graphic but I can feel their (models) breathing. It seems like the models in your drawings are going to blink in the next moment so I can’t take my eyes away from them.”

I was really happy to get this comment.

Also I feel happy when people to do something using my drawings such as standby screen or put my art on the wall in their rooms.

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?

Basically, There are no favorite drawings.
I really like my drawings the next day after I drew them but in a week, I feel an impulse to delete them. To draw one picture, there is no goal. It depends on the artist to finish it. May be I am a person who is not careful enough.
When I come right down to it, I like the illustration that I drew SONG and DK two together in Japan tour costumes. I didn’t get a lot of feedback but I like it because
I always draw emotionless faces so it’s very flesh to me to draw their smiling faces and I take pride in expressing their “sweet and gentle” atmosphere.
The drawing that spent most of my time on  in recent days is BOBBY and SONG in a fan sign event.

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I especially like how you draw Bobby. It is not only that it looks like him but it feels like him when I look at your art. Is there a particular feeling you are trying to get across when drawing?

Woah! Thank you so much!!!!! I’m so happy to get such a nice comment!Without modesty, I’m good at drawing BOBBY lol. When I draw the other members, I draw a rough sketches again and again and change their expression. I do not need time for the work drawing BOBBY. I use the first rough sketch that I draw with my feelings and image in my head. So it takes only one third of the time. I don’t know there are some reasons but my habit (the way of drawing) blends well with his atmosphere. I just feel strong sexiness from his expression. For that reason I want to draw him so bad.

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This illustration of Yoyo and Bobby is amazing! It is both sexy and soft, really beautiful. Was your art ever used without your permission or plagiarized? How do you prevent things like that from happening.

Ah…without my permission……Yes a lot.

But fortunately as far as I know they didn’t use my drawings  for their business or plagiarized them . That’s why I don’t take any measures. I always put my twitter account on my drawings at all expense.

I think that when they repost my drawings this means that they like my arts. I’m happy to get their request but about 90% of people won’t do it. I’m so sad. I want them to contact me in a friendly manner.

Have you ever thought of making fan merchandise using your art or publishing it? And if you did, tell us where we can get our hands on it.

I designed SONG and DK dolls. It is pre-release but we are planning to sell them overseas. Please check this twitter account →@aiKONbaby7

I also give postcards or stickers using my art for free at Japan tour.

You can get more information about it from my twitter →@IKCO1D

I’m looking forward to seeing you guys in Japan!

You guys read it!  You lucky ones that get to see iKON on their  Dome Tour in Japan look for @IKCO1D and let her know how much you like her art. Now enjoy more of it!

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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.

Konbats Shine Bright in the Daylight as iKON Rocks A-Nation!

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iKON performed live today at Japan’s Annual prestigious A-Nation Festival, the Crown Jewel of J-Pop Summer Festivals, for the 2nd time in their less than 2 year career and iKONICs proved that Konfire (the ocean of the Konbat light stick) can burn as brightly as the sun!

The Concert took place at Japan’s Ajinomoto Stadium in Chofu, Tokyo, an almost 50,000 capacity venue and was well attended by happy festival fans.

Japanese iKONICs came in numbers – men, women, youth and children – and after buying out three stalls worth of merchandise they coloured the stadium fire red with a passion that Yunhyeong would have been proud of!

iKON’s set came up at about 5pm and many non fans were shocked at the amount of support they recieved. It was still daylight but the stadium suddenly began to blaze with Konfire and the fan chants rose!

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iKON put on an energetic set including in order:

Bling Bling

Rhythm Ta (Rock ver.)

My Type

WYD

Dumb & Dumber

B-Day

Despite two members literally flying in from overseas schedules, iKON performed as strongly as ever and entertained with their signature wild Ad-libs and infectious energy.

They were also able to communicate well with the audience in fluent Japanese during their Ments! It’s no wonder the boys even trended in Japan!

iKON’s Japan schedule will kick off officially in September with the start of their New Kids Japan Tour that includes 22 Concerts.

Meanwhile, their Mini Album continues to do very well, topping charts like Tower Records, Oricon and Billboard and proving iKON’s unrelenting popularity in Japan.

Check the #iKONanation2017 tag to see all the fun!

YOYO’S BACK!

iKONICs rejoice as previews from Fansite Masters confirmed the good news that Song Yunhyeong has safely returned to us from the wilds of Fiji, New Zealand!

Yunhyeong left for New Zealand 5 days ago on August 21st to embark on his debut solo Variety appearance as part of the cast of SBS’ Law of the Jungle!

His activities have been a mystery since then but as iKON (minus Bobby who flew in from LA) who are scheduled to perform at A Nation today, left South Korea for Japan without him yesterday, fans wondered if they would have to perform without their high note specialist.

Fans were profoundly relieved when he finally showed up at Hanada Airport looking a little tired and slimmer but safe and sound!

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We do hope he will get a chance to rest a little before climbing A Nation’s famous stage later today.

Thank you to the hardworking and passionate Fansite Masters that captured his return for us.

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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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iKON dazzlingly beautiful in DAZED Korea

 

 

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Dazed Korea has released iKON’s pictorial on its Instagram for its September issue. The pictorial spread like a wildfire among iKONICS and we were stunned. Now you have to understand iKONICS, we are not used to boys being styled to look this slick, smooth and all around gorgeous. Their pictorials in Dazed so far were on the weird, unique and edgy side so it is understandable that this left us breathless.

iKON X Calvin Klein Jeans pictorial has the boys featuring Calvin Klein’s new executive director Raf Simons’s first jeans and underwear line. The photo shoot has a definite “Rebel Without a Cause ” feel, exuding a youthful and wild but still classic vibe.

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Photo Credits: Dazed Korea

It seems not only iKONICS were left breathless as many news articles cropped up on the pictorial.

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Translation of chosun.com article

 

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Noona fans seem to really appreciate this pictorial looking at chosun.com article demographics.

Links to other articles:

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September issue will also have Jinhwan’s individual pictorial making it a real treat for the iKONICS.

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Photo credit: Dazed Korea

 

Now, I did save the best for last.

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iKON tops Oricon Weekly for the Third Time in a Row!

iKON have topped Japan’s Oricon Weekly Album’s Chart for the third consecutive time!


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After proving their overwhelming international popularity by ranking #1 in Oricon charts first with their debut album “Welcome Back,” then with their consecutive Japanese release, the single album “DUMB&DUMBER,” – iKON hit no 1 again with their new mini album “New Kids: Begin” managing to officially establish a chart topping streak in the 2nd biggest music market in the world! 
No wonder they were Japan’s 2016 Rookies of the Year!
The new mini album achieved first place in the weekly chart on August 22nd. Ever since its release on the 16th, the album has received plenty of love topping various charts and selling out of stores quickly.
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After wrapping up their Korean promotions with double title-track “B-Day” and “Bling Bling”, iKON is set to continue touring in Japan with 22 concerts. Their Dome Tour is scheduled to begin in September.

Congratulations to iKON’s on their continuing amazing achievements!

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