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December 7, 2012

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Ladies and gentlemen: WE FINALLY FOUND A STUDIO! A NASTY EATYOURKIMCHI STUDIO!!!

A little bit of our back story if you’re new to EYK: we started a crowdfunding project to go toward the getting of a studio. You wonderful NASTIES contributed a boatload more than we expected. After a bit of a wait for us to get the money, we could finally start looking around for the studio. The footage you see here is the whole studio hunting experience.

Now, this is a lot more sloppy than our regular videos, because we couldn’t walk around with our tripod and studio lights. A lot of the time we had to sneakily bring out our camera to film stuff, because the people there didn’t want us filming. Hells yeah we were gonna film our studio hunt! What: you don’t want your ghost holes caught on camera? Side note: you know, that first ghost hole we saw? They tried to tell us that it was perfectly fine and not the result of water damage. So we asked them what the bucket was for, underneath the hole. Was it a ghost catching bucket? HELLS NO! That’s a bucket for catching water. I don’t like being lied to in order to make a sale. Especially since MAMA DIDN’T RAISE NO FOO!!!!

So after seeing around 8 different offices over a span of two weeks, we finally found an office that was just perfect for us! It was formally a “UCC” studio which is Korea’s buzzword for “User Created Content”: it’s a kind of Konglish word for vlogging or making content for the internet. The point of this is: AYO – WE ARE A UCC FACTORY! We make boatloads of UCC in Korea. This was destined to be our spot.

The studio is already equipped with sound proof rooms and even a lighting rail so we can hang our lights! HERRRMIIIGERRRD!!! It even has a blue screen! And – check this out – for a fire safety system, instead of water sprinklers it has a powder system to put out the fire and not soak your equipment. AWESOME!

It still requires some work, especially considering there is no air conditioning and we’re on the top floor (we will roast in the summer), and we need to clean it up in order to make it an acceptable place to conduct interviews. We really felt down for a while there because it felt like we couldn’t find a place to suit our needs, but the very last place we saw was the golden ticket!!! So the timeline is looking like it will be done around January 2013, so three to four weeks or so, and we will keep you all updated on the demolition and reconstruction of the place.

Last thing: we’re really sorry that we haven’t sent out the fundraiser perks. It took us a long time to actually RECEIVE the money after the fundraiser finished, and only then could we look for a studio. Plus we were in the process of applying for our business in Korea as well as our VISA’s, so we couldn’t actually buy a studio without getting approved as a Korean business! Vicious circle of waiting. Once we found one and signed everything, Martina’s grandfather fell ill and we had to fly out to Canada for almost two weeks. We just got back recently, and met with the construction and design team instantly so they could start getting to work on the place.

So, once the studio’s ready for us to finally use, we’ll order all the boxes, labels, polaroids, and goods to the studio so we can pack it all up in one or two days. We thought about doing it in our house, but hundreds of boxes + cat + dog = disaster. Meemers will chew on it all and Spudgy will pee on it all. Fact. Plus, we’re going to get a bunch of friends to help make a Perk Preparing Factory! Our course we will bribe them with coffee and pizza. So I know you couldn’t see the finished studio, but what do you all think of the basic layout? I love love love the white brick and exposed ceiling! Let us know!

Now, we don’t have bloopers for this video like we usually do, probably because the entire episode was a giant blooper. Poop to that. But here’s our apartment tour if you’re new (or if you haven’t seen the apartment tour!). It’s all related to our moving into Seoul and starting Eat Your Kimchi Incorporated, so it counts!

We’ll be showing you more footage of the studio as it develops. Not sure how much we can get in, but I know tomorrow we’re gonna try to get them demolishing the place. I wonder if they’ll have a hard hat for us? Regardless, we’ll put ourselves in the line of fire to get that footage!

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  1. that’s awesome you guys! I’m happy for you and I can’t wait to see your epicly awesome studio when its all cleaned up and design-i-fied! =D

    4 years ago
  2. congratulations, you guises!!

    can’t wait to see the progress on this! ^^

    4 years ago
  3. How exciting :) I look forward to all the awesomeness that you shall produce. OBTW I have gotten my MOTHER into your videos, yeah..3 generations of nasties :D

    4 years ago
  4. May I call this the Nasty Cave?

    4 years ago
  5. I’m so excited!! > . . <

    ♥♥♥♥

    4 years ago
  6. No lie, I had the exact same reaction. Fitting Room= TOP approved. :-p

    4 years ago
  7. It’s perfect! The doors look so cool the brick wall and the ceiling too. Paint the pipes a different colour! It would look so interesting XD

    4 years ago
  8. Congratulations on finding the studio of your dreams. It looks and feels like you guys with the brick wall, windows and those sound proof doors. It just screams Simon and Martina or should I say Eat Your Kimchi :)

    4 years ago
  9. you should use the brick room for one of mr brohoho skit

    4 years ago
  10. i love that really old school thing on the wall in the main room of the studio… i feel like it belongs in a old USSR submarine going ~~bip bop boink squiggly sound~~ congratulations on finding a studio!!!!!!!

    4 years ago
  11. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you guys, I was grinning like a fool during the video when you finally found the place that you liked. Your happiness was infectious! I totally understand the ju-ju’s you get when you find the place you were looking and hoping for. There is just something about a place that screams out to you when you’re house hunting/office hunting, you know almost straight away that its the one! And it sounds and looks fantastic, layout, location, sound proof room and an awesome fire system! You even have your own mini Brohoho prop! haha the brick wall looks like a perfect blank canvas for anything and everything. I can’t wait to see how you (mostly Martina xD) decorates the place! I hope everything goes well now and there are no hiccups in the process of re-fitting and setting the rest of the studio up. You deserve this and I’m so glad all of the nasties were so supportive and were able to help you get a studio! CONGRATS!

    4 years ago
  12. oh my god!!!! i’m so freakin’ excited for you guys!!! WWAAAHH!!!!
    such an awesome place you found!! so happy for you guys!!!
    hey it’s that stamp stick thing!! i’ve seen it in dramas!!! don’t lose it or it might go into the hands of EVIL!!!!!!

    4 years ago
  13. The place looks fantastic!!! The large window hole Simon jumped in through looks perfect for an electrochromic window (the ones that go from tinted to clear with a click of a button depending on your fancy)….I’ll admit I’m a bit bipartial to EC windows in offices since I work for an EC startup but it would look super slick.

    4 years ago
  14. Future place of employment…I hope?! I’ll be a graduate in two and a half years, hopefully you’ll take employment applications by then!

    4 years ago
  15. I’m so happy for you guys!!! Best of luck to you guys and your new studio!!

    4 years ago
  16. Love it guise!!! Looks amazing! So happy for you and can’t wait to see the finished product!!!

    4 years ago
  17. Yey! I am so excited to see what the studio will look like. I was laughing at the first real estate person totally ignoring everything you said. It was so awesome that you found someone else who would listen to your needs. It seems like this place was tailor made for you. I was especially excited about your EYK stamp. I knew that most Korean contracts are stamped, not signed, but did not know that there was a stamp for businesses too. So cool.

    Can’t wait to see the progress of work.

    4 years ago
    • Who is the CEO by the way? Both of you? Is it possible?

      4 years ago
    • I kinda hope that if I get to move to Japan next year that I will have to get one. It is completely dorky, but I would like to wave my magic stamp around just like Martina was.

      It is so freaky thinking of you two as CEOs. are Spudgy and Meemers your chaebol children now?

      4 years ago
    • They use those same types of official seals/stamps in Japan. When I was there I needed to get one for my bank account. You know how one of the common ways Japanese is read is in columns, right to left? Well I had my name printed that way in katakana on my stamp, so it read ライサム, but you have to picture it like a square separated into four boxes: ‘ra’ was on the upper right, with ‘i’ below it, then ‘sa’ was on the upper left, with ‘mu’ below it, just like if you read it top to bottom and right to left. When I went to the bank, though, the clerks helping me squealed in excitement over my name because for whatever reason they read it top to bottom, but from left to right, so that it read サムライ, ha! As in 侍 (さむらい). So apparently I have the coolest seal ever for a foreigner. :D

      4 years ago
  18. I have offically decided my dream career!
    Work for eatyourkimchi! :D
    ..no but seriously, I’d absolutely love that! haha I’m studying animation right now and teaching myself video editing to intern for my dads video editing company..but I’d much rather move to Korea and work with you guys! haha
    Anyway, the studio looks so cool! I’m so excited for you guys :]

    4 years ago
  19. IT LOOKS AWESOME! I’m sure after the redesigning and all, it’ll be like a palace studio. I love your style, and I’m pretty sure it will be so darn awesome! I’m so so excited for you guys! URRUGUHGHGH!! I WANNA SEE WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE AFTER! omg..this is SO AWESOME.

    4 years ago
  20. SA

    CONGRATULATIONS :D :D im so glad you found a studio that you both loved :D yay for good ju ju’s :D

    4 years ago
  21. Congratulations, guise! I expect those white walls will be covered with many-a-color when it’s all done. :3 Super excited for you!

    4 years ago
  22. Really amazing. I sorta am having a mental image of foreign exchange students wanting to come to Korea and intern with you. Then I can see them passing out when all the kpop stars also come in. I honestly like the last place and I’m so happy that you guys were able to find this and that everything is going well for you gusy. I am wondering if they were taking to some of those places with problems because you guys aren’t Korean?

    4 years ago
  23. Oh my goodness, I’m so excited for you guys! ^.^

    4 years ago
  24. I really like the last place ^-^ can’t imagine why they would show a place with leaks and holes in walls and on ceilings -.- it really looked gross …
    Anyways, I am happy that you finaly found a place for your studio ^-^. Good luck ~

    4 years ago
  25. Doesn’t shank mean to sexually force yourself onto someone?
    O.o
    or maybe I’m thinking of something else lol
    That studio is totes adorbz, I just want to finish college and apply to work for you guys right now as whatever, a Korean translator, a coffee maker, an errand runner, an ANYTHING I WILL SERIOUSLY EVEN SLEEP IN THE CLOSET AND YOU ONLY HAVE TO PAY ME IN BULGOGI AND SOJU^^

    4 years ago
  26. I’m so excited! The studio looks great, so I can’t wait to see it after the remodeling. I hope you guys include something that the groups/artists you interview there can sign & leave messages! :D Anyways, congrats on the studio!! I’M SO PUMPED~

    4 years ago
  27. I’m so glad that you guys finally found your studio, I hope you’re very happy with it…good luck with your business :)

    4 years ago
  28. So awesome! Can’t really say whether I like this place for a studio, it looks cool but I have no clue what sort of space a studio needs XD I’m sure the end result will blow my mind though!! Keep up the awesome nastiness ^^

    4 years ago
  29. KP

    I’m so happy that you guys found a studio but then I realized there will be no more random cameo of Dr. Meemers or Spudgy… unless if you guys bring them to the studio too!!! :)

    4 years ago
  30. Congratulations! Your studio looks really nice :) Can’t wait to see after reconstruction!

    4 years ago
  31. While construction is going on could you maybe do a video of the area the studio is in… as in exploring nearby coffee shops and restaurants you might end up going to while editing or working or ordering in from… might be a fun FAPFAP/WANK type thing.
    Also when are you revealing the Nasty Hall of Fame with all the donors’ names?
    I figured you might do that earlier since it would just be on your website and all digital…
    so Spudgy can’t pee on it lol

    4 years ago
    • One of our dreams is this: after a while, once we’ve been working in the studio and got a good workflow, we’ll set up a coffee shop on one of the floors below. We’ll call it the Nasty Coffee shop and sell the Nastiest Coffee!

      4 years ago
      • Lol. I hope you know that only the brave would willingly drink that Nasty coffee and of course random Nasties. But then again people still try to visit that Coffee Prince shop and it isn’t that pleasant there. I am sure the Nasty coffee shop would be far nicer, better lit and superior in coffee taste to that.

        4 years ago
  32. Smiles through the whole video. :D
    SO STOKED FOR YOU GUYS! God bless!

    4 years ago
  33. ed

    Congrats guise!

    BTW, about the fire extinguishing system: if it’s a “dry chemical” type, it’s still not great for electronics – it’s a very corrosive fine powder that will get in everything. Better than water, but still not great. OTOH, if it’s halon, super awesome!

    ed

    4 years ago
    • Well, I figure if we have a fire we’re screwed anyways: at least we’re not AS screwed with powder, right?

      4 years ago
  34. I am so freaking excited! I don’t know if you guys can do this but it’ll be really cool if you can paint the exposed ceiling primary colors. It will make the ceiling pop out more.
    I can’t wait to see the end result!

    4 years ago
  35. It’s amazing!!! It’s going to look so so cool!!!! Keep up tha great work, I’m so happy for you~~~~~ ^^
    FIGHTING!!! o/

    4 years ago
  36. I am super excited. It also looks like such an awesome place. Now Big Bang can come and have a place to sit. it’s also awesome how the rooms are sound proof already. it would such if they wernt because you would have to pay for all of that. This way your not worrying about it. I am excited to see how everything is going to be and when you see up the desk. Now what you need is the Glass Name plates to show that your the presidents of the company. you have to get thoughts made up. I have seriously always wanted one of thoughts. when you get them you should video type it. You have your stamp and then your name plate all official-ness :P

    4 years ago
  37. This is so awesome! It’s like you guys are slowly building THE EAT YOUR KIMCHI EMPIRE/INC./CORP./CO. (what else?!) and when that day comes I’d be talking to my future offspring and be like, “Listen, kids, this is how it all started…” Hahaha. So excited for you! Fighting!

    (Oh, and by the way, I would totally work and live in your studio! Just feed me with ramen and let me bring my cat. I will do whatever job you want me to do. I can babysit Meemers and Spudgy when you’re not around! Lol.)

    4 years ago
  38. I hope I’ll get the opportunity to visit your studio next summer while I’m staying in Korea.

    4 years ago
  39. I loved the little ‘Are you afraid of the dark?’ theme tune!! :D

    4 years ago
  40. I’m so happy there is no ghost hole in your studio! *shiver*

    4 years ago
  41. This is BEYOND awesome, guys! Eat Your Kimchi just keeps getting better and better; and I’ve only been following you guys for a year! Good luck in everything! ;)

    4 years ago
  42. Looks FANTASTIC BABY!!! You know I had to say that! Anyhoo, I think a coffee/tea/espresso/bottled water station should be set up on the other side of that window in the wall thing (in the room with all the windows). That way the stars can hang out a little bit before or after the interview.

    4 years ago
  43. Knowing how awesomely developed the Design field is in Korea, I am SURE your studio will look amazing!!! <3 I am so glad you guys finally hit jackpot! :D Congratulations, you must have saved a Country in your past lives in order for everything to work out this way now! <3

    btw, I am studying Interior Design/Architecture – Do you guys know which University in Korea would give me the best possible training if I were to go and do a 6mo – 1 year exchange program or something?

    4 years ago
  44. i’m so excited for you guys!!

    4 years ago
  45. I’m so overjoyed for the both of you and all us nasties!! The apartment looks flippin FANTASTIC (baby)!! It really suits your guys style! I’m so grateful that you two found it :D :D :D I can’t wait to see the finished project :) If you don’t mind me asking, your studio is located in Seoul right? I think that’s what you said in a pervious video. Just wondering :) oh and, FIGHTING!

    4 years ago
  46. YAAY Ya’ll came a long way! I’m so happy for u guys!!! :D

    4 years ago
  47. i must say it’s … EHHHRMAAAGAAAAD so cool and when you were showing it before we knew it was ur studio i was like ” omg omg omg i can’t even it s perfect i know they chose this one :OOOO ”
    we even have powder instead of water
    never thought of that but erhhmaaahgaaaad so coooool
    it s perfect and in the studio where you had to go up a million steps i was thinking ” Thet’s not really the most practical place because I don’t think famous people would appreciate the gazillion steps (you included since ur are famous” GOSH GOSH GOSH you are going to MEET TOOOOP :O i know it i can feel it in my boooones

    4 years ago
  48. Yay! I’m so excited! That studio is perfect for you guys! Both funky and functional. I’m glad things are moving along nicely and I can’t wait to see the rest of the process as it unfolds. I feel like all us Nasties are going through this together :)

    4 years ago
  49. WEEEEE!!!! so excited!!I’m soooo glad everything worked out for you two!!! Thanks so much for keeping us up to date! I only wish i was able to help you guise out with everything!

    4 years ago
  50. For the appartment video, I just noticed at point 10:30 that Simon has ‘manner legs’ (look at the reflection in the window) i.e. spreading his legs so he and Martina can fit into the same frame :D

    4 years ago
  51. you have to have a dr.meemersworth and spudgy mural!!!

    4 years ago
  52. I’m so happy for you guys! I wonder if you guys would be hiring people, I would love to work for youuu~ let us know if you’re hiring lol >.<

    4 years ago
  53. I’m really impressed on how perfect it is for you guys!!! It looks so professional! I can’t wait to see how it will end up in the end :) Congrats!!!

    4 years ago
  54. Congrats! So excited to see the new building and can’t wait for all the fun projects that will happen in there!

    4 years ago
  55. The new studio looks really nice!!!! I can’t wait to see all the changes etc. Congrats guys!!! You two really deserved!! ;D

    4 years ago
  56. Weeee! It looks awesome! I can’t wait to see how it will transform! :D

    I noticed that there’s a guy in black cap that seemed to be tagging along with you guys. Is he?

    4 years ago
  57. Wow this is so exciting! I love the space, the great thing about Korea is their super crazy fast contruction work. I am constantly amazed at how fast an interior can go up in a new place.

    After two years of teaching in Korea (this february) I’ll be going home to the US. I started watching your videos in summer of 2010 to get prepared for the move, and watch them every week since. Even though I’m leaving the good ol ROK, I’ll continue to watch your videos and keep up with all your studio goodness! Also very excited to recieve the polariod perk from you as well after you are all settled in the new place!

    Just really happy for you two and proud of how far you’ve come. Congratulations on the studio! :)

    –Maren xx

    4 years ago
  58. congratulations!!!!!! :)

    4 years ago
  59. Can I please with a cherry on top be part of your styling fashionable department, if you ever get one or decide to create one ….? I’ll live in the streets I don’t care!!!

    4 years ago
  60. Is it strange to feel like a proud parent when I’m younger than you guise? XD Eat Your kimchi grew so much from the first time I watched your videos TT TT *Sobs sobs* Fighting for an amazingly NASTY studio!

    4 years ago
  61. Congrats guise!!! You’ve finally find THE studio~! I’m so happy for you and let me tell you that if it looks good without all the changes you’re going to do, afterwards I’m sure it’ll be absolutely-nasty-amazing! Keep us updated! (ps: if by any chance you need a multi-language speaker to work there, let me know! hahahaha *just kidding*). Kisses & hugs from Spain~~

    4 years ago
  62. This is so cool!!! More power and success to EYK!!!

    4 years ago
  63. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!! Guys i’m so happy right now!! :) it’s getting bigger and better! :)
    Congratulations for your success :) i’m happy -Dancing like a crazy- Ok ._. i’m waiting to watch the first episode in the new studio :)
    Greeting from COLOMBIA!

    4 years ago
  64. Guys I cannot express how excited I am with all this.

    I have to admit, in spite of all your super biased propaganda, I had no plans to visit South Korea until you started talking about your studio. Suddenly I had a reason to go, lol xD
    and even if it isn’t open to visitors I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN AND I WILL FIND YOU

    UCC Studio!!

    POWDER FIRE SAFETY SYSTEM OMG I DON’T EVEN —– *O*

    Studio Hunting Adventure Now Korea = SHANK = homemade knife.
    That was so un-nasty. I was disappointed .__.

    I love how you’re actually considering how easily Kpop Stars can come to visit. It just seems way too surreal for me “Okay now how should I arrange my living room if Epik High were to visit” *NOSEBLEED*

    4 years ago
    • They’re installing air conditioners! We’re meeting them today in an hour to discuss the ceiling and the air conditioner layout and stuff :D

      4 years ago
    • Isn’t shank slang for fuck. as in intercourse fuck.
      Ahaha… :D

      4 years ago
      • I know shag is slang for intercourse, not shank. A shank or shiv is a weapon used to stab someone, usually made from an innocuous object and used in prison.

        4 years ago
        • Tbh i probably have been listening to the slang when it means to stab someone but assumed it means fuck because it fits. Lol

          4 years ago
  65. Simon and Martina, I am so glad for you guys! The place looks wonderfull!
    I can’t wait to see the studio all ready

    4 years ago
  66. OMG! OMG! It’s here! You found it!!! YAY!!!! (and somehow I can totally picture Big Bang coming in all swag and ready for their interview by EYK)

    4 years ago
  67. hongdae area is one of the most expensive to rent sth like a studio….. so much demands for musicians, artists, players, blahblahblah…. one thing that I’m curious about is, how did you guys communicate with that estate agent? hope somebody helped you translate and understand.. and that soju ‘처음처럼’ is a bit bitter and harder than ‘참이슬chamyiseul’. proper romanisation???? anyhow 참이슬 fresh is better….. :p give me a chance. hehe

    4 years ago
  68. i wish i could help with your studio! i live in Korea as well but oh well congrats maybe someday i can find you guys ʘ‿ʘ <– creepy smile

    4 years ago
  69. Ahhhh I’m so happy for you guise!!! And I’m also so happy that we Nasties made this possible for you! We are the best fan club (??) Everrr~~!

    4 years ago
  70. YAAAAY!!! Can’t wait!!! Will you introduce the vampire security guards too? :p #loljks

    4 years ago