Hi everyone!

Here’s a short video of what the day was like for our Pop Up Store Event in our studio. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, here’s a short rundown:

Last Sunday, December 15th, we opened up our studio so that people living in Seoul could stop by and pick up some stuff from our Nasty Store. For technical reasons, we can’t sell stuff in Korea online, because Korean cards aren’t accepted on Paypal, which is what our store runs on. People have been asking if they could come by the studio to buy stuff there, but we can’t do that because a) we don’t have a cash register and b) our building isn’t really made for that. We’re on the top floor, and there’s a business below us on the 3rd floor, and they have a security gate up at all times, which means people can’t just stop by. Ugh!

So, we figured that we’d open up the studio for a day when the floor below us wasn’t working. Yay! We were going to be open from 3PM-7PM. We thought that’d be more than enough time. We were expecting maybe, like, 35 people – tops – to show up, and for things to whittle down at 6PM so we could clean up.


So, this video showed you how big the turnout was. The line went all the way down four flights of stairs and wrapped around the building outside. That’s crazy! It didn’t really hit us, though, because from our perspective in the studio we couldn’t see the stairwell or what was happening outside. We were so wrapped up in talking with people that we couldn’t notice. We were told from people that the line was long, but it didn’t really hit us till we saw the footage. Holy smokes!

And I feel terrible about it now as well. Whenever we met people, we’d talk to them for as long as possible, before we started feeling bad for the people behind them, and then we’d talk to them for the same amount of time, and the cycle would repeat itself. We don’t really see ourselves as a store, if you couldn’t tell from how bizarrely everything was planned and laid out. We’re dorks that make fart jokes on YouTube, and so, being able to see people that watch our videos in person, to be able to connect their online names from the comments that we remember with their real life faces, right there in front of us, we constantly lost focus of trying to serve the next person and being store-like

Because of our blaring inefficiency at manning the line, our event went – instead of from 3-7PM – from 3-11PM. We talked till our voices faded. We ate pieces of Kimbap between talking to people. We didn’t plan a break because we didn’t know we’d need one. All we could think about was how happy we were to see people and how bad we feel for people waiting in line forever. Some people we met said they waited in line for three hours. THREE HOURS! I wouldn’t wait in line to see ANYONE for three hours, let alone us!

At the third floor turn we put out a table of snacks for people waiting in line. We get hungry every two or three hours or so. We imagine the people here would be the same, no? So we had some stuff there to thank people for their patience. And in our studio we had a batch of fresh baked cookies. Martina made them the night before. You can see them being picked at in the time lapse in the video :D

And we met so many wonderful people. You saw the baby in the video, right? Cool story about that baby: as soon as we saw them in front of us we said “YOU’RE FROM AUSTRALIA!” We remember them from our Sydney event a while ago, when we went outside to see people waiting in line, and there was this family with a baby, and the baby had an outfit on saying that they’re a Nasty Baby. HA! And they were in Korea at the time of this event! Holy smokes! That’s fantastic! We felt terrible that we couldn’t see them at the event in Sydney, since the line got cut off, but we got to see them here! Yay!

We also met some lovely people who traveled from different parts of Korea to get here, and we even met a really awesome dude who came all the way from Australia and was exhausted from the flight but came right away. We had a very emotional moment then. Getting emotional remembering it now. Must…stop. Funny story time instead!

So hers a story just to emphasize how utterly unprepared we were for the event. Allow me to lay out the scenario:

A) When we converted our store prices from US dollars to Korean Won, we didn’t round up to the closest 5,000 or 10,000 won. We kept them as close to the online price as possible, so they converted to 12,000 won, or 21,000 won, and such.

B) We don’t have a cash register that accepts cards (we weren’t prepared for this, since the event was a rather impulsive idea), so we just emptied out our toolbox and used that.

C) People paid in 10,000 or 5,000 won denominations.

Can anyone see the problem here? How do you give people change on a 12,000 won item if they give you 20,000 won?


Luckily, Soo Zee the day before went to the supermarket and begged them to change her 50,000 for a bunch of 1,000 won bills. So that held us over…for a bit, until we started running out of 1,000 won bills. AHH! So, there were some moments when people would come to the cash and when we’d see them pay, so we’d ask them, awkwardly, if they could use their 1000 won bills instead. Ha! Thank you to those of you who were kind enough to spare us your chonners :D And thank you, again, to everyone who came and made this day so special!

  1. I would LOVE if you guys come to the New Jersey area! :) We don’t have
    any K-Pop conventions here (that I’m aware of… if we do, please let me
    know! :D) but we do have anime conventions that lots of people come to!
    :) The convention in Somerset always has a vendor or two who sell K-Pop
    merch. :) Just a thought! Maybe you guys could sell stuff in the dealers room and/or hold a panel? People hold panels for things not related to anime all the time. :) Maybe you could talk about your experiences while you visited Japan? ^_^

  2. Woah, these people had a way easier time finding the place than we did!
    (I’m one of the exchange students that stalked your studio. v.v) You should come do a pop up store in Busan!

  3. you guys should get a square card reader. It plugs into your phone or iPad and customers sign with their finger. Its also only about $10

  4. ‘..we even met a really awesome dude who came all the way from Australia and was exhausted from the flight but came right away..’

    I think i saw him in this youtube video!! That guy is a true fan! I’m gonna try and link the youtube video on here.

  5. OMWWWWWWWWW yeahhhh i got my order today and i’m loving it… my beenie and t-shirt in rippito flippito sippi slow motion… sorry had to share… thank you Simon and Martina love them :)

  6. ‘chonners’ is a term i need to add to my everyday vocab

  7. that’s awesome that you guys did that, i wish I could have gone

  8. Thats epic i can’t believe how many people showed up but it doesn’t really surpise me. you should do this at least 4 times a year or something.

  9. simon and martina! Come visit New York sometime! it would be pretty friggin awesome if you had a meet and greet there :DDDDDD

  10. T_T so jealous!!!! wish i could’ve gone!!!

    wow!!!! that line of Nasties!!!!!

  11. I’m a Texan nasty as well. But I live very very very far away from Dallas (I’m from austin). Maybe we should have a meet up in Houston or austin?

    • Another Texas Nasty here! Come on Nekochan!!! Where Texans! A 5 hour drive cant kill us!!! (from San Antonio) :P Though Im lying if I said I wouldn’t prefer it being closer.

      • I’ve been to dallas once and it seemed like it took years to get there. So maybe a more central location would be better :P
        But go texan nastys!

        • Well Dallas, Austin, San Antonio or my personal favorite (and my home) Houston, are the only well known centrally located cities (Houston is a bit out there for “central” but it’s my home I had to make that drop) the others are not as populated thus lower turn out numbers. Please come to Houston Simon and Martina!!!!!!!!!

  12. Dang that was a lot of people! Looks like it was awesome!!!!

  13. It was great to meet you both! Spudgy is so sweet! It was definitely worth the wait – the cast and crew will be thrilled! Martina, I will email you the link for our upcoming web series as you requested. We are looking forward to (and are very nervous!) about our premiere.

    I hope you have a great time in Canada for the holidays! Maybe I will see you around Seoul.

  14. so much people!! Tummy touches

  15. I commented on YouTube but I’ll say so here as well… Guess this mean you’ll need to set up an actual storefront somewhere ~_^ too bad there was already so much invested into this location. I mean, not “too bad” in the sense that the studio sucks, obviously it’s perfect for your operations but it just simply isn’t the right location for a store as you said. Maybe you guise can have a kiosk outside or something? Oh, oh, HIRE ME to man the kiosk!! I’ll do it!

    • I don’t know! We never thought that we’d have our own store, really. We set up the shop because our old T-Shirt printer didn’t ship worldwide, so we started doing it on our own, without thinking about selling stuff in person. We’d like to do this more often now. We just have to figure out how to do it :D

  16. I do to! It never fails no matter how hard I try!

  17. Woah! Did the whole of Korea come out for this? I’m jealous!!!! I want to meet you guys!

  18. We’re teary eyed when we experience it, and teary eyed when we think about it. We can’t process any of it. It’s really overwhelming for us to be so blessed.

  19. Like BROHOWHOA~!!! was that?! I did not see that line coming in. I’m too jelly to even say anything XD But hopefully in the summer I can visit and buy your things, that’s when I’ll probably raised up enough money to go back to korea. Is it possible for you to sell your stuff on Amazon.com? It would twitter me happy for that to happen XD LOL im talking funny. Happy holiday guys!

  20. Wow that was a lot of people! Glad there was such a great turn out :)

  21. Wowser! That was a lot of people! Awesome! I bet Spudgy loved all the attention he was getting.

  22. Oh my gosh so cool! The 15th was my birthday but I’m in Canada so I wasn’t gonna be making it! Still, I love how even though it’s super sped through, when you see all the people who are lining up, you can see the occasional blur of Canadian Olympic mittens!!

  23. Wow, even though I wasn’t able to go to this event, I’m really happy for the people who did! You guys are so nice and lovely, it just brightens my day to see this video ^^ I hope you can do something like this again, maybe I’ll be able to come next time! :)

  24. I’m not sure but I saw someone for a second who looked like Himchan O.O

  25. I couldn’t make it :/ but I know I’ll meet y’all one day. You guys should set up a physical shop in Korea! Then Korean nasties could come and buy your merchandise anytime they want. ;)

  26. Wow, there’s like 5 bajillion people :o

  27. I’m really surprised that there was such a huge line! I guess I’m not really familiar with the vastness of the nasty family..

  28. Wish I could have been there! :D I’m glad it went well for you, even if the line was super long!

  29. So many people o_o This was a practice run, it will be better if there’s a next time- you know how to prepare now :)

  30. Hah, told ya that y’all would be swamped, glad to hear that it sounds like everyone didn’t get grumpy waiting!

  31. Thank you so much SImon and Martina! i only recently realized that i never gave you my name when we meet! though i doubt you would of remembered it. lol My name is Paola and I’m from California. I was the girl that said i had made my decision to come to Korea thanks to you guys and that i had only been here 3 months. I told you that I e-mailed you guys two years ago and both of you were like “did we answer?” lol

    Yes Simon actually answered two of my emails and now i feel so special. lol Thank you for taking your time to answer my email. It was such an exciting wait to see you. I meet many people in line and got to talk to Leigh. I don’t think i have ever waited that long for something since the last Harry Potter book came out BUT it was worth every minute. Thank you again.

  32. Can’t belive the event lasted for 8 hours! I was there too and I had to skip my Spanish class waiting in line because it was worth it :) Althogh the weather was cold, it was great I could feel like I became a fangirl being positively nervous about what would happen. I was sad that I couldnt talk with you enough but still, it was awsome! Hope to see you guise agian!

  33. Wow! With all of those people there, I’m kind of glad I didn’t come… I figure if I’m meant to meet you two in person, it’ll happen in it’s own time. ^^ I don’t need to force it to happen lol.

  34. Aww, I love seeing all the students in university jackets! I wish I would’ve studied abroad for more than a summer in Korea and gotten a real taste of Korean college life. (I’m working as a professor of English education in Korea now but it’s not the same!) Wish I would’ve known you guys were doing a pop up shop but it was finals week and was too busy to see the announcement. What are all you kids doing in Hongdae and not studying for finals! *shakes fist mostly because of jealous~ness*

  35. Thanks for opening up you studio! I hope one day I can go back and find my name on the wall :-D. Sorry for proving you wrong with the picture Martina, but I hope you can buy a pair of glasses just like mine! Also, I hope you don’t mind me bugging you some more about interning with you. Its one of the reasons I took extra classes and audio, lighting and film production and one of the reasons I’m in Korea! To work for you! Thanks!

  36. The Nastiness is so incredible!!!!!!!!!

  37. Woah, that’s a lot of people. Around how many people came? I hope you’ll do another one again! I was planning on coming, but then my university decided to schedule a mandatory outing that weekend. Needless to say I was crying in my room.

    Just a quick thought. It would be cool if you guys made Letterman jackets. I know they can be expensive, but I would totally wear one. It’s something I’ve noticed a lot while living in Korea; students wear Letterman jackets all the time, usually representing their university. How cool would it be for us to go around representing our “university”? Nasty University… Has quite a ring to it, doesn’t it? XP

  38. This day was so friggen awesome! :)

  39. The line was long but it was well worth the wait! It was awesome to see you (Simon, Martina, Leigh, and of course Spudgy)!! You guys were so nice to stay there after 7pm and meet everyone who came. :D Have a wonderful time in Canada! I’m going back on Tuesday to Canada to spend the holiday with my family. If I happen to run into you I’ll say “hi” :D

  40. Whoops i thought the bunny drawing was a cat! Whoops! But its very cute anyways!

    I’m really glad to see all these people come to support y’all! Although expected of course, still so nice to see the nasties all out their at the eyk studio. One day u should do a mass video with all the Seoul Nasties outside the studio!

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