a very interesting three-part video series giving us a rare look inside north korea through the eyes of a journalist pretending to be a tourist.
Getting into North Korea was one of the hardest and weirdest processes VICE has ever dealt with. After we went back and forth with their representatives for months, they finally said they were going to allow 16 journalists into the country to cover the Arirang Mass Games in Pyongyang. Then, ten days before we were supposed to go, they said, “No, nobody can come.” Then they said, “OK, OK, you can come. But only as tourists.” We had no idea what that was supposed to mean. They already knew we were journalists, and over there if you get caught being a journalist when you’re supposed to be a tourist you go to jail. We don’t like jail. And we’re willing to bet we’d hate jail in North Korea. But we went for it. The first leg of the trip was a flight into northern China. At the airport, the North Korean consulate took our passports and all of our money, then brought us to a restaurant. We were sitting there with our tour group, and suddenly all the other diners left and these women came out and started singing North Korean nationalist songs. We were thinking, “Look, we were just on a plane for 20 hours. We’re jet-lagged. Can we just go to bed?” but this guy with our group who was from the LA Times told us, “Everyone in here besides us is secret police. If you don’t act excited then you’re not going to get your visa. So we got drunk and jumped up onstage and sang songs with the girls. The next day we got our visas. A lot of people we had gone with didn’t get theirs. That was our first hint at just what a freaky, freaky trip we were embarking on…
— VICE Founder Shane Smith
creative jewelry by [blisslau]
i love these creative pieces by hawaii native bliss lau. she’s created pieces for both men and women that are styled with the most keen eye for detail. from body chains and eyeglass necklaces to elbow adornments and linked rings, the parsons grad has designed a collection of elaborately creative jewelry that can bump up any dull ensemble.
invariably seeking to blur the lines between the garment and accessory, bliss lau represents the juxtaposition of culture, design and aesthetic; inspiration is found in history, the study of Hawaiian culture or corsets and armor as well as the architecture of New York such as the Brooklyn Bridge and Chrysler building.
catch ol’ girl staring in my face like she lost something over here.
flash a friendly smile.
she gives me the ILLEST eye roll.
but, wait. what did i do? lol!
oh. em. gee. b!!!!!
you’re quite possibly the single best e-friend in the world! ha! i was reading this on my phone and i cold stopped in the street, mouth agape like “wow! she’s so freaking awesome!” thanks so much for remembering my post and for acting on it. i’m going to head down there right after work! i do need to treat myself don’t i?!
you are really sweet and truly awesome b! thank you! and you have yourself a great day!