Heezy Yang

Illustrator, Photographer, Performer, Event Organiser/Host, Founder of Queer and Trans English-speakers in Korea and Seoul Drag Parade, Tattoo Lover, Occasional Selfie Lover

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Sunday, 28 June 2020

Summer Art for Black Trans Lives & Rights

제주의 여름날
A Summer Day In Jeju Island
한 장 종이 위에 너와 내가 함께 존재할 수 있음을.
That You And I Could Both Be On The Same Piece Of Paper

(You may find English translation below.)

프라이드 먼스(Pride Month)와 더불어 Black Lives Matter 무브먼트가 겹쳐지는 시기를 맞이하여, 새로운 두 점의 디지털 작품의 프린트를 판매하여 수익금 전액을 흑인 트랜스젠더를 위한 단체/기관에 기부하고자 합니다.

🏝작품 1: 제주의 여름날
한국의 제주도를 배경으로 인종의 벽을 넘어선 사랑을 하는 트랜스젠더 게이 커플을 그려보았습니다. 친가가 제주에 있고 제주 양씨 성을 가진 제게 제주는 특별한 곳입니다. 제주는 국제적인 관광지라고도 많이 소개되고 있고, 지금은 한류 열풍과 함께 한국이 국제적으로 많은 주목을 받고 있는 시대입니다. 홍보용 단어에 불과한 허울 뿐인 "국제"가 아니라, 정말 다양성과 포용력을 내재한 진정한 "국제"의 의미가 한국 안에 자리잡기를 바라는 마음으로 만든 작품입니다. "제주의 여름날"은 A4사이즈의 금색 메탈릭 페이퍼에 출력됩니다.

🐅작품 2: 한 장 종이 위에 너와 내가 함께 존재할 수 있음을
작호도라고도 불리는 까치, 호랑이, 소나무를 담은 유명한 민화의 한 타입을 재해석하고 변형하여 만든 작품입니다. 좋은 소식을 가져다 주는 까치, 악재를 막아주는 호랑이, 장수를 의미하는 십장생인 소나무에 미국의 블랙 팬더 파티(흑표당)을 상징하는 블랙 팬더를 함께 어우러지게 그렸습니다. 이는 현재 미국에서, 그리고 세계에서 일어나고 있는 흑인 인권 운동에 대한 지지의 표시이자 한국 내에서의, 그리고 퀴어 커뮤니티 안에서의 인종적 다양성과 포용력에 대한 염원을 의미합니다. A4사이즈의 한지에 출력됩니다.

두 작품에 대한 주문은 지금부터 7월 한달에 걸쳐 받고 매주 1회 배송을 실시할 예정입니다. 액자를 제외한 각 작품의 가격은 10,000원이며 포장/배송비는 3500원입니다. 해외 배송의 경우, 현재 코로나19 팬데믹으로 인해 일반 배송보다 5배 가량 비싼 EMS배송만 가능한 국가들도 있고, 아예 배송이 불가능한 국가도 있지만 문의를 주시면 알아보도록 하겠습니다. 작품 판매를 통해 발생한 수익금(수익금이라 함은 종이 구매와 출력에 드는 비용을 제외한 나머지 금액을 의미합니다)은 전액 흑인 트랜스젠더를 위한 한 기관/단체에 기부할 예정입니다. 현재 국내외 퀴어 지인들의 도움을 받아 제 작품의 취지, 저의 가치관과 믿음, 금전적 지원의 시급함을 고려하여 어디에 기부하게 될지를 결정하는 과정에 있습니다. 기부 후에 어떤 기관/단체를 선정하였고 몇 점의 주문을 받아 최종적으로 얼마를 기부하였는지 내역을 공개할 예정입니다.

주문은 이메일(heezyyang@gmail.com)을 통해서 7월 말까지 받도록 하겠습니다. 이후에도 작품의 추가 제작과 판매 계획은 있으나, 기부금 마련을 목표로 하는 판매를 우선으로 진행하여 마무리하고자 합니다.

(English Translation)

Being in the time where the importance of both Pride Month and Black Lives Matter movement is highlighted, as a queer artist, I made 2 new illustrations to share messages and support causes. I will be donating all proceeds to an organisation to support black trans lives and their rights. (Find more details below.)

🏝Illustration no.1: A Summer Day In Jeju Island
The piece shows a trans gay couple that is overcoming racial barriers in Korea's province Jeju island. To me, Jeju is a special place as my father's side family and my last name come from there. Jeju is often described and promoted as an "international" tourist spot. Not just Jeju, but also Korea is often put beside the word "international" as K-pop and Korean culture are getting popular all around the world these days. So I created this piece, hoping Korea will findsl and understand the true meaning of "international", and become more accepting and diverse. It will be printed on A4 size gold metalic paper.

🐅Illustration no.2: That You And I Could Both Be On The Same Piece Of Paper
The title above is tge translation of what is written in Korean in this illustration. This is a piece that parodies and recreates a type of Korean traditional folk painting that contains a magpie, a tiger, and a pine tree. The magpie brings good news, the tiger scares away bad luck, and the pine tree means long lives. Black panther being in harmony with them means my support for the Black Lives Matter movement, and my hope for acceptance and diversity in Korea, and in the LGBTQ community. It is printed on A4 size Hanji - Korean traditional paper.

I am accepting orders from now until the end of July, shipping them out once a week. The price of each piece is 10,000won and the frames are not included. The shipping fee is 3,500won per order, within Korea. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, international shipping situation is a little complicated - some countries are only accepting mails via Express Mail Service which is about 5 times more expensive than normal shipping, and some countries are not accepting mails from Korea at all. However, if you are still interested in purchasing the art, I can inquire the post office and get back to you. All proceeds (excluding the cost of purchasing paper and printing illustrations) will be donated to an organisation that focuses on and supports black trans lives and their right. I have not decided on which one yet, but I am in the process of doing a research and comparing with the help of my LGBTQ friends in and outside of Korea. I will announce which organisation I decided to donate to, and publicly show how many prints I've sold and how much I've donated in total.

I am accepting orders via E-mail (heezyyang@gmail.com) until the end of July. I do plan on producing and selling the prints after that as well, but right now I want to focus on raising a fund for donating first.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

앨범 릴리즈 파티 (Album Release Party)

Photo by 김무냥

(Find English translation below.)

허리케인 김치(히지양) 싱글 앨범 릴리즈 파티

안녕하세요! 저의 첫 번째 싱글 앨범의 발매를 앞두고 저의 자작곡들과 커버 공연, 그리고 더불어 멋진 라인업의 드랙쇼를 선보일 자리를 마련해 보았습니다. 본행사 후에는 저의 생일 파티 또한 이어질 예정입니다.

코로나19의 확산 염려와 여러분의 건강에 대한 우려 때문에, 아쉽지만 입장권의 현장 판매는 진행하지 않기로 결정했습니다. 저의 앨범 제작과 뮤직비디오 제작을 위한 펀딩에 참여해 주신 분들 가운데 리워드로 "초대권"을 선택하신 분들과, 앨범 제작 과정과 펀딩 홍보 과정에 직접 도움을 주신 저의 측근 분들께만 초대권을 제공해 드려서 소규모의 인원만을 모셔서 위험부담을 최대한 줄여 행사를 진행하고자 합니다.

초대권 수령자가 아닌 분들 가운데 본 행사에 꼭 자리하고 싶으신 분들과, 펀딩 기간을 놓쳤지만 펀딩에 참여하고 싶으신 분들께서는 이메일(hurricanekimchi@gmail.com)을 통해 연락주시기 바랍니다.

행사 날짜: 7월 3일 금요일

행사 스케쥴:
9:00PM 입장 시작
9:30PM-10:00PM 곡 공개 및 라이브 뮤직 공연
10:30PM-11:00PM 드랙쇼
11:00PM 생일 파티 시작

라인업:
허리케인 김치 (서울드랙퍼레이드)
진호 (1234DAH!)
넬 폭스 (화이트라이즈 벌레스크)
호소 테라 토마 (크래시 랜디드)
선샤인
코코

장소: 해방촌에 위치한 Phillies Basement (녹사평 역)
주소: 용산구 신흥로 31-1

그외 문의 사항이 있으신 분들께서는 아래 이메일로 연락바랍니다.



(English Translation)



Hurricane Kimchi (Heezy Yang) Single Album Release Party

Hello! The release of my first single album is getting closer. I am hosting a party where I will showcase my original songs, cover performances, and a drag show featuring some of Seoul's finest local queens. Also, the event will be followed by my birthday party.

We have decided not to sell tickets at the door, due to the current virus situation, and this is a by-invitation-only event. Those who funded my album & video and chose 'ticket(s)' as the reward, and those who directly helped me in the process of production and promotion will be given invitations privately.

If you are not invited but you would like to attend this event, or if you missed the funding period but if you would like to help fund my music & video project, contact me via Email (hurricanekimchi@gmail.com).

Party Date: Friday, the 3rd of July

Timetable:
9:00PM Doors Open
9:30PM-10:00PM Original Song Showcase & Live Music
10:30PM-11:00PM Drag Show
11:00PM Birthday Party Starts

Lineup:
Hurricane Kimchi (of Seoul Drag Parade)
Jinho (of 1234DAH!)
Nell Fox (of Whitelies Burlesque Revue)
Hoso Terra Toma (Crash Landed Seoul)
Sunshine
Coco

Venue: Phillies Basement in Haebangchon (Nokapyeong Station)
Address: 31-1 Sinheung-ro, Yongsan-gu

For Inquiries:

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

(Crowdfunding) Hurricane Kimchi's Single Albums & Music Video

Photo by Chingu Design, Make Up & Foto
Chingu Design, Make Up & Foto

Hello, guys. This is Heezy Yang. I am a Seoul-born, Seoul-based queer artist. I’ve been active at pride events and in queer scenes all around Korea since I came out in 2013. As an artist, I have been illustrating, photographing, performing, protesting, writing books, and more. Also, I am drag queen Hurricane Kimchi, and the founder of the annual Seoul Drag Parade. As a drag performer, I have been mainly singing live, covering songs of all genres, from musical, to grunge. Currently I am performing as a duo with my musician friend Jinho, who plays the guitar and bass.

Photo by 강조새
Photo by Blair Kitchener

Covering great songs and famous songs that I like is always fun, however, this year I am determined to finally release my original songs and go further into the music scene. With my identity that is a queer Korean drag artist, I am certain that there are things that I can address better and I can express myself better when I am singing the songs with the lyrics I wrote and melodies I made. To achieve artistic integrity, I had been very focused on writing songs while social distancing (due to the virus situation) and I finished writing a few songs that I feel are mine and real.


My goal is to produce and release two of these original songs of mine, with at least one music video, this summer. The first song I would like to release is called ‘있잖아 말야’, which translates as ‘guess what’ or ‘hey, listen to me’. The song is about wondering if there’s place for you in this world you live in, and finding your inner strength and your worth. The second song to be released is going to be called ‘Seoul’. It describes my home city Seoul as I see it, and how I feel about it. Lyrics and melodies are already ready and now I’m working on the arrangement of instruments with the help of Jinho. You can hear the demos of the two songs in the video below. In the video, we only used guitar but there will be more instruments being used in the final recordings.


I need your help. Producing and releasing two songs and a video cost a lot of money as you need to cover fees for studios for practices and recording, cost of mixing, mastering, the videographer, and the photographer. On top of that, I need to go through a lot of paper work as this is the first time I am releasing music and walking into the music industry, and that also cost quite a lot of money. For all of this, I need at least 1600 USD, but if I could raise 60% of it through crowdfuning, I can manage to cover the rest myself!

You can see the types of rewards below.
(NOTE) Delivery of rewards will start on July 7. Shipping fee within Korea is 3,000won (or 3USD). International shipping fee is usually 5-10 USD, depending on the country, but right now international shipping is unavailable for a lot of countries, and some countries are only accepting express mailing service, which is about 20-30USD, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ‘Demos’ would be the only option in the list below that won’t be affected by the current international shipping situation as they will be provided digitally.



▶Merch Set (Postcards and stickers with album cover art, behind the scenes photographs, and the song lyrics) = 10,000won or 9USD
Queer Art Set (Postcards and stickers with queer artworks created by me) = 10,000won or 9USD
Ticket to Release Party + Drag Show (The release party will take place in Seoul, and consist of music video screening and live music performances, that will be followed by a drag show that features myself and guest drag artists. Minors are allowed in as well.) = 15,000won or 13USD
(NOTE) There will be no physical ticket shipped to you. Names will be checked at the door of the venue when entering. You can give your ticket to someone else if you cannot make it to the event. The event will take place on Friday, July 3, at 9PM. The venue is Phillies Basement in Haebangchon (Noksapyeong). The line-up, timetable, and address will be announced before July.
(Limited) Drag Show That Comes To You (Hurricane Kimchi comes to an event/occasion of yours in Seoul, to perform. The size and the type of event don’t matter as long as the event’s purpose doesn’t go against my political and personal beliefs. The maximum length of performance itself is 25 minutes but MCing or hosting can be added to it. You can book a date between July 5 and December 31 of 2020.) = 180,000won or 150USD
Demos (Vocal only demos & practice session demos of the two songs will be provided digitally.) = 10,000won or 9USD

Payment Method
1. If you speak Korean and can use a Korean payment method, try using Korean crowdfunding site Tumblbug at www.tumblbug.com/hurricanekimchi
2. You can make a transfer via PayPal. My PayPal account is heezyyang@gmail.com. Email me to confirm your transfer and tell me your choice of reward(s) also at heezyyang@gmail.com. (Include your address for shipping!)
3. If you have any inquiries, or if you have trouble using the site mentioned at 1., contact me at heezyyang@gmail.com.

Schedule
- Release Party + Drag Show will take place on Friday, July 3, in Seoul.
- Delivery of rewards will start on July 7.
- The first single album and the music video will be released sometime in July.
- The release date of the second single album has not been decided yet.

(펀딩) 허리케인 김치 싱글앨범과 뮤직비디오

Chingu Design, Make Up & Foto
Chingu Design, Make Up & Foto

안녕하세요? 퀴어 아티스트 히지 양입니다. 제가 드랙퀸 허리케인 김치로서 저의 자작곡들을 디지털 싱글로 발매하고 뮤직비디오를 제작하기 위한 펀딩이 시작되어요.
커버, 립싱크, 댄스 공연을 하는 것을 넘어서 직접 만든 음원을 발매한 한국인 드랙 아티스트가 될 수 있도록 많은 관심과 응원, 그리고 후원 부탁드려요-!
자세한 내용 및 사진, 영상 등은 아래 링크를 통해 크라우드 펀딩 사이트인 텀블벅에서 보실 수 있습니다.
문의 사항이 있으시면 heezyyang@gmail.com로 연락 주세요. :)

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