Ideas are everywhere. Ideas fuel everyday life, they’re why Kickstarter exists, and they’re what turn driven people into successful people. Everything starts with an idea.
But my question has never been how to come up with a good idea, Anyone can have a good idea.
What I’ve always wondered is how did a certain person make their cool idea actually happen.
I’m Andrew Green, and I’m launching a magazine to answer that question. It’s called Konichiwang and it’s for anyone who’s ever been curious about the real stories behind success. If you’ve got your own big idea and you’re looking to learn from someone else’s experience, or if you just like to see how creative people got to where they are today, then you’ll want to read Konichiwang.
Konichiwang will be a printed Q&A magazine that profiles people who had an idea and made it happen. Essentially, it’s about “entrepreneurs”. But instead of talking to start-ups, I focus on up and comers form a variety of industries.
When you open an issue of Konichiwang, you won’t see the same glitzy names already plastered across the rest of the newsstand. The people I chat to are relatable: their stories might sound familiar to your own, and their success is attainable. You may not immediately recognise their names but you’ll get their ideas and how they executed them.
During each interview we explore their motivations, their struggles and sacrifices. And we talk about the happiness that erupts when you see an idea come to life.
On each interview I shot 8 Polaroid photos. Not to be precious, but because I wanted the photos to be a natural, untouched depiction of the person. And as a bit of art-therapy, I get each interviewee to do four drawings:
-a self portrait
-a depiction of what they “do”
-a picture of New York
-and the name of the magazine
Konichiwang started in November 2012, and it’s almost completely done. We’ve spoken to tons of people and they’re all just as excited as we are about the magazine now, we just need your help that's why on September 25 we're launching through Kickstarter.
In the 30 days from launch until October 24 we're aiming to raise $30,000 to help cover printing, design, and distribution costs for issue one. Please back our project on Kickstarter once it goes live but until then please signup to our newsletter on the front page so you don't miss any major announcements.
Thanks for reading now go make your cool idea happen and maybe I'll see you in issue 2.
If you were curious about the origin of the name Konichiwang well I was walking around San Francisco on a beautiful winters day in late February 2012 listening to Tyler The Creator and I was amused by his spoonerism which turned the very serious word pairing "Wolf Gang" into something funny "Golf Wang". With that inspiration and no one else to talk with except myself I began to mash together words from different languages into new words like "Moshi Bourgeois" and "Sexie Xie Xie" and then I had a flashback to a piece of graffiti I did on a wall at a party in Sydney in May 2010. The drawing had two giant penises, each penis looked like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, the penises were bowing towards one another politely, and right at that moment I clicked out of the flashback and combined the words Konichiwa and Wang to create Konichiwang.
At that moment I didn't know I'd publish a magazine with the name Konichiwang but I did know I'd do something with it so immediately after discovering through Google that I was the first person ever to write that combination of letters I decided to buy the domain name and every other profile I thought I might ever use because it's a cooler user name than something like andrewjgreen71185, right?
Apart from my Instagram handle Konichiwang lied dormant until October 2012 when I tried to shoot an interview with Gold Fields as a pilot for a video series about how creative people made their ideas happen titled Konichiwang.
Coordinating two filmers along with the talent and then having to work with an editor all so we could publish a video to YouTube that would make us about $0.03 in ad revenue seemed like too much work. Then one morning while jogging with James Aviaz from Everything Is Fucked Everything Is Ok I learned the benefits of allowing people to actually purchase something tangible from you.
With these two realizations I swapped video for print and began coordinating my "dates".