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In South Korea, Kodak sells high end clothing and accessories.

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u/Lazy_Sim Jan 22 '22 edited Jan 22 '22

National Geographic, Discovery and even CNN sells outdoor clothing in Korea

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u/pickup_thesoap Jan 22 '22

*Korean companies licensed random American brands to sell Korean clothing in Korea.

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u/JohnGoCee Jan 23 '22

“Mama don't take my Kodachrome away Mama don't take my Kodachrome, whew whew, mama don't take my Kodachrome away”, Simon & Garfunkel.

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u/scifi887 Jan 22 '22

National Geographic sells clothes in London too for a long time.

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u/Valldemossa22 Jan 26 '22

And only tourist goes in. Near Piccadilly end of Regent St. I know it from day one and never saw a local go inside it.

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u/scifi887 Jan 26 '22

They always had a good book selection when I lived in London 👍

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u/Valldemossa22 Jan 27 '22

Oh that is supposed to be the bread and butter ....they do

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u/[deleted] Jan 22 '22

Was gonna say this. Also Dickies is HUGE in Asia.

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u/MishrasWorkshop Jan 22 '22

Indeed, they actually collab with high fashion brands in Japan quite a bit.

A big part of it is the love for classic American workwear in the Japanese street fashion scene. The saying goes, nobody does America better than Japan.

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u/Pups_the_Jew Jan 22 '22

Interesting...I had always heard the opposite.

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u/R7F Jan 22 '22

That's a solid joke

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u/[deleted] Jan 22 '22

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u/DEZbiansUnite Jan 22 '22

maybe they just don't like played out jokes

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u/ripvannwinkler Jan 22 '22

I don't know where my eyes were looking, but I first read that as "Andy Dickies is HUGE in Asia" and was flummoxed.

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u/h4ppidais Jan 22 '22

You forgot JEEP

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u/[deleted] Jan 22 '22

And Polaroid sells TV at Target. It was on sale and the employee who helped me get the TV to the cart deadass told me Polaroid makes very good quality TV for many years.

I am so glad I decided to not get that TV in the end.

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u/danbert2000 Jan 22 '22

Polaroid is a zombie brand. A random company just bought the name and logo.

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u/jwill602 Jan 22 '22 edited Jan 22 '22

Fun fact: Kodak invented digital cameras, but tossed out the tech because they thought it would kill their film business

How’d that end up for ya, Kodak?

Edit: after bankruptcy and losing 90% of their employees, maybe Kodak is doing okay rn…

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u/PM_ME_STEAM_CODES__ Jan 22 '22

It's more that Kodak wasn't a film company, they were a chemical company that ended up making film as their primary product. When you look at it that way, the decision makes more sense even if it ended up being the wrong one.

That said, as a Rochester native there is a lot of resentment for Kodak even decades later.

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u/[deleted] Jan 22 '22 edited Apr 25 '22

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u/ag408 Jan 22 '22

Child of a Kodak bear here. I agree as well.

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u/Gangrapechickens Jan 22 '22

Kodak also knew about the Manhattan project before the government ever said anything. They started to notice issues with their film after it was shipped, and they managed to connect the dots and approached the government

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u/fvdfv54645 Jan 22 '22 edited Jan 22 '22

got curious and looked this up, shame (but sadly not surprising) that neither kodak nor the government actually cared about any harm being caused beyond that to product (and profit):

https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/a21382/how-kodak-accidentally-discovered-radioactive-fallout/

(one might argue that they didn't know the harm to humans at the time, but I would argue that that's total BS, they were warned plenty, hell, kodak even managed to narrow down the contamination to the water and not the straw because he knew the damage that would happen to biological material with that kind of exposure. at the end of the day both parties stayed quiet at the expense of public health and safety to serve their own interests and financial pursuits. gotta love capitalism ¬_¬)

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u/gwaydms Jan 22 '22

My relatives up in Rochester used to work for Kodak.

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u/Muh_brand Jan 22 '22

Their decline hit Rochester, NY hard. But their largest facility is contracted out for call centers. They aren't completely inept, just okay with barely scraping by recently.

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u/meesh-lars Jan 22 '22

I work in printing and Kodak is still one fo the top three suppliers for imagesetters and software. After the bankruptcy they had to divide some assets but I am thoroughly surprised they are still doing so well in those markets.

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u/[deleted] Jan 22 '22

*Cries in Rochester

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u/Uncle_Budy Jan 22 '22

Kodak actually had the chance to make a huge comeback recently with a massive government chemicals contract, but absolutely blew it when an executive was investigated for insider trading around the contract deal, and the government dropped them because of it.

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u/Swannie69 Jan 22 '22

And they did it in the 1975. Imagine if they had patented, licensed, and improved the technology over the last 45 years. They'd be a powerhouse in digital imaging, such a shame.

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u/vistopher Jan 22 '22

what's crazy is that film is still superior is so many ways. can't compete with 70mm IMAX (18k digital) nor photography film either. The highest quality films back in the day were shot at a comparable 4k-5k in digital.

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u/Catnip4Pedos Jan 22 '22

Photography film was surpassed by digital a long time ago

Medium format film can just about compete with 35mm "full frame" digital DSLRs but now we have cameras with 30-50MP resolution

There are medium format digital cameras with 150MP, they surpass everything including large format 5" x 4" film cameras. You might get more from a 10" x 8" film camera but the film costs around £25 per shot, the cameras weigh around 5-10kg the development is £10-15 a shot and the scans cost £40-100 a shot.

Anyone doing serious commercial quality where resolution matters is using digital. Film still has its place but it's nothing to do with being superior in resolution like 70mm IMAX film can be.

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u/vistopher Jan 22 '22 edited Jan 22 '22

Large format film cameras can shoot 600MP in 8x10. 4x5 is still 200MP. So yes, film is superior in resolution compared to digital still. I'm talking about quality, not cost. Check out this between comparison a cutting edge 150MP digital camera and 8×10 using Velvia 50. The digital camera was blown away.

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u/Catnip4Pedos Jan 22 '22

You're comparing 10x8 large format (which I said can win) against a medium format digital. There are large format digital cameras that can be rented. They are a pain to work with but will smash that phase one out the water.

I can get 180MP from a Hasselblad scanner and 5x4, but the 150MP from the phase one have more detail. Yes 10x8 wins but again large format digital exists if like you say cost is no issue.

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u/vistopher Jan 22 '22

What large format digital camera has higher resolution than film?

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u/Catnip4Pedos Jan 22 '22 edited Jan 22 '22

Rencay have backs with 2800MP

I don't think you fully understand the practicalities of a 10x8 camera Vs PhaseOne. We're talking about a camera just bigger than a DSLR and with a sensor roughly 50x40mm (can't be arsed to look it up it's around that) Vs a piece of film 250x200mm. That's 25 times bigger. 25 times bigger. It doesn't have more resolution it's just huge.

I love film, but digital is sharper and has more resolution.

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u/Reynbou Jan 22 '22

Superior according to who or what though? Film will at the very least never beat the convenience of digital.

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u/paul-arized Jan 22 '22

Different ppl prioritizes different qualities. Nobody's right, but nobody's wrong. They're just opinions. IMO, though, good film can provide better resolution and quality (as of right now) but like lossless music, most/many ppl might not need it nor would appreciate it.

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u/drunk_haile_selassie Jan 22 '22

Ask any electric guitarist about valve vs solid state amplifiers. They will almost always say the older style valves are better, me included but I think most musicians couldn't tell the difference and most of the general population certainly can't.

It just feels different. Which I think makes me play better. It's much more expensive and a lot more maintenance but I somehow justify it. Maybe photography is the same, I'm not a photographer but in any artform confidence is key to a good performance.

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u/Fcktbckt Jan 22 '22

Yeah that’s horse shit, digital is better

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u/[deleted] Jan 22 '22

It’s hard to kill such an iconic brand. As hard as they’ve tried….

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u/KenjiFox Jan 22 '22

I still have my Kodak DC260 which was $899 in 1998. ($1,537 today) 1MP, and still shoots pretty pictures. Oh and I can play Doom on it complete with sound.

Eats AA batteries like a MOFO though.

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u/kijarni Jan 22 '22

Kodak are mostly a zombie brand. You pay them money and you can put their logo on whatever.

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u/joelluber Jan 22 '22

This isn't really true. They're a major player still in nonconsumer digital imaging.

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u/SkiOrDie Jan 22 '22

You can buy Kodak drones and 3D printing filament. Kind of a wild pivot

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u/[deleted] Jan 22 '22

source?

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u/Pups_the_Jew Jan 22 '22

The picture posted above?

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u/FaustusC Jan 22 '22

See: The Kodak phone lmfao

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u/[deleted] Jan 22 '22

The internet you fuck. Your extremely uninformed if you don’t have a clue what Kodak has been up to the past 2 decades.

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u/BabyChoker Jan 22 '22

*you’re

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u/LanPartyPizza Jan 22 '22

Disappointing you’d come in with this sort of tirade and not even contribute a single randomactionverb.

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u/[deleted] Jan 22 '22

I said ‘fuck’ does that count

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u/BabyChoker Jan 22 '22

*?

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u/[deleted] Jan 22 '22

Bad bot

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u/BabyChoker Jan 22 '22

Bad you I’m afraid!

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u/[deleted] Jan 22 '22

I’m not single, or looking but I’m happy to chat.

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u/ColdBanaProductions Jan 22 '22

What if we made out in the Kodak store? Ha ha, just kidding... unless...

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u/ripvannwinkler Jan 22 '22

It would be a Kodak moment.

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u/Tell_About_Reptoids Jan 22 '22

They duped me into buying their stock, so I'm glad they're doing something.

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u/bcatrek Jan 22 '22

That’s really surprising, I thought that company was dead.

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u/rharvey8090 Jan 22 '22

Surprisingly no. The company had to massively downsize, but they’re doing alright at the moment.

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u/tjeulink Jan 22 '22

film is far from dead. they still produce film and developer for film. i shoot film for example.

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u/ghosty4 Jan 22 '22

No, actually, on the contrary. They created so much of the technology that we use for photography they decided to not compete with other businesses and just get paid for using their ideas.

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u/steve_gus Jan 22 '22 edited Jan 22 '22

Nah.

They are a tiny company compared to what they were

In January 2012, Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.[12][13][14] Shortly thereafter Kodak announced that it would stop making digital cameras, pocket video cameras and digital picture frames and focus on the corporate digital imaging market.[15] Digital cameras are still sold under the Kodak brand by JK Imaging Ltd under an agreement with Kodak. In August 2012, Kodak announced its intention to sell its photographic film, commercial scanners and kiosk operations, as a measure to emerge from bankruptcy, but not its motion picture film operations.[16] In January 2013, the Court approved financing for Kodak to emerge from bankruptcy by mid 2013.[17][18] Kodak sold many of its patents for approximately $525,000,000 to a group of companies (including Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Samsung, Adobe Systems, and HTC) under the names Intellectual Ventures and RPX Corporation.[19][20] On September 3, 2013, the company emerged from bankruptcy having shed its large legacy liabilities and exited several businesses.[21] Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging are now part of Kodak Alaris, a separate company owned by the UK-based Kodak Pension Plan.[22][23]

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u/noctalla Jan 22 '22

This isn't exactly "high end" but interesting nonetheless.

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u/SpicyCurryWackathon Jan 22 '22

If only there were a product to let me take high-quality photographs of such beautiful clothing…

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u/Broad-Reception2806 Jan 22 '22

An iPhone?

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u/ColdBanaProductions Jan 22 '22

Apple bad, Kodak store good

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u/FiddlingnRome Jan 22 '22

That model in the image on the right is Korean actor Jung Hae-in. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jung_Hae-in

You can catch him in the Netflix series "D.P."

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u/Inebriated_ Jan 22 '22

And here I thought it was weird I just bought some Kodak light bulbs...

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u/DrGt1 Jan 22 '22

What a development

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u/DrGt1 Jan 22 '22

Do they do flash sales?

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u/Hemmschwelle Jan 22 '22

Kodak holds a lot of patents related to synthetic fibers like the polyester used in clothing.

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u/citznfish Jan 22 '22

High end clothing makes sense.

"Want to take a picture of you or someone else? Here are some impressive clothing brands to buy for your photos"

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u/EthanJ__ Jan 23 '22

The same people that make the batteries?

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u/steve_gus Jan 22 '22

Kodak as a company doesnt really exist in its historical sense. Its basically a licensed brand name used on random crap that they do not make.

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u/Blue387 Jan 22 '22

RCA is a similar example

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u/western_motel Jan 22 '22

I mean they still make and sell film, I’m staring at like 10 rolls of it in my room

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u/bzanzb Jan 22 '22

M I the only one to notice how cute Jung Hae In is looking in the poster. Only me? Ok

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u/RealRobc2582 Jan 22 '22

The irony is that this picture wasn't taken with a Kodak camera

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u/electricdingaling Jan 22 '22

Nor is PitBull anywhere to be seen

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u/FuenteFOX Jan 22 '22

Wow a Kodak sweatshirt, pants, and cap! You must be a big photography buff!

A what?

You know pictures and cameras and stuff.

Why would you think that?!

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u/PromotionAdvanced Jan 22 '22

They also have national geographic clothing. Yes exactly like the tv channel.

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u/gamercrafter86 Jan 22 '22

Or like the magazine lol

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u/Marilyn1618 Jan 22 '22 edited Jan 22 '22

I've been in an Caterpillar clothes shop in Argentina about seven years ago! They sell (work)shoes here now, but back then I had only seen the excavators and other construction stuff from them. Brought back home some pretty cool 'excavator-brand' clothes. Would love to have Kodak merch.

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u/Fcktbckt Jan 22 '22

Caterpillar also do phones now too, you can even get one with a thermal camera built in. The one I had was really shit though

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u/Fuck_Blue_Shells Jan 22 '22

Jackets look fresh

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u/gigem9000 Jan 22 '22

Ah yes, I’ve always wanted a Kodak Koat!

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u/AgentBlue14 Jan 22 '22

That looks kinda dope, tbh.

Someone take a photo of me with a Kodak...

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u/Lt_Dang Jan 22 '22

This is a Kodak Moment.

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u/StaticR0ute Jan 22 '22

But you can only buy photos of the items

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u/tchrbrian Jan 22 '22

I think I'm going to have a " moment. "

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u/leica991 Jan 22 '22

Still Kodak brownie is the sexiest one they made !

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u/Jskidmore1217 Jan 22 '22

Wait till you hear about Playboy- which is just a regular ol clothing brand (in China atleast.) it’s funny to see kids walking around in Playboy branded clothes.

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u/Automatic_Heat_8618 Jan 22 '22

Somebody hide Danny Divito!

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u/brokencharlie Jan 22 '22

Any way someone can send me a hat? Or a yellow tshirt?

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u/Drewafx Jan 22 '22

function > form
quality material > quantity
comfortable fit > brand
timeless design > ever changing fast fashion
the ones who make all kinds of clothing know the difference
at least that was the case couple decades ago

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u/bubbp Jan 22 '22

Big store I remember seeing in China: "Amanti" clothing..

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u/alyxvance1 Jan 23 '22

Picture that with a Kodak

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u/Valldemossa22 Jan 26 '22

What is more mystifying is why anyone buys it and then happily strut around with National Geographic...I suspect the folks in these organisations can't believe it.

Just to satisfy the cake eating Korean public need for brand affirmation. It's a bit comical but there

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u/SJW1490 Jan 30 '22

The power of jung hae in

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u/dpahoe Jan 22 '22

Modern problems need modern solutions

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u/SteelyWA Jan 22 '22

Yeah right, picture that with a Kodak

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u/TheAppleOfDoom1 Jan 22 '22

Pitbull be like "picture me in a Kodak"

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u/heraclitus33 Jan 22 '22

Its all just random twirly whirly shit out here kiddos...

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u/handlessuck Jan 22 '22

I got a Nikon camera
Don't need film for a photograph
I'm gonna go and get some Kodak clothes today

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u/Wbino Jan 22 '22

Is that what they did with the Covid money?