(the) flower has bloomed
216 Seaton, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Ever wondered what the writing says on this mural at the Container Yard? The writing says 꽃이 피었습니다, or “(the) flower has bloomed” in Korean.
27-year old Korean graffiti artist Royal Dog has painted murals of black women in traditional Korean dress all over the world. Each work features black women donning various hairstyles, whether their hair is braided in cornrows or in a big afro. The look is contrasted by the traditional Korean attire each woman wears.
In his interview with The Container Yard, Royal Dog said:
There is a black woman in Korean traditional dress and there’s flowers and trees and letters. And the letters say, ‘Every flower should be shaken before coming out’. If you want to be successful you have to go through all the sufferings and tough stuff.
He provides more explanation on his Instagram:
These works are painted in black neighborhoods; what I was bringing to the scene was the Hanbok. For me, it was as though I was giving Hanbok as a present to the neighborhood. It was to show that black beauty and Hanbok can come together to create something even more beautiful. My dream before I restart to paint, was [to be] a missionary for Africa. That motivated [me] a bit to paint this too.
One thing is for sure- this mural is a beautiful celebration and union of two cultures.