BTS wouldn’t be BTS without another explosion of mind-blowing theories and signs embedded into their content. Previously, we mentioned some interesting clues that you might have missed for the “Interlude: Shadow” comeback trailer. Here are a few more things you might have missed!
1. Jean-Michel Basquiat
Jean-Michel Basquiat is an American artist that was famous for his street art graffiti during the late 1970s. His artwork was a tool for him to express his experiences in the black community of his time and also focused on rich versus poor and inner versus outer experience. Fans may be familiar with the crown image because of V, but it also resembles the drawings of Jean-Michel Basquiat.
During one interview he stated that the talents of people in every field is not only rewarding, but also comes with the insurmountable pressures for great success. Basquiat used the crown to symbolize himself as king, his association with people he believed to be kings, and his ambition to become great. He died in 1988 at the age of 27 due to a drug overdose.
I wanna be a king 가사에 맞춰 나오는 왕관은, 태형이 덕분에 다들 익숙하시겠지만 장 미셸 바스키아의 왕관을 닮았음.
바스키아는 세계 미술계에 혜성같은 스타로 떠올랐다가 명성이 최고조였던 88년 스물 일곱의 나이에 갑자기 세상을 등진 천재 아티스트였다. 그가 갑자기 사망한 뒤로 + pic.twitter.com/Oonx4ypFut
— 🥀𝐕𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐚𝐥_𝐁𝐨𝐦⁷👑 봄⁷ 👑 (@Vernal_Bom) January 10, 2020
2. Currency Signs
One scene in the music videos shows Suga performing on stage while people below are taking photos of him with their phones. If you look closely, you will see different currency signs on the phone screens. This is expressing the media and people who take photos and videos of them as a way to make money.
the phones taking photos of yoongi had money signs that obviously means theyre doing it for money pic.twitter.com/nDASpRQ6iw
— ★?!⁷ (@hobarian) January 9, 2020
3. Three Different Scenarios
This comeback trailer shows three different sides of Suga, similar to the “Intro: PERSONA” video. The first scenario shows Suga wearing all white expressing his dreams and desires in life stating “I wanna be…”
The second scenario shows him in all black, standing on a pedestal under the bright lights. This shows that he has achieved his dreams and that although all the lights and fame are pointed towards him, he acts cool even though he is afraid on the inside.
The final scenario show the other “I” that lives between the shadows. This reveals all his insecurities that he hides from the world. He’s afraid but he wants to be the king.
4. Anonymous Figures
These anonymous figures appear in many of BTS’s songs including FIRE, MIC Drop, N.O, Not Today, FAKE LOVE, etc.
These figures’ meanings changes depending on the story line. In some instances it can be used to represent fear, wishes, dreams, fame and other times it can be used to represent their own shadows or of each other.
This comeback trailer uses these figures to express Suga’s shadows in a literal and figurative manner.
In that way, Shadow seems to me as the first MV which has taken both meanings of the anonymous figures – the harassing public, the personified fears, and the constructed 'shadows' of not just yourself but the people around you, in one MV#BTSTheories #ARMTYS
— Juli⁷ || 분위기 [keep it] || [Yoontro] (@MochiMiniMints) January 12, 2020
5. Glass Ceiling
Glass and mirrors seem to be common theme in BTS concepts and in this comeback trailer we can see glass again from the glass ceiling and room full of mirrors. This can be used to show that they have “broken through the glass ceiling” and have reached success.
The microphones smashing through the glass can also be used to show that their music has also surpassed boundaries and have reached the top. The trailer shows Yoongi standing on top of the glass ceiling while other people are falling underneath. This can be used to symbolize just how great they have become.
The microphones smashing through glass also symbolize this. Their great music has broken this glass ceiling. pic.twitter.com/HsoYqkgp32
— K⁷ (@koreannoodar) January 10, 2020
The theories and clues are endless when it comes to BTS and fans are figuring out more as time passes on. Stay tuned for more updates on theories!