On of the first things you notice when you visit Korea is the bizarre signage posted all over the place. In a surreal, crazy combination of animation and childhood nightmares, its often hard to figure what is being sold or promoted on account of the bizarre creatures featured in the artwork. Is it a monster? The aftermath of some freak nuclear accident, perhaps? Or is it a friendly animated hero wanting to be our friend?
A lot of questions were left open in my limited western mind; what exactly was it that I was seeing? Let’s journey on to the heart of Seoul Korea in order to try and make sense of crazy Korean store artwork.
For some reason the chicken mascot for this Korean restaurant seems to be missing an eye. Is that due to the farming practices or did it get into a street brawl with the mascot from a competing chicken restaurant? Is it some kind of subtle nod to a secret ingredient? Are we going to be eating that missing eye if we dine here? Is the chicken served with a waffle cone in some botched Korean attempt to emulate Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles? So many questions for so much delicious chicken…
This building might be a nuclear power plant. I’m not sure. Maybe that’s why his thumb has mutated to larger than his own head?
What kind of snack food do Korean DJ’s like to eat? Coco Roman’s of course. Better news yet: it’s been upgraded!
The Worker Part Two
Why are the workers in South Korea so damn happy? Is it because they aren’t in North Korea? This kooky character is not only defying gravity but is also oblivious that he’s about to careen directly into a rotating wind turbine blade. Look out for that blade little friend! Look out!
The Chicken House
More crazy chicken restaurant pictures. If the proportions are right, then this man is eating from a plate of chicken the size of a floor model television. Judging from the look on his face I’m not sure if he’s planning to eat the chicken so much as assault it in some way. Let’s hope the live chickens on hand can somehow intervene, they clearly know something’s not right.
This may look innocent enough, but it’s actually part of South Korea’s campaign to rid their streets of homeless people. Ha! Just joking! I hope!
Mutant Head Barbie
Now this is where the girls in the previous picture need to be aiming those fire extinguishers. Can you imagine if this pair were 50 feet tall and attacking your village?
I think the funnier and cutier the animated character is on a Seoul worker site, the more potential there must be for a horrific accident.
Mishap Part Two
Using the cuteness = danger theory, I’m guessing this little guy works in a coal mine.
Even More Chicken
This fucking guy again! Where are the other chickens? What did you do to them, you bastard?!?! Quit looking at that chicken like you’re going to rape it!
Even Wonder Woman doesn’t look as happy as an average Korean cartoon factory worker, though she does promise “Style Changing” for those of the English speaking persuasion.
Watch Your Step
I’m including this one just on the hope that it’s an advertisement for shoes or something. But judging from the fact that there appears to be a series of rules underneath the feet, I’m afraid this is actually a needlessly elaborate tutorial on how to use an escalator. How much information do you really need to safely use an escalator?