It’s taking us back to 2016.
BTS‘s anthology album PROOF pays tribute to the group’s past while looking to the future. One of the most significant eras for both BTS’s members and their fans began in 2015.
The Most Beautiful Moment In Life, Pt. 1 (also known as Hwa Yang Yeon Hwa, Pt. 1) was released on April 29, 2015. This 9-track EP kicked off the HYYH era, the beginning of what would become the BTS Universe (BU).
In the BU, BTS plays fictional versions of themselves. Their characters experience tragedies that Jin tries to undo by going back in time over and over again. At its heart, HYYH is all about friendship and the growing pains of youth, things BTS experienced during their rise to stardom.
To this day, fans are still analyzing imagery from HYYH content. One of its more obscure symbols popped up today, in BTS’s new concept photos for PROOF.
In his “Door” version solo photo, Suga is holding a compass in his right hand, but why?
As always, fans have theories. Some have linked Suga’s compass back to a fancafe post he wrote in 2016; “A compass’ needle always wavers before pointing in the right direction. Life, too, is the same.”
YOONGI SAID THIS ABOUT A COMPASS AT FANCAFE ONCE it makes sense now pic.twitter.com/4PWqyHzm8c
— k!mmy. (@jmicite) May 30, 2022
Meanwhile, other fans have connected the compass to BTS’s GRAPHIC LYRICS, a series of five illustrated books that pairs HYYH era lyrics with illustrations.
Throughout the series, Suga’s key symbol is a compass.
DO YOU REMEMBER IN IDONTKNOW WAS IT HOUSE OF CARDS OR SAVE ME GRAPHICS LYRICS WITH THE COMPASS, PINWHEELS, AND THINGS???? THERE IS A MELTING COMPASS THERE.
— blooms⁷ is gathering all the luck she needs (@LightIn7_) May 30, 2022
In addition to the compass, fans have pointed out how similar BTS’s “Door” outfits are to the pastel colors in The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt.1 and The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt.2.
For now, no one knows exactly what PROOF has in store, but we’ll find out soon! PROOF hits stores on June 10.