i am starting a series of north korean paintings and animations. i have already done a cartoon about kim jong il, and i will start another one soon. but i also want to do some paintings on how i feel about north korea/DPRK.
this topic has fascinated me for a long time. i know a lot about the country and its bizarre traditions.
in this painting, we see a child soldier with many medals and a russian AMK assault rifle.
north korea spends 70% of its GDP on its military, much higher than any nation on the planet. still, most soldiers are equipped with outdated soviet and chinese cold-war era weaponry.
in the North Korean army, medals are passed down through families. so a Korean child who has just joined the military could already be very highly decorated if their ancestors had a militaristic career and fought in the Korean War in the 1950's.
technically, North Korea is still at war with South Korea. only a cease fire was agree on. the DMZ (demilitarized zone) is still occupied by many troops, including up to 30,000 Americans. it has separated North from South for over 50 years.