Whenever a new fromis_9 album drops, merchandise-loving flovers get the chance to support the group in one of the ways they love the most: buying physical albums and collecting the goodies that come with them. For those looking to add something extra to their collections, however, having these items signed is a common desire.
Getting your hands on a product autographed by your favorite fromis_9 member can be a straightforward task. During Fun Factory and My Little Society promotions, for example, signed albums could be bought by fans from anywhere in the world on Mwave, Mnet’s official global website. Platforms such as eBay, which offer space to resellers, are also options that facilitate the life of flovers who look for signed items.
As simple as it may be, acquiring an autographed product for the first time can raise important questions: How can I tell which member signed my copy? If I am buying from a reseller, how can I verify if an autograph is legitimate? If an autograph looks different from album to album, does it mean one is fake?
In this guide, we will aid you in identifying each of the distinct signatures of fromis_9’s members, as well as help you differentiate a genuine from a fake autograph.
Part 1: What Do fromis_9’s Signatures Look Like?
Before we can tell if a signature is real or not, knowing how the genuine one is penned is a big help. If you are familiarized with the members’ signatures, just by taking a quick look at one you can often tell if it seems a little off.
If you are just looking to differentiate between the different fromis_9 members’ signatures, this section is also perfect for you!
Disclaimer: It is important to note that not every signature had its meaning made clear by the members themselves, therefore, some of the explanations behind their origins that follow are nothing more than well-thought guesses based on our interpretation.
Our captain’s signature starts with the first syllable of her name, “새” (Sae), in Hangul. She separately writes a big “ㅅ” in the form of an arch and adds a tiny “ㅐ” to its right.
Then, in a single movement until the end, a line crosses the “ㅅ” from left to right, goes down, and back to the left, before once again going right — this could be compared to the “ㄹ” (r) in her name.
Saerom continues by going up, backward, and down again, creating a little knot that bears resemblance to an “ㅗ” (o).
Her signature is often finished off with a little squiggle that receives two dots on top to make it look like a little face. It can also be seen as a rough “ㅁ” (m).
Clean and simple, Hayoung signs her surname, “Song,” starting with an uppercase “S.”
It is followed by “ong,” where the “g” has its tail extended to cross the letter back to the right.
On top of the extended tail of the “g,” two dots are added side by side. These are possibly a throwback to Hayoung’s old signature, where she used to have her initials, “H.Y,” written in there.
The signature ends with two parallel vertical lines (or exclamation marks).
Just like Hayoung’s, Gyuri’s signature is easily identifiable. In one motion, an uppercase “G” (written like a “C” with a little descending vertical stroke at the end) is penned.
A horizontal line starting from the middle of “G” is then drawn left to right, serving as a baseline for Gyuri to write the rest of her name, “yuri,” in cursive.
Depending on the version of the signature, her surname, “Jang,” comes below. Gyuri guarantees her entire signature is connected by using the previously drawn horizontal line as the top of the “J.”
She then writes her entire surname in cursive, making sure the end of the “g” is extended and wrapped around the letter leaving a big empty space inside it, enough to draw a happy face with two eyes and a mouth, which shows her signature eye smile.
Basic, but not any less meaningful, Jiwon’s signature crudely spells out the second syllable of her name, “원” (won), in Hangul. She starts writing the “ㅇ” from the top, and before closing it, crosses the letter down through the middle.
She then moves right, and back down, to form the “ㅜ.”
Rather simply, Jiwon follows with a sideways “z,” which can be interpreted as the connection between “ㅓ” and “ㄴ.”
Jiwon’s signature is finished with what seems like the contour of her famous pouty lips; a kiss to her fans, if you will.
Elegant like its creator, Jisun’s signature prioritizes flow and shape over well-defined letters. Left to right, she starts tracing an almost flat top of a “J,” before going down diagonally to the left and back to the right again through the middle of the letter, creating a big loop.
Maintaining her movement to the right, she then makes two small bumps, representing the “i” and the “s.”
Restarting below the “s,” Jisun draws what looks like the number eight tilted to the right. In this part, we could assume she used the alternative Romanization of her name, Jiseon, which would make the top part of the “eight” represent the “e,” and the bottom part, the “o.”
She then continues right, adding a little downward twist or cavity that could represent the “n,” before bringing her pen up and to the left, wrapping part of her signature inside a heart shape.
After starting with a capitalized “S,” Seoyeon continues writing the first syllable of her name by adding “eo,” in cursive.
Below it, she traces a line slightly curved downwards, as if creating a bed for “Seo” to lie in. This serves as the top of the “y,” which gets completed with a descending diagonal stroke.
The rest of her name, “eon,” is written to the right of the “y” in lowercase. The “eo” is a copy and paste of the one in the first syllable, while the “n” is often detached from it. Much like Jisun’s signature, the end of the last letter is extended and brought up to form a little heart — or would it be a tail?
Seoyeon frequently decorates her signature to look like a little animal, adding two diagonal lines pointing outwards on top of the “S” and the first “e,” respectively, and a pair of teeth attached below the top of the “y.” To finish it all, three small vertical dashes are drawn side by side at the top of the heart/tail.
Seoyeon’s signature is the one that varies the most. Although this is how she usually signs it, it may look completely different depending on multiple factors. These incongruences will be covered in the next section of this guide.
Chaeyoung’s signature is simple and completed in a single movement from start to finish. Writing tilted to the right, as in italic, she begins with a “C” followed by a “y” with a long descender. The tail of the “y” ends at the bottom left, and is then brought up and wrapped around itself.
Continuing right, she makes a wavy line that represents the letters that follow the “y” in her name, “oung.” With time, the signature changed shape, making this representation less clear.
Finishing her signature, Chaeyoung brings the pen back to the left, tracing a line at the top of the wavy one she previously did. Her last move is a darting stroke to the right, often finished with a tiny heart.
Mixing both Hangul and the Roman alphabet, Nagyung starts her signature by writing a closed “ㄴ” (N) that forms an acute angle. A small dip comes right after, representing an “ㅏ” (a) and completing the first syllable of her name.
Switching the alphabet, she continues with her pen to the right, moving upwards and making a loop before going down, left, and back to the right, creating a “g.”
As she progresses right, three little bumps are drawn representing the “yun,” the first of them dropping lower than the other two. Identical to the first one, another “g” is inked to finalize her name.
Nagyung often decorates the base of the “ㄴ,” putting two eyes on top and two pointy teeth at the bottom.
Also starting with an acute angle, Jiheon makes a diagonal line downwards followed by a wide arch to the right that ends with a big knot at the bottom.
On top of the left part of the arch, she then makes a detailed face with a pair of oval glasses connected at the top, two arched eyes, straight eyebrows, and a happy mouth — cute like our maknae!
She closes the right side of the face by adding a big slash that starts bottom to top and ends by dipping down and wiggling to the right, where she often adds a heart (also tilted right). This heart is detached from the rest of her signature.
Jiheon’s signature evolved from a version that had a huge “H” (derived from “heon”) at the start of it, also present in her current one. Another interpretation is that her signature writes “헌” (heon). The first movement would be a stretched “ㅎ,” while the intersection to the right of the face would represent the “ㅓ” and the “ㄴ.”