Traditionally tairyo bata were used in Japan to make ship-to-shore announcements of a big catch. Today tairyo bata are still hand painted, one-of-a-kind flags but they are more commonly used to decorate fishing vessels on their maiden voyages or on other celebratory events such as the new year. The text on this flag includes the name of the boat and is written in the large white kanji. It may be loosely translated as, "Great Longevity."
This tairyo bata was purchased by the artist at a flea market in Chicago in 2015. The hand-quilting process was executed by the artist alone. It was completed in 2018.