Gene Simmons Files Trademark Application For Famous Rock Hand Gesture

June 14, 2017

You've seen it at every rock show you've ever been to: the classic "devil horns" hand sign made popular by Ronnie James Dio. Meanwhile Gene Simmons of KISS frequently uses a modified version in which his thumb is extended outward. Now it is being reported that Simmons has filed an application to trademark the hand gesture. Don't believe us? You can see Simmons' application with the trademark office here.

Although Simmons hopes to lay claim to the hand signal, holding up your pinky, index finger and thumb is also known for the sign language gesture for "I love you." The very same hand signal was also reportedly invented by Siddhartha, the founder of Buudhism in the 5th century BC, calling it "karana mudra", which is the sign to show after demons are expelled. In some Meditteranean cultures, the "devil horns" gesture is made to a man to suggest that his wife is being unfaithful.

John Lennon from the Beatles can also be seen giving the hand gesture on the album cover for Yellow Submarine.

(source: Hollywood Reporter)