My heavy-metal-loving customers have been asking me to add a “sign of the horns” stud to my emoji and emoji-inspired earring collection for a while now. The gesture became associated with metal because it was the late vocalist Ronnie James Dio’s signature move when he was in Black Sabbath. (Read what he had to say about the meaning of the gesture in the last paragraph of this 2001 interview.)
The earring was pretty high up on my to-do list, anyway, but it vaulted to the No. 1 spot when a helpful hand model came along. All it took was one look at this promotional photo for Eminem’s new Marshall Mathers LP 2 album for me to say, “NOW!”
So here’s November’s Jewel of the Month in silver …
… and here’s the gold version.
These are a mix of satin and high polish finish to bring out the definition of the fingers.
I’ve used Eminem as a hand model before … for my middle finger emoji-style earring, of course. Eminem is to bird-flipping as Ronnie James is to horns.
I based my design on Em’s hand because I like the way he keeps his thumb out. I tuck my thumb in when I flip people off. I’m always looking for the odd little detail that can add some flair to a design.
He’s consistent with the thumb placement.
I still really want the emoji people to add my middle finger style to their list of options.
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (aka MMLP2) is officially out today, though it leaked on Wednesday, Oct. 30. If I were a recording artist, I’d be so mad if my stuff got out before I wanted it to. Fuck a middle finger emoji … I’d be tweeting you with this one.
Hmmm … will that join my collection? On the one hand, I’m in favor of gun control. On the other hand, an earring has never shot anyone to the best of my knowledge. You’ll have to wait and see.