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How to properly "Rock On"

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Best known in the United States for its connection in the Rock and Metal scene, it can be called by a variety of terms: devil sign, devil horns, goat horns, metal horns, metal sign, throwing the goat, evil fingers, Pommesgabel (Pommes = fries, Gabel = fork), mano cornuto, peka evil, the horns, also "Rock Fist" or more simply the "Rock On" sign. This guide is to teach you the right way to "Rock On" without looking like a
 
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Step 1: Not to be confused with...

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This is a gesture with a vulgar meaning in Mediterranean countries and a variety of meanings and uses in other cultures. Noteworthy for those traveling outside of the Americas.

The "Rock On"sign is not to be confused with the sign for "I love you" in American Sign Language, which is made by also extending the thumb, or the shaka sign used in Hawaii, which is made by extending just the thumb and little finger.

Note the picture of the female who is attempting to show how much she "loves something" with not one, but two hands. Obviously all of her love could not contain her tongue. I suppose that heart on her chest is most appropriate.

Step 2: Learn it

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Simply put the "Rock On" is realized by extending the index and little finger (pinky) while holding the middle and ring fingers down with the thumb. Please note the examples by President Bush and his daughter. Both properly rock the sign. (please attempt to contain your banter)

If you are one who believes Bush isn't rocking like a rocker please compare his flawless technique to that of its alleged creator Ronnie James Dio, who is also pictured below.
arhodes186 years ago
I just watched a metallica concert last night and I had to toss this up a few times. lol
dude they put on a killer concert dont they, i seen 'em Nov 18, '08
freak ya they do! one of the sickest bands to see live by far!
definitely, dude what was awesome was that it just happened to be Kirk Hammetts birthday, and at the end they were playin Seek and Destroy, and they were like silly stringin him and throwin pies at him, they actually had to bring him a rag to clean his strings out to continue to solo lol
hahaha dude that is SICK I wish something like that woulda happened at the concert i went to.
yea man i couldnt believe we were lucky enough to go to that. There were these people who had a sign that said "Happy B-day Kirk", and i was thinkin they were just screwin around. then it as it turned out it really was his birthday lol
harley_rly4 years ago
R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio
 You split an infinitive! Tisk Tisk!
DIO F**KIN' ROCKS
his best song has to be:
RAINBOW IN THE DARK
anvilx5 years ago
One issue I must point out is that Jenna's "rock on" is more likely a UT Hook Em' horns, especially since she went to school their. Additionally Bush's may be the same, since he was the Governor of Texas, but that's not certain.
philipster6 years ago
do you know this started from people saying that was the devil stare when you point you big and pinky finger at people like 70 years ago then a singer used it for the sign rock on watch Metal: a Head bangers journey and you will see it
that would be Dio...
hammer98765 years ago
Gosh. All this time I thought this was "Hook 'em Horns" as in the slogan and hand signal of The University of Texas.
Ahh, this is good. There is nothing more disheartening than being at an Ozzy concert and seeing a bajillion so-called rock fans make the "I love you" sign.
i agree and people never believe it means i love u.
I have to quibble that it is absolutely impossible to properly rock on while wearing cufflinks and tie.
yess!
Metal4God6 years ago
whats next an instructable on 'How To Head Bang"
fireFEIND676 years ago
ya gotta swing ur head so tht hair flaps (:3=
Daykun7 years ago
Dio & Simmons didn't invent it, Spiderman definitely did *gg* The double-corna roxx!!! \mm/
It would be nice if you would write about where it came from. I believe it was how a certain guitarist held his pick. I forget who though.
tehsuxs (author)  BurningApple7 years ago
you mean Ronnie James Dio....read on....read on
lol sorry.
im inspired to write an instructable on dane cooks super finger
The one by Bush is close, but not exactly as Dio does it, cuz, u know, adapted it to metal.the thumb is off a little
tehsuxs (author)  AngelofDeath7 years ago
i think your kinda of missing the point with that thumb out...maybe
no, i dont mean out, i mean the thumb goes up to the top of the bend in your ring finger
tehsuxs (author)  AngelofDeath7 years ago
The Bush's form flawless. Don't be hatin'
haha, i just realized your the guy who replied to my comment on the rock on pic by that other lozer..lol, peace \m/
Aeshir7 years ago
We be 1337in', yo.
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ve2vfd7 years ago
Hey it's the Floppie the Banjo Clown hand puppet!

http://www.howtobeamegastar.com/floppie/

:)
Aeshir7 years ago
Thanks for that. I wasn't sure whether to put out your thumb or not. Unless of course, you mean it as a double sign, as in \m/ (rock sign) + \m/_ (I love you sign) = \m/_ (I love you rock) xD

\m/ LONG LIVE THE D! \m/
tehsuxs (author)  Aeshir7 years ago
uh oh the doubel rock sign...you've inspired another step.