The History of the Heartagram

By David H. Ver Eecke

The heartagram is a logo for the Finnish band HIM. The symbol is comparable to the meaning of balance in the ying yang symbol. In HIM's music, this same balance can be heard between love songs and heavy metal music.

History

Ville Valo (lead singer of HIM)

The heartagram was originally created in 1996 by Ville Valo as the symbol for HIM. The band is self titled as a "love metal" band in which they use heavy metal guitar and base lines to create love songs.

Identification

Heartagram

The symbol looks like an upside-down five pointed star that has two rounded points of the star on top. A circle around this is common but can be left out.

Significance

The symbol is a combination of a heart and a pentagram. This pairing represents the close connection of love (the heart) and hate or fear (the pentagram), which is portrayed in HIM's music.

Misconceptions

Ville Valo (left) and Bam Margera (right)

Although many people have seen the symbol on Bam Margera's show "Viva la Bam," the symbol is not directly related to him. Bam wears and uses the symbol on the show to promote and display his love for the band.

Speculation

The symbol is not associated with the anarchy symbol, the Wiccan faith or any satanic religious groups. It is simply a logo produced by the band HIM.

About the Author

David H. VerEecke began writing professionally in 2008 and focuses on health and fitness topics. He has been published in Respondez!, the University of Tampa's nonfiction journal, and sits on the editorial board for the book currently. He has a B.S. in finance from the University of Tampa.