In this article, we are going to cover the Slipknot logo. A staple of nu metal, the Slipknot emblem has been featured on countless articles of clothing and PC wallpapers.
Of course, we can’t really talk about just one of the band’s sigils. We are going to go into all logos associated with Slipknot. So, get ready to find out about how the Slipknot logos came to be, what they stand for, and how well they manage to do the band justice.
Changes and Evolution
Since Slipknot has been a very well-established band since their first album in 1999, they didn’t have any reason to change their logo. However, back in 2014, the band has released a new version of the classic nonagram. The Nonagram, arguably Slipknot’s most stand-out logo, is the band’s nine-pointed star.
While Slipknot logo can be interpreted as either the stylized S or the nonagram, the latter is the most interesting. The 2014 version of the Slipknot nine-pointed star was more streamlined, but also more demanding of respect. Despite being made more discreet and minimalistic, the new star has a certain dangerous dignity to it.
One of the reasons behind the new Slipknot logo design was publicity. Since the band hadn’t really been all that active since 2008, they needed an eye-drawer for the 2014 album launch. And changing the adored Slipknot symbols was the perfect publicity stunt to get the public eye.
Changing the font used in the band’s name or the stylized S could have also worked. However, it wouldn’t have worked as good as the Nonagram. The star Slipknot logo is a personal symbol of unity. Changing it also announced a new era for the band and its fans.
Slipknot Logo Design Elements
The Slipknot logo is made up of several elements. The most distinctive is the nine-pointed star, along with the distinctive Slipknot font and the tribal S. The Slipknot font appears quite often without the nonagram. However, technically, both elements make up the Slipknot logo. In the following section, we’ll be looking at the Slipknot logo elements, font and color.
Technically, the Slipknot logo most representative of the band is the Nonagram. It was created by the band before their first album, and it stands for unity. The nine points of the nonagram stand for the nine members of the band. Each point represents a band member. It is very important, even defining, for the band and all its members.
The Nonagram is composed of three equilateral triangles. Each of them is rotated – one to zero degrees, the other one to forty, and the other one to eighty degrees.
Many believe that the nine-pointed Slipknot logo is a satanic symbol. This is owed to several factors pertaining to the band’s perceived image. Instead of standing for something evil, perverted, or unclean, the Slipknot symbol stands for unity, friendship, loyalty, and remembrance.
The simple tribal S sometimes appears in place of the entire logo, since it is much easier to integrate with more complicated design elements.
The three colors most prominently featured in the Slipknot logo are red, black, and white. Aside from the fact that each of the colors is meant to stand for something else, the color scheme was also chosen because the colors work well together. Red and black are always a good choice, as are black and white. So, let’s see what the colors of the Slipknot logo are all about.
Frequently associated with blood and fire, red is the color of intensity, energy, determination, and passion. Bands and sports teams often choose it because of the color’s ability to raise metabolism, blood pressure, and respiration rates. In this case, red is used even better thanks to mixing it with black.
Finally, the last element of the Slipknot logo is the name of the band. Usually, we wouldn’t spend too much time on the name, but the Slipknot title is a work of graphic design on its own. The Slipknot font is a very rugged, messy conglomeration of letters. It is meant to be in tune with the band’s image.
Having a somewhat barb-wiry feel to it, the font helps promote the perceived dark and hell-born nature of the band. The font can be very easily applied to merchandise and all sorts of promotional materials. It is also one which would appeal to the public, as it has a certain inspiring, yet somewhat taboo look.
Inspiration and Trivia
As mentioned before, the inspiration for the nonagram Slipknot logo comes from the band’s nine members. Each of the nine points of the star represents a specific member of the band. And for a long time, the identities of the nine members eluded the public eye. This greatly helped promote the band, as the mystery haunted their fans for years.
Eventually, after the band became famous enough, the members had to come out themselves before overzealous fans unmasked them. While this move gave way to a new era for Slipknot, some of the mysticism was lost along the way. And people starting to refer to the band members by name rather than by number.
Belonging to one of the most beloved nu-metal bands in history, there is more to the Slipknot logo than meets the eye. And that’s only natural, seeing as the band and the symbol came to be because of friendship, ambition, and wanting to have some fun. For similar logo histories, check out the Marvel logo, the DC logo, and the Harley Davidson logo.