What Is the Meaning of the Heartagram?
What Is the Meaning of the Heartagram?

The heartagram is a symbol that combines a heart and a pentagram. It can be seen almost anywhere, from car bumper stickers to tattoos. This seemingly contradictory symbol was created to represent the Finnish band HIM.

Creator

Ville Valo created the heartagram; he is the lead singer of the Finnish band HIM. The heartagram stands as the visual symbol for the band.

Significance

Valo created the heartagram to be a sort of yin-yang symbol; the pentagram portion of the symbol stands for evil or darkness, while the heart portion stands for goodness and light, according to the Urban Dictionary.

Uses

While the heartagram graces the covers of the HIM albums, it is also often a popular choice for tattoo designs among HIM fans. According to the Urban Dictionary, Bam Margera, of MTV's "Viva La Bam," often displays the heartagram to show his love for the band, too.

Correlation to Music

HIM fan displays her love of the band.
HIM fan displays her love of the band.

The thematic significance of the heartagram is often present in HIM's lyrics as well. With album titles like "Dark Light" and "Razorblade Romance," Valo and the other members of HIM display their interest in contrasting ideas.

Misconceptions

Due to the pentagram portion of the symbol, some perceive it to be satanic in nature. However, the heartagram is simply meant to represent dueling concepts of love and hate, not specifically Satan. It is not intended as a symbol of satanic worship.