Geek Gang Signs

by Joey deVilla on May 29, 2008

Looking at a “Gang Signs” chart, I asked myself “Why should gangstas have all the fun?” The end result: the “Geek Signs” chart, pictured below. Enjoy!

Geek Gang Signs
Click the image to see the original version.

[This was also posted on Global Nerdy.]

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Joey deVilla May 29, 2008 at 11:21 am

D’oh! “Blub ” was coined by Paul Graham, not Reg “Raganwald” Braithwaite.

Maybe I’ll post a corrected image later today…

Melanie May 29, 2008 at 1:25 pm

Wut? No Turbo Pascal? 😉

Chris May 30, 2008 at 5:49 am

neat, love it, very funny

chris @

robert May 30, 2008 at 12:40 pm

missing “vi” => thumb holding ring finger of right hand. don’t ask me about emacs … but i’m sure their fingers are flexible enough to spell it out. ;^)

Vincent Gable May 30, 2008 at 9:13 pm
jen May 30, 2008 at 9:20 pm

let’s not forget the IA (Information Architects) gang sign:

Jorge May 31, 2008 at 3:41 am

Simpson people only have 4 fingers, and the drummer from Def Leopard only had one arm.

Justin Hernandez May 31, 2008 at 3:56 am

HAHA! Pretty cool. It’s nice to see that you gave Leah a shout out – or hand out. 😉

eHobayyeb May 31, 2008 at 5:09 am

What about PHP?

jezra May 31, 2008 at 5:42 am

Windows Vista? Visual Studio? Did MS pay you for that crappy attempt at viral marketing? Turn in your geek card due to epic fail.

John Thomas May 31, 2008 at 6:42 am

LOL, I just love Nerds. they are SO kewl!


TV SPY May 31, 2008 at 6:59 am

cool, lol. C++ was the best.

spidro May 31, 2008 at 7:34 am

woot where is c#?

Apollyon May 31, 2008 at 7:42 am

Here is Stephen Colbert doing the Windows Vista sign:

Robert May 31, 2008 at 9:23 am

Funny – why no WordPress or PHP? =)

Reiki May 31, 2008 at 9:25 am

Cool, what would be the geek symbol for LOL?

Joey deVilla May 31, 2008 at 9:25 am

@jezra: Nope, MS didn’t pay me, and hey, only 3 out of 16 of the signs are Microsoft-related. The only thing that the chart virally markets is me as a humourist.

Joey deVilla May 31, 2008 at 9:29 am

@Robert: Considering that Wordpress and PHP currently pay my bills, I’d like to have seen those signs, but there wasn’t a sign that looked like the letters “WP” or “PHP”.

I’m not even sure how you’d make a “PHP” sign, but I’m sure there’s a way to be clever about it, the way the Bloods made their “blood” gang sign.

Robert May 31, 2008 at 10:29 am

Man oh Man… Windows Vista should’ve been flipping the bird.

Gianni Chiappetta May 31, 2008 at 10:41 am

Hey I think someone tried to unsuccessfully rip off your post ->

Kim May 31, 2008 at 11:13 am

What about the right hand rule? (has to do with generators, flux, etc.)

chitta May 31, 2008 at 11:16 am

Where’s the sign for Linux?……

chris May 31, 2008 at 12:02 pm

I think the Blender logo is a better fit for the last than Quake Engine. And it’s certainly talked about more.

( )

Bill Gates May 31, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Epic fail.

sorry, better luck next time

subcorpus May 31, 2008 at 1:10 pm

whre is OS X … ??? 😛

asd May 31, 2008 at 1:13 pm

Only for TurboNerd!

Gneekman May 31, 2008 at 2:03 pm

Also missing:
The Right-Hand Rule (aka the official gang sign of the math & science center that provided my most valuable high school education)

Sly May 31, 2008 at 6:55 pm

#4 Robert: Your vi sign is too close to another, more scandalous one.

Malcolm X June 1, 2008 at 3:48 pm

yo! why you got to use the black man for gangs.. there are white gangbangers too!

Joey deVilla June 1, 2008 at 4:52 pm

@Malcolm X: I used a black geek because the original graphic had a black gangsta. If I’d used a white geek, someone else would’ve complained to me that I was erasing a black man’s identity by replacing him with a white one.

(That’s why, when it comes to these “you can’t win” race-political games, my reply is invariably “Homey don’t play dat.”)

seo June 1, 2008 at 7:30 pm

he he he lol @ rails

adam June 1, 2008 at 11:35 pm

what about ctrl-alt-delete
right hand- all fingers straight but the pointer and thumb making a (C)
left hand- all fingers straight but the pointer and thumb making a circle (D)
both- touch the tip of both middle fingers to make an upside down “v” (A)

Robert June 2, 2008 at 10:19 am

the “blub” sign IS an actual gang sign for the Bloods and the same goes for the “Windows(old school)” and the “Quake engine”. The blub is blood, windows is westside, and quake engine is CK or Crip killer. Just thought I’d let you know…wouldn’t want techies getting messed up or killed over it.

A true geek June 4, 2008 at 6:21 pm

It seems to me that geek gang signs are completely pointless. It seems that it is merely a symbol of geekiness, and it would be a better use of time than learning these to learn the aspects of true geekdom.

Jonh June 5, 2008 at 9:29 am

I can’t believe u forgot to put the java sign… soo easy

Mark Gilbert August 2, 2008 at 1:49 am

I definitely interested reading more from this/es author/s. What I read I enjoyed. I’d like to read more. I’d like a subscription.

La Flakita October 21, 2008 at 9:27 pm

i luv does signs so dont mess w/us

David July 27, 2009 at 4:20 am

funny, when will you try it out? how about java and python? i thank Windows 7 is easy

Babz February 8, 2010 at 11:46 am


Ondra June 23, 2010 at 11:06 am

@chris #23 ( I think the Apple sign is better for Blender.

=adolphsson August 23, 2010 at 12:34 am
TINA September 17, 2010 at 8:56 am

I love they are so cool to chill wit n thats my favorite color

Glen November 13, 2015 at 5:11 pm

I seen one for Ctrl-Alt-Del before. They was like “Get bck b4 I Ctrl-Alt-Del yo’ ass”

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