Published Jan 19, 2021Korn's band logo — you know, with that signature backwards "R" — while iconic in its own right, is admittedly pretty goddamn ugly. And it seems now there's an explanation for why it looks so funky.
In a new video for Revolver, frontman Jonathan Davis shared the story of the band's early days, including how their logo came about in only a matter of seconds thanks to his janky left-hand penmanship and a crayon.
"It was really quick," Davis explained. "The Korn logo came about when we were trying to come up with a band name and our manager at the time, Larry, we told him we were gonna call it Korn. And he was like, 'You can't name your band Korn.'"
He continued: "So we told him, 'Well, we're gonna name it Larry then.'"
In the toss-up between the two names, the band, of course, settled on Korn, "spooky" backwards "R" and all, and they set out on branding themselves formally. In booking their first shows, they realized they needed a logo, and that's when Davis got to work.
"I grabbed a crayon and a piece of paper and I wrote 'Korn' with my left hand — like a child would write it. And that became the logo, [written] on a piece of envelope paper," Davis explained. "And then we burned it into a screen printer and we started printing stickers and we smacked 'em everywhere."
And the rest was — as they say — history.
Watch the clip below.