“The Artist” (TAFKAP)

This ostentatious symbol served as a name for the musician Prince (Prince Rogers Nelson) for more than five years after a publishing dispute with his recording company (Warner Brothers) left him unable to use the “Prince” moniker- which happened to be his given name. Adapted from the alchemical symbol for soapstone (by the addition of a circle) as illustrated in a Dover Clip Art Book, the symbol was most likely chosen for its resemblance to the planetary symbols of Mars and Venus, making it a particularly fitting symbol for the androgynous artist.

The glyph was unpronounceable and caused much consternation in popular media, who took to referring to him as “The Artist formerly known as Prince,” a mouthful eventually shortened to the acronym “TAFKAP.”

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October 9, 2009 at 11:23 am
R.I.P. PRINCE ~ WE LOVE YOU! WE’LL MISS YOU!! ~:~:~:~ The gift of Purple Rain from Prince ~:~:~:~ and more…… |
April 23, 2016 at 3:12 pm


beal November 25, 2016 at 12:45 pm

The Love Sign is a symbol representing the life cycle of a mushroom
It starts with a bowl/ apple like. To grow up.
It’s left curl needs to be mirrored.
It reaches the adult fase of sporulating by the bottom line of the right
To curl up. In its last fase as the holy grail. its the right upper line.
eve’s shroom
its opposite atoms shroom
both purple of reign

The purple banana is the small ergot

Edwina Moss April 21, 2016 at 7:18 pm

Rest in peace Prince!

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