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Hand position

lee_44106

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It's the "Don't fuck with me" sign
 

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It's a mafia thing. He motioning like he's reaching for a gun. Like a silent threat.
 

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He's just tweaking his third nipple. Most dignitaries who had portraits painted of themselves had third nipples.
 

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Some say that it was just a fad that started with Napoleon, but I think it predates him. I think it was considered a stately pose--perhaps the "shocker" of its day? (Or artists didn't know how to paint hands.)
This article probably explains it all in excruciating detail:
"Re-Dressing Classical Statuary: The Eighteenth-Century 'Hand-in-Waistcoat' Portrait." by Arline Miller. Art Bulletin (College Art Association of America), Vol. 77, No.2, March 1995, p.45-64.
 

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Its the secret "Please rub my belly sign" know to tin pot tyrants and garden variety despots the world over.
 

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Haven't you seen that Garmin GPS commercial? It's where he hid his little portable GPS.
 

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Originally Posted by kwilkinson
Haven't you seen that Garmin GPS commercial? It's where he hid his little portable GPS.

Haha, beat me to it.
 

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It gives them something stately to do with their hands.
 

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Yeah, I learned from a few different people that it was too hard to paint hands so they just stuck them inside their shirts.
 

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