Icons and Symbols that Define Geek Pride

Geek Pride Day or Orgullo Friki, as we call it in Spanish, is celebrated every year on May 25th. The origins of this day go back to the years between 1998 – 2000. Tim McEachern was the first to organize two Geek Pride Festivals in New York, although at first, they weren’t celebrated on May 25th – that date was chosen later.

The first geek celebration in Spain was in 2006, when blogger Germán Martínez (Señor Buebo) organized an event in Madrid on May 25th. The participants built a giant Pac-Man in the Plaza Callao. It was then that the media began to show interest in Orgullo Friki and Geek Pride.

May 25th, 2008 was the first time Geek Pride Day was celebrated in the United States. Since that day, every May 25th, geeks and frikis celebrate their passions, interests and projects. Every year, virtual and in-person parties and events are organized. 

The graphic materials, invitations and social media content used to organize and publicize the events need geek symbolism and iconography. So, what does geek pride look like? Well, to understand it, we need to dig a little deeper into the history behind the day.

Why is it celebrated on May 25th?

There are several theories as to why Geek Pride is celebrated on May 25th. For starters, the first Star Wars film was released on May 25th, 1977. Interestingly, several Star Wars releases were also on May 25th in other years, between ’77 and today. 

Another story behind May 25th is Towel Day, a reference to the cult film The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. And finally, it is also a nod to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld saga of novels and the Glorious 25th of May.

What does it mean to be a geek?

To be a geek, you simply have to have a passion and a desire to celebrate and show it very often. In the beginning, geeks were people interested in technology, and that’s where Geek Pride came from. Before that, the word geek was used as an insult or to mock people interested in programming, video games, and technology in general.

Today, geeks are proud of their passions and interests. In fact, you could say that it’s the geeks and frikis who have the upper hand in the business world. They are the ones who create tech startups, and they run businesses based on their passions and creations. Geeks have a lot to be proud of!

How do you know if you’re a geek in 2022?

You just need to have one major passion that you know a huge amount about, but simply can’t get enough of. There are other types of geeks who are interested in many things at once. 

What they have in common is a passion for knowing, understanding, learning and creating. If you are a geek, congratulations! You are among the best.

Geek interests and their symbolism

Since geek pride has a long backstory, its symbolism is varied. Each geek will choose the symbols that best represent his or her passion, and geek icons are visualizations of this symbolism.

 The best-known areas of geeky interest include:

  • Technology
  • Star Wars
  • Video games

But there are many more types of geek symbolism, as you will see below.

Programming, technology and video games

For those who celebrate geek pride by being passionate about technology, the symbolism is based on computers, programming languages and other images around this topic. And to play on the stereotyping, there are also icons of people with glasses, a classic representation of a brainy person.

For video game geeks, there are icons in the form of PlayStation controllers and important characters from video games such as Zelda and Mario from Mario Bros.

Sci-fi, fantasy and superhero movies

The most iconic films for geek pride are Star Wars and The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. The associated symbolism is usually Stormtroopers or Darth Vader helmets, laser swords, or images of Yoda. Fans of the Towel Day version wear towels around their necks.

Similarly, superhero movies are important in the geek world and the symbolism is varied and colorful. Superhero icons are fun and always recognizable.

Japanese anime, comics, illustrated novels, fantasy literature sagas

Geeks love anime, comics, illustrated novels and fantasy sagas. Not only do they know all the stories and characters, but they also dress up as their favorite characters (commonly called cosplay).

Cosplay symbolism and literature-inspired art are a big part of Geek Pride Day. There are even iconic icons of famous characters, such as hobbits and iconic anime faces with big eyes.

Role-playing

Other geek pride symbols and icons include special characters and dice from the most famous role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons.

Celebrate Geek Pride Day with Flaticon icons

Looking for geek pride-inspired icons for your designs? Flaticon has everything you need to make your geek pride invitation graphics and posters fun and attractive.

At Flaticon, you’ll find geeky icons in various themes and styles to celebrate the day with your colleagues and friends. There are full color, black-and-white and detailed collections. Use them in fun ways, such as in stickers, access cards and merchandise for your event.

Let’s celebrate Geek Pride Day together! It’s going to be fun.