There is no hand sign in sports more iconic than the longhorn hand sign. Nay! The hand sign transcends sport. There is no hand sign anywhere in the world more famous than the longhorns.
Hand Horns are merely the fulfillment of their own destiny. Why no one had yet made horns you wear on your fingers the world may never know. But take heart--the wait is over.
When we had the idea, we did what anyone would do – we looked online to buy a set for ourselves. Honestly, we were puzzled when we didn't find them. We kept looking, and we kept not finding them. We even had a lawyer look for us, to see if anyone had done anything, any time, anywhere that was even similar. The picture below is the closest they found. It's a finger sock. The closest thing to Hand Horns is a finger sock. And so it began.
Faced with what seemed as much a responsibility as an opportunity, we set out to design the perfect pair of hand-worn bovine horns. The process took us through multiple iterations of materials and shapes.
We needed to create something that satisfied competing objectives. We wanted the horns to have a natural and fluid shape, but still be a lot of fun to wear. They needed to be big enough to be seen from a distance at a game, but small enough to carry in your pocket or purse.
Hand Horns combine the best elements of the Longhorn sports enthusiast experience into a sleek, simple, portable cheering implement. They are made of a highly resilient self-skinned foam material. Each has a one-size-fits-all finger hole, and the horns are connected by a soft fabric strap embedded directly into the horn.
They are handsome, fun, comfortable, and interactive. In short, they are everything you've ever wanted in a set of horns you wear on your fingers.
The Rack Plaque
That southwest style is all the rage. Even a small set of mounted horns costs around $75 though, and you can't wear those horns on your fingers. When you are finished cheering with your Hand Horns, you can hang them on your hand-made Hand Horns Rack Plaque.
Each Rack Plaque is hand made in Austin, Texas from hand-stained wood and faux cowhide (no animals were harmed in the making of this product). It is then branded with the Hand Horns logo, unless you back Hand Horns at the Custom Cowboy level or higher, in which case you can design your own custom brand.
Who We Are
Hand Horns is made up of four friends: Eric Marfin, Lauren (soon-to-be-Marfin) Owens, Greer Tedford, and Drew Tedford. Eric and Lauren are proud Longhorn alumni. Greer and Drew are Austin residents who did not have the distinct pleasure of attending The University of Texas, but have been lifelong Longhorn fans just the same.
Greer is the only formally trained artist of the bunch. Eric, Lauren, and Drew all work in public interest by day, and moonlight as musicians/designers/entrepreneurs by night.
Our goal of $4,700 is the cost of the aluminum mold we need to produce Hand Horns. This mold will be used to manufacture the first several thousand units.
The horns themselves will be sourced and produced in China. The factory we are working with is in the coastal city of Wenzhou and adheres to all labor condition laws. It's run by a nice fellow named Denny Wong. They have been in business a long time, and we have it on good authority that we can trust them to do a good, honest job.
As we mentioned earlier, the Rack Plaques are hand made in Austin, Texas by your esteemed designers themselves. Hand Horns are patent pending.
We are just one step away. With your help, we can raise the money we need to produce the mold and grab the proverbial bull by the horns.
Risks and challenges
To be clear, this design is not yet licensed by the university. UT only licenses finished, ready-for-market products, and we need to meet our goal to get that finished product. We are prepared to complete the licensing process, paperwork, and payments once we have a finished product.
We have every reason to believe the university will license us its trademarks, and no reason to believe they will not. That having been said, UT ultimately has the power to decide. We cannot guarantee that Hand Horns will be produced and shipped with the Longhorn logo. In the event that the university declines to license its trademarks, you will still get your Hand Horns, but the strap will have the Hand Horns logo rather than the Longhorn silhouette we all know and love.
Either way, you will have Hand Horns. And for that, your life will never be the same.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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