The gesture looks similar to the one you do when you’re checking your pulse, however, there’s nothing medical about it. Still, people are sort of baffled by it.
What does it mean to put two fingers on your arm on TikTok?
The meaning of the gesture has changed over time. It was first popularized by former Lakers player DeAngelo Russell, who did the pose in celebration after scoring.
It meant “ice in my veins,” which is a play on cold-blooded, or “ruthlessly competitive and skilled at the game of basketball,” according to TikTok historian @kahlilgreene.
The trend is often set to the song “Hayloft” by Mother Mother — specifically the “it started with a hayloft uh it started with a hey,” part.
Here are some examples of the trend:
“I don’t understand that trend of pointing to your elbow, someone please tell me what it means,” a user commented.
“Maybe you’ll be the one to bring that trend back,” another said.
Zena Shurrab used the trend to make fun of herself. After saying she walked around with a “god complex” all day, she pointed to her arm. The caption read: “my inferiority complex.”
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