Found on the internet when I searched “symbolism of BDSM symbol”:
The emblem emerged in the 1990s from the discussion arenas of America Online and Usenet, and is gaining some currency, particularly in the mixed online community.
The design is by Steve Quagmyr, who explains: ‘We wanted something that BDSM’ers could wear discreetly to recognize each other, but which would look like nothing more than an interesting pin to outsiders.
The three divisions represent the various threesomes of BDSM, The resemblance to a sort of three-part version of the Yin & Yang symbol struck us as a plus; it is also a variation on the Chaos Wheel.’ The tripartite design can be interpreted as the division and mutual interdependence of BD, DS and SM; Safe, Sane and Consensual; and Tops, Bottoms and Switches.
The BDSM emblem has no “obvious” symbolism because it was created to be enigmatic. To the vanilla observer who would be put off by BDSM, it is merely an attractive piece of jewelry.
Thus, we can wear it freely as a friendly salute, nod, and wink to other BDSM’ers we should happen to pass on the sidewalks and in the hallways of our daily lives.
To the insider, however, the emblem is full of meaning. The three divisions represent the various threesomes of BDSM.
The three divisions of BDSM itself are… B&D, D&S, and S&M.
The three-way creed of BDSM behavior are Safe, Sane, and Consensual.
The three divisions of our community: Tops, Bottoms, and Switches.
We wanted something that would be symbol of our committed D/s relationship. On 6 March 2011 I had this tattooed on my right thigh:
The tattoo is more than just a tattoo. This is what the three divisions in the symbol mean to me: It is symbol of my LOVE for and SUBMISSION to my Husband and the COMMITMENT to our relationship.
I am proud to wear His Mark.
© Rebel’s Notes