Yesterday, El-P posted a picture to Instagram that explained the origin of those creepy-but-cool disembodied mummified hands that make up the Run the Jewels logo. Specifically, this was a photo taken of an email (below) sent to artist Nick Gazin explaining two possible gestures for the logo: "hand robbing the chain hand" and "hand coming from behind or the side and snatching the chain."

"found this gem today randomly," wrote El-P on Instagram. "the original email I sent the ever talented @nickgazin explaining the hands before he made them beautiful. 2013."

Gazin also adopted his logo for the Meow the Jewels project, with cat claws and a cat collar replacing human hands and a chain.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly last month, Gazin talked more in depth about the creation of the logo (which originally was supposed to be El-P and Killer Mike "together in a fighting stance," but El-P was having none of it):

"They're kind of these blue demonic hands and there's something either frightening or friendly about them. I see them as being this kind of 'haunted house' aesthetic, not necessarily satanic... The blood stains almost imply a horror movie, but I see it as the hands have survived things. I think it makes sense considering the year we’ve had. The whole image is about coming back after having been beaten down."

Earlier this month, Run the Jewels took over the BBC for a mini-documentary on protests.