John Hancock, former president of United States Congress, has arguably one of the most famous signatures around. As the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, he led the charge for what was considered treason against the king. Popular history writes that he wrote his name in such large letters so that "The fat old king could read it without his spectacles." Because of his bravery, hand lettering signatures are now often referred to as a ‘John Hancock.’

Bored Panda has compiled a list of other famous peoples ‘Hancocks,’ and some of these artists' signatures are so extravagant they knock the congressman down a few spots. Some popular celebrities even scrawled a cartoon image by their name, and I’m sure you can imagine what Walt Disney drew. While some of these famous names are inspired, some people need to up their game or practice their handwriting. Scroll down below to see some of the best and worst autographs, and perhaps you will be motivated to work on your own penmanship. Never know when you could get famous, right? Don’t forget to upvote the most beautiful signatures!

#1

Vincent Price - American Actor, Well Known For His Distinctive Voice And Performances In Horror Films

Vincent Price - American Actor, Well Known For His Distinctive Voice And Performances In Horror Films

Evening Standard Report

#2

John Hancock - The First And Third Governor Of The Commonwealth Of Massachusetts

John Hancock - The First And Third Governor Of The Commonwealth Of Massachusetts

John Singleton Copley Report

#3

Walt Disney - American Entrepreneur, Animator, Voice Actor And Film Producer

Walt Disney - American Entrepreneur, Animator, Voice Actor And Film Producer

Alfred Eisenstaedt Report

희별 송
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Who else expected his signature to look like the loopy Walt Disney lettering that’s shown in Disney movies?

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#4

Elizabeth I - Queen Of England And Ireland From 1558 To 1603

Elizabeth I - Queen Of England And Ireland From 1558 To 1603

Stock Montage Report

#5

Pablo Picasso - Spanish Painter And Sculptor Best Known For Co-Founding The Cubist Movement

Pablo Picasso - Spanish Painter And Sculptor Best Known For Co-Founding The Cubist Movement

Arnold Newman Report

Seb Cebien
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Seen on every "Picasso" cars of the french Citroën brand !

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#6

Kurt Vonnegut - American Novelist, Satirist

Kurt Vonnegut - American Novelist, Satirist

Marty Reichenthal Report

Phoebe Bean
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh, how weird ... I'm reading Welcome to the Monkey House...

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#7

Mahatma Gandhi - Indian Activist Who Was The Leader Of The Indian Independence Movement Against British Rule

Mahatma Gandhi - Indian Activist Who Was The Leader Of The Indian Independence Movement Against British Rule

Dinodia Photos Report

#8

Martin Luther King - American Baptist Minister And Activist Who Became The Leader In The Civil Rights Movement

Martin Luther King - American Baptist Minister And Activist Who Became The Leader In The Civil Rights Movement

Howard Sochurek Report

#9

Marilyn Monroe - American Actress, Model And Singer

Marilyn Monroe - American Actress, Model And Singer

Alfred Eisenstaedt Report

#10

Keiji Inafune - Japanese Video Game Producer, Illustrator And Businessman, The Co-Creator Of Megaman

Keiji Inafune - Japanese Video Game Producer, Illustrator And Businessman, The Co-Creator Of Megaman

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Phoebe Bean
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder how their passports look with all these drawing-signatures...

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#11

Albrecht Dürer - A Painter, Printmaker And Theorist Of The German Renaissance

Albrecht Dürer - A Painter, Printmaker And Theorist Of The German Renaissance

PHAS Report

#12

John Lennon - English Singer, Songwriter, And Peace Activist Who Co-Founded The Beatles

John Lennon - English Singer, Songwriter, And Peace Activist Who Co-Founded The Beatles

Brian Hamill Report

#13

Keanu Reeves - Canadian Actor, Director, Producer, And Musician

Keanu Reeves - Canadian Actor, Director, Producer, And Musician

Colin McConnell Report

#14

Michael Jackson - American Singer, Songwriter, And Dancer

Michael Jackson - American Singer, Songwriter, And Dancer

Joshua Gates Weisberg-Pool Report

#15

Hugh Jackman - Australian Actor, Singer, And Producer

Hugh Jackman - Australian Actor, Singer, And Producer

Kirk McKoy Report

#16

David Bowie - English Singer-Songwriter And Actor

David Bowie - English Singer-Songwriter And Actor

Steve Schapiro Report

#17

George Washington - 1st President Of The United States

George Washington - 1st President Of The United States

Smith Collection/Gado Report

#18

Leonardo Da Vinci - Italian Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Engineer And Inventor

Leonardo Da Vinci - Italian Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Engineer And Inventor

Hulton Archive Report

#19

Bruce Lee - Actor, Film Director, Martial Artist, Martial Arts Instructor And Philosopher

Bruce Lee - Actor, Film Director, Martial Artist, Martial Arts Instructor And Philosopher

Archive Photos Report

rola
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That amazing way he sihns the chinese charater ❤️

#20

Jay Leno - American Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer, And Television Host

Jay Leno - American Comedian, Actor, Writer, Producer, And Television Host

Chris Haston Report

Phoebe Bean
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought it was Jay Leno signature plus pizza on the side...

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#21

Angelina Jolie - American Actress, Filmmaker, And Humanitarian

Angelina Jolie - American Actress, Filmmaker, And Humanitarian

Dan Kitwood Report

Lucida
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This looks like my signature when the DHL-delivery guy asks me to sign on that pocket machine they have.

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#22

Jacob Joseph Lew - An American Attorney Who Was The 76th United States Secretary Of The Treasury

Jacob Joseph Lew - An American Attorney Who Was The 76th United States Secretary Of The Treasury

Pete Marovich Report

#23

Victoria Beckham - English Businesswoman, Fashion Designer, Model, And Singer

Victoria Beckham - English Businesswoman, Fashion Designer, Model, And Singer

Peter White Report

#24

Barack Obama - The 44th President Of The United States

Barack Obama - The 44th President Of The United States

Olivier Douliery-Pool Report

#25

Amy Winehouse - English Singer And Songwriter

Amy Winehouse - English Singer And Songwriter

Peter Macdiarmid Report

#26

Thom Yorke - English Musician And Composer, And The Singer And Principal Songwriter Of The Alternative Rock Band Radiohead

Thom Yorke - English Musician And Composer, And The Singer And Principal Songwriter Of The Alternative Rock Band Radiohead

Matt Cardy Report

#27

Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook's Founder And CEO

Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook's Founder And CEO

Chesnot Report

#28

Samuel L Jackson - American Actor And Film Producer

Samuel L Jackson - American Actor And Film Producer

David Hume Kennerly Report

#29

Steven Tyler - American Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor, And Former Television Music Competition Judge. He Is Best Known As The Lead Singer Of The Boston-Based Rock Band Aerosmith

Steven Tyler - American Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor, And Former Television Music Competition Judge. He Is Best Known As The Lead Singer Of The Boston-Based Rock Band Aerosmith

PYMCA Report

#30

Tom Hanks - American Actor And Filmmaker Known For His Comedic And Dramatic Roles

Tom Hanks - American Actor And Filmmaker Known For His Comedic And Dramatic Roles

Kevork Djansezian Report

#31

Anne Hathaway - American Actress And Singer

Anne Hathaway - American Actress And Singer

Sandy Young Report

#32

Morgan Freeman - American Actor, Producer, And Narrator

Morgan Freeman - American Actor, Producer, And Narrator

Gareth Cattermole Report

#33

Prince - American Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Record Producer And Filmmaker

Prince - American Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Record Producer And Filmmaker

Richard Hartog Report

#34

Whitney Houston - American Singer, Actress, Producer, And Model

Whitney Houston - American Singer, Actress, Producer, And Model

Walter McBride Report

Phoebe Bean
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's like a smiley wearing a fascinator!

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#35

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Prolific And Influential Composer Of The Classical Era

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Prolific And Influential Composer Of The Classical Era

Imagno Report

#36

Oprah Winfrey - American Media Proprietor, Talk Show Host, Actress, Producer, And Philanthropist

Oprah Winfrey - American Media Proprietor, Talk Show Host, Actress, Producer, And Philanthropist

Theo Wargo Report

Patricia Ross
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Gosh all these negative comments might make her cry. Oh, wait, she a kabillionaire and couldn't care less about any of you haters.

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#37

Stephen Hawking - English Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist, And Author

Stephen Hawking - English Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist, And Author

Bruno Vincent Report

#38

Kurt Cobain - American Singer, Songwriter, And Musician Who Was The Lead Singer Of The Grunge Band Nirvana

Kurt Cobain - American Singer, Songwriter, And Musician Who Was The Lead Singer Of The Grunge Band Nirvana

Frank Micelotta Report

Wynand
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sunday morning is everyday for all I care

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#39

Leonard Nimoy - American Actor, Film Director, Photographer, Author, Singer And Songwriter, Best Known For His Role As Spock Of The Star Trek Franchise

Leonard Nimoy - American Actor, Film Director, Photographer, Author, Singer And Songwriter, Best Known For His Role As Spock Of The Star Trek Franchise

Steve Schapiro Report

#40

Antonio Banderas - Spanish Actor, Singer, And Producer

Antonio Banderas - Spanish Actor, Singer, And Producer

Fernando Camino Report

JadedGoth
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love his signature but it's like he and Trump shared the same pen.

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#41

Neil Patrick Harris -American Actor, Writer, Producer, Comedian, Magician, And Singer

Neil Patrick Harris -American Actor, Writer, Producer, Comedian, Magician, And Singer

Mark Veltman Report

#42

Heath Ledger - Australian Actor And Director

Heath Ledger - Australian Actor And Director

Bob Riha, Jr. Report

Cats
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So many curves in the signature :) it's very nice

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#43

Annie Lennox - Scottish Singer, Songwriter, Political Activist And Philanthropist

Annie Lennox - Scottish Singer, Songwriter, Political Activist And Philanthropist

Samir Hussein Report

Nicky OldfieldDesciple
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She is without a doubt one of the most talented, kindest, most caring people out there. She grew up from nothing. She made her way through life through hard work and talent and still one of the most humble, down to earth, real people out there. True class in every sense.

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#44

Judith Sheindlin - Professionally Known As Judge Judy, Is An American Prosecution Lawyer, Former Manhattan Family Court Judge And Television Personality

Judith Sheindlin - Professionally Known As Judge Judy, Is An American Prosecution Lawyer, Former Manhattan Family Court Judge And Television Personality

Maureen Donaldson Report

Kelly Denmade
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is exactly the signature I would have expected her to have.

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#45

Bill Gates - Founder Of Microsoft Corporation

Bill Gates - Founder Of Microsoft Corporation

Inga Kjer Report

Phoebe Bean
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I expected a more complex signature... but no, very BillGates-ish...

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#46

Jackie Chan - Hong Kong Martial Artist, Actor, Film Director, Producer, Stuntman, And Singer

Jackie Chan - Hong Kong Martial Artist, Actor, Film Director, Producer, Stuntman, And Singer

VCG Report

Rebekah
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This man is a beast... and so damn huggable. Look at his cute face!

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#47

J. K. Rowling - British Writer Best Known For The Harry Potter Fantasy Series

J. K. Rowling - British Writer Best Known For The Harry Potter Fantasy Series

Mike Marsland Report

#48

Elizabeth II - Queen Of The United Kingdom And The Other Commonwealth Realms

Elizabeth II - Queen Of The United Kingdom And The Other Commonwealth Realms

Peter Byrne - WPA Pool Report

Ana Fuentes
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The "R" stands for queen/ king every queen/king of England has to use it at the end of their chosen name.

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#49

Steve Jobs - CEO Of Apple Inc.

Steve Jobs - CEO Of Apple Inc.

Tony Avelar Report

#50

Elvis Presley - American Rock Musician

Elvis Presley - American Rock Musician

Hulton Archive Report

Breezy
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beside the point, but he's so damn handsome

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Daniel Radcliffe - English Actor Best Known For His Role As Harry Potter In The Film Series Of The Same Name

Daniel Radcliffe - English Actor Best Known For His Role As Harry Potter In The Film Series Of The Same Name

Chris So Report

#52

Emma Stone - American Actress

Emma Stone - American Actress

Jabin Botsford Report

Emma Rain
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cannot see her name anywhere, but for some reason loving this signature <3

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#53

Neil Armstrong - American Astronaut And Aeronautical Engineer Who Was The First Person To Walk On The Moon

Neil Armstrong - American Astronaut And Aeronautical Engineer Who Was The First Person To Walk On The Moon

Encyclopaedia Britannica Report

#54

Will Smith - American Actor, Producer, Rapper, Comedian, And Songwriter

Will Smith - American Actor, Producer, Rapper, Comedian, And Songwriter

Chris Jackson Report

#55

Diego Maradona - Argentine Retired Professional Footballer And Manager

Diego Maradona - Argentine Retired Professional Footballer And Manager

Daniel Garcia Report

#56

Robert Downey Jr - American Actor

Robert Downey Jr - American Actor

Christian Jentz Report

Just saying
Community Member
4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love this man. He rose above and made it!

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Arnold Schwarzenegger - Austrian-American Actor, Filmmaker, Politician And Former Professional Bodybuilder And Powerlifter

Arnold Schwarzenegger - Austrian-American Actor, Filmmaker, Politician And Former Professional Bodybuilder And Powerlifter

Stephane Cardinale - Corbis Report

Carol Harrison
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4 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think he did great, for having limited movement in his arms.

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