15 Notorious Prison Tattoos and Their Hidden Meaning Explained
11 Three Dots
The three dots does not necessarily mean that the member is affiliated, it is a universal tattoo hinting that the member has/had a gangster lifestyle. The three dots represent “Mi Vida Loca” which means my crazy life.
It is usually found near the eyes or on the hands. This tattoo can be obtained by using the basic tool like a pencil or a sewing needle or any sharp objects. Most often inmates do it themselves using whatever sharp objects are available at that moment.(source)
12 The Five-Point Crown
The crown tattoo may look stylish and elegant on the wearer but it is a prison tattoo. The five points of the crown are the symbol of the Latin Kings gang. The Latin Kings gang originated in 1940’s and are one of the biggest Hispanic gang both in and out of the prison. The five points in the crown indicate their affiliation towards the People Nation Gang, which is represented by number 5.
The crown tattoo is most often accompanied by the letters ALKN which means Almighty Latin Kings Nation!(source)
13 Teardrop Tattoo
Teardrop tattoo is one of the widely recognized tattoos across the world. The tattoo is placed underneath the eye. The tattoo can mean different things to different people based on their location and culture. It can mean that the wearer has killed someone or has spent time in prison. It signifies that the wearer was raped in prison or acknowledges the loss of a family or a gang member. Sometimes the teardrop is empty, suggesting an attempted murder or the wearer is seeking revenge.
US rappers The Game and Lil Wayne have teardrop tattoo mourning the loss of their friend.(source)
14 The Cobweb
The spider web tattoo is a coded tattoo with multiple meanings. The spider web means that the wearer has done time (in prison). The design is most often found in the elbow. But the tattoo can be placed anywhere. The design symbolically suggests being caught by law (just like the spider that catches its prey and imprisons it).
The tattoo also stands for struggle – overcoming drug addiction, getting out of gang etc.(source)
The number 1488 is a tattoo with layered significance. They are usually used by White supremacists. Sometimes just 14 or 88 are used. On the surface, it’s just a plain number but once you probe within, the meaning becomes clear.
The number 14 represents 14 words of David Lane to the white supremacists. David Lane had said,”We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White Children”. The 8 is the shorthand for the letter ‘H’ repeated twice. HH stands for ‘Heil Hitler’.(source)
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