Netflix has made prison interesting again with its series Orange is the New Black. Not since HBOs Oz have I been that interested in the inner workings of the jail system. So next time you are watching your favorite crime drama look for these tattoos!
I figured we would start with the standard teardrop tattoo. There are several meanings for this particular design, but the most commonly accepted one is that the teardrop person has killed someone.
Five Point Crown
The crown is a symbol of the Latin Kings gang which first appeared in the 1940s. Often the initials ALKN will appear over the crown; it means Almighty Latin King Nation.
The Shamrock is often a symbol of the Aryan Brotherhood; often they include “AB” underneath the shamrock.
This acronym is often located on the knuckles of the wearer and stands for, “Evil, Wicked, Mean, Nasty.”
Commonly found on the elbows, the cobweb signifies a long prison term.
Playing Cards (Russia)
We’re going to travel to Russia for this one where each deck has its meaning. Spade (Thief), Club (General Criminal), Diamond (Informants), Heart (Looking For A Romantic Partner).