Tear Tattoos?

There has been much debate and confusion over “What Do Tattoo Tears” mean.  Well there are a number of ideas of what this tear tattoo means.  According to urbandictionary.com the original tear tattoo was first found in Australian prisons.  Kind of fitting since Australia was founded as an English penal colony.

Australian prisoners would forcibly place this tattoo on an inmate who was serving time, for being a sexual predator on minors (pedophile).  When an inmate was know to be incarcerated for this crime, other inmates would corner the pedophile and place the tattoo on the right eye, so that is very visible as there were on the left side of their cell.  This act was seen as proson justice and would be tollerate by most prisons.  This act is now very rare,in Australia today.

In the United States,  the meaning has changed quite differently over the years.  This prison theme with the tear was carried over to American prisons. At first it was introduced to show that the person was incarcerated in prison for killing someone.  This tear would symbolize remorse for that act, and usually get the tattoo after they had left prison.

tattoo ideas for remembering peopleDuring this time, outside of the prison world, some people got the tattoo for an entirely different reason. Although rare at the time, the tear tattoo represented the loss of a loved one, usually a wife or close family member.  This ink was supposed to symbolise remembrance and closure.

Another important factor with the tear drop tattoo, is if its colored in or just an outline of a tear.  If the tattoo is just an outline of a tattoo, then it represents that a friend was killed.  If a tear drop tattoo is colored in, than that means that your friend has been killed and that the wearer had avenged the friend’s death.

Now it has becoming a fad in pop culture, a number of celebrities have tear tattoos, like Lil’ Wayne and Amy Winehouse.

Lil Wayne's Tattoos


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Lil’ Wayne

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Amy Winehouse

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Author: Carl M. Baker

Tattoos – Popularity In Today’s Western World

In the United States many prisoners and criminal gangs display tattoos as a way to show for example criminal experiences, prison sentences, and gang memberships.

Off Beat Ink : Tear Tattoo May Lead to Arrest

His tattoo is of two teardrops underneath his right eye which leads officials to believe he has spent time in prison. Teardrop tattoos are a common thread amongst convicts.

Tattooing In Modern Society

Tear tattoo, for example, can be symbolic of murder, where one tear symbolizes the loss of a friend. Also, the United States military have an equally well established and longstanding history of tattoos.

Do you know what the 3 tattooed tears mean on Lil’ Wayne?

When someone gets a tear tattooed on their face it means that they’ve killed someone. each tattoo represents one person.

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  3. hey sexy i love u lil wayne

  4. i love you thats it

  5. Well i really like the tear tattoo, but i think that only people with bad background have this tattoo. I mean its a really nice tattoo but i wouldnt want to have it on my face…..

  6. thats amazing dude my cousins in which i aint seen since i was one and i am now eleven has 3 teardrops . lil wayne is so hot its unimaginable how hot he is

  7. the teardrops, mean either someone close to you has died, that would be just a teardrop outline, & filled in means you’ve killed someone

  8. in the “cholo” life,the tear tat means murder, it can be someone that you killed or someone that was very close to you or you loved alot died and you get the perniment tears. if its shadded in it means that you killed and if its just the outline it means someone that you loved died.

  9. lil wayne has beautiful eyes (l)
    forever in my heart.

  10. you’re the best

  11. LIL WAYNE IS SO HOT WITH ALL HIS TATTOOS. I WOULD LIKE TO GET ONE SOON.

  12. WESTSIDE AHAHAAHAHAHAH GANGSTA YEA KEEP IT UP :p

  13. hey lil wayne iz so sexy i luv him for him not for wat he got and not for wat all want …..

  14. hey i heard dat them stupid people cut ur hair im elexis sister

  15. hey boo i’ll be c’n u soon

  16. A T3AR TAT00 MEAN AL0T… SUME DAT IT KNT B SAID 2 JU55 ANY B0DY..BT L3T JU55 SAY DAT IT IV0V35 D3M GANG5…K!NG L0V3

  17. oh my god . yeah he is hot but girls stop drooling over him hes mine :P .x

  18. I love lil wayne dhz picture is so sexy!!!!!!!

  19. that is a beaut pic of lil Wayne
    lovee youu xo:)

  20. westside b***** ‘lil wayne’ is eastside b**** get a f*****map

  21. wat up wit u boo. i can’t wait until u make another song. i’m ur biggest fan! i luv u boo.

  22. thats awesome bro…!!,i wish i had that too,we really admire them tatoos…

  23. thats was poppin blood

  24. LIL WAYNE LOOK SO CUTE IN THIS PIC HIS FACE LOOK SO CLEAR HE DO NOT HAV NO BUMPS OR NOTHIN BUT ANYWAY I THINK TOYA AND LIL WAYNE SHOULD GO BACK OUT CAUSE THEY MAKE A PERFECT CUPLE….

  25. hes’x all mine

  26. Personaly it doesnt matter to me what thety means hes still sexi in my mind!

  27. I DIG LIL HE IS MY DOG, BUT I STILL WANT HIS JAIL PICS CAN ANYONE HELP ME.OR AT LEAST GIVE ME A WEBSITE WHERE I CAN FIND THEM.

  28. lil wayne is so hot! i love his tears!!

  29. lil w is bad ass my n**** lol them tear drops is so sexy he got me like DAAAMMMNNN!!!!

  30. : CUTE PiC WEEZy.!!

  31. I’ll tell you what a teardrop tattoo really means: it means the owner is a fucking idiot.

  32. 98 percent of hip hop iz illuminati, including your boy wayne,do sum research

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