A few generations ago, most tattoos were viewed as potential gang tattoos – whether or not they were actually gang related. In other words, though most people didn't have the skill to identify symbols, it was more or less taken for granted that tattoos were connected to a criminal underworld. A lot of gang members have one or more teardrop tattoos under their eyes, especially if they've spend time in jail. For the average person, it is unlikely that you will encounter gang tattoos at a close enough range to try and identify them. Japanese gang tattoos (which usually identify members of the Yakuza, or Japanese mafia) take the form of simple black rings around the arm – one ring for each major crime a gang member has committed. Usually though, tattoos of Yakuza members are very elaborate and detailed, going from sleeve to full body tattoos. Hispanic and Mexican gang tattoos vary a lot, because they relate to the numerous specific gangs. Most gang and prison tattoos have fuzzy, unsteady lines compared to those of professional tattoos. Gangsta tattoos are getting mainstream nowadays, because they are idealized and popularized by rappers. The Mexican people have fought since 1940s for their empowerment and rights and the tattoos have developed from that very sentiment. If you liked our selection, perhaps these other posts will interest you too, Filipino Tribal Tattoos, Irish Tattoos, Hawaiian Flower Tattoos and Chinese Tattoo Symbols. The Mexican American pride finds an expression in this tattoo that asks for respect and its rightful position in society. The robust man has got his whole back and hands painted with images that are a symbol of pride in Mexican culture and identity. The roses and the images of sexy women symbolize the philosophy of leading a carefree life that is all about being in present. Portrait carved on the bald man’s upper body that is a collage of different images representing the various emotions the guy has gone undergone in his life. The sexy girl having angel wings stands for the desire to be free and practice one’s culture. This portrait with spider web and flowers on its face is a simile for the beauty and fragrance of Mexican culture that has been lying entrapped. The man shows off his tattoo carved on the back with images of sexy girls and Uncle Sam that represents the suppression of Chicano identity. Portrait tattoo carved on the thigh that has a girl holding a pistol; a symbol of aggression.
The bird that is a symbol of resilience and rebirth symbolizes the Mexican pride that has been trying to resurrect itself. The arm displays a portrait that belongs to some martyr who died fighting for the assertion of Mexican identity. The twin masks that have the expressions of joy and sorrow on their face represent the polar opposite but essential elements of our life.


This man with moustache showcases his torso tattoo that has got the images of Jesus, Mary, etc. The masks of happy and sad face are the tokens of bliss and woe that are the cornerstones of every individual’s life. The grim reaper surrounded by a veil and holding his hands together in a praying position with a RIP tombstone is a tribute to the martyrs. This tattoo with an image of a girl’s face half covered by wings and shedding tears denotes the anguish of the Mexican people. This is the image of an Aztec calendar with Quetzalcoatl outline; a symbol of Chicano culture. This guy wears his Mexican pride on his sleeve that is conveyed through a lettering tattoo carved in fancy font. This is a memorial tattoo carved with the name of the person along with the dates of birth and death in Chicano style.
The masks are a very popular Chicano symbol that signify the pain one goes inside while maintaining a happy exterior. Another sexy woman tattoo that indicates towards the fearless kind of life, the wearer is used to. Jailed for his fighting spirit and demonstrations, this revolutionary shows off his bare upper body that has got Chicano tattoos. Masks signify the pain and angst of the Mexicans who have undergone a lot, silently, to establish their Chicano identity.
The fort and the image of an exuberant man together signify the aspirations of the Mexican people to build their identity. Kaylee Smith is the owner of a tattoo parlor in Chicago and loves writing about tattoo designs and other design topics. Petey was found about a month ago tied to a pole outside a donut shop in Lomita, California. The woman was unable to keep Petey permanently so she reached out to ROMP Rescue and Randy came to take Petey.
A tattoo that lists the name of a “set” of a Los Angeles-area gang covers most of Petey’s underside. Dogs Take Over Humans’ BedsThere is nothing wrongs with letting your dog sleep on your bed, the problem is when your dog claims your bed as his own.
Caucasian inmate in Orange County Jail, pointing with his hand to the Aryan Nation, swastika, gang tattoos on his chest, body and arms.
That’s because tattooing was relatively uncommon among the mainstream public, and having a tattoo almost automatically meant that you had some sort of criminal association. The similarity with tribal tattooing is quite strong – there, too, tribe members got additional tattoos in recognition of deeds they had done. Just like gang tattoos, they form a secret language that pictures all kinds of information about the wearer, such as hierarchy, commited crimes, etc. When gang or ghetto tattoos are taken out of their context (the gang) they are not the real thing anymore.


The latter are used as a medium to convey one’s feelings that may be of love, anger, fear, rebellion, etc.
The images and symbols that are quite popular as the Chicano tattoos comprise the masks, money, sexy women, religious symbols such as the Christ, Mother Mary, praying hands, rosaries etc. Found abandoned and tied to a pole a woman came to his rescue and brought him to ROMP Rescue where they discovered that Petey’s underside was covered with a gang tattoo. I would suggest that the folks caring for him are better qualified to judge his temperament.
This had to be horribly painful for him and he knew it as punishment, not as anything else but pain.
This poor dog was forced to lie still so someone could tattoo a large tattoo on his abdomen. I have a large one around my belly button which is one if the most sensitive areas to get one. There are still tattoo designs that are specific to the different ethnic gangs that operate in the major cities.
They indicate for example what status a member has in the group or what a prisoner is in for. Alternatively, a small five pointed star can be found on the hand, between the thumb and first finger. The ink used in Russian prisons for example was made with melted shoe soles, mixed with urine and blood.
Talking about rebellion, tattoos are quite popular among those who are fighting for their rights or belong to a group who want to assert their identity.
Like the article sais… The dog is fine around people its other dogs he dis-trusts or is afraid of… Beautiful dog though!! There are many nerve endings around the naval that I never knew existed until I decided I loved the look. Gang and prison tattoos have more in common with traditional tribal tattoos than they do with modern decorative body art: they are designed to mark an individual as a member of a group, as well as being an indication of status. They are a symbol of living life on the edge; a synonym for street life, which most of the Mexicans had to undergo.
When at the end of the day no one had come to help she took him and home and to a veterinarian to be checked out. Better to give him time to recuperate, much about their personalities comes out after they feel better. The flag bearers of Latin culture who want to get their rightful place in society find these tattoos very appealing and often get their body parts carved with images and symbols that represent the Chicano ethos. Below we have showcased a post that features 25 Chicano tattoos to shed more light on the subject.



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