Most Popular Prison Tattoos and What They Mean

There’s nothing quite like self-expression—even in prison. When most people get inked, there’s a good chance they just want whatever looks cool. They want initials, famous quotes, their favorite works of art. But in prison, it’s a different story. In prison, tattoos are like another language. They represent significant moments in life, defining characteristics, common crimes… Inmates share that common understanding, that a tattoo can tell a story. In this list, find out that the most innocent looking images can represent some of the most heinous crimes.

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