#12 Five-Point Crown
The gold crown may seem like a fun, decorative tattoo. But if it’s got five points on it, it is a prison tattoo. The five-point crown is a symbol of the Latin Kings gang.
The Latin Kings are one of the biggest Hispanic gangs in the US, they are based out of Chicago. The crown tattoo will often be accompanied by the letters ALKN, which means Almighty Latin Kings Nation. The crown has five points because the Latin Kings are an affiliate of the People Nation gang, which is represented by the number 5. Latin Kings have a huge presence both in and out of prison, and their roots go back to the 1940′s. Other details of the crown, such as the colors of the jewels in the points, can have a whole other level of hidden meanings.
#11 Three Dots
The three dots tattoo is a very common prison tattoo that symbolizes ‘mi vida loca’ or ‘my crazy life.’ It doesn’t symbolize any particular gang, but rather the gang lifestyle. It’s typically found on the hands or around the eyes.
The three dots tattoo can also carry some religious significance, representing the holy trinity. Dot tattoos are often done using the stick-and-poke method. This is a home-made tattoo procedure that involves very rudimentary tools, like a pencil or a sewing needle. Almost any sharp objects can be used, and it’s often whatever the inmates can get their hands on. People outside of prison will also sometimes do a stick-and-poke, but it seems silly when you can go to a professional tattoo artist instead.
CONTINUE READING ON NEXT PAGE