These days, tattoos aren't just the hallmark of an outlaw or a criminal. In fact, they're more likely to denote a barista or frat boy than they are a scourge of society. But in prisons and the criminal underworld, tattoos convey secret meanings that let other criminals know who exactly they're dealing with.
Take a look at these freaky meanings behind tattoos and keep an eye out for them when sizing up strangers.
It might be hard to pick out just one from a fully-inked person, but many criminals actually keep their tattoos distinct so that people can pick up on their meanings without having to use a magnifying glass all over them.
This is perhaps the best-known of all the prison tattoos. This means that you’ve killed someone. Not to be trifled with.
An incomplete teardrop means that the job isn’t complete yet. It means they’re still seeking revenge, and if they’re successful, it will get filled in.
Watch with No Hands
This means that the wearer is serving a life or very long prison sentence, and time is essentially standing still.