40 Prison Tattoos and the Meanings and Hidden Messages Behind Them

By Peter Lewis

The majority of people who get tattoos do so for their deeper meaning. As you might imagine, the hidden messages and symbolism are elevated to a whole new level by prisoners with tattoos. Almost every situation that occurs in prison, every type of offender, and every culture have a tattoo associated with it. It might be a reference to your criminal history or your affiliation with a certain group. When you learn the meaning behind some of the tattoos, they can become quite frightening.

Most people don't comprehend the deeper significance or the history behind certain prison tattoos. Indeed, many people don’t even know how to tell if a tattoo is prison-related. Read on to become one of the few people who understand all the symbolism.