Top Five Wish and Luck Tattoos

Close your eyes and set adrift all your life’s passions and desires and ink something with personal meaning. You don’t need to tell a soul what your body art depicts just let these top 5 wish and luck tattoos represent them.

From horseshoes to star tattoos, get lucky and get tattooed with eternal optimism.

Valetina Manjarrez/Flickr/CC BY 2.0
Valetina Manjarrez/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

1.  Dandelions

It’s no wonder these promising weeds make one of the top 5 wish tattoo designs. A popular girls shoulder tattoo choice, dandelions capture the lost days of childhood and the beauty and magic that’s found in blowing away your desires and letting what will be, be.

2.  Horseshoe Tattoos

For the animal lover or anyone who believes in bidding a bit of luck on a U-shape, a horseshoe tattoo makes a novel choice. Perhaps you hail from down south and want a western theme tattoo or something with a bit of equestrian flair? A horseshoe works on the inner wrist, shoulder and hip bone. Don’t forget, the ends pointing down can equate bad luck!

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Image CC Tattoo76@Flickr. Image CC Tattoo76@Flickr

3.  Butterfly Tattoos

Butterfly designs promise change and that’s exactly what most people are after when they make a wish, so it’s no wonder a butterfly can represent the beauty in dreams. Whether you’re making some life adjustments, letting go of old habits or simply embracing the fluttering beauty of life, a butterfly tattoo makes one of the top 5 wish tattoos because if you can dream it, you can become it.

4.  Clover Tattoo

Go ahead and share your luck of the Irish with a clover or shamrock tattoo that surely promises everything your precious heart wishes. Combined with Celtic or tribal inspired knotwork, a clover or shamrock tattoo can make a pretty cool mens design idea. Consider adding a family crest and make a wish for the legend to continue.

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Image CC Taylor Liberato @ Flickr. Image CC Taylor Liberato @ Flickr

5.  Star Tattoos

What would the night be without a sky filled with stars? Surely not as promising. Star tattoos lead the pack for the top 5 wish tattoo designs and that’s rightfully so. Whether you ink just a few small stars behind your ear or inner wrist for personal meaning or create a celestial canvas or sleeve ode to a starry night, when you close your eyes and wish upon them,star tattoos can be a dream come true.

1. Obviously.

Obviously.

2. “Dream like your going to live forever.”

"Dream like your going to live forever."

3. Right angle? Left angle? Obtuse?

Right angle? Left angle? Obtuse?

4. Ouch.

5. SOOOOO Awsome.

6. This is what Bieber fever does to you.

8. So close, but…

9. You say tommorrow, I say tomorrow.

10. Dad’s what?

11. Will do.

12. Maybe he really loves his bowels.

Maybe he really loves his bowels.

13. Then your wounds what?

14. Please, be live.

15. I don’t think that’s what you meant.

16. So true.

So true.

17. Well, it says “prome queen” not “spelling bee champ.”

Well, it says "prome queen" not "spelling bee champ."

18. Familey first.

19. Or, you know, “familly” first.

20. Tru.

21. How is babby girl made?

How is babby girl made?

22. God truly does fudge.

God truly does fudge.

23. Wait! I mean juge!

Wait! I mean juge!

24. WATHEVER happens.

25. Whatever you say.

26. And neither is spell-check.

27. Never lose your positivity.

Never lose your positivity.

28. And always:

29. After all, maybe grammar is just a state of mind.

After all, maybe grammar is just a state of mind.

Memorial Tattoo Design Ideas

 Memorial Tattoo Designs Ideas

Tattoo art is not only an impressive way to embellish your body but also something which helps you express your feelings and attitude. Another key aspect of tattoos is that they can be used as a remembrance of a loved one who is no more with you, and such tattoos are known as memorial tattoos. There are some special people in each person’s life, who matter the most to them and their memories stay with them even after such people pass away. It is apt to create memorials to commemorate their place in one’s life and there is no better way to so than bearing a memorial tattoo in their name on one’s body. Being a part of your physical being forever and ever is what makes memorial tattoos the most special ones.

Significance of Memorial Tattoos

Memorial tattoos, as the name suggests are borne in order to pay a tribute to a deceased loved one, who can be a parent, spouse, friend, child or pet, or any such person who holds a special place in your life. Many people bear these tattoos as a sign of bereavement of the loss of these loved ones. The tradition of memorial tattoos dates back to the 20th century, when such tattoos became a rage amongst American soldiers and many of them had these tattoos inked to commemorate the loss of their fellow soldiers in the war. Later, the tradition was carried on by tattoo lovers around the world, as an expression of their love and devotion towards a loved one whom they had lost in an unfortunate turn of events. Besides being a memory of a lost loved one, these tattoos hold a special meaning to the bearer as they can feel the presence of the special person around them by having his name or memory as a part of his body in the form of a tattoo. As a result, a great deal of attention is to be paid to the memorial tattoo design to bring out the personal significance of such a tattoo for the bearer.

Memorial Tattoo Design Ideas

Since memorial tattoos are personalized in nature and they are meant to honor a loved one who is no more, the design of such tattoos holds a great significance. Here are some elements which are suitable to be a part of memorial tattoos:

Angel Memorial Tattoos

One of the best choices for memorial tattoos are angel tattoos, which signify that person being commemorated by the tattoo is by the side of the bearer as his guardian angel. Such tattoos are revered by people with religious bent of mind and also by those who believe in afterlife.

One can have text such as the name of the deceased one inked as a mark of respect to him. Even the initials or relation with a person can be inked as a tattoo, for instance you can have “Mom/Mother” as a tattoo in the memory of your mother. A flower or bouquet of flowers can be added to the design to mark your honor and respect for the loved one. You can also add some meaningful and appropriate text like “Rest in Peace” in the basic tattoo design.

Dates and Quotes Memorial Tattoo

Another cool idea for memorial tattoo design is dates memorial tattoo, which can contain the birth date or death date of the loved one in his memory. Certain other design elements like a flower, musical note or quote can be added to the tattoo design to make it more meaningful. The zodiac sign of the person can be incorporated in the tattoo design to give it a unique look.

Cross Memorial Tattoo

Religious symbols like the cross makes a good choice for a memorial tattoo design as it reiterates your belief in God in addition to your love and respect of the loved one in whose memory the tattoo has been inked.

Portrait Memorial Tattoo

It is common to observe the portraits of the loved one inked as a memorial tattoo on the body of the bearer. Elements like flowers, hearts and wings can make a cool and meaningful addition to portrait memorial tattoos. Stars and birthstones are some other favored options in memorial tattoo designs.

Memorial tattoo designs as well as placement are entirely a matter of personal choice. While some people would like to show their grief to the world, others would like the matter to be very private and accordingly, they can decide the placement of the memorial tattoo. The most preferable locations of memorial tattoos are the shoulder, forearm, wrist, chest and upper back. Such tattoos are extremely personal and people are usually touchy about the subject of their loved ones. This makes it necessary for the memorial tattoos to be more discreet so that they do not catch unwanted attention and invite questions the bearer would not like to answer.

 

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15 prison tattoo and their meanings by C1 Staff

15 prison tattoos and their meanings

Use this information to keep yourselves and your coworkers safe


By C1 Staff

Jail staff can stay safer by knowing as much as they can about inmates. And sometimes, inmates make it easy to know exactly what they’ve been up to through the use of tattoos.

Here are 15 tattoos and their secret meanings. Know a different meaning for the tattoos displayed here? Share it in the comments. Be sure to check out more of our coverage on prison tattoos, including 15 more prison tattoos and their meanings, 12 Russian prison tattoos and their meanings, and a collection of inmate takes on prison ink.


1488 (Photo freetattoodesigns.org)

This number can be found on white supremacist/Nazi inmates. The numbers 14 or 88 on their own can also be used, which sometimes creates confusion.

Fourteen represents fourteen words, which are a quote by Nazi leader David Lane: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for White Children.” The 88 is shorthand for the 8th letter of the alphabet twice, HH, which represents Heil Hitler. Typically, these tattoos can be found anywhere on the body.


The Cobweb (Photo Timeless Tattoos Glasglow)

Cobwebs typically represent a lengthy term in prison. The symbolism is associated with spiders trapping prey; or criminals trapped behind bars. This tattoo is commonly found on the elbow, signifying sitting around so long with your elbows on the table that a spider made a web on your elbow, though it can also be located on the neck.

If you see a multi-colored web, it’s probably not a prison tattoo; tattoo ‘artists’ in jail rarely have access to colored ink.


Teardrop (Photo trendfashion2013)

One of the most widely recognized prison tattoos, the teardrop’s meaning varies geographically. In some places, the tattoo can mean a lengthy prison sentence, while in others it signifies that the wearer has committed murder.

If the teardrop is just an outline, it can symbolize an attempted murder. It can also mean that one of the inmate’s friends was murdered and that they are seeking revenge.

The teardrop has been popularized recently by rappers and other celebrities, but still remains a staple in prisons. Those who are newbies behind bars with a teardrop tattoo will make a lot of enemies, fast.


Five-point crown (Photo Gwan Soon Lee Tattoo)

This is the symbol of the Latin Kings gang, which is one of the biggest Hispanic gangs in the U.S. based out of Chicago. The crown will often be accompanied by the letters ALKN, which stands for Almighty Latin Kings Nation. The five points are due to the Latin Kings being an affiliate of the People Nation gang, which is represented by the number five.

Latin Kings have a huge presence both in and out of prison, and their roots go back to the 1940s. Other details of the crown, such as the colors of the jewels in the points, can have a whole other level of hidden meanings.


Three dots (Photo Whiserkino)

The three dots tattoo is a common prison tattoo that represents “mi vida loca,” or “my crazy life.” It’s not associated with any particular gang, but with the gang lifestyle itself. This tattoo is typically found on the hands or around the eyes.

It can also carry some religious significance, such as representing Christianity’s holy trinity. The three dot tattoo is often created using a stick-and-poke method, requiring very rudimentary tools.


Five dots (Photo My Sarisari Store)

These dots differ greatly from the previous tattoo – five dots represents time done in prison. Also known as the quincunx, the four dots on the outside represent four walls, with the fifth on the inside representing the prisoner.

This tattoo can be found internationally, among both American and European inmates. The dots are typically found on an inmate’s hand, between the thumb and forefinger.

Five dots on other parts of the body can have different meanings, such as an association with the People Nation gang.


The clock with no hands (Photo Tattoo Me Pink)

This tattoo is, fairly obviously, representative of ‘doing time’ and doing a lot of it. Those serving a longer sentence might get this tattoo done on their wrist, with watch straps and all, much like a real watch.

The clock face itself can come in a few forms, such as the face of a wall clock or a grandfather clock. Not all clock tattoos are tied to prison; generally just the ones lacking hands.


Aryan Brotherhood (Photo Media Lib)

This prison gang has a variety of tattoos to look out for, ranging from ‘AB’ to Nazi symbols like a swastika or SS bolts. The Brotherhood makes up 1 percent of the inmate population, but are responsible for 20 percent of murders inside of U.S. prisons, so identifying these tattoos are extremely beneficial.

The tattoos can also be referred to as Alice Baker, the One-Two, or The Brand.


Norteñ(Photo Know Gangs)

Norteño tattoos represent the Nuestra Familia gang, which is associated with Hispanic gangs in Northern California. Their tattoos include the word Norteño, Nuestra Familia, a sombrero symbol, the letter N or the number 14, symbolizing the 14th letter of the alphabet (yup – the letter N).

The Norteños are rivals of the Suerños, Hispanic gangs based out of Southern California. The unofficial dividing line between the two is in Delano, California. The Norteños identify themselves with red bandanas and mainly get their income from smuggling and distributing cocaine, heroin and meth.


La Eme (Photo Police Mag)

‘La Eme,’ or The M, is the symbol of the Mexican Mafia. They are one of the largest and most ruthless prison gangs in the U.S. They’re allied with the Aryan Brotherhood, and have a common enemy in the Nuestra Familia.

La Eme was started not in Mexico, but in Mexican-Americans who were incarcerated in American prisons. La Eme is a Sureño gang, belonging to a large affiliation of Hispanic gangs in Southern California.


MS 13 (Photo Wikimedia)

The MS 13, also sometimes seen just as MS or 13, is a symbol of the Mara Salvatrucha gang from El Salvador. Typically these tattoos can be found anywhere on the body, but are most often found in highly visible places like the face, hands or neck.

LA Mara Salvatrucha was started in the Los Angeles area by El Salvadoran immigrants. There are now MS-13 chapters all over the U.S. and even in Canada. Their industries range from dealing drugs to child prostitution.


Playing cards (Photo Tattos Time)

Playing cards, or suits of the deck in general, usually indicate an inmate who likes to gamble. This applies to gambling games both within prison and without; it can also represent a person who generally views life as a gamble.

This tattoo is very popular in Russian prisons, where each deck has its own meaning. A spade represents a thief; clubs symbolize criminals in general. Diamonds are reserved for stoolpigeons and informants – if the cards have this deck, then it was likely applied with force. Hearts imply that someone is looking for a romantic partner in the prison, which may also be forcibly applied.


EWMN (Photo Turner)

These letters stand for ‘Evil, Wicked, Mean, Nasty.’ Having no particular affiliation with any gang, they simply represent the general disposition of some prison inmates.

Typically found on the knuckles, these types of tattoos were popularized in 1955 by Robert Mitchum in ‘The Night of the Hunter.’ His sociopathic preacher character had the words ‘love’ and ‘hate’ tattooed on the knuckles of each hand, which has brought about other variants such as ‘Rock/Roll’ and ‘Stay/Down.’


Cross on the chest (Photo Adimaz)

Particularly found in Russian prisons, chest tattoos symbolize a ‘Prince of Thieves.’ This is the highest rank a Russian convict can achieve, and are generally worn by higher-ups in the mob.

Russian prisons have a unique and intricate history of prison tattoos, each with their own unique meaning. Another example are bells, symbolizing freedom, or a tiger on the chest is symbolic of aggression toward the police.


A.C.A.B. (Photo SAS)

This acronym is commonly found on the bodies of British prisoners and stands for “All Cops Are Bastards.”

Some claim that A.C.A.B. also stands for “Always Carry A Bible,” but these are widely believed to be people who regret their tattoo decision. Often found on the knuckles, the tattoo symbolizes a willingness to go to prison for your crew or gang.

Keeping your tattoo safe from the sun by Marci Robin

Don’t Fade Away: Protect Your Tattoos This Summer

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    PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PERLSTEIN.
    Sunbathing is risky — you know that. But, take in some rays when you’ve got a tattoo and you’re just asking for trouble. Namely, dull ink.

    Here’s why: Your tattoo resides in a middle layer of skin, called the dermoepidermal junction. When you get a tan, it’s because melanin is secreted into the top layer of skin, the epidermis. Because the epidermis lies above the dermoepidermal junction, this UV-triggered melanin can make an otherwise brightly colored tattoo look muddy and dull.Probably not what you were going for when you got your ink.

    To help prevent this look — as well as, you know, cancer — broad-spectrum sunscreen is a must. However, to really keep your tattoo super bright, there’s another type of skin-care ingredient you can add to your routine: tyrosinase and melanocyte inhibitors.

    Tyrosinase is an enzyme in your body that, when exposed to UV light, ultimately triggers the melanocyte cells responsible for producing skin pigment, melanin. So, tyrosinase and melanocyte inhibitors, like hydroquinone, kojic acid, and licorice extract — the very ingredients you may be using to treat hyperpigmentation — actually block melanin production. So, SPF the hell out of your tattoos when you are in the sun, and then apply one of those like a spot treatment at night to prevent that murky look.

    Luckily, there are a number of products on the market containing these melanin-blocking ingredients. Click through to see the most effective brightening ingredients and some of the best products that feature them — your ink will thank you.