Here are some examples of numbers and their meaning used by various gangs: A lot of gang members have one or more teardrop tattoos under their eyes, especially if they've spend time in jail.
The meaning of the tears is not always the same though and has evolved over the years: For the average person, it is unlikely that you will encounter gang tattoos at a close enough range to try and identify them.
Gang and prison tattoos have more in common with traditional tribal tattoos than they do with modern decorative body art: they are designed to mark an individual as a member of a group, as well as being an indication of status.
Gang and prison tattoos work like a sort of code and speak a language of their own. They indicate for example what status a member has in the group or what a prisoner is in for.
He had allegedly beat her and chased her with a knife.
There are still tattoo designs that are specific to the different ethnic gangs that operate in the major cities.
A few generations ago, most tattoos were viewed as potential gang tattoos – whether or not they were actually gang related.
That’s because tattooing was relatively uncommon among the mainstream public, and having a tattoo almost automatically meant that you had some sort of criminal association.
Venus Romero Iraheta (left) allegedly screamed she would see Damaris Reyes Rivas 'in 'hell' as she stabbed her on camera during a ritualistic murder.
Iraheta is one of 10 suspects accused in the murder of Rivas (right) who was killed in early January by members of the notorious street gang MS-13At least 10 members of MS-13 have since been arrested following the gruesome killing of Damaris Reyes Rivas, who was ordered murdered by top ranking members of the group in El Salvador who believe she was responsible for the death of her boyfriend.