Thursday, March 12, 2009

Entry: Tear tattoo

First let me say, I know all about prison life because I've watched the entire run of HBO's Oz. Twice. Hell yeah.

Even if you don't have the kind of street cred that I do, you've probably seen someone with a tear tattoo. It's pretty common knowledge in the US that the tear is a memorial to a deceased loveone, but is also a prison tattoo that signifies the inkee has murdered someone.

However, in Australian prisons, tear tattoos are forced onto the faces of convicted child molesters. So, my advice to anyone who has a tear tattoo and has designs on visiting Australia: keep a low profile. Or invest in a tube of concealer. In fact, you might want to stay on the safe side and just make alternate travel plans.

5 comments:

Pooka said...

You know, I don't think I've ever seen one or heard of one, at least not that I can consciously recall. But I have seen plenty of neck/chest tattoos with elaborate Gothic letters that say things like "SNAKE", "SHABAZZ", or "BROZ".

the projectivist said...

blimey!
i don't think i've ever seen anyone with a tear tattoo, but i'm terribly impressed with your prison antics knowledge.

Pooka, do you think the BROZ was a fan of the band, Bros? or is it gangsta-speak?

Pooka said...

I think perhaps it was a sign of affection for his prison boyfriends. You know, bromance. The brotherhood of broz.

Or, he might have been a fan of former Yugoslav dictator Josep Broz Tito?

Regina said...

i'm terribly impressed with your prison antics knowledge.

He does live in a rough town. If you see Pooka coming down the sidewalk, cross the street. It might hurt his feelings some, but your intact spine will thank you.

Galadriel said...

Why not just tattoo POOR IMPULSE CONTROL across their foreheads?