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Old 01-18-2001, 12:31 PM
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Anyone know what this tattoo signifies? I've seen it several times, seems to be three dots in a trinagular pattern, typically on the backside of the hand behind the thumb and pointy finger. We've guessed that its some sort of gang or jailhouse tattoo but are not sure.
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Old 01-18-2001, 12:34 PM
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Is it this tattoo?

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Old 01-18-2001, 01:23 PM
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Nope. It's much simpler and I've only seen in on shady folk (leading to the guess of prisoners or gang members). Hopefully this'll turn out OK in ASCII:

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Just three dots in a triangle.
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Old 01-18-2001, 01:25 PM
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And it didn't. It's supposed to be a equilateral triangle, not a right one.
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Old 01-18-2001, 01:28 PM
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It means that some Quake enthusiast has his laser site on you. DUCK! =)
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Old 01-18-2001, 02:55 PM
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I've wondered myself.

I had a client from the Netherlands who had this tattoo. I never asked him about it, but was always curious.

I do know the guy had spent some time in some sort of home for troubled youth.
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Old 01-18-2001, 02:55 PM
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A friend of mine from some years back had a similar tattoo (on his forearm, as I recall). According to him, it was to provide a "point of reference" for his recently completed radiological cancer treatment. Not clear enough on the details of such treatment to know what precisely this means. Why a large number of people would have it on their hand or thumb, I have no idea.

Oh, he was one of the shady, Fundamentalist Christian types (they're a gang, you know).
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Old 01-18-2001, 03:07 PM
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Wasn't that the tattoo used by SPECTRE, headed by Ernst Stavro Blofeld?

Also strikes me that it might the the mark of the Green Gang Triad, out of Shanghai?
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Old 01-18-2001, 03:19 PM
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It started as a LA gang tattoo, popular with Hispanic gangs. It represents "surenos" (often shortened to "sur"), who are the gang member's slain comrades. My source? Folks that I've arrested and interviewed as a private security officer. Of course, its popularity spread, and I'm sure the majority of the people now wearing it have no gang affiliation.
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Old 01-18-2001, 03:28 PM
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According to http://members.tripod.com/~ibfletch/index-faq.html
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1. My niece has three dots on the web of her hand. Does this mean anything?

Three dots in a triangle shape generally means "Mi Vida Loca" (My Crazy Life). While this does not in general indicate gang membership it does symbolize acceptance of the gang ideology. Three dots can also indicate allegiance to a Sureno gang (the three standing for 13). These dots are usually found on the fingers or knuckles. Often a single dot is found on the opposite hand for the one in 13. (Be sure to check both hands.) Norteno gang members often place one dot on one hand and four on the other for 14. They can also indicate a local gang tattoo.
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Old 01-18-2001, 04:05 PM
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Much thanks- that jibes with what we had thought. We figured out the teardrop and the masks but this tattoo had us stumped.
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Old 01-18-2001, 04:21 PM
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So what does all the Latino gang stuff have to do with my client, who, until I met him, had never been to the US?
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Old 01-18-2001, 04:23 PM
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My Dutch client, that is.
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Old 03-08-2012, 03:26 PM
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The 3dots on your hand means "My Crazy Life" : . 'Mi Vida Loca'
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Old 03-08-2012, 03:46 PM
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Huh, I thought it meant 11 years late to the party.
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Old 03-08-2012, 05:11 PM
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I recently saw another interpretation of the 3 dots as "hospital, jail, grave." It doesn't speak any more highly of the bearer than membership in a particular gang.
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:55 PM
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Those are not tattoos you are seeing. They are inherited body marks. They are only found on aliens originally from the 4th Gentrosphere. These forms are usually found in colder climates and usually wear gloves or mittens so that their marks can not be readily seen.

You are lucky.
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Old 03-08-2012, 09:09 PM
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I’ve also seen it on white trash Peckerwoods, and have read that it indicates White Supremacist sympathies. To be quite specific, one source said that it means “I hate niggers,” but I have not been able to locate that source again. The placement of the tat in the web of the hand between the thumb and forefinger may be critical; the ‘Mi Vida Loca’ tat, as I understand it, is or at least can be located elsewhere.
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:02 AM
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The three dots between thumb and index finger can mean almost anything. "Mi Vida Loca" is common, but so is "faith, hope, love". In Europe I have heard it referred to as "the hobo tattoo" - signifying that the person has lived as a hobo for some time. I have heard older sailors here in Denmark call it "the sailer tattoo" as well. I have never heard about any references to white supremacy stuff, though.
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:05 AM
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It sounds like a recipe for crazy misunderstandings, if this thread is any indication!
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Old 03-09-2012, 01:47 PM
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Three dots in a triangle shape is also used by Blood gang members. Its often referred to as a dog paw. I can't remember what all three dots mean. I think its "My Set (chapter of the gang), My Oath and My Burden". Usually located where you described it but may also be elsewhere.
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Old 03-09-2012, 08:22 PM
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Just watched an episode of "Gangland" on SpikeTV, and this tattoo was mentioned.

Two parallel bars, with three dots above is a symbol of the number 13, and this is used to represent the letter M.

The M is for Mexican Mafia.


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Old 03-10-2012, 11:47 AM
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Just watched an episode of "Gangland" on SpikeTV, and this tattoo was mentioned.

Two parallel bars, with three dots above is a symbol of the number 13, and this is used to represent the letter M.

The M is for Mexican Mafia.


~VOW
That symbol (two '5' lines and three '1' dots in a row next to those) is the Mayan glyph for 13.
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:30 AM
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That symbol (two '5' lines and three '1' dots in a row next to those) is the Mayan glyph for 13.
That would be two bars with three dots above them. Like this:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayan_numbers
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Old 03-12-2012, 07:44 PM
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An old homeless guy who had that 3-dot tattoo told me it meant "I spit on cops". Yeah, I know, why 3 dots and not 4. Unfortunately, our acquaintanceship did not last long enough for me to explore that line of inquiry.
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:58 PM
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That would be two bars with three dots above them. Like this:
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayan_numbers
They're found both horizontally and vertically arranged. Not that it's really important, but.
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:28 PM
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I love reading a zombie thread, unaware that it's a zombie, and thinking "hey, I know the answer to this." And then you catch up to a post you made a decade ago. Wheeeee!
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:21 AM
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3 dots in a triangle could also indicate that the person is a mathematician.
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Old 03-13-2012, 10:54 AM
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I was told it meant KKK.
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:12 AM
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Remind me not to get this tattoo.. just sayin.
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Old 03-13-2012, 04:09 PM
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Remind me not to get this tattoo.. just sayin.
You could get a reminder tattooed on you, so you wouldn't need us to remind you.
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Old 03-13-2012, 04:31 PM
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You could get a reminder tattooed on you, so you wouldn't need us to remind you.
Yeah, like three dots.
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Old 03-13-2012, 04:51 PM
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3 dots in a triangle could also indicate that the person is a mathematician.
This. Seems like I had a logic class once that used this.
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Old 03-13-2012, 05:15 PM
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Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Dots_Tattoo"

A tattoo of three dots in a triangle, usually found on the skin between the thumb and forefinger, stands for "mi vida loca" ("my crazy life"). Along with the pachuco cross, it is a popular "generic" tattoo among Hispanic teenagers. It is sometimes worn as a Sureño (gang) symbol, as a tattoo between thumb and forefinger is believed to be harder to remove (Norteños, an opposing gang, use 4 dots). Often, though, teenagers will wear it just as a matter of style, with no gang involvement whatsoever. The tattoo has also been taken up by Vietnamese teenagers, along with the similar interpretation of "toi khong can gica" ("I don't need anything").

This is also popular in German prisons among current and former convicts as a symbol of their time done behind bars. Generally it implicates the person does not know or has not seen or heard anything and has therefore no information for the police. This tattoo also usually appears on the skin between the thumb and forefinger.

The three dots in a triangle are also used as a protective symbol for hobos, sailors, and convicts, known as "hobo dots." Among sailors it's a traditionall tattoo to get on their first voyage.

The three dots in a triangle are also used widely in the southeast region of Turkey as a symbol of being one of the tribesmen. The three dot symbol is known as "Gormem, Duymam, Soylemem" meaning that "I hear nothing, I see nothing and I tell nothing". Bearing this mark is an oath to the person's own society, and requires great responsibility such as being willing to sacrifice himself in favor of the society.
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Old 03-13-2012, 05:16 PM
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I was told it meant KKK.
No, that's holding your pants up with three fingers showing.
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Old 05-13-2012, 01:31 AM
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I've wondered myself.

I had a client from the Netherlands who had this tattoo. I never asked him about it, but was always curious.

I do know the guy had spent some time in some sort of home for troubled youth.
The three dots in a triangle are also used widely in the southeast region of Turkey as a symbol of being one of the tribesmen. The three dot symbol is known as "Gormem, Duymam, Soylemem" meaning that "I hear nothing, I see nothing and I tell nothing". Bearing this mark is an oath to the person's own society, and requires great responsibility such as being willing to sacrifice himself in favor of the society.
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...5014723AAouJ26
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Old 05-13-2012, 05:00 PM
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That would make an awsome band name.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:06 PM
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They are an uncommon but known prison tattoo here is Aus.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:19 PM
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Each dot represents a different resurrection of the thread. This is currently a 2-dot thread.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:11 AM
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hey all:)

i am in the u.k and i have this tattoo i had it done because my ex husband at the time had it done...it wasnt because of a gang thing and i do know he spent alot of his life in and out of prison... but he passed away a few months back i never asked him what exactly it means
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:12 AM
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:)

but i suppose to yourself it could also have its own meaning
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:15 AM
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i am in the u.k and i have this tattoo i had it done because my ex husband at the time had it done...it wasnt because of a gang thing and i do know he spent alot of his life in and out of prison... but he passed away a few months back i never asked him what exactly it means
So much for the "I get art because of what it signifies to me" excuse. (Although I do grant that aligning with your spouse can be very significant, even if the specific symbol is meaningless to you.)
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:17 AM
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Each dot represents a different resurrection of the thread. This is currently a 2-dot thread.
3 dots now!
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