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GANGINK.COM is the largest online tattoo database.  The website currently has over 1500 tattoo pictures of Chicago Gangs, and is adding pictures for gang tattoos all over the country.  The site is dedicated to bringing you the best resource for understanding the variety and complexity of gang tattoos.

Gang tattoos mark a person as part of a street gang or a prison gang. They symbolize membership. They represent the wearer's beliefs. And sometimes they record acts of violence or even murder. Every gang has its own set of tattoos and markings. A few symbols, like a teardrop under one eye to represent either a murder or the death of a loved one, cross gang boundaries. But for the most part, the gang-related ink represents specific beliefs or gang affiliations.

Nothing symbolizes gang members' commitment to their gangs more forcefully than the gang tattoo. These symbols proclaim the individual's allegiance to the group in a way that is both permanent and deeply personal - being written on the body itself.  Tattoos have long been a means of identifying oneself with a group or culture. Gangs were one of the first groups to use tattoos as a means of denoting identity and affinity, but groups as diverse as the military, sports teams, and even the popular Rappers and band members have used matching tattoos as a visible sign of the members' bond with one another. But while society has often imposed tattoos in order to identify the tattooed as criminals, many people have also embraced these stigmatizing marks. Being an outlaw can be a source of pride as well as shame. Gang members in particular take pride in branding themselves as outside of the boundaries of conventional society.

DISCLAIMER: This site does not promote, endorse or support any type of gang activity.  The purpose of this site is to provide pictures of various tattoos that belong to Gang Members, for the purpose of clarification and indentification.

 

 

 









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