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Prison Tattoo Field Guide
Five Dots
Five Dots
The five dots, or quincunx, tattoo is representative of time spent in prison. The four outer dots symbolize prison walls, while the inner dot is the inmate. This tattoo is most commonly worn on the hand between the thumb and forefinger and can be found in both European and American prisons. Among American gangs, the five dot tattoo can also signify affiliation with gangs that identify with the number five, such as the the People Nation gangs, who use the five-pointed star and five-pointed crown as symbols.
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