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11 Common Gang Tattoos You've Probably Seen Without Knowing

You've likely seen plenty of tattoos that indicate a person's allegiance to a group or gang. But what do gang tattoos mean? Whether they're full of color or rendered in stark black ink, those pictures hide symbolism in their lines. If you're curious about their secret meanings, this list is for you.

As gang membership grew in America in the 1920s, tattoos became more popular among members. Similar to prison tattoos, gang tattoo designs became a way for members to show allegiance to particular groups. Almost every gang that exists has some specific tattoos associated with them. From Hell's Angels to the MS-13, their notable tats are included here.

Scroll through this list to see some specific gang tattoos and their meanings. The stories these designs tell are fascinating.