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1 Stigma A negative association with something that is not necessarily negative

2 Statistics don’t help Only 25% of people who get tattoos outside of the t-shirt line make it to middle class 16%-20% of Americans have tattoos; of that number 37.5% regret getting a tattoo at all 57% of the American Prison population have tattoo 31% of those who define themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender people have tattoos

3 Prison Tattoo 57% of incarcerated Americans have tattoos

4 A prison tattoo is black. Colored ink is not allowed in most prisons.

5 Motorcycle gangs

6 Like prison tattoos, these tattoos always tell a story


8 Be cautious, many tattoos convey messages that you should know for your safety

9 Almost all self proclaimed or initiated white supremacist bear tell-tale tattoos

10 Spider-web tattoo This symbol has several meanings. It can mean jail time or that this man has killed a black person. Often, killing a black person is an initiation right to get into certain white power motorcycle gangs. This tattoo will usually appear over a shoulder or elbow, and sometimes, though rare, over another joint. Be advised not all motorcycle gangs engage in this behavior. ALSO, this tattoo has become more of a traditional image to fill a sleeve piece for many tattoo enthusiasts.

11 Examples of NON-racist Spiderweb tattoo.

12 Some general racist symbols

13 Look out for number symbols 14 (words) 8814/88 5 (words) 31133/6 66683100% 4/194/2028 1823

14 For example 311-stand for 3 of the 11 th letter of the alphabet or “KKK” 14(words)- "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.“ 88- “Heil Hitler” 5(words)-”I have nothing to say." Alex Curtis, a San Diego-based white supremacist who coined the phrase, believes that white racists in the United States should use the five words to demonstrate a "code of silence" and to help avoid prosecution by law enforcement.

15 Other Symbols

16 Musicians Always been associated with drinking, drug use, promiscuity, rebellious behavior.

17 If a musician or celebrity openly displays a tattoo they are considered “bad boy” or “…girl”





22 Are tattoos sinful? "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft,... " 1 Samuel 15:23 "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." Exodus 22:18 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:28

23 You may find many more verses like these in the bible (Old Testament) However, in the New Testament…

24 Revelation 19:11-16 says: 11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

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