The teardrop tattoo or tear tattoo is a symbolic tattoo of a tear that is placed underneath the eye, and is sported by a few rappers. So why do rappers have a teardrop tattoo? Well the significance of a tear tattoo can mean many different thing. The individuals who wear it got it for different reasons.
What Does A Teardrop Tattoo Mean?
The teardrop tattoo on the face can mean a variety of things. Some people get it to signify their time in prison or someone close to them in prison doing a bid. It can also be worn to honor or remember someone close to you that has died. A third reason is to signify the gang that you are in, most gang members get tear tattoos to signify unity among themselves.
The most popular reason that people know about the teardrop tattoo on the face is that the wearer has killed someone. That is true, but with further research you will find that the other reasons listed above are more of the reasons why people get teardrop tattoos; not the fact that they’ve killed someone. Oddly enough some people get it because they think it looks cool.
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Why Does Lil Wayne Have Teardrop Tattoos?
There are many rappers that sport a tear tattoo and they have actually given reasons why. Rapper Kevin Gates says his tear tattoo signifies the jail time that he did a few years ago.
He wanted it to remind him to stay focused and not do anything that will land him back in jail, because at this point he has too much to lose. The Game says he has tear tattoos to signify the lost of close friends to violence and life in prison.
The most popular rapper with tear tattoos is Lil’ Wayne. He has it to represent the jail bids that he’s done and also to signify lost ones.
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Other Celebrities Who Have Teardrop Tattoos
Amy Winehouse had a teardrop tattooed to mark her distress at husband Blake Fielder-Civil who is in Pentonville Prison. Another celebrity sporting the mark is Basketball player Amar’e Stoudemire; has had a teardrop tattoo since 2012; honoring his older brother Hazell Jr. who had died in a car accident.