Tattoos are much more than just pictures on the body. For some groups of people, tattoos have a special meaning that makes a certain impression of the owner. So, if someone has a tattoo that doesn’t correspond with their personality or social status, it may be taken as an offense.

Enlighten wants to keep you safe, so we decided to show you the most dangerous tattoos in the world, that can cause a lot of trouble. As it turns out, in some countries, you can go to prison for a tattoo or it could even cost you your life.


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A tear under the right eye often means that the owner committed murder or attempted to. Many people get this tattoo if a loved one is doing time in prison or has died tragically. This tattoo may lead to trouble only in the case that someone got it for fun, because in the criminal world, people believe that you have to “earn” every tattoo.


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A picture of any god on the body is blasphemy, this is why tourists with these tattoos often end up at police departments when they travel to Buddhist countries.


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In Japan, only people who are part of the Yakuza have the right to have such tattoos. This is the most powerful and bloodthirsty criminal gang in the country. So anyone else who has this type of tattoo and is not Yakuza will most likely encounter trouble.


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People often get a shamrock tattoo for luck, but if you accidentally get a tattoo with 3 leaves instead of 4, this will mean you are a part of an Irish criminal gang. So, if a member of this gang sees a person with this tattoo and realize they are not part of the gang, they will run into some major trouble.

Barbed wire

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In the world of organized crime, a barbed wire tattoo means that a person was convicted. Every knot on the wire stands for one year in prison. This is why when a law-abiding citizen gets this tattoo, ex-convicts may take it as an offense or even a joke. This could make the tattoo owner’s life way harder.

Snarling predators

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Regular people associate a snarling predator with a brave, courageous, and powerful person. But in the criminal world, people who have this picture on their body basically say that they have an inclination to violence and are ready to commit a violent crime and not feel sorry for it. So, if you have this kind of tattoo, you may get into some serious trouble because criminals think you have to deserve the right to have this tattoo.

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