|Three dots signify gang membership, and are a declaration to the world that the individual does not live by law or the rules of society. They also stand for "my crazy life", the romantic rationalization used by young gangsters that are engaging in dangerous criminal activities that will, or have already resulted with incarceration and/or death, that they are special, crazier than other people, therefore the gang activities are okay. This belief is rampant among young females that are gang-raped as a "jumping in" ceremony, and those that have taken an innocent life as their "jumping in". Sometimes you see scars where these dots have been burned or cut out of the skin, called burning out, and occasionally once again tatooed on. Getting out of the gang, once in, is near impossible.
Facial tatooed tears mean various things. They almost always mean the individual has served an incarceration, one for each long sentence, and can mean that they have killed someone. It is a declaration to the world of who they are, and of the fact that at least when they get the tatoo, that they were proud of being a criminal, thug or gangster, and wanted the world to know, while expressing sorrow at the sadness of losing their life and freedom. Strangely, these are among the most removed tatoos, because of course, one simply cannot leave a criminal past behind and work in society while such tatoos are displayed. You cannot get a job displaying them, same as the between the fingers tatoos.
Gangs are ruthless consumers of young lives, and like the tobacco merchants, have an insatiable appetite for fresh blood. They have no problem brainwashing kids as young as seven and even younger, into believing that criminal activities, and such antisocial behavior are acceptable, and good life choices. The kids thus indoctrinated believe it is honorable to go to jail. Many gangs require the taking of a life for membership, girls are frequently gang raped, and even when the membership requires taking a severe beating, kids are delighted and proud to be indoctrinated usually in middle school. Murder is something the gang can hold over the head of the individual, and use to force them into a life of crime. Gangs go after the youngsters because they serve lesser sentences as juveniles, and are more malleable, easy to lead, influence, and more easily decieved than older kids.