Sunday, 16 January 2011

Three Dots Tattoo - Mi Vida Loca

A tattoo many Latinos get representing their culture and pride in being Latino. The tattoo is formed by three dots in a triangular formation located on the web of the hand between the thumb and index finger. It can also be placed at the bottom corner of one eye. The three dots stand for “Mi vida loca” or “My crazy life”. (Urban Dictionary)
And from the answers on my tumblr - :
- "The three point tattoos mean "mi vida loca", my crazy life...normally it's associated with the Mexican gang MS13, it may also be representative of the "Los Vatos Locos" (The Crazy Dudes or Guys) gang. But most of the time, it's represented innocently in the "my crazy life" traditional manner." ( buhbuhbuhbrittany)
- "3 dots tattoo has many different meanings...
"mi vida loca" or my crazy life is probably the most well known....gang members associated with MS-13 get it and will often include a cross as well (3 dots represent what gang life leads to = 1. the grave 2. the hospital 3. prison)
Before it became popular with Latino gangs, the symbol was used in European prisons, showing you did France it stands for "mort aux vaches" which means death to cows (police)
The tattoo can be seen on the webbing between the thumb and index finger, hand, wrist & by the eye" (
"Another common tattoo in American prisons and jails, especially for Hispanic inmates, is three dots on the top of the hand between the index finger and thumb, similar to what is described for French criminal tattoos below. The trio is meant to symbolize alternately the Trinity (Catholic & Christian imagery is common in the US penal system) or 'Mi Vida Loca.' (My Crazy Life in Spanish)" (setyoursails)
- "Three dots in the shape of a triangle mean therefore. If the dots are inverted they mean because. It's for solving philosophical equations." (thethrillofshill)
- "well usually the spots,tears or any marks near the eye means thats how many people you have killed, or how many people you have lost in your life. usually people in gangs do this." (xxhauntedasylumxx)
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Короче, мексиканские тюремные татуировки :) латино, гетто и все дела


  1. Fact: MS13 is not a Mexican gang.

  2. Ms 13 is a central American gang. ( Ms 13 has Mexican members)

  3. MS 13 is a Salvadorian Gang that started in LA and has a major concentration in the DC metro area as well. They actually have major problems with the Mexican gangs.

  4. you forgot to add that sur 13 and many other gangs like florencia 13 etc. use 3 dots tatto

  5. the pretty boy on the right, I'm pretty sure his mean 'my crazy suburban life' or 'my crazy instagram account' ...and i wouldn't be surprised if it is sharpie or eyeliner and not even a real tattoo!!! the 3 dots tattoo, the spiderweb on the elbow, and the tears by yr eye have all lost their meaning because of posers like that kid on the right. none of it means anything anymore.
    tattoos have become a fucking JOKE!!!

    1. Not sure if you're trolling, but that "pretty boy on the right" is Oli Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon and his tattoos are real. Lost all their meaning? What does that even mean? If it has meaning for you, what does it matter how many people wear it in a different way? You sound elitist, tbh.

    2. He's fucking Australian! Holy shit, this leva would get the shit beat out of him if he was caught in SoCal false flagging.

    3. "The pretty boy" is oli sykes. He's been through a lot in his life. Don't comment if you don't know people! He's been through a lot of hard things.

  6. I have three dots between index finger and thumb and I represent "Mi Vida Loca," My Crazy Life. My fathers side originates for Monterry Mexico, so represents my Chicana pride as well. Not gang related for me personally. A symbol can hold several different meanings. I say be free and take it how you want to.

  7. I have them, it means wat it means TO ME. Live laugh love, murder death kill, fuck the gov, fuck the police, fuck you all, dont give strangers the power to dertimine what your tats mean, YOU yourself know what they mean to you, fuck what anyone else thinks of it

  8. ok so what if you are born with the three dots under your eye? i just had a friend point out the meaning of these markings i have always had... my life is very crazy and i've lost my son, brother and sister.... i'm a fighter, ex pro athelete, artist and singer/guitar player. meaningless perhaps... i'm just insane like mi' familia would say.. and for some reason spanish is a second language of mine, but always wanted to learn... i'm white with alot of diff races in my b.g.... sorry i know i'm crazy... just wanting to know y? haha



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