There are different types of three dot tattoos. I have one on my left hand that was done in my teenage years. Mine are three tiny dots in a straight line. But today's post, we'll look at a certain three dot tattoo. This three dot tattoo has been linked to Cuban and Russian mafia, freemasonry and even sailors.
This tattoo consists of three dots in a triangle. Like mine, it is usually found between the thumb and forefinger. It is a popular tattoo among prisoners in Germany. To these convicts, this tattoo is a symbol to their time served behind bars. So, if you are in Germany and you see someone with this tattoo, it'll likely mean that he has spent a considerable amount of time behind bars.
To the Freemasons, the three dots tattoo is a symbol from the undersociety "Niq" which stems from freemasonry. Instead of the dots being between the thumb and the forefinger, the "Nig" tattoo is done on the middle knuckle.
As mentioned at the start of this post, this tattoo is a "must have" for many middle and high ranking members in the Cuban and Russian mafia. The tattoo is used as an identification symbol. Each three dot tattoo is accompanied by the initials of the person. The initials of the person is usually tattooed next to the three dots.
In parts of France, the dots stand for 'Mort Aux Vaches'. When translated, it means 'Death to cows'. What that really means is 'Death to cops'. Shocking ain't it?!
The hobos and sailors look upon the tattoo as a protective symbol. It is a tradition for sailors to get this tattoo on their firsr voyage. It's an easy tattoo to do with a needle and ink and it can be done on board the ship by anyone. Among the Danish sailors, this tattoo is often thought to mean "faith, hope and love".
The three dot tattoo is known as "Görmem, Duymam, Söylemem" in Turkey. It means, "I hear nothing, I see nothing and I tell nothing". Having this tattoo in Turkey means a person has taken an oath to a certain society. He has to be willing to sacifice himself in favour of the society.
This tattoo has to be the most common tattoo used among gangs throughout the world. Besides the Cuban and Russian mafia, the Hispanic and Asian gangs have used this tattoo for years.
I hope you've enjoyed this edition of Tattoo Education. Look out for the next one two Sundays from now.