Tear drop tattoos, also known as ‘weeping eyes’ or ‘prison tattoos’, are a longstanding symbol that originated within the prison system in the early 20th century. The tear drop tattoo is a powerful symbol that can mean varying levels of significance depending on the wearer. In the traditional sense, it is a symbol of mourning or loss, with the single drop signifying a short life or unfinished business. It can also signify a person’s success in murdering another person and the number of drops representing the number of victims. Over time, the tattoo has come to mean different things to different people, with the symbol used to show sorrow for the loss of family and friends, or even as a sign of resilience and determination in the face of adversity. The tear drop tattoo has come to signify strength, survival and courage in the face of hardship, while also being a potent reminder of the fragility of life.