A 5 dot tattoo is a common tattoo motif symbolizing various different meanings depending on the context. In the western world, it is often seen as a symbol of time served in prison, with each dot representing a year served – though this meaning varies from person to person. In some cultures, it is seen as a spiritual sign, symbolizing the four elements (earth, air, fire, and water) along with a fifth element representing spirit or life force. In Chinese culture, the 5 dots symbolize the five most important aspects of life: health, wealth, love, virtue and longevity. In Japanese culture, the 5 dots symbolize the 5 Buddhist Wisdom Beings: the Five Tathagatas, or the 5 Buddhas of Wisdom. In Celtic culture, it is a symbol of family and loyalty, with each of the 5 dots representing the protection of a family member.