A 5 dot tattoo is a traditional tattoo style originating in prison. It is associated with the prison code and represents time served, as each dot typically represents a year spent in prison. To this day, it is still a popular representation of prison life, can have a deep and personal meaning for the wearer. It is also sometimes referred to as as a “quincunx” or “quincunx tattoo” and often appears on the hand in the form of five dots in the shape of a square or rectangle. This tattoo can also have multiple meanings for the wearer and is often associated with overcoming adversity and having a strong internal resolve. Ultimately, the meaning behind this tattoo depends on the individual.