A spider web on the elbow tattoo is a common symbol for time spent in prison. While it is still unclear why this symbolism has been established, it is associated with a number of meanings related to the experience of being incarcerated. Commonly, this design is used to represent feelings of being trapped, struggles with mental health, strength, and survival. It can act as a reminder for the wearer to keep striving for better, even when the odds seem to be stacked against them. Additionally, the web may be used as a symbol of second chances and the duality between gentleness and strength.