A teardrop tattoo is a common body art that carries a variety of meanings and is seen as a sign of mourning, remembrance, sadness and unconditional love. The tattoo typically consists of a single tear or multiple tears which can vary in position or size. Depending on the wearer, the teardrop tattoo can be a symbol of mourning someone close who has passed away or can be a sign of struggle, pain and strength during a difficult time in their life. In some cases, the tattoo can represent loyalty, protection and sacrifice within a particular gang or organization. For some, the teardrop tattoo is a sign of hope and endurance in moving on from hard times.