The triangle tattoo on Lip’s arm from the TV show Shameless is a symbolic reference to his character arc. Lip (born Philip Gallagher) has overcome a difficult, troubled upbringing which included a neglectful father, alcoholic mother, and an absentee brother. His triangle tattoo reflects his struggle to break free of his family’s issues and find his own path in life. The triangle symbolizes the three points of Lip’s journey, each representing an important factor in his story: perserverance, determination, and strength. The triangle also symbolizes personal growth—the more time that passes, the higher and more solid Lip’s triangle stands, signifying his development from a vulnerable boy to a successful and independent man.