Tear drop tattoos are symbolic of time spent incarcerated in prison. They often represent the time spent in prison for a particular crime. These tattoos have their origins in prison culture, where they were worn as a badge of honor, a badge of belonging to a particular group or gang. There are various interpretations and meanings of the tear drop tattoo. In some cultures, the tattoo can represent sadness or regret for a criminal act committed, or for time spent away from loved ones. In other cultures, the tattoo can represent a loss of innocence due to the crime committed, or can represent a thirst for revenge. Some cultures interpret the tear drop act as a way to express pride in one’s criminal past. Ultimately, the meaning of a tear drop tattoo is determined by the wearer.