Three tattoo dots is a popular symbol in prison culture with various meanings depending on the individual tattoo bearer. The most commonly recognized interpretation of the three dots is the phrase “mi vida loca,” or “my crazy life,” signifying a life of hardship and turbulence. It can also suggest resilience and toughness, with the wearer embracing life’s struggles. Other meanings that have been ascribed to three dots can represent a street-oriented lifestyle, suggest the idea of being open to life’s possibilities, or refer to the death of a family member or friend. The meaning can also vary depending on the location of the dots— common placements are the knuckles, forehead, shoulders, or tear drops near the eyes. Each assignment of the tattoo holds a different interpretation for the individual, either related to their personal struggles or those of the people around them.