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Old 04-28-2010, 10:37 AM   #1
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What do joker / clown tattoos represent?

I know that a lot of Hispanic / Latino gang members of various kinds (Surenos, MS13, etc) sport joker and clown tattoos but joker images also seem to be a part of "civilian" west coast urban culture (as seen on "civilian" tattoos, Joker Brand clothing, etc).

I've tried to Google the significance of the joker symbol in tattoo culture but I can only find generic stuff; not stuff related specifically to Hispanic / Latino culture, west coast urban culture, etc.

Post'em if you got'em.

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Old 04-28-2010, 10:43 AM   #2
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They're really, really into ICP. Only the ultra hardcore guys got'em tho.

I bet cops have a whole database of gang realtated tatts... that would be interesting to see.

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Old 04-28-2010, 10:44 AM   #3
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It means come over here and give me a big ole' hug and a kiss.

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Old 04-28-2010, 10:47 AM   #4
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It means come over here and give me a big ole' hug and a kiss.
Hehehehe I laughed at that.

Some gangs just adopt an evil clown as their symbol, just like some have a baby devil, a bulldog...

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Old 04-28-2010, 10:48 AM   #5
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It is a west coast thing because around here the gang members wear the..hmm don't know what its called but its like the opera mask happy/sad face thing.....
someone knows what i mean

a Philosophical view and lifestyle comonly associated with Latino culture this is apparent in murals tatoos and latin art that can be found in the Los angeles area and california,
"the Joker is always smilling no matter if the card is faced down, when your cards are played and it looks as though u are losing the game remember this."
"laugh now cry later."
this philosophy encourages the act of appearing happy or somewhat not troubled as this term orriginated in the East LA barrio's where gang life is apparent as with troubles braught uppon by this sort of situation.

Took that from urban dictionary hope that helps

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Old 04-28-2010, 11:22 AM   #6
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I thought THAT represented "smile now, cry later" (in a tattoo context).

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I thought THAT represented "smile now, cry later" (in a tattoo context).
thats what i was referring to earlier

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Old 04-28-2010, 12:18 PM   #9
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thats what i was referring to earlier
Gotcha but I'm referring specifically to a single joker or clown.

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Gotcha but I'm referring specifically to a single joker or clown.
thats what my second post was about?

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