Saturday, August 23, 2014 N. R. 0 Comments

Traditionally when a person had a tear tattoo it meant that they'd kill someone, or that they'd lost a loved one while they were incarcerated. Currently the most common meaning behind the tattoo tear symbolizes the loss of a family member or a friend. *Lil Wayne's photo: Ethan Miller/Getty.

Celebrities who have tear tattoos: Rapper Lil Wayne, Rock musician Linda Perry, Rapper The Game, Rapper Gucci Mane, Rapper Birdman, retired NBA athlete Amar'e Stoudemire, Jamaican dancehall artist Vybz Kartel, retired NBA athlete Larry Hughes, Hip Hop Weekly CEO Benzino.

 Linda Perry, Singer/Songwriter
"It's one of my favourite tattoos." *Tattoo explanation @ 1:00 mark

Benzino, Hip Hop Weekly CEO
"This represents pain and struggle..."

Amar'e Stoudemire, former New York Knicks power forward/center
"... I'm forever crying inside ..." Amar'e speaking on the death of his brother

Game, Rapper
"The teardrop was my first tattoo, but I've got gang ties that kind keep me from talking about it."

 Larry Hughes, retired NBA athlete
"It means a lot to me."

Larry Hughes' younger brother Justin passed away in 2006 from complications stemming from a heart defect. Following his brother's death Larry got two tear tattoos beneath his left eye and "I Am My Brother's Keeper" tattooed on the right side of his neck. His brother Justin was just 20 years old. 
Source: espn, The Cleveland Plain Dealer Early Edition.

 "No I'm not in a gang, and no, I haven't killed anybody. " 
- Larry's response when strangers ask if his two tear tattoos have underlying gang meanings