Iguana Tattoos – True Meaning Revealed

Considerations to be made prior to Acquiring an Iguana Tattoo

When you begin contemplating acquiring an iguana tattoo, the consequences of this action should be deliberated upon. Factors to be considered prior to getting an iguana tattoo may include some of the following:


Lizard tattoos, which include iguana tattoos, are a symbol of the search for light by the human soul. Other symbolisms are also associated with the iguana tattoo. Prior to getting this tattoo, its corresponding meaning should be well known to you. One should search for a tattoo whose meaning has some relevance to you.

Iguana tattoos, like any other permanent tattoos, are painful to get and equally painful to remove. One should make the pain endured in getting a tattoo meaningful and is should symbolize a significant thing or occurrence in ones individual life. It should be noted that ones interpretation of the meaning of the tattoo may differ from the general interpretation. However, personal interpretation is the one with greater significance.


A few people might be unable to find interpretations of iguana tattoos which have a significant meaning to them. They nonetheless get the iguana tattoo because the creature is of some relevance to them. Whether or not one has traits similar to iguanas does not mean that one likes or dislikes them.

A fair amount of research needs to be carried out before one can conclude that the creature posses traits similar to you. Iguanas are survivors due to the fact that they are up and about when other animals have already withdrawn. They are thus a symbol of survivors and one can get an iguana tattoo if one believes he/she is a survivor.


Some people are fascinated by this creature and get tattoos due to this factor. Others who get iguana tattoos are either owners of iguanas which they keep as pets or those individuals who eventually wish to have them. To some people, the iguana is their favorite animal. This opinion is individual to them and very subjective as people have different reasons for liking different animals. These people have a clear attraction to this animal.


After deliberating on individual grounds for getting an iguana tattoo, the final design needs to be decided upon. One can choose a simple design that wouldn’t cause lots of pain or an elaborate design which may have a variety of colors. The latter would astonish everyone who sees it but would cause a great deal of pain when getting it.

Tattoo designs are available on the internet and they can be downloaded and duplicated by tattoo artists in your location. The exact location of the tattoo needs to be determined beforehand. A place that would not put your health in jeopardy and still enhance the beauty of the tattoo should be considered. It is advisable to get different recommendations as to where it should be prior to having the design tattooed.


The position it is placed on is of great importance. Some people consider placing the tattoo in places where the contraction of muscles would give the illusion that the creature is moving. This motion would make the tattoo seem lifelike. Teenagers often place their tattoos in concealed places to avoid trouble from their parents or other people who might cause trouble for them should they see the tattoo.

Prison Tattoos and Their Meaning

Prison tattooing is the practice of creating and displaying tattoos in a prison environment. They are often used to portray gang membership, prison status, family bonds, spiritual beliefs and are often used as a form of code and have hidden meanings. Tattooing is forbidden in most prisons and therefore is done in secret, with makeshift tattoo equipment. Within the expanding prison system, tattoos are taken seriously by the inmates and their guards alike. Tattoos obtained while locked up in prison have special significance both to the prisoners themselves as well as back on the streets.

Methods of Tattooing in Prison

There are two standard type of prison tattoo pistols, the spinner and the relay. The relay pistol is much better than the spinner rig-up and is now more widely used. An inmate breaks down his most prized possession, a radio, and removes the transistor. The thin copper wire is then removed which is wrapped around a screw which provides an automatic relay when powered up. The inmate must then somehow acquire bristles from a wire brush from maintenance, and sharpen them to provide the needle. The cylinder is made from a quality mechanical pencil and the armature bar is made with a piece of flexible pallet band and dime size magnet. The tattoo gun is then powered by the transistor of another radio. So owning one of these tattoo “pistols” is quite costly and in prison, “money” can be hard to come by.

Obviously without this equipment, the ole pick and poke method with some type of pin works too.

Prison tattoo ink recipe

Get a metal container, a cut in half soda can is best, and put baby oil and cotton into the can. You then will need a flat piece of metal that can be put over the opening of the can, without covering it. Burn the baby oil and cotton allowing the smoke to hit the metal sheet and blacken it as darkly as possible. You will then scrape all of the black powder off, and repeat. You want to use a credit card or something similar to do this, as razors and other metal scrapers might leave shards in the powder. Put your tattoo powder in a small container, a toothpaste cap is what I recommend, and fill the cap about halfway. Then add a couple drops of clear, scentless, shampoo. Stir thoroughly. Your completed ink should have a pen’s inks consistency, or maybe slightly thicker. To thin your ink, add shampoo, and to thicken it up, add more powder.

Some inmates will simply use the ink out of a pen. There are various methods of concocting an ink recipe and they have all probably been used at one time or another.

Due to the lack of proper equipment and sterile environments in prison, the tattooing in prison poses health risks, such as HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis. However, prisoners are ominously aware of this and take as many precautions as are possible given the conditions under which they are operating.

Many inmates in prison who do tattooing are very talented artists. Having quality tattooing skills is prison is a very lucrative skill to possess. Seasoned tattoo artists in prison stand a far better chance of making “money” than say the inmate who is trying to sling drugs behind the scenes. They also gain the admirable respect of other prisoners as well as the correctional officers themselves. Unlike other mind bending activities such as gossip or gang related stimuli the tattoo artist occupies his mind with skin and art.

Some Prison Tattoo Meanings in North America

Three dots arranged as a triangle – this design is most commonly found between the prisoner’s forefinger and thumb. The design stands for “mi vida loca,” which means “my crazy life.”

Teardrop tattoo – this design is worn by the eye. It indicates the wearer has killed someone or that the person had a friend killed in prison.

Shamrock – this design is worn anywhere on the body and is often found on those belonging to the Aryan Brotherhood. In this case, the shamrock often also includes the number 12, with the 1 standing for “A” and the 2 standing for “B.”

Ace of spades – Worn anywhere on the body, this design is mostly worn by those belonging to either the Aco Town or Asian Boyz gang. The A, which is often placed in the middle of the spade, is meant to symbolize Asian while the spade symbolizes thievery.

The number 13 – this tattoo indicates membership with the Mara Salvatrucha 13 gang.

The number 14 – this tattoo indicates membership with the Nuestra Familia, which is a prison gang. This gang is affiliated with the Nortenos, a street gang.

Area codes – many gang members use the area code to their neighborhood as a tattoo, though this can become outdated as area codes are changed.

Clock with no hands – most commonly placed on the upper arm, this tattoo symbolizes “doing time.”

Spider web – generally found on the elbow, this tattoo is used by white supremacists to demonstrate that they have severely injured or killed one of their “opponents.” The design is also commonly found on people that have been in prison.

Clock faces without hands – doing time

Tombstones with numbers – the years they were inside

Tombstones with numbers and RIP – mourning the death of a friend

Face of female crying – has someone on the outside waiting

SWP – supreme white power

100 % pure – pure white or anglo

Cell window with sun or bird showing – waiting to get out

Other countries such as Russia, Australia, France, UK, China and others all have prisons with inmates who bear tattoos with significant meanings. As a matter of fact, Russia and it’s former republics have a very elaborate array of tattoo meanings.

One very major point inmates consider while getting tattooed is getting caught. If an inmate gets caught getting a tattoo they are subject to a penalty of 15 days of solitary confinement. Being suspected of getting a tattoo as perhaps is indicated by the reddening of the skin where a fresh tattoo has been inked can still bring repercussions, such as being charged. But hey, if your doing life without the possibility of parole does this really concern you a whole lot?

The concept of prison tattoos is hardly a modern one. There is evidence to suggest that prisoners were tattooed as early as Egyptian times. As with many of the tattoos worn by prisoners today, these tattoos also had significant meaning. For example king or pyramid tattoos were worn by those that were very dangerous, such as assassins, head bosses, and masterminds.

Greyhound Ear Tattoo Meaning

Ever wonder what the tattoos mean and why they tattoo your greyhounds ears? All greyhounds who are racers must have this done and be registered with the NGA (National Greyhound Association). They are usually tattooed between the ages of 2-1/2 to 3 months old. The actual tattoo for each puppy must be on a “Litter Registration” form and turned in to the NGA by the end of 3 months. The NGA then assigns a new litter registration number with each new litter.

The left ear tattoo is the litter registration number.

The right ear tattoo is a combination of letters and numbers that identify that particular dog. On the right ear, looking from the rear of the dog to its nose, the first number is the month in which the dog was born (2=February, 11=November, etc.). The second number is the last digit of the year the dog was born (1=2001, 3=2003, etc.). A letter then follows that identifies with how many dogs are in the litter. So for example, if there are 5 puppies in the letter, one puppy would have the letter A, another would have the letter B, another C, another D, and the last one E. Different breeders have different methods of picking who gets tattooed first, second, last. Some choose it on personalities of the dog, others I have heard as to which was born first, second, last.

The tattoos on your greyhound, however, are useful after you have adopted your greyhound in being able to check where he raced, ancestry, and litter mates. You can find this information at http://www.Greyhound-Data.com. It is a lot of fun and very interesting to see where your greyhound came from.