Texas Prison Tattoos:
Within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's
expanding prison system tattoos are taken seriously
by the inmates and their guards alike.
Tattoos obtained while locked up in prison
have special significance back on the streets.
Texas convicts like other prisoners in the U.S.
are racially divided but they share an
affection for tattoos that identify home towns.
Many of the gangs that are present
in prisons across the nation have
close regional geographic affiliations.
A declaration of allegiance to one town
or another can certainly provoke a gang fight
and may cost an inmate his life.