Joe, Part 1: The Meanest Dude
Joe’s irritable, raucous and rude;
He’s all muscled and prison-tattooed;
As the meanest dude on Earth,
Others give him a wide berth,
And cower as they consider his mood.
Wikipedia: Many prison tattoos are inmates’ encoded narratives, stories of identity, hardship, violence, loyalty and allegiance. These can be gang or group affiliations (such as three- or four-dot designs for Mexican mafia and swastikas or SS lightning bolts for neo-Nazis and white supremacists), weapons of choice, sexual orientation, length of incarceration (often depicted as a spider web on an elbow), the type of crimes the individual has committed (such as a teardrop symbol for each murder victim), or even to broadcast availability as a hired killer. The inks and equipment are all improvised, so the sharing of needles, coupled with the lack of proper sterilization, can transfer serious viral and bacterial infections.