Texas Prison Tattoos
By Andrew Lichtenstein
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White inmates who are outnumbered and less gang-organized in the prison population find it more important to assert a racial solidarity than to declare a "home turf". Often they have tattoos of swastikas or crosses signalling membership to one of a dozen or so white supremacist groups.
Prison logic dictates that restrictions be turned on their head. The more detailed and beautiful a tattoo is, the longer it took and riskier it was to make. Wearing such a tattoo reveals more than a convict's gang affiliation, racial pride or even the skill of the artist. It is a boast of one's ability to break the rules.

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