I used to sell fine jewelry in the mall of Pueblo, Colorado. In Pueblo, a good percentage of the people who had to money to buy jewelry had tattoos of teardrops by the sides of their eyes. If it was just an outline, it was supposed to mean that a loved one had been killed. If it was filled in, it meant that their death had been avenged- i.e. the person with the teardrop tattoo had killed someone. People also had names tattooed on their necks a lot. I myself have a tattoo of a spiral. I won't tell you if it goes clockwise or counter-clockwise.