among southern Californian gangs A tattoo placed under the eye that is used to signify the lost of a loved one or good friend. an empty tear signifies that the loved one had been killed in murder. a filled tattoo signifies that the loved one had killed themselves or was killed in another cause (car crash, death penalty etc.). Tattoo's with a half empty top and a half full bottom means that the loved one had been murdered but their killer was murdered by the Tattoo wearer.
Rappers Lil wayne, The Game, Birdman, and DMX all sport tear tattoo's in memory of their friends. Lil Wayne has two tattoo tear's