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What does a tattoo of 13 on the nape of the neck mean?

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The number 13 tattooed on the nape of the neck may hold personal significance that is not immediately apparent, such as a birthdate, so one should not jump to conclusions. However, it is possible that the tattoo is a sign of affiliation with the MS-13 street gang.

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MS-13 gang members are known to sometimes display the numerals "13" or the Roman numeral variant "XIII" on various parts of their bodies. A tattoo of this type should not be automatically considered a sign of gang involvement, however. Aside from the possibility of 13 representing a date of personal significance, it is also widely regarded as an unlucky number and is embraced by some subcultures.

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