A tear drop tattoo can have many meanings, such as the wearer murdered someone, did prison time or is grieving a family member who died. When the teardrop is just an outline, it may indicate attempted murder or the intent to get revenge.
Some celebrities sport a tear drop tattoo, including Lil Wayne, a rapper, and Amar'e Stoudemire, an NBA player. In 2012, Stoudemire got a tear drop tattoo to mourn his brother, Hazell, after a car accident. As for Lil Wayne, he provides different reasons for the meaning of his tear drop tattoo; he has two of these tattoos on his face.