Script tattoos are common choices for everyone - not just thugs - but whether a lettering tattoo falls into the category of a thug tattoo has to do with the placement of the tattoo and the meaning behind the tattoo.
For example, a script tattoo that states "Seize the Day" may not necessarily be a thug tattoo, but place this tattoo on a neck and make the script elaborate, and then it could be considers a thug-style design.
Thug once solely meant someone who pushed other people around and engaged in criminal activity, but the term has evolved to evoke the image of someone who is tough or who has control over other people.
Face tattoos are also common choices for thug tattoos because they not only convey a message that the person disregards society's rules, but face tattoos are also known to be quite painful to get.
He took out one thug, Mrs. Watson said proudly.
I blew apart the last thug that tried to get in here.
Thornton, Illustrations of the History and Practices of the Thugs (London, 1837); Meadows Taylor, Confessions of a Thug (London, 1839; new ed.
Like the assassin who obsessed about birthdays and clothing, there were two sides to the man before her: the warm, friendly stranger with whom she'd felt so comfortable she confided to him over the phone without knowing anything about him, and the tattooed thug before them in snug biker leathers.
1879); Major Sleeman, Report on the Depredations committed by the Thug Gangs (Calcutta, 1840); J.
In a heated moment the phrase "jack-booted thug" slips out, and it is all downhill from there.