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Like skulls, demons and wild animals, the depiction of a handgun on a gang member generally is used to enhance the intimidation factor. Some gang members who have taken up a career as a "stick-up man" or armed robber will tattoo this symbol of their trade. The Texas prison gang "Los Hermanos Pistoleros" ("Brotherhood of Gunmen" or LHP) uses the pistol as their symbol. Several of them have a realistic-looking pistol permanently tattooed on their waistline. Officers have referred to this as the "please shoot me" tattoo.

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