Restricted Canada Border Services Agency Tattoo Handbook

Canada Border Services Agency Organized Crime Section

  • 84 pages
  • Protected A
  • May 2008
  • 8.04 MB


Tattoos are useful indicators to identify individuals who are members of a gang or a criminal organization. It is important to note that an image may have several different, occasionally innocuous, meanings, depending on the interpretation of the individual or gangs using it.

The Organized Crime Section (OCS) is providing the following tattoos and their definitions as a tool to assist officers in detecting gang members or members of a criminal organization. It is important that Border Services Officers contact their Regional Intelligence Officers to assist in determining a subject’s admissibility to Canada.

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3 comments for “Restricted Canada Border Services Agency Tattoo Handbook

  1. A US Libertarian
    March 25, 2012 at 2:27 am

    In the paper: Further demonizing of people who wear tattoos

    tl; dr: mindless repetition of bigoted stereotypes

  2. Mark
    July 11, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    I couldn’t disagree more with ‘US Libertarian.’ I, too, believe in civil liberties, but with liberty comes responsibility & accountability too.

    If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, walks like a duck, smells like a duck … its probably a duck.

    Likewise with gangs & tattoos – if used to signify, which they are, if you use the signal, you’re signaling membership or affiliation.

    If not used to signify – either ignorant, stupid, or malicious, or … ?

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