11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

Tattoos, just like hometowns, leave a permanent mark. If you harbor a special attachment to a city or town—even if you left long ago—inking it on your body forever is often a fitting tribute.

In many cases, maps symbolize far more than just a street grid: It might be a city you've only dreamed about, or the place you wish you could go back to. It could even be a place that no longer exists—like the tattoo that shows New York's Five Points, the crime-ridden neighborhood that disappeared in the 19th century. We've collected some of our favorite map tattoos below.


The Chicago El

11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

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Seoul, South Korea

11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

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Boston's the T

11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

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Paris in 1910

11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

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The Texas Highway System

11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

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Hanover in 1896

11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

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Downtown Mexico City

11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

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A simple topographic map

11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

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New York City's Five Points

11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

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The city of Detroit

11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

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Flint, Michigan

11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

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