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Teardrops for murders. Spider webs for prison time. Penal code numbers for crimes committed.

Criminals have long used tattoos as indelible ink on their own bodily rap sheet. And for just as long, police have used tattoos as a way to identify suspects, a distinguishing characteristic to jog a memory or catch the public’s eye.

But only rarely does body art play a pivotal role as evidence posited as proof of wrongdoing.

Prosecutors trying to convict former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez in a pair of homicide cases could try to use the one-time football star’s tattoos against him: They are seeking the artists who worked on Hernandez, saying they could be witnesses. (Photos: Ted Fitzgerald/Boston Herald/The Associated Press, Elise Amendola/The Associated Press, Matt Stone/Boston Herald/The Associated Press)

Lionel Messi got a new tattoo in tribute to his son Thiago. It’s an interesting choice … (Photo: Twitter/Leo Messi Fan Club/Matias Messi)

INKED: Tattoos decorate the arms of Tampa Bay Rays’ Ryan Roberts as he takes a rest during a spring training baseball workout, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, Port Charlotte, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

INKED: Tattoos decorate the arms of Tampa Bay Rays’ Ryan Roberts as he takes a rest during a spring training baseball workout, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, Port Charlotte, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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The tattooed and taped legs of Canada’s James Steacy are pictured during the Group A men’s hammer throw qualification at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The tattooed and taped legs of Canada’s James Steacy are pictured during the Group A men’s hammer throw qualification at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Check out CFL player Rob Murphy’s new tattoo. He says on Twitter that it took seven hours.

Check out CFL player Rob Murphy’s new tattoo. He says on Twitter that it took seven hours.

On Thursday, we brought you photos of Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie’s tattoos. Now here’s teammate Yunel Escobar’s new ink. Photo: Mike Cassese/ReutersJohn Lott writes on Blue Jays spring training: Alex Anthopoulos is never at a loss for words. So when he met the media on the first official day of spring training, the result was fairly predictable: a 28-minute, 5,200-word dissertation that covered everything from what to expect from Brett Lawrie to the proliferation of pitching prospects in the Toronto Blue Jays system. Read excerpts from the Anthopoulos scrum here.

On Thursday, we brought you photos of Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie’s tattoos. Now here’s teammate Yunel Escobar’s new ink. Photo: Mike Cassese/Reuters

John Lott writes on Blue Jays spring training: Alex Anthopoulos is never at a loss for words. So when he met the media on the first official day of spring training, the result was fairly predictable: a 28-minute, 5,200-word dissertation that covered everything from what to expect from Brett Lawrie to the proliferation of pitching prospects in the Toronto Blue Jays system. Read excerpts from the Anthopoulos scrum here.

Brett Lawrie has a lot of tattoos. A. Lot.

(Source: sports.nationalpost.com)