11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

By Leslie Horn on at

Tattoos, just like hometowns, leave a permanent mark. If you harbour 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 symbolise 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 neighbourhood that disappeared in the 19th century. We've collected some of our favourite map tattoos below.


11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

The Chicago El

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11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

Seoul, South Korea

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11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

Boston's the T

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11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

Paris in 1910

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11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

The Texas Highway System

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11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

Hanover in 1896

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11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

Downtown Mexico City

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11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

A simple topographic map

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11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

New York City's Five Points

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11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

The city of Detroit

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11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute to Cities and Their Systems

Flint, Michigan

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