11 Map Tattoos That Pay Tribute To Cities And Their Systems

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.

The Chicago El

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Seoul, South Korea

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Boston's the T

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Paris in 1910

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The Texas Highway System

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Hanover in 1896

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Downtown Mexico City

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A simple topographic map

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New York City's Five Points

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The city of Detroit

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Flint, Michigan

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