Since the forced closing of Zucotti Park, the Occupy Wall Street movement has faded from the headlines, though it's presence continues to persevere through protests across the country, and in the hearts and minds of those who were sparked to action by its message. The Occupy movement is also leaving a lasting mark on the bodies of it's most ardent supporters in the form of tattoos that champion the cause. Here are some of the symbols that Occupiers are using to express their beliefs:
"We are the 99%" is perhaps the biggest rallying cry of Occupy, representing the disenfranchisement of the vast majority of people at the hands of the wealthy.
Barbed wire has become a popular choice for Occupy tattoos, as well as the West Berlin Oppression Bear, hearkening back to another powerful freedom movement, when Berlin was united as the Wall fell.
Chains represent the oppression of the middle and lower class by the elite to Occupy protestors. They see wealth disparity as leading to a new form of slavery.
Nobody knows the future of Occupy, whether it will ultimately go down in history as a movement that changed the world or merely a footnote in our collective memories. Regardless, there are those out there who believe passionately enough to ink themselves for the cause, dedicating their lives to the hope for a future of greater equality.