A Glasgow smile (also known as a Chelsea smile, or a Glasgow, Chelsea, or Cheshire grin) is a wound caused by making small cuts on the corners of a victim's mouth, then beating or stabbing him or her until the muscles in the face contract, causing the cuts to extend up the cheeks to the victim's ears. This leaves a scar in the shape of a smile, hence the name.
The act is usually performed with a utility knife or a piece of broken glass, leaving a scar which causes the victim to appear to be smiling broadly and may lead to death by exsanguination if left untreated.
The practice is said to have originated in Glasgow, Scotland, but became popular with English street gangs (especially among the Chelsea Headhunters, a London-based hooligan firm, where it is known as a "Chelsea grin" or "Chelsea smile").
- Glasgow razor gangs
- Black Dahlia
- The Carver
- Colombian necktie
- Blood eagle
- Kakihara (Ichi the Killer)
- Kuchisake-onna ("Slit-Mouth Woman")
- Mr. Grin
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