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Street gangs can identify through various verbalizations, for example, the Bloods in some cities use "brrrat" or "blat" or some other form of the sound to indicate the sound of a gun. Another verbalization popularized by rappers Lil Wayne and Hurricane Chris is "SOOWOOP¢" These are used by Bloods to identify themselves as such. The Bloods are one of the Los Angeles, California street gangs. ... Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. ... Christon Dooley Jr. ...


Territorial gang tattoo with affiliation to Orange County, California.
Territorial gang tattoo with affiliation to Orange County, California.

Tattoos have long been associated with gang membership, and connote the toughness desired by gang members as well as the permanence of gang affiliation. The designs used are frequently symbolic and represent particular deeds, such as murder. Cities in Orange County Orange County is a county in Southern California, United States. ...

The gang symbols used in tattoos and graffiti are fairly involved, and refer to the mythology and meaning that each gang may invent. For example, the Star of David represents the Folk Nation once led by a man known as King David. In addition, each point of the star represents a "value" of the "nation." Norteños, commonly associated with Nuestra Familia, use the numbers 14 and 4 to refer to themselves, referencing the fact that "N" is the 14th letter of the English alphabet. This article is about a Jewish symbol. ... The Folks Nation is an alliance of street gangs based out of the Chicago area which has since branched throughout the United States. ... The Norteños (Spanish: for Northerners), affiliated with Nuestra Familia (Our Family), are a coalition of partially Latino gangs in Northern California. ... Nuestra Familia (Spanish for Our Family) are a group of Mexican American (Chicano) prison gangs with origins in Northern California. ... The modern English alphabet consists of the 26 letters[1] of the Latin alphabet: The exact shape of printed letters varies depending on the typeface. ...


Graffiti has also long been seen as a gang-related activity and its use is closely connected to the fact that many gangs have particular areas that they always try to control. As above, the graffiti is often highly symbolic and may contain more information about the gang's activities, values and their current opponents. For other uses, see Graffiti (disambiguation). ...

Most often, gangs spray graffiti to mark territory or send a threat to a rival gang. When at war with another gang, they may visit locations the rival gang has already made their mark upon, crossing out the names of enemies they have killed, or simply covering up the rival. This is also known as a "mark out" graffiti.

Hand signs

"Throwing up" a gang sign (or "stacking" or "walk") with the hands is one of the most known and obvious forms of "claiming." It is used in many situations where other identifiers may not be possible or appropriate, and can also show that a gang member is in the area to "do business" as opposed to just passing through. Usually these signs are made by formation of the fingers on one or both hands to make some sort of symbol or letter.[1] It can also serve to relay more specific information, such as what set they represent within a larger gang or in which activities they are currently taking part. Individual letters can be used to tell stories when flashed in rapid succession, each representing a word beginning with that letter. These signs, because they are displayed only when wanted (as opposed to the types of identifiers above) are usually the most consistent across various areas. Many of these hand signals are quite close to other common hand signs, and this can cause confusion amongst gang members, non-gang members, and anti-gang authorities.

Another identifier that can be displayed only when desired is a gang handshake, which usually includes some component of the gang hand signs and/or other hand and finger symbols.[2]


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Los Angeles gangs are known to frequently wear Converse All-Star tennis shoes, either fl or in the color of their gang, and khaki pants.
In addition, some gangs associate the manner in which an article is worn to designate membership, such as a hat tilted to the left or to the right, or a bandana of any color hanging from the left or right side of the rear pants pocket.
The gang symbols used in tattoos and graffiti (below) are sometimes fairly involved, and often refer to the mythology and meaning that a gang may invent for itself.
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While the gang situation isn’t as bad as it was in the mid-1990s, when Little Rock suffered a rash of gang killings, police are preparing for a crop of veteran gang members to be released from prison and for the ascendance of Hispanic and motorcycle gangs.
Gang members are less likely now to incite violence over turf or gang colors, because the boundaries of gang territories have stabilized.
Hurd said that in the past gangs tended to be fixed to a particular street, but they’ve learned they can function more efficiently and with less threat from police and rivals by shifting their bases of operations.
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