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					       , along with types of clothing and tattoos, have traditionally worn colors as a means of
       identifying themselves and the gang with which they are affiliated. Many non gang
       members, who innocently wore a gangs colors in the wrong place at the wrong time ha ve
       been assaulted and even killed.

The following information is intended to show colors that may be used by gangs to identify
themselves. These colors may be seen in the clothing worn by the gang members, in their flags,
(bandannas) or in their graffiti. Due to the trends of today's gangs to change identifiers that used to
be traditional, these colors may not be exact .

Please note that colors are not a positive identifier of gang affiliation. Colors are but one of
the combination of identifiers used by law enforcement and others to identify gang
members.

The two most widely known gang colors are red, worn by the Bloods, and blue, worn by the
Crips.

                                           Gang HandSigns




                                                   Latin Counts




                                                       Duece
Latin Kings




     Future Stones




Gangster Disciples




  Imperial Gangsters




     Vice Lords
     Simon City Royals




Maniac Latin Disciples




       Spanish Cobras




   Two Six Boyz




       Disciples and Folk
          Vice Lords




    Insane Unknowns




            Latin Eagles




        Disciples




Gang Colors List
           Gang                      Colors                              Affiliation
                           Basic -red; also sets
                           known to wear brown,
Bloods
                           orange, burnt orange to
                           represent dried blood
Crips                      Blue
Norteños                   Red                           Aligned with La Nuestra Familia
Sureños                    Blue                          Aligned with the Mexican Mafia

                             Gangs With Folks Nation Affiliation

Ambrose                           Light blue, black                  Folks
Ashland Vikings                   Green, black                       Folks
Black Disciples                   Black, blue                        Folks
Black Gangster Disciples          Black, blue, white, silver         Folks
Brothers of Struggle              Black, blue, white, silver         Folks
C-Notes                           Green, red, white                  Folks
Campbell Boys                     Red, blue                          Folks
Harrison Gents                    Purple, black                      Folks
Imperial Gangsters                Pink, brown                        Folks
Insane Popes                      Black, blue                        Folks
La Raza                           Red, white, green                  Folks
Party People                      White, black                       Folks
Latin Disciples                   Blue, black                        Folks
Latin Dragons                     Black, green                       Folks
Latin Eagles                      Gray, black                        Folks
Latin Jivers                      Black, brown                       Folks
Latin Lovers                      Red, yellow                        Folks
Latin Souls                       Maroon, black                      Folks
Orchestra Albany                  Brown, yellow                      Folks
Simon City Royals                 Blue, black                        Folks
Spanish Cobras                    Green, black                       Folks
Satan Disciples                   Canary yellow, black               Folks
Spanish Gangsters                 Light blue, black                  Folks
Two Sixers                   Tan, black                              Folks
Two Boys                     Black, blue                             Folks
Gangs With People Nation Affiliation
Bishops                    Copper, brown, black                           People
Black Stone Rangers        Black, green, red                              People
Black P. Stone Nation      Black, green, red                              People
Cullerton Deuces           Gray, black, white                             People
Ek Rukns                   Black, red, green, gold                        People
Gaylords                   Gray, light blue, black                        People
Insane Deuces              Green, black                                   People
Insane Popes               Black, blue                                    People
Insane Unknowns            Black, white                                   People
Kents                      Gray, black                                    People
Latin Counts               Red, black                                     People
Latin Kings                Gold, black                                    People
Latin Saints               Blue, black                                    People
Mickey Cobras              Red, black                                     People
Pachucos                   Black, white                                   People
Puerto Rican Stones        Black, orange                                  People
Spanish Lords              Black, red                                     People
Vice Lords                 Black, red, green, gold                        People

Gang initials - Gang name - Gang ethnicity (Asian, African-American, Hispanic, or Caucasian),
Gang background, and locations (cities, states) where the gang is known to exist.

We will add the gang information on a case by case basis.

                                Gang Initials and Gang Names

AB - Aryan Brotherhood – A white supremacist prison gang founded in the California prison
system in the 1960s. The shamrock and 666 tattoos are associated with this gang.

ABT - Aryan Brotherhood of Texas – A white supremacist prison gang founded in Texas.

ABZ - Asian Boyz – An Asian-American street gang that originated in Southern California. They
have spread to many parts of the U.S. and are reportedly one of largest Asian street gangs in the
U.S.. Tiny Rascal Gangsters (TRG) is one of the key rivals of this gang.

AC - Aryan Circle – A white supremacist prison gang that has spread to many other states.

AKB - Asian Killa Boyz – A Southern California street gang.

ALK - Almighty Latin Kings – Founded in Chicago, Illinois, they are one of the largest Hispanic
gangs in the United States. They're also known as the Latin Kings (LK), Almighty Latin King Nation
(ALKN), and Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (ALKQN).

BA - Barrio Azteca - Founded in the 1980s, Barrio Azteca is a Hispanic prison gang active in the
Southwestern United States.

BB – Border Brothers - The "Border Brothers", a Hispanic gang, are mainly found in the
California Prison system, but are slowly spreading to other systems.

BD - Black Disciples – An African-American street gang founded in Chicago.

BDS - Fresno Bulldogs – A predominantly Hispanic street gang in Fresno, California. Also known
as the F-14 Bulldogs.

B.E.S.T. – Barrio Eighteenth ST (Street) - A violent Hispanic gang that accepts members from
all ethnicities. It has spread throughout the U.S.

BGF - Black Guerrilla Family – An African-American, anti-establishment, prison gang; formed in
1966, at San Quentin State Prison in California.

BHS – Ben Hill Squad – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

BOE - Busting On Everybody - A Georgia street gang

BP - Brown Pride – A Mexican-American street gang found in multiple locations, including
California and Arizona. BP13 and BPX3 are a couple of other tags associated with this gang.

BPS - Black P. Stones - An African-American gang founded in Chicago in the mid-20th century.
Originally called Blackstone Rangers, they are also known as the Black P. Stone Nation (BPSN).

BS – Bomb Squad – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

BSL - Brown Side Locos - A Hispanic street gang that is active in California and Georgia.

BTK - Born To Kill - A Vietnamese-American street gang founded in New York in the 1980s.

D&D – Down and Dirty – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

D4L – Down 4 Life – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

DDP - Dominicans Don't Play - A violent gang that is known to exist on the East Coast - NY,
NY, MD. Also Spain.

DFB – Dem Franchise Boyz – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

DWB - Dirty White Boys - A white prison gang that is believed to have origins in the federal
prison system. It is now found in state systems as well as the FBOP.
DMI - Dead Man Incorporated – A Caucasian prison/street gang founded in the Maryland prison
system in the late 1990s.

DP – Da Posse – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

DSB - Down South Boys (Down South Boyz) – A Florida street gang.

EPT - El Paso Tangos (Tango Blast) – A Texas gang comprised primarily of Hispanics.

4CH - Four Corner Hustlers – An African-American street gang founded in Chicago, Illinois in
the late 1960s.

F13 - Florencia 13 – One of the largest Hispanic gangs in Southern California.

FAB - Forever About Bread - A Houston, Texas gang

FSC – Fair Street Crips – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

FTRA - Freight Train Riders of America – A gang of individuals (hobos) who travel by rail
boxcar. They are very active in the Northwest United States. Crimes include robbery and murder.

G-27 – The G-27 formed in the Puerto Rico prison system. Members are referred to as “Insectos.”

GB – Gutta Boyz – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

GD - Gangster Disciples – An African-American street/prison gang founded in Chicago, Illinois.
They have spread to numerous other states throughout the United States.

GKB - Gangsta Killer Bloods (Gangster Killa Bloods) – A predominantly African-American
street gang

GMB – Get Money Boyz – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

GMC – Get Money Crew – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

GS – Goone Squad – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

GSC - Grape Street Crips - A Southern California street gang.

GTSN – Gangster Two Six Nation – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

HPL - Hermanos de Pistoleros Latinos – A Hispanic prison gang founded in the Texas prison
system in the late 1980s; also known as Hermandad de Pistoleros Latinos.

HS – Hit Squad – An Atlanta, GA area street gang
HVK - Hidden Valley Kings – An African-American gang founded in Charlotte, North Carolina's
in the 1990s.

IG – Imperial Gangsters – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

ISC – Insane Spanish Cobras – A Hispanic street gang founded in Chicago, IL

IVL - Insane Vice Lords – A Chicago African-American street gang.

LC - Latin Counts – A Latino street gang founded in Chicago, Illinois

LGF - La Gran Familia – A Hispanic gang alliance.

LHS – Lady Hit Squad – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

LIB - Living In Blood - No affiliation with BLOODS - An African Gang of predominately
Liberians that formed in Philadelphia, PA in early 1990s by a group of refugees from the
Liberian civil war. The gang initially formed as a means of self protection from American youths
but they are now considered predators in places such as Philadelphia, Minnesota, Rhode island and
New York

LRZ - La Raza (The race) – A Hispanic gang.

MC - Mickey Cobras – An African-American gang founded in Chicago, Illinois.

MDC – Most Dangerous Click – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

MLD - Maniac Latin Disciples – A large, Hispanic street gang founded in Chicago, Illinois.

MOB - Men Over Bitches - A North Carolina street gang.

MOB – Member Of Bloods – An African-American street gang.

MOB - My Only Brothers - An African-American street gang in California.

MS – Murder Squad – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

MS-13 - Mara Salvatrucha – A transnational Hispanic gang that has spread to at least 42 states and
approximately nine countries. They are described as America’s most dangerous gang.

MW - Mandingo Warriors – An African-American prison gang founded in Texas in 1984.

NBCC - Nutty Blocc Compton Crips – A Southern California street gang.

NF - Nuestra Familia – A predominantly Hispanic prison gang with ties to the Norteños. The
gang that was founded in the California prison system in the 1960s. Their main rival is the Mexican
Mafia. In some areas they are now established on the streets.
NLR - Nazi Low Riders – A white supremacist gang founded in Southern California.

NS – Northern Structure – Believed to be a spin-off prison gang of La Nuestra Familia

PBS - Playboy Surenos – A predominantly Hispanic street gang found in multiple locations across
the country. PBS 13, and PBS X3 are a couple of other tags associated with this gang.

PDL - PASADENA DENVER LANES - A Blood set that is known to exist in Pasadena, CA and
Baltimore, MD.

PTB - Puro Tango Blast - A Texas street/prison gang

RAC - Raymond Ave. Crips – A California African-American street gang.

SB – Soldier Boyz – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

SC - Spanish Cobras - A Hispanic street gang founded in Chicago, Illinois.

SCR - Simon City Royals - A predominantly Caucasian street gang founded in Chicago, Illinois.

SNM – Syndicato Nuevo Mexico (New Mexico Syndicate) - The SNM is considered to be the
most violent and most powerful of all of the Security Threat Groups within the New Mexico
Department of Corrections.

SSC – South Side Crips – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

SUR 13 - Surenos – (Spanish - Sur means south; Sureños means southerner) – Originated in
Southern California as a street gang but has found its way into the prison system and has spread
throughout many parts of the United States. Sureños are considered to be the soldiers for the
Mexican Mafia prison gang. Blue is the gang's traditional color. The number 13 associates them
with the Mexican Mafia – the letter M is the thirteenth letter of the alphabet. They may also use
XIII or X3.

3C – Triple Cross – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

3Ni – Trinitarios – Trinitarios started in New York City as a prison gang within the NY City Dept
of Corrections and then the State DOC, during the early 1990s.

TB - Tango Blast - A street/prison gang based in Texas.

TCB - Texas Chicano Brotherhood -- A predominantly Mexican-American gang founded as a result
of an internal rift within the Tri-City Bombers, their bitter South Texas rivals. The acronym TXCB
is sometimes also used.

TCB - Tri-City Bombers -- A predominantly Hispanic street/prison gang. The TCB originated in
the South Texas Rio Grande Valley, in the areas of Pharr, San Juan, and Alamo.
TM - Texas Mafia - A predominantly Caucasian gang founded in the Texas prison system in the
early 1980s.

TRG - Tiny Rascal Gangsters - An Asian-American gang, also known as the Tiny Rascal Gang or
the Tiny Rascals.

TS - Texas Syndicate - A prison gang, also known as Syndicato Tejano, was founded in the early
1970s in the California prison system. Their gang members are primarily Mexican-American.

TTP - Tree Tops Piru Bloods - A Bloods set that originated in Los Angeles and has spread to
several other areas including Baltimore, MD.

UBN - United Blood Nation – Originated about 1993 at Rikers Island prison in New York. The
UBN is now found in many parts of the East Coast of the United States.

VL - Vatos Locos - A west coast street gang that has spread eastward and may be found in North
Carolina, Georgia, and Maryland.

VL - Vice Lords - A large, mostly, African-American gang street/prison founded in Chicago that
now has a national presence. They are also known as the Vice Lord Nation (VLN), Almighty Vice
Lord Nation (AVLN), and Conservative Vice Lord Nation (CVLN).

WBP - Wetback Power - A Mexican-American street gang. Also commonly called Sinaloa
Cowboys.

WBC – White Boys Click – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

YBB – Young Block Boyz – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

YBG – Young Block Girls – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

YC – Young Choppers – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

YD – Young Diplomats – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

YDC – Young Dangerous Click – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

YGC – Young Gunna Crew – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

YM – Young Mafia – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

YM – Young Money – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

YP – Young Posse – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

YPN – Young Paid Niggaz – An Atlanta, GA area street gang
YS – Young Squad, Atlanta – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

YSH – Young Squad Hoes – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

YSss – Young Squad Stay Strap – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

YSM – Young Squad Mafia – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

YT – Young Team – An Atlanta, GA area street gang

ZMF - Zoe Mafia Family - A south Florida Haitian street gang

ZP - Zoe Pound - A violent Haitian street gang in the Miami area

                                   Unauthorized Gang Tattoos

Wearing an unauthorized gang tattoo could be hazardous to a person’s health, particularly in prison.
Prison gang inmates have been known to remove unauthorized tattoos on non-gang members by
cutting the tattoo from the person’s flesh. Another method used for removal of a non-authorized
gang tattoo is to burn the tattoo off of the persons body using a hot iron.

                                         Mistaken Identity

There are numerous examples of innocent persons being attacked and killed by gang members just
because the person was wearing clothing and colors of a rival gang.

Gang members know who their rivals are. They know the rival gang's symbols and graffiti and they
know how to use their own signs and symbols to disrespect rival gangs. They also know how to
identify tattoos of rival gangs. They use all of this information to disrespect rival gangs to include
assaults and murder.

It is very easy to walk in to a tattoo parlor look at hundreds of tattoo designs and get a particular
tattoo because it may represent your personality, or it is merely something that is appealing to you.
Unfortunately, a person may choose a tattoo that is identical or very similar to a known gang tattoo.
Should this individual encounter a gang member who believes the tattoo is that of a rival gang, the
gang member may attack the wearer in a violent manner.

Anyone getting a tattoo should be aware of what should not be worn. Unfortunately, the number
of tattoos that should not be worn seems to be endless.
The photo on left is a lions head worn by a non-gang member. The photo on the right is a lions
head worn by a member of the Almighty Latin Kings gang.

It obvious that the tattoo on the left could be mistaken for a lion head used by the Latin Kings.

                                         Area Code Tattoos

The area code for the city or state where the gang is located is sometimes used as a gang identifier.
Some examples of prominent area codes are 213 (Los Angeles), 415 (San Francisco area), 817 (Fort
Worth), 614 (Columbus, OH).

                                          Teardrop Tattoo



                              Many kids today are wearing teardrop tattoos as a fashion
                              statement or to make them appear tough.



 There is one particular tattoo that has become popular over the years that has become a generic
symbol for gang members and non-gang members of all races and ethnicities --- the teardrop
tattoo.

The teardrop is said to have originated with Hispanic gangs in California in the 1940's. Others have
said that it originated in Mexico and Puerto Rico. Regardless of the origin, over the yea rs, the tattoo
has evolved in appearance and meaning.

Originally believed to mean that the wearer had served time in prison, teardrops now mean a variety
of things. (See below) The prison time may range from one to ten years.
Also, the Folks and People Nations, two alliances of many gangs, identify everything either to their
right or left sides, respectively. The teardrop may be used by persons to identify themselves as a
gang member and to show the members allegiance to one nation or the other. Additionally, and
unfortunately, many of today’s youths think it is “cool” to emulate what the gangs do. It is a way of
showing off for some. As a fad or fashion statement, many have begun to wear the teardrop tattoo
which in some areas automatically marks them incorrectly as a gang member. Also, some celebrities
not connected with gangs, have gotten the tattoo for their own reasons.

An example of a celebrity who wears two tear drop tattoos is
Larry Hughes, a National Basketball League star, who plays
for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Hughes lost his brother and to
remember him, had two teardrop tattoos placed beneath his
left eye. He states that at the time, he did not realize the gang
related significance that the tattoo has.



Today there are two traditional, very distinct teardrop tattoos - the open teardrop and the closed
teardrop. Originally, the open teardrop meant that the wearer had killed someone and the closed
teardrop meant that the wearer had lost a friend or relative. Today, these meanings have been
perverted and the tattoo may or may not represent the original meaning. What means one thing to
one person may mean something totally different to someone else. What matters is the context in
which it is worn. Is it being worn in memory of someone? Is it being worn as a reminder to others
that the wearer is a murderer? Or is it being worn out of sheer stupidity?

A third type of tear drop tattoo is now being reported. It is described as a "half" tear drop which is
only half filled in with ink. It is supposed to symbolize the fact that someone close to the wearer
was killed and the wearer then killed the assailant.

It is being said that inmates in the Australian penal system, who are child molesters or sexual
predators, are forcibly being tattooed with the tear drop tattoo to alert others to the heinous crime
committed by the person.

One thing to remember. No one can look at a teardrop tattoo and state positively that the
tattoo has a specific meaning. As stated above, there are multiple meanings and only the wearer
knows the reason he or she is wearing the tattoo.

DOT TATTOOS:

The dots are usually in groups of three or five small dot tattoos. The most
common locations are the web of the hands, the wrist and elbows. For many,
three dots in a triangular shape represent the only three places gang members go
to - the hospital, prison or grave.


Members affiliated with the Sureños, or Sur 13, have been known to place three dots on one wrist
and a single dot on the other to indicate the number ¨13¨.
A tattoo of three dots in a triangle, usually found between the thumb and
forefinger, has several meanings. For many, three dots in a triangular
shape represent the only three places gang members go to - the hospital,
prison or the grave. I sometimes refer to the three dots as the 3 I´s of
the gang culture: Injury, Incarceration and Interment. The dots may
also stand for "mi vida loca" ("my crazy life"). They may also be referred
to as "party dots." And finally, they may represent a gang known as Los
Vatos Locos (The Crazy Dudes or Guys) gang. Only the person wearing the dots knows what they
mean to him or her.

Along with the pachuco cross, the number 187, and the slang tattoo "Thug Life", the "three
dots", referred to as "tres puntos" in Spanish, is a popular "generic" tattoo, particularly
among Latino teenagers, and has no positive, direct connection to gang affiliation.

Tattoos - A Law Enforcement Tool

Gang tattoos are an excellent tool for law enforcement and corrections officers to use to identify
known or suspected gang members. During any encounter with an individual, whether he or she is a
gang member or not, the officer should make every attempt to obtain as much detail as possible
about an individuals gang tattoos. Of course the best method of doing this is to photograph the
tattoos and either store them in a database or a hard file.

REMEMBER: Generic type tattoos are not conclusive proof that the person wearing the tattoo is
a gang member. Other factors or identifiers may have to be used to identify the person as a member
of a particular gang.

				
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