Warning Signs of Youth Gang Involvement

Source: The New York Times

Information below provided by National Gang Center and www.njgangfree.org

COLORS
Gangs use certain colors to represent their affiliation and unity. 

Source: Stop Houston Gangs

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
This includes items in certain colors such as: bandanas, t-shirts, hats, shoes, shoelaces, hair bands, and jewelry, such as beaded necklaces or belts. 

Source: Huffington Post

HAND SIGNS
Gangs use gestures, handshakes, and slang to communicate their affiliation. 

Source: Daily WIre

TATTOOS & SYMBOLS
Gang tattoos show affiliation, rank, crimes committed, and loyalty to a particular gang. 

Source: Police: The Law Enforcement Magazine 

Source: Police: The Law Enforvement Magazine

MS-13 Tattoo
MS-13 Tattoo

This is an example of an MS-13 tattoo. Source: News.com.au

MS-13 Tattoo
MS-13 Tattoo

This tattoo depicts the name of MS-13, Mara Salvatrucha, as well as the devil horns, which is typically associated with this gang. Source: East Coast Gang Investigators Association

Bloods' Markings
Bloods' Markings

Bloods sometimes brand their bodies with dog paws, three dots, meaning blood oath, blood burden, and blood set. Source: East Coast Gang Investigators Association

Bloods' Markings
Bloods' Markings

This individual marked the words "Bloods" and "B-man" on his fingers, signifying the Bloods. Source: East Coast Gang Investigators Association

Neta Tattoo
Neta Tattoo

This is an example of a tattoo associated with the Neta gang. Source: East Coast Gang Investigators Association

Bloods' Tattoo
Bloods' Tattoo

This tattoo says "M.O.B.," which stands for "Member of Bloods." Source: East Coast Gang Investigators Association

Bloods' Tattoo
Bloods' Tattoo

This tattoo says, "Money over Bitches," which is another tattoo referencing the Bloods. Source: East Coast Gang Investigators Association

Bloods' Tattoo
Bloods' Tattoo

This tattoo says "M.O.B.," standing for "Member of Bloods." Source: East Coast Gang Investigators Association

Latin Kings' Tattoo
Latin Kings' Tattoo

This is a tattoo depicting a king, signifying the Latin Kings. Source: East Coast Gang Investigators Association

Bloods' Tattoo
Bloods' Tattoo

This tattoo depicts a 5-pointed star, which is associated with the Bloods. Source: Sgt. Webb Collection

Crips' Tattoo
Crips' Tattoo

This tattoo shows the 6-pointed star, which is a symbol associated with the Crips. There is also a "C" for Crips. Source: Sgt. Webb Collection

Crips' Tattoo
Crips' Tattoo

This is a Crips' tattoo, which shows the 6-pointed star and pitch forks pointed up, all symbols of the Crips. Source: Sgt. Webb Collection

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GRAFFITI
Graffiti is a way for gangs to mark their territory or show allegiance. Youth may have spray paint, markers, or sketch books.  

Source: East Coast Gang Investigators Association

Graffiti Turf War
Graffiti Turf War

This graffiti is showing gangs disrespecting each other by going back and forth crossing off graffiti and writing a different gang name, claiming territory. Source: East Coast Gang Investigators Association

18th Street Gang Graffiti
18th Street Gang Graffiti

This school's sign was defaced by 18th Street gang graffiti. Source: East Coast Gang Investigators Association

Netas' Graffiti
Netas' Graffiti

Netas' graffiti is depicted on a street sign. Source: East Coast Gang Investigators Association

Surenos' Graffiti
Surenos' Graffiti

Surenos' graffiti depicted here is marking territory. Source: East Coast Gang Investigators Association

Gang Graffiti War
Gang Graffiti War

Source: East Coast Gang Investigators Association

MS-13 Graffiti
MS-13 Graffiti

Source: East Coast Gang Investigators Association

White Supremacist Graffiti
White Supremacist Graffiti

White Supremacists' graffiti shows Nazi symbols and "White Power." Source: Sgt. Webb Collection

Latin Kings' Graffiti
Latin Kings' Graffiti

Latin Kings' graffiti shows a king with a crown, which are symbols the gang uses. Source: Sgt. Webb Collection

MS-13 Graffiti
MS-13 Graffiti

This is an example of MS-13 graffiti. Source: Sgt. Webb Collection

Crips' Graffiti
Crips' Graffiti

Source: Sgt. Webb Collection

Crips' Graffiti
Crips' Graffiti

Crips show their territory by using symbols, such as the 6-pointed star and "Folk Life," which is part of their gang's history. Source: Sgt. Webb Collection

Bloods' Graffiti
Bloods' Graffiti

This graffiti shows "MOB," meaning "Member of Blood," and Piru, which is part of the gang's history. Source: Sgt. Webb Collection

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