GANG COMMUNICATIONS:

Most gang members use their hands to communicate among each other. Hand signs are also used to "flash" a warning or a threat to rivals. The typical hand signs for Surenos is the number 13 and the letter S. Their other hand signs but it all depends on their hood. Every hood has different numbers and letters. Nortenos and Surenos have a common whistle. Nortenos throw out the letter N and the number 14. Nortenos also do the sign XIV. (Walker)
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HOW DO GANG MEMBERS DRESS:


Gang members dress very common. The only difference would be the shoes, the color shirts and the color of the bandanas. The common clothes they use is the khaki pants with a sharp crease ironed down the front of each leg. Surenos wear a blue t-shirt with blue cortezes the color of their bandana is blue too. Bulldogs wear red and white. They usually wear cortezes too but they use different kinds, and of couse their bandana is red. Nortenos wear red, black and yellow t-shirts. Nortenos also use red bandanas. (Walker)



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Surenos Hanging Out



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Nortenos Flash "XIV"





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Bulldogs Throwing Signs and Showing Tattoos



GANG TATTOOS:

Almost all gang members have tattoos. Some of them have a family or friends name on them, but usually when they past the way. Hispanic gangs often have tattoos on their bodies, but not all of them do. "Unlike many hispanic gangs black gang members do not usually use tatoos to identify their gang membership". (Walker) Some typical tattos for Surenos are SUR 13 which Southern United Raza. They have the 3 dots, South Side, LA, and the number 13 which represents the 13th letter in the alphabet. Typical tattoos for bulldogs are dog paws, ESF, BDS, Fresno Bulldogs, Big Dog, 559 and East Side. Some tattoos that Nortenos have are Norte, X4, the number 14, a bird, the letter N, and Nuestra Familia.


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Bulldog Paw Tattoos on Arm and Bulldog Face on Clavicle
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"Sureno" Tattoo on Chest






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XIV or 14 and Bird Represent Nortenos Gang


WORKS CITED:


Walker, Victoria. "Gang Signs and Symbols." essortment. Pagewise, 2002. Web. 4 Jun 2010. <http://www.essortment.com/all/gangsignsands_reyp.htm>

"Fresno Bulldogs - Operation Bulldog." KMPH Evening News. KMPH TV: KMPH, Fresno, 27 Dec 2007. Television.

"Surenos Gang Member." OC Weekly Blog. Web. 20 May 2010. <http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/gang3.jpg>.



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