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Gangs in the United States

Below you will find an alphabetical listing of gang acronyms, abbreviations, identifiers, and graffiti tags used in the United States.

NOTE: Not all of the gangs listed below are still active, while others may have taken on new monikers. For gang names that utilize the number 13, that usually represents the letter "M" (the thirteenth letter of the alphabet) to denote an affiliation with the Surenos, or the Mexican Mafia (La Eme). For gang names that utilize the number 14, that usually represents the letter "N" (the fourteenth letter of the alphabet) to note an affiliation with the Nortenos.

Some of these acronyms may have completely different meanings in different locations. Individual gangs often have more than one acronym or graffiti tag that identifies them, and frequently use variations in the spelling of their names.

Some examples:
Boys = Boyz (or sometimes BoyZ)
Crazy = Krazy
Killer = Killa
Gangster = Gangsta
Rascal = Raskal

WARNING: This page contains language that may be offensive to some readers.

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U.S. Gang Acronyms and Abbreviations

AB - Aryan Brotherhood -- A white supremacist prison/street gang founded in the 1960s in California. 666 is another tag associated with this Caucasian gang.

ABC - Altadena Blocc Crips -- A predominantly African-American street gang based in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California. Their name is occasionally spelled "Altadena Bloc Crips" or "Altadena Block Crips."

ABC - Asian Boy Crips -- An Asian-American street gang founded in Minnesota.

ABCC - Acacia Blocc Compton Crips -- An African-American street gang that originated in Compton, California.

ABT - Aryan Brotherhood of Texas -- A white supremacist prison/street gang founded in Texas in the 1980s.

ABZ - Asian Boyz -- An Asian-American street gang that originated in Southern California, then later spread to a number of cities across the country. They have grown to become one of America's largest Asian street gangs. Many of the ABZ sets are comprised primarily of Cambodian-Americans. AB, ABS, and 1 2 26 (1 = A, 2 = B, 26 = Z) are a few of the other tags associated with this gang. Their colors include black, yellow, and green. A tattoo of a dragon wrapped around the letter "A" can occasionally be found on its members. Tiny Rascal Gangsters (TRG), and Wah Ching have been rivals of this gang.

AC - Aryan Circle -- A white supremacist street/prison gang that has spread to dozens of states throughout the country.

ACB - Asian Crip Boys -- An Asian-American street gang found in multiple locations, including--but not limited to--California, Washington, Illinois, Georgia, and North Carolina.

ACG - Asian Crip Girls -- An Asian-American street gang. In Minnesota, this gang is predominantly Hmong.

ADCC - Atlantic Drive Compton Crips -- A Southern California street gang found south of Los Angeles in Compton.

ADL - Altadena Denver Lanes -- A Southern California street gang found in the San Gabriel Valley. This Bloods' gang is comprised primarily of African-Americans. Red has been their chosen color.

AFO - Arellano-Felix Organization -- A major North American drug trafficking cartel that is also know as the Tijuana Cartel.

AGC - Avalon Gangsta Crips -- An African-American street gang founded in Los Angeles, California.

AIB - Asian Insane Boys -- An Asian-American street gang in Southern California.

AIGN - Almighty Imperial Gangster Nation -- An African-American street gang. IG and AIG are a couple of other tags associated with this gang.

AKA - Asian Kick Ass -- An Asian-American street gang in Southern California. They've arguably been most active in the San Gabriel Valley, east of Los Angeles, California.

AKB - Asian Killa Boyz -- A Southern California street gang based in the San Gabriel Valley.

AKP - Asian King Posse -- A predominantly Hmong street gang in the Midwest. They've arguably been most active in Detroit, Michigan, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota and Wisconsin. 116 is another tag associated with this Asian-American 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).

ALKN - Almighty Latin King Nation (See above ALK entry)

ALKQN - Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (See above ALK entry)

ANO - Aryan Nation Outlaws -- A white supremacist gang that was reportedly founded by members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas.

AOA - American Outlaws Association -- A motorcycle gang also known as the Outlaws Motorcycle Club and Outlaws Nation.

AP - Armenian Power -- An Armenian street gang most active in Hollywood, Glendale, the eastern San Fernando Valley, and western San Gabriel Valley of Southern California. AP 13, AP X3, and AP XIII are a few of the other tags associated with this gang.

AP - Avenue Pirus -- A Southern California street gang that is occasionally known as Avenue Piru Gang (APG).

APB - Athens Park Boys -- A street gang that originated in Los Angeles, California. They later popped up in a few other locations across the country.

APO - Asian Pride Only -- An Asian-American street gang most active in California and Oregon.

AS - Aryan Soldiers -- A white supremacist street/prison gang.

ASW - Asian Street Walkers -- An Asian-American street gang that is occasionally known as Asian Street Warriors. They've been active in Utah, Idaho, and especially Stockton, California. Many of their members have been of Cambodian ancestry.

A13 - Azusa 13 -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang in Southern California. The gang (also known as Varrio Azusa 13, and Varrio Azusa 13 Rifa) can be found in the San Gabriel Valley community of Azusa, in Los Angeles County. This Mexican Mafia affiliated gang has been accused of engaging in a campaign of violence and harassment to drive African-Americans out of the city of Azusa as well as prevent blacks from moving into the SGV city. In addition to the aforementioned hate crimes, a 2011 federal indictment also showed they sought to monopolize the market for illegal drugs in Azusa, California.

ATC - Anaheim Travelers City -- An Anaheim, California street gang. SouthSide Krooks (SSK) has been a rival of this Southern California gang. ATC LM (Anaheim Travelers City Los Malos) is another tag associated with this gang.

AV - Ashland Vikings -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang based in Chicago, Illinois. AVs and AVN (Ashland Vikings Nation) are a couple of other tags associated with this gang. Their rivals include--but are not limited to--La Raza, Harrison Gents, Playboys, and Maniac Latin Disciples.

Aves - The Avenues -- A Mexican-American street/prison gang that has been most active in northeastern Los Angeles, California. Their turf has included Highland Park, Glassell Park, as well as sections of Cypress Park, and Eagle Rock. Founded in the 1950s, the gang (also known as Avenidas) was named for the avenues in northeast L.A. that cross Figueroa. They're very closely associated with the Mexican Mafia (La Eme). Members of the Avenues have been convicted of committing hate crimes aimed at driving black residents out of the predominantly Latino neighborhoods of northeastern Los Angeles. Highland Park (HLP) has been a rival of this gang. The use of an apostrophe (Ave's) occasionally appears in tagging. A tattoo of a skull wearing a fedora is commonly found on many of its members. Cliques include Drew Street, Cypress Aves, Division Street (DVST), 43rd Aves, Avenues 57, etc.


BA - Barrio Azteca -- Founded in the 1980s, Barrio Azteca is a Mexican-American street/prison gang and drug cartel that has been most active in the Southwestern United States.

BA - Brown Authority -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang in Pico Rivera, California. Pico Viejo has been a rival of this Los Angeles County gang.

BB - Border Brothers -- A predominantly Hispanic prison/street gang that has been most active in California and Arizona. Although they are primarily known as a prison gang, they have increasingly been establishing a presence on the streets. 22 and XXII are a couple of another tags associated with the Border Bros. (The number 2 represents the letter "B" -- thus, 22 = BB.) Some cliques claim black as their gang color.

BBH - Brown Brotherhood -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang that has arguably been most active in the California cities of Vallejo (in Solano County) and Whittier (in Los Angeles County). BBH 13 and BBHX3 are a couple of another tags associated with this gang.

BCR - Brown Crowd Raza -- A Sureno street gang found in the vicinity of Portland, Oregon.

BD - Black Disciples -- An African-American street gang founded in Chicago. They are also known as the Almighty Black Disciple Nation (ABDN).

BD - Black Dragons -- An Asian-American street gang and organized crime syndicate that was founded in the 1980s. They've been most active in Monterey Park and Rosemead in the San Gabriel Valley, and Los Angeles, California. Many of their members have been ethnic Chinese from Vietnam. Black Dragons can occasionally be identified by their use of the Oakland Raiders' number 80 jersey of Jerry Rice.

BDS - Bulldogs -- A predominantly Hispanic street/prison gang in Fresno, California. FBD and F-14 (Fresno 14) are a couple of other tags associated with this gang. Red has been their traditional color.

BG - Bassett Grande -- A Southern California street gang that is also known as Bassett Grande 13. LNO (Los Nite Owls) is another tag associated with this gang.

BGC - Broadway Gangsta Crips -- An African-American street gang that originated in Los Angeles, California. NOTE: It's occasionally spelled Broadway Gangster Crips.

BGF - Black Guerrilla Family -- An African-American gang that was originally called Black Family or Black Vanguard, and was founded in 1966, at the San Quentin State Prison in California.

BH - Big Hazard -- A predominantly Mexican-American street gang found in East Los Angeles, California, and a few other locations across the country.

BHB - Bad Hamo Bloods -- A street gang on the island of O'ahu in Hawai'i. They have been most active in Kalihi, Honolulu, Hawai'i.

BHB - Big Head Boyz -- A street gang in Boston, Massachusetts. Their turf has included the area in the vicinity of the city streets of Brunswick, Creston, and Fayston. MIC (Magnolia Intervale Columbia), and Columbia Road Rockies have been rivals of this gang.

BHB - Bounty Hunter Bloods -- A predominantly African-American street gang. Although they are primarily an East Coast gang found in Virginia and New Jersey, they've also established themselves in a number of other locations across the country.

BHT - Barrio Hollister Territory -- A street gang in Hollister, California. This San Benito County gang is reportedly affiliated with the Nortenos.

BLD - Bloods -- A large, African-American gang that was founded in California. The Crips are the long-time rivals of the Bloods. Red has been this gang's traditional color. Bloods can frequently be identified by their use of red clothing, and/or red bandanas. Red is also the preferred color of spray paint for Blood graffiti.

BLST - Barrio Libre South Tucson -- A Mexican-American street gang in Pima County, Arizona. BLST 13 is another tag associated with this South Tucson gang.

BMC - Brown Magic Clique -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang that's found along the Oregon - Idaho border. BMC has been most active in Nyssa, and Ontario, in Malheur County, Oregon.

BOD - Boys of Destruction -- An African-American street gang in St. Louis, Missouri. Their gang acronym can also stand for "Brothers of Dorsey" or "Brothers of Death." The Horseshoe Posse has been a bitter rival of this Crips' gang.

BP - Barrio Pobre -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang that's been most active in California.

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.

BP - Brown Pride -- A Mexican-American street gang founded in Nashville, Tennessee. 218 and BP 218 are a couple of other tags associated with this gang.

BPA - Brown Pride Army -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang found in multiple locations, including Southern California, and Portland, Oregon.

BPL - Brown Pride Locos -- A predominantly Mexican-American gang found in numerous locations, including--but not limited to--California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. A BPL gang has even been reported on the idyllic resort of Catalina Island, off the coast of Southern California. Some cliques claim black and tan as their gang colors.

BPM - Brown Pride Mexicanz -- A Mexican-American gang found in multiple locations, including--but not limited to--Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington. Their name is occasionally spelled Brown Pride Mexicans. Some are affiliated with the Surenos and may tag BPMX3, BPM SUR X3 or BPM 13, while others are affiliated with the Nortenos and sometimes tag BPM 14.

BPR - Brown Pride Raza -- A Mexican-American gang found in multiple locations, including--but not limited to--California and Oregon. BPR 13 is another tag associated with this gang.

BPS - Black P. Stones -- An African-American gang founded in Chicago in the mid-20th century. They've since grown to become a nationwide presence. Originally called Blackstone Rangers, they are also known as the Black P. Stone Nation (BPSN).

BPS - Brown Pride Surenos -- A predominantly Mexican-American street gang. They've arguably been most active in Southern California. BPS 13, BPS X3, and BPSXIII are a few of the other tags associated with this gang.

BPSC - Brown Pride Santa Cruz -- A Santa Cruz County, California street gang.

BPT - Brown Pride Tokers -- A Mexican-American gang in Oregon.

BRB - Bird Road Boys -- A Florida street gang that is also known as the Bird Road Boyz.

BRD - Blood Red Dragons -- An Asian-American street/prison gang that is occasionally known as the Boston Red Dragons. They've been active in the cities of Boston, Chelsea, Fall River, Lowell, Lynn, and Revere, Massachusetts. Naturally, red has been their traditional color.

BSL - Brown Side Locos -- A predominantly Latino street gang that is arguably most active in California and Georgia.

BST - Barrio Sur Trece -- A California street gang that occasionally uses the tag BST 13.

BST - Blythe Street -- A Southern California street gang also known as Blythe Street 13 (BST 13).

BS13 - Brown Side 13 -- A Sureno street gang comprised primarily of Hispanics. They've been active in several locations, including--but not limited to--California, Georgia, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington.

BSV - Blood Stone Villains -- A street gang that's found in several locations across the country. NOTE: It's occasionally spelled Blood Stone Villainz.

BSV - Brown Society Vatos -- A Mexican-American street gang most active in California and Georgia.

BTK - Born To Kill -- A predominantly Vietnamese-American street gang founded in New York in the 1980s. They've been active in several locations, including--but not limited to--California, Georgia, Hawaii, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, and Texas.

BTK - Born To Kill Posse -- A predominantly Caucasian street gang in Brooklyn, New York.

BTM - Blue Top Mob -- A Harlem, New York-based street gang.

BTS - Brown Thugs -- A predominantly Latino street gang.

BVNS - Barrio Van Nuys -- A Southern California street gang based in the San Fernando Valley. BVNS 13 is another tag associated with this gang.


CAC - Crazy Ass Criminals -- A California street gang comprised primarily of Hispanics.

CAM - Crazy Ass Mexicans -- A Mexican-American street gang. CAM 13 is another tag associated with this gang.

CB - Crazy Bloods -- A predominantly Hmong street gang in Minnesota.

CBC - Cold Blooded Cambodians -- A Southern California street gang that later changed its name to Crazy Brother Clan.

CBC - Crazy Boy Clan -- An Asian-American street gang.

CBC - Crazy Brother Clan -- A Southern California street gang founded in Long Beach. This predominantly Asian street gang was formerly known as the Cold Blooded Cambodians.

CFM - Crazy Fucking Mexicans -- A street gang found in multiple locations, including California, and the Portland, Oregon area. They're occasionally known as the Crazy Fuckin' Mexicans.

C14 - Clanton 14 -- A Mexican-American street gang founded in Los Angeles, California. They are reportedly one of the oldest L.A. gangs, with roots dating back to the early 20th century.

CHB - Crazy Hmong Boyz -- An Asian-American street gang in Wisconsin. True Asian Bloods (TAB) has been a rival of this Midwest gang.

CIVL - Cicero Insane Vice Lords -- A street gang founded in Chicago, Illinois.

CL - Campo Locos -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang that's been most active in California.

CMG - Crenshaw Mafia Gangster Bloods -- A Southern California street gang founded in Los Angeles.

COB - Color of Blood -- A predominantly Asian-American street gang that has been most active in the San Francisco Bay Area. This gang has been found in Contra Costa County, California. Although members were initially Khmu (an ethnic group in Laos), COB has grown to include some African-Americans. Sons of Death (SOD) has been a rival of this gang.

COORS Family Skins - Comrades of Our Race's Struggle Family Skins -- A white supremacist skinhead gang found in Southern California. This Caucasian gang is also known as Coors Family Skinheads (CFS).

CPA - Canoga Park Alabama -- A Southern California street gang based in the San Fernando Valley community of Canoga Park. The ethnicity of its members is primarily Hispanic.

CPB - Center Park Bloods -- A Southern California street gang that is most active in Inglewood.

CPC - Carson Pinoy Compadres -- A Southern California street gang comprised primarily of Asian-Americans.

CPCC - Carver Park Compton Crips -- A Southern California street gang.

CPP - Campanella Park Piru -- An African-American street gang that originated in Southern California. This Bloods' gang is occasionally spelled Campenella Park Piru.

CRP - Crips -- An African-American gang that was founded in Los Angeles, California. The Bloods are their long-time rivals. Blue has been this gang's traditional color. Crips can frequently be identified by their use of blue apparel, and/or blue bandanas. Blue is often the preferred color of spray paint for Crip graffiti.

CSG - Criminal Street Gang -- A generic acronym used to describe any criminal street gang.

CVL - Corona Varrio Locos -- A Southern California gang comprised primarily of Hispanics. CVL is based in the Riverside County community of Corona, and is also known as Corona Vatos Locos.

CVS - Compton Varrio Segundo -- A Southern California street gang.

CVTF - Compton Varrio Tortilla Flats -- A Southern California street gang. They are also known as Tortilla Flats Compton Varrio, Tortilla Flats 13 (TF13), or just Tortilla Flats (TF).

CWA - Crips With Attitude -- An Asian-American street gang found in California and Minnesota. They have arguably been most active in Modesto, California and the Twin Cities (Minneapolis / Saint Paul) area of Minnesota. Some sets were originally called Cambodians With Attitude.

CXC13 - Culver City 13 -- A Mexican-American street gang based in Southern California. They are also known as the City Boys, and Culver City Boyz (CCB). CEXCE13 is another tag associated with this gang.


DBS - Diablos -- A predominantly Mexican-American street gang. EVD, EVD1, VEV XIII, VEV SUR XIII, VEVX3, 5 22 4, and 13 are a few of the other tags occasionally associated with this gang.

DDP - Dominicans Don't Play -- A multi-national gang comprised primarily of Hispanics of Dominican ancestry.

DF - Dragon Family -- An Asian-American street gang based in Northern Virginia. They've also been active in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

DIA - Down In Action -- A Southern California street gang.

DMI - Dead Man Incorporated -- A predominantly Caucasian prison/street gang founded in Maryland in the late 1990s. Dead Man Inc. later spread to numerous locations across the United States, and their membership has expanded to include other ethnicities. 4 13 9 is another tag associated with them. Black is usually their chosen color.

DOT - Den of Thieves -- A North Carolina gang.

DPG - Dog Pound Gang -- A multi-national gang found in a number of locations across the country, as well as Central America and the Caribbean.

DSB - Down South Boys -- A Florida gang also known as the Down South Boyz.

DSC - Donna Street Crips -- A predominantly African-American street gang based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

D13 - Duarte Eastside -- A Mexican-American street gang based in the Southern California community of Duarte. DuRoc Crips has been a rival of this San Gabriel Valley gang. DEG, DES, and DESG are a few of the other tags associated with this gang.

DuRoc - DuRoc Crips -- An African-American street gang based in Southern California. They've been most active in an unincorporated area of the San Gabriel Valley between the cities of Arcadia, Duarte and Monrovia known as "No Man's Land." Monrovia Nuevo Varrio, and Duarte Eastside have been rivals of this gang. A long-time presence in Los Angeles County, DuRoc Crips have recently been establishing themselves in San Bernardino County. Roc is another tag that is occasionally associated with this gang.


EBS - Eternal Brown Soldiers -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang in Southern California. They've been most active in the San Gabriel Valley community of Hacienda Heights. They are also known as "Varrio 13 Eternal Brown Soldiers." HACxHTSgv is another tag associated with this gang.

ECB - El Cerrito Boys -- A Corona, California street gang.

ECB - Elm City Boys -- A predominantly African-American prison/street gang. They've arguably been most active in the New Haven, Connecticut area. More recently, they have branched out to other areas of Connecticut. Black and green are their traditional colors.

ECC - East Coast Crips -- Contrary to its name, this African-American gang actually originated in South Central Los Angeles, California. Florencia 13 (a large Mexican-American gang) has been one of ECC's traditional rivals.

ECC - El Camino Crips -- An Asian-American street gang in the Sacramento, California area. Their gang members are primarily Laotian.

XVIII - 18th Street gang -- The 18th Street gang is one of the largest predominantly Hispanic gangs in the United States. Founded in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-20th century, they later branched out to dozens of states throughout the country. X8, 666, 18, 18th and XV3 are other tags associated with this gang.

EK - European Kindred -- A white supremacist street/prison gang founded in Oregon in the 1990s.

EMB - Emerson Murder Boys -- A predominantly African-American gang that's been most active in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Emerson Murder Boyz, and Emerson Murda Boyz are a couple of the other spelling variations you may find for them. This Twin Cities' gang is occasionally referred to as the Emerson Money Boys.

EME - La Eme -- A Mexican-American gang founded in the late 1950s, by East L.A. Hispanics in the California Corrections System at Tracy, California. Eme is the Spanish phonetic spelling for the letter M. This gang is also known as the "Mexican Mafia" and La Eme. The use of Aztec symbols and/or the image of a small black hand can sometimes be found within the tattoos of their gang members. Nuestra Familia (NF) has been the traditional rival of this large gang.

EMF - El Monte Flores -- A predominantly Mexican-American street gang founded in the mid-20th century. EMF 13 is another tag associated with this gang based in the San Gabriel Valley community of El Monte.

EMK - Evil Minded Kings -- A street gang most active in Southern California and Oregon. EM and EMK 365 are a couple of other tags associated with this gang.

EPT - El Paso Tangos -- A predominantly Hispanic gang in Texas.

ERS - East River Skins -- A predominantly Native American gang found in South Dakota and Montana. They've arguably been most active in the vicinity of Billings, Montana.

ESB - East Side Bolen -- A Southern California street gang based in the San Gabriel Valley community of Baldwin Park. They are also known as Varrio East Side Bolen, and East Side Bolen Parque (ESBP). This predominantly Chicano gang has been in existence for several decades.

ESB - Eastside Bloods -- An African-American street gang.

ESBP - East Side Brown Pride -- A street gang most active in the American Southwest.

ESC - Eastside Crips -- An African-American street gang.

ESL - East Side Longos -- A Southern California street gang. Tiny Raskal Gang (TRG) has been the traditional rival of this primarily Hispanic gang based in Long Beach.

ESL - Eastside Locos -- A predominantly Latino street gang. They've been active in numerous locations, including--but not limited to--California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Kansas, Florida, Georgia, and Texas. ESL 13 is another tag associated with this gang. There isn't a single, consistent color claimed by the various Eastside Locos' gangs. Some claim blue, others display orange, while others use black and white as their gang colors.

ESN - EastSide Nortenos -- A street gang in Hollister, California. This San Benito County gang is occasionally referred to as EastSide Norte'os.

ESP - Eastside Piru -- A predominantly African-American street gang. Red has been this gang's traditional color. They've established themselves in a number of locations across the country. In San Diego, California, they are also known as Skyline, or Skyline Piru.

ESSJ - East Side San Jose Peckerwoods -- A white supremacist street gang based in Central California.

EST - Eastside Torrance -- A Southern California street gang based in the city of Torrance.

ESW - Eastside Wilmas -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang found in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. They've been most active in Wilmington and Long Beach, California. Westside Wilmas (WSW) has been one of their rivals.

ESWP - East Side White Pride -- A white supremacist skinhead gang found in the vicinity of Portland, Oregon.

ETGC - Eight Trey Gangster Crips -- An African-American gang that originated in South Central Los Angeles, California.

EVL - Elsinore Vatos Locos -- A Southern California street gang based in Lake Elsinore. Elsinore Young Classics (EYC) has been the traditional rival of this predominantly Hispanic gang.

EWF - Every Woman's Fantasy -- A Southern California street gang reportedly affiliated with the Rollin' 60s Crips.

EYC - Elsinore Young Classics -- A Southern California street gang based in Lake Elsinore. Elsinore Vatos Locos (EVL) has been the traditional rival of this predominantly Hispanic gang. EYC-13 is another tag associated with this gang.

EYC TWS - Elsinore Young Classics - Tiny Winos -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang based in Lake Elsinore, California. Tiny Winos is a subset of the Elsinore Young Classics. EYC 13 TWS is another tag associated with this gang.


FD - Flying Dragons -- A multi-national street gang comprised primarily of Asians. Although they can be found in many locations around the world, they have arguably been most active in Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, New Jersey, New York City's Chinatown, Queens, and Brooklyn.

504 - Gotti Boyz -- An African-American street gang that has been most active in the 3rd ward of New Orleans, Louisiana. They have also been found in Atlanta, Georgia, and Houston, Texas. The 504 that occasionally represents this gang has been the area code for New Orleans.

4CH - Four Corner Hustlers -- An African-American street gang founded in Chicago, Illinois in the late 1960s. They later spread to numerous locations across the United States. In their early days, black and brown were their colors. Later, black and gold emerged as their chosen colors.

4Seas - Four Seas Mafia -- A multi-national street gang and crime syndicate. Originally based in Taiwan, their sphere of influence later spread to China, Korea, and Japan. It is the four countries of Taiwan, China, Korea, and Japan, which gives them their name, "Four" Seas Mafia. In the United States, 4Seas is a street gang, rather than a more sophisticated crime syndicate. The Four Seas Mafia has been most active in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California.

14 - Nortenos -- The number 14 represents the letter "N" (the fourteenth letter of the alphabet) to denote the Nortenos (Spanish for Northerners), or an affiliation with them. Red has been their traditional color. They are very closely affiliated with the prison gang Nuestra Familia. The Mexican Mafia (La Eme) and the Surenos (Spanish for Southerners) have been their traditional rivals. Nebraska Cornhuskers' jerseys and related sportswear are occasionally worn by its members. University of Nebraska apparel is popular with Nortenos because of their prominent "N" and red color. In addition to the aforementioned Big Red apparel, members have also worn San Francisco 49ers' gear, and University of Nevada, Las Vegas sportswear. The meaning of the UNLV acronym being altered to "Us Nortenos Love Violence." Graffiti, or tattoos of a Huelga bird can occasionally indicate a Norteno affiliation, as can a red belt, red shoe laces, or any apparel with the number 14 prominently displayed. XIV, and X4 are a couple of other tags associated with them.

FSC - Fair Street Crips -- A predominantly African-American street gang in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

FS13 - Flip Side 13 -- A Southern California street gang comprised primarily of Filipino-Americans.

FSU - Friends Stand United -- A street gang founded in Boston, Massachusetts in the early 1990s. Their gang acronym, FSU, can also stand for Fuck Shit Up, and Forever Stand United.

FTB - Fruit Town Brims -- A predominantly African-American street gang that originated in Compton, California. They later branched out, becoming a nationwide presence.

F13 - Florencia 13 -- One of the largest Hispanic gangs in Southern California. Initially based in Los Angeles, they later spread to a number of other cities across the United States. They've been allied with the "Mexican Mafia" or La Eme. FX3 and FXIII are a couple of other tags associated with them. East Coast Crips (ECC) has been a bitter rival of this gang. F-13's gang color is usually red.

FTM - Flip Town Mob -- A California street gang also known as the Flip Town Mafia.

FTRA - Freight Train Riders of America -- A gang of homeless individuals who travel by boxcar. This trainhopping gang is most active in the Northwest United States.


GBG - Gay Boy Gangsters -- A prison/street gang comprised primarily of homosexual members.

GD - Gangster Disciples -- An African-American street/prison gang founded in Chicago, Illinois. They later spread to dozens of states throughout the United States. The numbers 7 and 4 are closely associated with the Gangster Disciples. The number 7 represents the letter "G" (the seventh letter of the alphabet), while the number 4 represents the letter "D" (the fourth letter of the alphabet). They "represent" to the right side of the body by tilting their hats to the right side, rolling up the right pant leg, etc. Black and blue are usually their chosen colors.

GKB - Gangsta Killer Bloods -- A predominantly African-American street gang that is frequently spelled "Gangsta Killa Bloods." They have been active in several locations, including--but not limited to--Arkansas, California, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. Red has been their traditional gang color.

GPG - Green Pond Gang -- A street gang found near Walterboro, North Carolina. Loopside Gang has been a rival of this Colleton County gang.

GS - Ghost Shadows -- An Asian-American street gang.

GSC - Grape Street Crips -- A Southern California street gang. Purple has been the traditional color of this Crips' set.


HCC - Harbor City Crips -- A Southern California street gang found in the South Bay area of Los Angeles.

HLP - Highland Park -- A street gang in the Highland Park area of northeastern Los Angeles, California. The Avenues (also known as Avenidas) has been a rival of this gang that is also known as Highland Parque.

HNS - Hmong Nation Society -- An Asian-American street gang that is most active in Sacramento and other Central California cities. Menace of Destruction (MOD) has been a bitter rival of this gang.

HP - Hawthorne Pirus -- A Southern California street gang. This Bloods' gang has been most active in the city of Hawthorne, south of Los Angeles.

HPL - Hermanos de Pistoleros Latinos -- A North American prison/street gang founded in the late 1980s. This Hispanic gang is most active in Texas and Mexico, and is also known as Hermandad de Pistoleros Latinos.

HS - Hillside 12th Street -- A Sureno street gang found in the vicinity of Portland, Oregon.

HSG - Alhambra Hellside Gang -- A Southern California gang found in the San Gabriel Valley.

HSN - Hammerskin Nation -- A white supremacist skinhead gang founded in Texas in the late 1980s. Dozens of chapters (also known as "crews") have popped up in states throughout the United States, as well as international chapters in several foreign countries.

HSP - Horseshoe Posse -- An African-American street gang in St. Louis, Missouri. Boys of Destruction (a nearby gang) has been a bitter rival of this Bloods' gang.

HTB - Hill Top Boys -- A North Carolina street gang.

HTC - Hilltop Crips -- An African-American street gang that has been most active in Tacoma, Washington.

HTHC - Hard Time Hustler Crips -- An African-American street gang in Southern California. They have been most active near Inglewood, southwest of Los Angeles.

HVK - Hidden Valley Kings -- An African-American gang founded in Charlotte, North Carolina's Hidden Valley community the 1990s. HV is another tag associated with this gang.


IB - Immortal Bloods -- The Minnesota set of this gang is predominantly Hmong. Red has been their traditional color.

IDM - Insane Diego Mob -- A Southern California street gang.

IIVL - Imperial Insane Vice Lords -- An African-American gang founded in Chicago, Illinois. IIVL sets have been active in Illinois, Arkansas, and Knoxville, Tennessee. 9-9-22-12 is another tag associated with this gang.

IP - Insane Popes -- A predominantly Caucasian street gang that originated in Chicago, Illinois, in the early 1970s.

IVL - Insane Vice Lords -- An African-American street/prison gang with roots in Chicago, Illinois. Over the years, they've arguably been most active in Indiana, Mississippi, and Chicago. Red and black are usually their chosen colors.

IZGO - Ismael Zambada Garcia Organization -- A major North American drug trafficking cartel.


JB - Joe Boys -- An Asian-American street gang that was most active during the 1970s in San Francisco, California. The Joe Boys were originally known as the "Joe Fong Boys," named for their founder, Joe Fong. This gang is notorious for their participation in the Golden Dragon massacre, in which five people were killed and eleven injured.


KAM - Krazy Ass Mexicans -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang. KAM 13 is another tag associated with this gang. They've arguably been most active in Central and Southern California.

KB - Korat Boys -- An Asian-American street gang.

KBS 13 - Krazy Boys Surenos 13 -- A U.S. street gang found in the vicinity of El Paso, Texas.

KCB - King Cobra Boyz -- An Asian-American street gang that has been active in several locations, including--but not limited to--Fresno, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Orange County in California, as well as Las Vegas, Nevada, and Utah. Many of the gangs are comprised primarily of Laotians.

KES - Killing Every Spot -- A Gainesville, Georgia street gang founded in the late 1990s.

KGB - Kings Grant Boys -- A street gang in North Carolina and Virginia.

KGM - Known Gang Member -- A generic term used to describe any known member of a street or prison gang.

KK - Korean Killers -- An Asian-American street gang. This gang was known for their involvement with drugs, gambling, and international prostitution.

KMC - King Motherland Chicago -- A street gang closely associated with the Latin Kings.

KP - Korean Pride -- An Asian-American street gang. They've been most active in California, Hawaii, Maryland, New York, and the District of Columbia.

KPCC - Kelly Park Compton Crips -- A Southern California street gang.

KTB - Kearns Town Bloods -- A Utah street gang.

KTM - KoreaTown Mobsters -- An Asian-American street gang.

KTO - Krazy Town -- A Southern California street gang comprised primarily of Hispanics.

KTO - Krew Taking Over -- A street gang in the Salem, Oregon area.

KWC - Ken Side Wah Ching -- An Asian-American street gang found in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California. They've been most active in Alhambra.

KWS - Kings with Style -- A street gang with roots in Los Angeles, California.

KWS - Krazy Wicked Surenos -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang. KWS 13, and KWS X3 are a couple of other tags associated with this gang.


LAB - Local Asian Boyz -- An Asian-American street gang.

LAOB - L.A. Oriental Boys -- An Asian-American street gang founded in Los Angeles, California.

LBF - Lost Boys Family -- A Georgia street gang.

LC - Latin Counts -- A Latino street gang founded in Chicago, Illinois in the mid-20th century. They later branched out to a number of states throughout the country. They've arguably been most active in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, and Wisconsin.

LCM - Little Crazy Mentals -- An Asian-American street gang.

LCN - La Cosa Nostra -- An organized crime group that is more commonly known by the general public as the mafia or mob.

LE - Latin Eagles -- A predominantly Latino street gang founded in the 1960s, in Chicago, Illinois. Over the years, their rivals have included the Gangster Disciples, Spanish Cobras, Maniac Latin Disciples, Spanish Gangster Disciples, and the Vice Lords. ALEN (Almighty Latin Eagles Nation) and LEN (Latin Eagles Nation) are a couple of other tags associated with this gang. Their gang colors include grey and black.

LES 13 - Lil East Side 13 -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang founded in Southern California.

LF - Lost Foundation -- An African-American street gang found primarily on the East Coast of the United States. They have been most active in Queens, New York.

LGF - La Gran Familia -- A North American crime syndicate and Latino gang that has been most active in Atlanta, Georgia.

LGKK - Last Generation Korean Killers -- An Asian-American street gang.

LHB - Los Homeboys -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang most active in Texas. LHB 13, LHB X3 and LHB XIII are a few of the other tags associated with this gang.

LHG - Lil Hill Gang -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang based in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California. They are occasionally referred to as Lil Hill 13 Gang, Lil Hill 13 Rifa, Lil Hill G's, and also, Lil Hill Rifa. This SGV gang has been active in Bassett, Valinda, La Puente, and City of Industry.

LJ - Latin Jivers -- A Latino street gang based in Chicago, Illinois. LJs and ILJN (Insane Latin Jivers) are a couple of other tags associated with this gang.

LK - Latin Kings -- One of the largest Hispanic street/prison gangs in the United States. With roots dating back to the mid-20th century, the Latin Kings can now be found in dozens of states throughout the country. They're also known as the Almighty Latin Kings (ALK), Almighty Latin King Nation (ALKN), and Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (ALKQN). Their gang colors are black and gold.

LL - Latin Lords -- A predominantly Latino gang active in numerous locations across the country. Red has been their traditional color.

LLC - Lay Low Crips -- A street gang most active in the Salt Lake City, Utah area.

LLS - Little Locos -- Little Locos is a predominantly Hispanic street gang located in several cities across the country. It is also a subset of several other gangs, made up of their younger gang members. LL is another tag associated with this gang. They are arguably most active in California, Arizona, New York, Virginia, and Washington.

LMG - Love Murdering Gangsters -- A predominantly African-American street gang that has been most active in Memphis, Tennessee. The gang was originally named LeMoyne Gardens, which was the housing project many members called home. This gang is occasionally referred to as "Love Murdering Gangstas," and LMG Mafia. Gangster Disciples has been a bitter rival of LMG. Red has been their traditional gang color.

LN - Los Nietos -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang in the West Whittier-Los Nietos area, east of Los Angeles, California.

LOCC - Loaded Crip Crew -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang.

LP - Laos Pride -- An Asian-American street gang.

LPG - Laos Pride Gangsta -- An Asian-American street gang. This gang is occasionally referred to as Lao Pride Gangsta.

LRB - Lynwood Rude Boys -- A Southern California street gang, also known as the Lynwood Rude Boyz.

LRG - Lady Rascal Gang -- An Asian-American street gang that has been the female branch of the Tiny Rascal Gang, which is also known as the Tiny Rascal Gangsters or Tiny Rascals.

LRL - La Raza Loca -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang.

LRZ - La Raza -- A North American gang comprised primarily of Mexican-Americans.

LS - Latin Souls -- A predominantly Latino street gang found in several locations, including--but not limited to--California, Florida, Illinois, and New York.

LSN - Los Solidos Nation -- A predominantly Hispanic street/prison gang that has arguably been most active in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and New York. Founded circa 1990, Los Solidos has been active in numerous locations, including--but not limited to--Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, New London, and Norwich in Connecticut, as well as Rutland, Vermont. Others include the Massachusetts' cities of Boston, Fall River, Framingham, Lawrence, Lowell, New Bedford, and Worcester. TSO (The Solid Ones), OFO (Original Family Organization), and BSDS (Born Solid, Die Solid) are a few of the other tags associated with this gang. Their gang colors include red and blue.

LTC - Loc Town Crips -- An Asian-American street gang in Stockton, California. This San Joaquin County gang is comprised primarily of Cambodian-Americans. Blue has been their traditional color.

LTS - Los Traviesos -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang.

LVL - Little Valley Lokotes -- A Pacific Northwest street gang found in multiple locations, including the Yakima, Washington area. Occasionally spelled "Lil Valley Lokotes," LVL13 and LVLX3 are a couple of other tags associated with this gang.

LVL - Little Vatos Locos -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang. They have arguably been most active in Maryland, Georgia, and California. They are not only an independent street gang located in several cities across the country, but also a subset (younger members, typically) of several other gangs.

LVM - Luzon Visayan Mobsters -- A Southern California street gang found in the San Gabriel Valley and other areas around Los Angeles. Their members are primarily Filipino.


MAB - Mt. Airy Boys -- Mount Airy Boys is an Asian-American street gang found in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis / St. Paul) area of Minnesota.

MBC - Menace Boy Crew -- An Asian-American street gang.

MBL - Mesa Barrio Locos -- A Mesa, Arizona street gang that is occasionally known as Mesa Varrio Locos.

MBS - Mongolian Boys Society -- An Asian-American street gang. They have arguably been most active in the Central California cities of Fresno and Visalia. Their name is occasionally spelled Mongolian Boyz Society.

MBZ - Mental BoyZ -- An Asian-American street gang that's been most active in California and Arizona.

MC - Mickey Cobras -- An African-American gang founded in Chicago, Illinois. MCs, ACN (Almighty Cobra Nation), and AMCN (Almighty Mickey Cobras Nation) are a few of the other tags associated with this gang.

MCF 13 - Michigan Chicano Force 13 -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang, occasionally tagged MCForce X3.

MCM - Mexican Criminal Mafia -- A Mexican-American street gang in Denver, Colorado. MCM 13 is another tag associated with this Sureno gang.

MCP - Mexicans Causing Panic -- A Mexican-American street gang found in several locations across the country. They have arguably been most active in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County, California.

MDB - Mad Dog Bloods -- A New York street gang.

MFL - Mexicans For Life -- A Mexican-American street gang based in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California. Puente 13 has been a rival of this Los Angeles County gang. MFL13 is another tag occasionally associated with them.

MGB - Miller Gangster Bloods -- An African-American street gang that originated in Los Angeles, California.

MHS - Modesto Hit Squad -- A Central California street gang founded in Modesto. They are a subset of the Crips.

MIC - Magnolia-Intervale-Columbia -- A street gang in Boston, Massachusetts. The gang's named for the city streets of Magnolia, Intervale, and Columbia. Big Head Boyz (BHB) has been one of their rivals.

MIVL - Mafia Insane Vice Lords -- A faction of the Vice Lords -- A street gang based in Chicago, Illinois.

MK - Milwaukee Kings -- A street gang based in Chicago, Illinois. MKN is another tag associated with this gang. Note: They're named for Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago, not the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

MLD - Maniac Latin Disciples -- A large, predominantly Hispanic street/prison gang founded in Chicago, Illinois, in the mid-20th century. In Chicago, the Spanish Cobras, and the Latin Kings have been their primary rivals. Lady Ds has been the female branch of the Maniac Latin Disciples. In spite of the fact they are often recognized primarily as a Hispanic gang, in the past, there have been documented cases of both Caucasian and African-American MLD members. LD is another tag associated with this gang. A pitchfork is one of their most common identifiers or symbols. Their gang colors include blue and black.

MNV - Monrovia Nuevo Varrio -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang based in the Southern California community of Monrovia. DuRoc Crips has been a rival of this San Gabriel Valley gang. Monrovia Nuevo Barrio, Monrovia Nuevo Bario, Monrovia Nueve Barrio, Monrovia Nueve Vario, and Monrovia Nueve Varrio are among the many spelling variations you may find for this gang.

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

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

MOD - Menace of Destruction -- A predominantly Hmong street gang, also known as the Masters of Destruction, or occasionally, Men of Destruction. This Asian-American gang was reportedly founded in Fresno, California, in the late 1980s. MOD can be found in numerous locations across the United States, though they are arguably most active in California and the Twin Cities (Minneapolis / St. Paul) area of Minnesota. Hmong Nation Society (HNS) has been a bitter rival of this gang.

MPB - Mozart Park Boys -- A street gang in Boston, Massachusetts.

MPG - Mien Pride Gangsta -- An Asian-American street gang comprised primarily of Mien (a Laotian ethnic group). They have arguably been most active in the Sacramento, California area.

MPLS - Moorpark Locos -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang in Ventura County, California. They've been most active in Moorpark and Simi Valley. MP and MPL are a couple of other tags associated with this gang. Varrio Simi Valley (VSV) has been a rival of this gang.

MSB - Mad Swan Bloods -- A street gang reportedly founded in the 1970s in Los Angeles, California. They later popped up in a few other locations across the country.

MS-13 - Mara Salvatrucha -- A multi-national gang founded by El Salvadoran refugees in the late 1980s in Los Angeles, California. They later spread to a number of cities across the United States. MS-13 cliques can also be found in El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Nicargua, and Honduras. Their rivals include--but are not limited to--Bloods, Salvadorans With Pride, and the Latin Kings.

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


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

NBT - Nothing But Trouble -- A street gang in South Central Los Angeles, California, that began as a tagging crew.

NCA - Ninja Clan Assassins -- An Asian-American street gang.

NF - Nuestra Familia -- A predominantly Chicano prison gang. Nuestra Familia is very closely affiliated with the Nortenos. The Mexican Mafia (La Eme) has been the traditional rival of this large gang that was founded in the California prison system in the 1960s. Although they are primarily known as a prison gang, they have increasingly been establishing a presence on the streets. Red has been their traditional color. LNF (La Nuestra Familia) is another tag associated with this gang.

NGB - Native Gangster Bloods -- A predominantly Native-American gang.

NHBZ - North Hollywood Boyz -- A Southern California street gang.

NHC - Neighborhood Crips -- There are a number of Neighborhood Crips' gangs, including the 46 Neighborhood Crips, Rollin' 60s Crips, 67 Neighborhood Crips, 105 Neighborhood Crips, 107 Neighborhood Crips, 111 Neighborhood Crips, in addition to a number of other Neighborhood Crip sets in Los Angeles, California, as well as other U.S. cities.

NHLS - North Hollywood Locos -- A Southern California street gang.

98 - 98 Mafia -- A street gang also known as the 98 Mafia Crips. MCG (Mafia Crip Gang) is another tag occasionally associated with them. They've been active in several locations, including--but not limited to--California, Washington, New York, New Jersey, and Nashville, Tennessee.

9400 - 9400 Boyz -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang in Oakland, California. 94th Avenue was the source of their name, and also the primary turf claimed by them. Black has been their chosen gang color.

NLR - Nazi Lowriders -- A white supremacist gang founded in Southern California.

NSB - North Side Bolen -- A Southern California street gang based in the San Gabriel Valley community of Baldwin Park. They are also known as Varrio North Side Bolen, and also North Side Bolen Parque (NSBP). This predominantly Chicano gang has been in existence for several decades.

NSBP - North Side Brown Pride -- A street gang most active in the American Southwest.

NSL - North Side Locos -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang found in numerous locations from coast to coast. They are arguably most active in California, Texas, and Georgia. NSL XIV, NSL 14 and NSL X4 are a few of the other tags associated with this Norteno gang.

NSLX3 - Northside Longos 13 -- A Southern California street gang based in Long Beach and comprised primarily of Hispanics.

NSP - North Side Pasadena -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang based in Pasadena, California. Varrio Pasadena Rifa has been one of their rivals. Blue has been this Los Angeles County gang's traditional color.

NSR - North Side Redondo -- A Southern California street gang based in Redondo Beach. This predominantly Hispanic gang is also known as Redondo 13, and NS Redondo 13.

NSV - North Side Villains -- A Washington state street gang.


OBS - Oriental Boy Soldiers -- A Southern California street gang.

OCG - Outta Control Gangstas -- A Minnesota street gang that has arguably been most active in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis / St. Paul). Their name is occasionally spelled "Outta Control Gangsters."

OKB - Oriental Killa Boyz -- An Asian-American street gang that is also known as the Oriental Killer Boys. This gang is based in San Diego, California.

OLB - Oriental Lao Boys -- An Asian-American street gang found in California.

OLB - Oriental Lazy Boys -- An Asian-American street gang.

OLG - Oriental Laotian Gangsters -- An Asian-American street gang based in Utah.

OMB - Oroville Mono Boys -- A predominantly Hmong street gang, also known as the Oriental Mono Boys. They've arguably been most active in California and Minnesota.

OMG - Outlaw Motorcycle Gang -- A generic term used to describe any violent and/or criminal motorcycle gang.

OPP - Oriental Park Place -- An Asian-American street gang based in Texas.

ORB - Oriental Ruthless Boys -- A predominantly Hmong street gang that has been active nationwide. This Asian-American gang can be found in numerous locations, including--but not limited to--California, Colorado, Minnesota, Washington, Wisconsin, and New York.

OSB - Oriental Street Boyz -- An Asian-American street/prison gang in Massachusetts. Some of the most active sets have been in Boston, Lowell, and Lynn, Massachusetts. Many of their members have been of Cambodian ancestry. OB, and OBB are a couple of other tags associated with this gang. Blue has been their traditional color.

OSB - Oquirrh Shadow Boys -- A Utah street gang.

OSL - Orange Street Locos -- A Southern California street gang.

OT - Okie Town -- A predominantly Mexican-American street gang in Yuma, Arizona. OT X3 and OT 13 are a couple of other tags associated with this gang.

OT - Oriental Troops -- An Asian-American street gang found in several locations across the country. They've arguably been most active in Visalia, Tulare County, California. Although blue has been their traditional gang color, black, white, and gray may occasionally be used as well. The Nortenos have been a rival of this gang. 15 and 20 are tags associated with Oriental Troops. (The number 15 represents the letter "O" while 20 represents the letter "T" -- thus, 15 20 = OT.)

O13 - Ogden Trece -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang in Ogden, Utah. CCL (Centro City Locos) is another tag associated with this Weber County gang.

OTSD 13 - Old Town San Diego 13 -- A Southern California street gang based in the San Diego area.

OVC - Orange Varrio Cypress -- A Southern California street gang.

OVG - Ogden Violent Gangsters -- A Weber County, Utah street gang.


PB - Purple Brothers -- An Asian-American street gang found in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis / St. Paul) area of Minnesota.

PBCC - Palmer Blocc Compton Crips -- A Southern California street gang.

PBG - Pinoy Boys Gang -- A Southern California street gang comprised primarily of Asian-Americans.

PBH - Pinoy Blood Hound -- A street gang founded in California.

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 predominantly African-American street gang in Southern California. This Bloods' gang later spread to a few other locations across the country. DLB (Denver Lanes Bloods) is another tag associated with this gang.

PEN1 - Public Enemy Number One -- A white supremacist street/prison gang that is most active in Orange County, California. Founded in the 1980s, they're most associated with the seaside communities of Huntington Beach, and Long Beach, California. "PENI" is a variation of this gang's acronym, while "Public Enemy Number 1" and "Public Enemy Number One Death Squad" are variations of their name. Over the years, they have been allied with the Nazi Low Riders (NLR) and Aryan Brotherhood (AB) prison gangs.

PGV - Pleasant Grove Vatos -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang in the Dallas, Texas area. PGV X3 is another tag associated with this Northern Texas gang.

PHV - Prince Hall Village -- A predominantly African-American street gang in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. They are also known as the Prince Hall Village Crips, and occasionally, the Prince Hall Village Gangster Crips.

PLK - Pasadena Latin Kings -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang founded in Pasadena, California. PLK 13 is another tag associated with this gang.

PN - Pico Nuevo -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang in Pico Rivera, California. Pico Viejo, and Rivera 13 have been rivals of this Los Angeles County gang.

POMC - Pagans Outlaw Motorcycle Club -- A U.S.-based outlaw motorcycle gang.

PPB - Pacoima Piru Bloods -- A Southern California street gang.

PPHG - Pimps, Players, Hustlers and Gangsters -- A Southern California street gang that is also known as Pimps, Playboys, Hustlers and Gangsters, or occasionally, Pimps, Playas, Hustlas, and Gangstas. This Crip-affiliated gang has arguably been most active in Rialto, and San Bernardino, California. Rollin' 60s Crips has been a rival of this Inland Empire gang.

PSB - Piru Street Boyz -- A Southern California street gang.

PSK - Park Side Killers -- A Philadelphia, Pennsylvania street gang that is occasionally spelled Park Side Killas.

PSW - Poorside Watson -- A Central California street gang sometimes called Poorside Watsonville. PSW X3 is another tag associated with this gang in Watsonville, Tulare County, California.

P-13 - Puente 13 -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang based in the San Gabriel Valley community of La Puente. Bassett Grande, and Mexicans For Life have been rivals of this Los Angeles County gang. LP13 is another tag occasionally associated with Puente 13 (also known as Puente Trece).

PTS - Portland Town Soldiers -- A U.S. street gang.

PUSH - Portland United Skinheads -- A white supremacist skinhead gang founded in Portland, Oregon.

PV - Pico Viejo -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang in Pico Rivera, California. Pico Nuevo, and Brown Authority have been rivals of this Los Angeles County gang. VPV (Varrio Pico Viejo) is another tag associated with this gang.

PVCC - Park Village Compton Crips -- A Southern California street gang.

PWL - Pee-Wee Locos -- Pee-Wee Locos is not only an independent street gang located in several cities across the country, but is also a subset (younger members, typically) of several other gangs. PWLS is occasionally offered as an acronym for this gang.


QV - Quiet Village -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang found in Whittier, California. They are also known as Varrio Quiet Village, and Quiet Village Gang. QVG is another tag associated with this Los Angeles County gang.


RAC - Raymond Ave. Crips -- A predominantly African-American street gang based in Southern California.

RAW - Ready and Willing -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang in Jackson County, Oregon. This Sureno-affiliated gang has been most active in Medford, and Central Point. Blue has been their traditional color.

RCB - Royal Cambodian Bloods -- An Asian-American street gang in Minnesota. They have arguably been most active in Rochester, and the Twin Cities (Minneapolis / St. Paul) area of Minnesota.

RD - Red Door -- Red Door ("Hung Mung") could be described as an Asian organized crime syndicate. They've been most active in the San Gabriel Valley, east of Los Angeles, California.

RGC - Rocafella Gangsta Crips -- A U.S. street gang founded in New York.

RNC - Rollin' 90s Crips -- An African-American street gang founded in Southern California. They've arguably been most active in Nashville, Tennessee, South Central Los Angeles, California, Georgia, Minnesota, Maryland, and North Carolina.

RSC - Rollin' 60s Crips -- An African-American street gang founded in Southern California. They've been active in several locations, including--but not limited to--South Central Los Angeles, California, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington. They are also known as the Rollin' 60s Neighborhood Crips. R60 is another tag associated with this Crips' set.

RSL - Riverside Locos -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang. They've arguably been most active in California and Georgia. RSL-13 is another tag that is occasionally associated with this gang.

RSL - Rockwood Street Locos -- A Los Angeles, California street gang comprised primarily of Hispanics. RWST, RSL-13, and RWSL are occasionally offered as acronyms for this gang.

RTC - Rollin' 20 Crips -- An African-American street/prison gang founded in Southern California. They've been most active in Long Beach and Los Angeles, California, as well as Maryland. Young 20 Locs (YTL) has been the subset and younger generation of this gang. R20 is another tag associated with the Rollin' 20 Crips.

R13 - Rivera 13 -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang in Pico Rivera, California. They are occasionally known as Rivera 13 Viejo. Pico Nuevo has been a rival of this Southern California gang.

RU - Raza Unida -- A Mexican-American gang founded in Texas in the late 1980s.

RVL - Renegade Vice Lords -- A street gang founded in Chicago, Illinois.


SBB - Sacramento Bad Boys -- An Asian-American street gang in Sacramento, California. Their gang color is usually red or burgundy. BB, and SBB Blood are a couple of other tags that are occasionally associated with this gang.

SBCC - Santana Blocc Compton Crips -- A Southern California street gang.

SBG - Sheboygan Boy Gangsters -- A Wisconsin street gang, also known as the Sheboygan Boyz, and the Sheboygan Boys Gang.

SBZ - Seoul BoyZ -- An Asian-American street gang that has been most prevalent in California.

SC - Spanish Cobras -- A street gang founded in Chicago, Illinois. With roots dating back to the mid-20th century, this Hispanic gang is also known as the Insane Spanish Cobras (ISC).

SCR - Simon City Royals -- A predominantly Caucasian street/prison gang founded in Chicago, Illinois back in the mid-20th century. This gang is a Folks allied gang. Their rivals include--but are not limited to--Spanish Cobras, Latin Eagles, Latin Kings, and MS-13. Although they now have a nationwide presence, they're most active in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Wisconsin, and a few other areas in the Midwest and South. Their gang colors are usually blue and black.

SD - Satan's Disciples -- A predominantly Hispanic street/prison gang founded in the 1960s in Chicago, Illinois. Satan's Disciples later spread to a number of cities across the U.S. They are also known as the Insane Gangster Satan's Disciples Nation (IGSDN). Yellow and black are their traditional colors.

SDP - Samahang Dugong Pinoy -- A California-based street gang.

SGD - Spanish Gangster Disciples -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang founded in Chicago, Illinois. Over the years, they've arguably been most active in Illinois, Indiana, Florida, and Wisconsin. Graffiti, drawings or tattoos of a cross and/or Folk Nation symbols and identifiers may also help distinguish SGD members.

SMM - Sex, Money, Murda -- A predominantly African-American street gang based on the East Coast of the United States. This gang is occasionally referred to as Sex, Money, Murder. They are arguably most active in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

SNM - Syndicato Nuevo Mexico -- A predominantly Hispanic prison gang that has been most active in New Mexico.

SOD - Sons of Death -- A predominantly Asian-American street gang that has been most active in the San Francisco Bay Area. This gang has been found in the cities of Richmond, and San Pablo in Contra Costa County, California, Fairfield in Solano County, California, as well as Portland, Oregon. Although members were initially Mien (a Laotian ethnic group), SOD has grown to include other Laotians, Pacific Islanders, Vietnamese, and others. Color of Blood (COB) has been a rival of this gang.

SOS - Sisters of the Struggle -- An African-American gang that has been the female branch of the Black Gangster Disciples (BGD).

SOS - Sons of Samoa -- A street gang comprised primarily of Pacific Islanders. This gang has been most prevalent in California, Utah and Hawaii.

SOSMC - Sons of Silence Motorcycle Club -- A U.S. motorcycle gang founded in Colorado in the 1960s.

SPFG - South Park Family Gang -- A predominantly African-American street gang that is most prevalent in Tucson, Arizona.

SSB - Southside Bloods -- An African-American street gang.

SSBP - Southside Brown Pride -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang.

SSC - Southside Crips -- An African-American street gang.

SSCC - South Side Compton Crips -- A Southern California street gang.

SSF - South Side Familia -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang found in Colorado and Washington. SSF 13 is another tag associated with this gang.

SSI - State Side Islanders -- A Southern California street gang based in the San Diego area.

SSK - SouthSide Krooks -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang in Orange County, California. They've arguably been most active in Anaheim and Placentia. Anaheim Travelers City (ATC) has been a rival of this Southern California gang.

SSL - South Side Locos -- A street gang found in California, Arizona, Maryland, Oklahoma, Washington, D.C. and several other locations throughout the United States. Some of these are known as "Southside Locos" and many are comprised primarily of Hispanics.

SSM - South Side Mesa -- An Arizona street gang. SSM 13 is another tag associated with this gang.

SSP - South Side Pasadena -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang founded in Pasadena, California. Varrio Pasadena Rifa has been one of their rivals. SSP 13 is another tag associated with this Los Angeles County gang. Red has been their traditional color.

SSVL - South Side Vatos Locos -- A street gang. VL, SSVL 13 and SSVL X3 are a few of the other tags associated with this gang.

ST - Suicidal Town -- An Asian-American street gang. This gang was founded in Southern California and is occasionally referred to as the Suicidal Town Crips, or the Suicidal Town Gangsta Crips.

STC - Street Thug Criminals -- A street gang in the Washington, D.C. and Maryland areas.

STC - Sur Trece Califas -- A Sureno street gang found in the vicinity of Portland, Oregon.

STG - Security Threat Group -- A generic term used to describe any violent and/or criminal street or prison gang.

STL - Sur Town Locos -- A predominantly Mexican-American street gang found in multiple locations, including--but not limited to--California and Colorado.

STO - Shortys Taking Over -- A predominantly African-American street gang in Minnesota. They have been most active in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Bogus Boyz has been a bitter rival of this gang.

SUR 13 - Surenos -- The Surenos (Spanish for Southerners) is a large street/prison gang that was founded in California. They're closely affiliated with the Mexican Mafia prison gang (a.k.a. "La Eme"). Although Surenos' gangs are rarely actually connected with one another, this Hispanic gang now exists throughout the United States. Blue has been this gang's traditional color, so its members can occasionally be identified by their use of blue apparel, and/or blue bandanas. Blue is often the preferred color of spray paint for their graffiti. X3, and XIII are a couple of other tags associated with them. The Nortenos (Spanish for Northerners) are their traditional rivals.
NOTE: A few viewers of the History Channel's TV series,
Gangland, drew the erroneous conclusion that this gang was located exclusively in Atlanta, Georgia.

SVL - Spanish Vice Lords -- A predominantly Latino street/prison gang founded in the early 1980s, in Chicago, Illinois. They have arguably been most active in Illinois, and Indiana. Their gang colors include maroon and black.

SVP - San Fernando Valley Peckerwoods -- A white supremacist street gang based in Southern California's San Fernando Valley. SFPW is occasionally offered as an acronym for this Caucasian gang.

SWC - Sunny Side Wah Ching -- A Southern California street gang based in the San Gabriel Valley.

SWP - Salvadorans With Pride -- A predominantly Latino street gang that has been most active on Long Island, in New York. MS-13 has been a rival of this East Coast gang.

SYC - School Yard Crips -- A Southern California street gang that is most active in South Central Los Angeles. School Yard Crips can also be found in a few other locations, including the Lawrence, Kansas area.


TAB - True Asian Bloods -- An Asian-American gang reportedly in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Crazy Hmong Boyz has been a rival of this Midwest gang.

TAP Boyz - The Arabian Posse Boyz -- An Arab-American gang based in Chicago, Illinois.

TB - Tango Blast -- A street/prison gang based in Texas. PTB and 16-20-2 are a couple of other tags associated with this gang.

TBS - Tiny Boys Surenos -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang found in multiple locations, including--but not limited to--California, Oregon, and Washington. TBS 13 is another tag associated with this gang that is occasionally known as Tiny Boy Surenos.

TBS - True Brown Style -- A multi-national street gang. TBS 13 and TBS XIII are a couple of other tags associated with this international gang.

TCB - Texas Chicano Brotherhood -- A predominantly Mexican-American gang founded in 1989, as a result of an internal rift within the Tri-City Bombers. The Tri-City Bombers became bitter rivals with this South Texas gang. TXCB is occasionally offered as an acronym for the Chicano Bro's.

TCB - Tri-City Bombers -- A predominantly Hispanic street/prison gang, also known as the Bombitas. Founded in the South Texas Rio Grande Valley, in an area known as the Tri-Cities (Pharr, San Juan, and Alamo), they've spread to multiple locations, including--but not limited to--Iowa, Minnesota and Ohio. But they are most active in the Tri-Cities area, as well as Austin, Dallas and Houston, Texas. Po' Boys, and Texas Chicano Brotherhood have been their rivals. (Texas Chicano Brotherhood was actually founded as a result of an internal rift within the Tri-City Bombers. This has been the reason they've been such bitter rivals.) 39 and TRICB are a couple of other tags associated with this gang. A typical Bomber tattoo consists of the letters TCB with a fused, round bomb found within or attached to those letters. Their gang colors are usually red and black.

TCG - Tongan Crip Gang -- A street gang comprised primarily of Pacific Islanders. This gang--also known as the Tongan Crip Gangsters--has been most prevalent in California, Hawaii and Utah.

TCR - Tongan Crip Regulators -- A street gang based in the Salt Lake City, Utah area.

TCS - Titanic Crip Society -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang based in Utah. Blue is this gang's traditional color.

TGP - Tau Gamma Pinoy -- A predominantly Filipino-American street gang in Southern California.

THS - Tropang Hudas -- A Southern California street gang based in the San Gabriel Valley.

3AK - Third Avenue Killers -- A predominantly Native American gang found in Northern Minnesota. This American Indian gang has arguably been most active in the vicinity of Bemidji, and Cass Lake, in Beltrami and Cass Counties.

3ni - Trinitarios -- A multi-national street/prison gang comprised primarily of Hispanics of Dominican ancestry. Founded circa 1990 in New York, they quickly spread throughout the East Coast of the United States. They've been most active in New Jersey, as well as Brooklyn, The Bronx, and the Washington Heights area of New York. Their gang colors include blue, red, black and especially lime green. DPL, and Trini are a couple of other tags associated with this gang.

313 - Chaldean Mafia -- 313 represents the third and the thirteenth letters of the alphabet, to stand for "CM" (Chaldean Mafia). Based in Michigan, this "stealth" street/prison gang is comprised primarily of Middle-Eastern individuals of Iraqi ancestry.

TLS - Tiny Locos -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang that is not only an independent street gang located in several cities across the country, but also a subset comprised of the younger members of several other gangs. They've arguably been most active in California, Oregon and Washington. Some cliques claim blue as their gang color.

TLT - True Local Thug -- An Asian-American street gang found in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis / St. Paul) area of Minnesota. 317 is another tag associated with this gang.

TM - Texas Mafia -- A predominantly Caucasian gang founded in the Texas prison system in the early 1980s.

TMC - Tiny Man Crew -- An Asian-American street gang in Minnesota and Wisconsin. They've been most active in Green Bay, Menasha, and Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

TMK - Tonight Monte Kills -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang based in the San Gabriel Valley area of Southern California.

TOP - Tiny Oriental Posse -- A multi-national Asian street gang in Southern California, and previously active in West Valley City, Utah.

TRG - Tiny Rascal Gangsters -- A predominantly Asian-American gang, also known as the Tiny Rascal Gang, Tiny Raskal Gang, or Tiny Rascals. TRG was founded in Long Beach, California in the mid-1980s. Many of the TRG sets are comprised primarily of Cambodian-Americans. They can now be found in a number of locations across the country, including--but not limited to--Connecticut, Central and Southern California, Brattleboro, Vermont, both Portland and Sanford in Maine, Washington, D.C., as well as the Twin Cities (Minneapolis / St. Paul) area of Minnesota. They are also reportedly found in both Lawrence and Brockton in Massachusetts. East Side Longos (ESL), and Asian BoyZ (ABZ) are among their rivals. TRG gang colors include black, blue and gray. 7126 is another tag associated with this gang.

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

TSN - Two-Six Nation -- A predominantly Latino street gang founded in Chicago back in the mid-20th century. 2-6N, G26, and GTS are some of the other tags associated with this gang. In Chicago, Illinois, the Latin Kings are their primary rivals. Their gang colors are usually black and tan.

TSO - Texas Syndicate Originals -- A faction of the Texas Syndicate gang.

TSU - Texas Syndicate United -- A faction of the Texas Syndicate gang.

TVL - Traveling Vice Lords -- A predominantly African-American gang with roots in Chicago, Illinois. They are also known as the Traveler Vice Lords.

TVR 13 - Tooner Ville Rifa 13 -- A Mexican-American gang based in Southern California. With roots dating back to the mid-20th century, their sphere of influence has included areas of Los Angeles, Glendale and surrounding communities.

TWS - Tiny Winos -- Tiny Winos is not only an independent street gang located in several cities across the country, but is also a subset (very young members, typically) of several other gangs.

TWS - Westside 18th Street Tiny Winos -- A Sureno street gang found in the vicinity of Portland, Oregon.


UAM - United Asian Mafia -- A Southern California street gang. They've arguably been most active in Orange County, and Pomona. Tiny Rascal Gang (TRG) has been one of their rivals.

UB - United Bamboo -- A multi-national crime syndicate comprised primarily of Asians. This triad was founded in Taiwan in the mid-20th century. They're occasionally known as the United Bamboo Gang (UBG). In the United States, this organized crime network has been most active in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California. Specific areas that have seen United Bamboo activity include--but are not limited to--Houston, Texas, New York City's Chinatown, LA's Chinatown, and the California cities of Alhambra, Diamond Bar, Hacienda Heights, Monterey Park, Paramount, Rosemead, and Rowland Heights.

UBN - United Blood Nation -- A gang founded in 1993 at Rikers Island prison, and later spread throughout the East Coast of the United States.

UEC - Unexpected Criminals -- A Southern California street gang.

URC - Unknown Rapist Crew -- A predominantly Hmong street gang.

USC - Unstoppable Criminals -- A California-based street gang that is occasionally referred to as the "Unseen Criminals."

UTVL - Undertaker Vice Lords -- An African-American gang founded in Chicago, Illinois, in the 1970s.

UVL - Unknown Vice Lords -- An African-American gang founded in Chicago, Illinois. They're now found in numerous locations across the United States.


VB - Valentine Bloods -- A predominantly African-American street gang. Over the years, they've arguably been most active in California, Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, and New York.

VB - Viet Boys -- An Asian-American street gang found in the vicinity of Seattle, Washington.

VBZ - Viet Boyz -- An Asian-American street gang that originated in Southern California.

VC - Varrio Catorce -- A street gang found in California, Oregon and Washington. 14, XIV, X4, VC 14, VC XIV, and VC X4 are a few of the tags associated with this gang.

VC - Varrio Centro -- A predominantly Mexican-American street gang that has been most active in the vicinity of Fort Worth, Texas.

VCFO - Vicente Carrillo-Fuentes Organization -- A major North American drug trafficking cartel.

VDH - Varrio Diamond Hill -- A street gang that has been most active in Fort Worth, Texas. Varrio North Side (VNS) has been a key rival.

VDM - Very Dangerous Mexicans -- A Mexican-American street gang found in North Carolina.

VF - Volksfront -- A white supremacist street/prison gang founded in 1994. Although Volksfront chapters exist across the United States, as well as several foreign countries, they have arguably been most active in Portland, Oregon, and Missouri. Their colors include red, white and black. WP (White Power), ROA (Race Over All), and the swastika are a few of the other tags associated with this neo-Nazi group.

VFL - Varrio Fallbrook Locos -- A predominantly Mexican-American street gang in Fallbrook, California. VFL 13 is another tag associated with this Southern California gang.

VHG - Varrio Hawaiian Gardens -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang based in Hawaiian Gardens, California. VHG has roots dating back to the mid-20th century. Members of this Southern California gang have been known to take pride in their racism and mission to rid Hawaiian Gardens of all African-American residents through a campaign of violence and intimidation. Some members have even admitted VHG is a "Hate Gang."

VHK - Vamphill Kings -- A Boston, Massachusetts street gang. Vamp Hill gang colors include black and white, and also black and silver.

VL - Vatos Locos -- A street gang active in California, Oregon, Washington, North Carolina, Georgia, Washington, D.C. and several other locations across the country. VLS and VL X3 are a couple of other tags occasionally associated with this gang.

VL - Vice Lords -- A large, predominantly African-American gang street/prison founded in Chicago in the mid-20th century. Although they now have a nationwide presence, they're most active in the Midwest. In spite of the fact they are often recognized primarily as a black gang, there have been documented cases of both Caucasian and Hispanic Vice Lords' members. They have also been known as the Vice Lord Nation (VLN), Almighty Vice Lord Nation (AVLN), and Conservative Vice Lord Nation (CVLN). 312, which is Chicago's area code, is a common tattoo found on members of the Vice Lords. Their colors include gold, black and red.

VLA - Varrio Los Avenues -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang in Yuma, Arizona.

VLM - Vatos Locos Mexicanos -- A North American street gang comprised primarily of Hispanics.

VLT - Varrio Loco Town -- A predominantly Mexican-American street gang in Salt Lake City, Utah.

VM - Vietnamese Mafia -- An Asian-American street gang.

VMH - Varrio Madison Heights -- A Maricopa County, Arizona street gang.

VML - Varrio Mesa Locos -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang based in Oceanside, California. ML, 13 12 (13 represents the letter "M" and 12 represents the letter "L"), VMLS, and MESA are a few of the other tags associated with this San Diego County gang.

VNE - Varrio Nuevo Estrada -- A Mexican-American street gang founded in East Los Angeles, California. Their sphere of influence has since spread to other Southern California communities.

VNS - Varrio North Side -- A predominantly Mexican-American street gang that has arguably been most active in California, Texas, and Washington. In Fort Worth, Texas, Varrio Diamond Hill (VDH) has been one of their key rivals.

VPG - Viet Pride Gangsters -- An Asian-American street gang occasionally known as Viet Pride Gang or Viet Pride Gangstas.

VPL - Varrio Posole Locos -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang based in Oceanside, California. P, PT, VP, VPL, VPLS, Posole, Posoles, M, Eme, Varrio Posole, Posole Town, 13, 16, 16 20, 22, 22 16, 22 16 12, and 22 16 12 19 are a few of the other tags associated with this San Diego County gang.

VPR - Varrio Pasadena Rifa -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang found in Pasadena, California. Both South Side Pasadena, and North Side Pasadena have been rivals of this Los Angeles County gang.

VSJ - Varrio San Jose -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang based in San Jose, California.

VSLC - Venice Shoreline Crips -- An African-American street gang found in Venice, California. VSC is occasionally offered as an acronym for this Crips' set.

VSM - Varrio San Marcos -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang based in San Marcos, California. They're also known as Wolfpack, Lobo Town, and Ghost Town. VSM, SM, WP, WPLS, GT, 19 13 (19 represents the letter "S" and 13 represents the letter "M"), 23 16 (23 represents the letter "W" and 16 represents the letter "P"), and 7 20 (7 represents the letter "G" and 20 represents the letter "T") are a few of the other tags associated with this San Diego County gang.

VSV - Varrio Simi Valley -- A street gang in Ventura County, California. Organized in the 1980s, this gang was initially comprised of Mexican-Americans, though some Caucasian members have been documented. They've been most active in Simi Valley and Moorpark. Moorpark Locos (MPLS) has been a rival of this gang.

VVR - Varrio Vista Rifa -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang in Los Angeles, California. VVR X3 is another tag associated with this gang.


WB - The Wonder Boys -- A Mexican-American street gang in the Yuma, Arizona area. They are also known as Los Wonder Boys, or Wonder Bois.

WBP - Wetback Power -- A Mexican-American street gang.

WCMP - West Covina Mob Piru -- A Southern California street gang based in the San Gabriel Valley community of West Covina.

WF13 - White Fence 13 -- A Mexican-American street gang founded in East Los Angeles, California.

WK - White Knights -- A white supremacist street/prison gang founded in the Texas prison system in 1991.

WNS - Winos -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang. They have arguably been most active in California, Oregon and Washington. They are not only an independent street gang located in several cities across the country, but also a subset (younger members, typically) of several other gangs.

WSBP - West Side Brown Pride -- A predominantly Mexican-American street gang found in the American Southwest. Although they are found in several locations, they are most active in Phoenix, Arizona. WSBP13 and WSBPXIII are a couple of other tags associated with this gang.

WSBPL - West Side Brown Pride Locos -- A predominantly Mexican-American street gang found in Tucson, Arizona.

WSC - West Side Crips -- An African-American street gang.

WS18 - Westside 18th Street -- A Sureno gang found in the vicinity of Portland, Oregon. XVIII, X8 and XV3 are a few of the tags associated with this gang.

WS18TWS - Westside 18th Street Tiny Winos -- A Sureno street gang found in the vicinity of Portland, Oregon.

WSI - West Side Islanders -- A street gang comprised primarily of Pacific Islanders. They have been found in California, Oregon, Washington, and on the island of Oahu in Hawai'i. They have arguably been most active in Honolulu, Hawai'i, and Long Beach, California.

WSL - Westside Locos -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang found in numerous locations from coast to coast. They are arguably most active in California, Florida, and Georgia. WSL 13, WSL X3 and WSL XIII are a few of the other tags associated with this gang. Be aware that some WSL sets claim an alliance with the Nortenos, while others are allied with the Surenos.

WSM - West Side Mesa -- An Arizona street gang comprised primarily of Hispanics.

WSP - West Side Pomona -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang that originated in Pomona, California. WSP 13, WSP X3 and WSP XIII are a few of the other tags associated with this gang.

WSV - West Side Verdugo -- A Southern California street gang, also known as the Mount Vernon Gang (MVG).

WSW - Westside Wilmas -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang found in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. They've been most active in Wilmington and Long Beach, California. Eastside Wilmas (ESW) has been one of their rivals.

WTX - West Texas Tangos -- A predominantly Hispanic street/prison gang.

WVL - Whittier Varrio Locos -- A predominantly Hispanic street gang found in the Whittier area, southeast of Los Angeles, California.

WVN - Watson Varrio Norte -- A Santa Cruz County, California street gang found in the Watsonville area.


YCT - Young Crazy Thugs -- A Southern California street gang that is occasionally spelled "Young Crazy Thugz."

YOG - Young Oriental Gangsters -- An Asian-American gang.

YOH - Youth of Hitler -- A white supremacist skinhead gang found in Portland, and Milwaukie, which is located southeast of Portland, Oregon.

YOT - Young Oriental Troop -- An Asian-American street gang found in the vicinity of Seattle, Washington.

YTK - Young Terrible Kids -- A street gang found in Hawaii.

YTL - Young 20 Locs -- A predominantly African-American street gang found in Long Beach, California. They are a subset and younger generation of the Rollin' 20 Crips (RTC). Their chosen colors are black and yellow, and members often wear Pittsburgh Steelers apparel.


ZP - Zoe Pound -- A predominantly Haitian gang found in Florida, as well as other locations.


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