GANG GRAFFITI, ART & CULTURE

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Compton Pirus.

I've had an abundance of Compton Piru graffiti so I thought I would condense all the odds and ends into one post.

Campanella Park Piru.

Campanella Park isn't in Compton proper, their claiming Piru shows how close they really are to the Hub city.

Cedar Block Piru.

Not the best photograph, but it's kind of rare to see CBP graffiti. The Game's sucess has really shot this gang into super stardom as you will know find people claiming it all over the United States. In certain states they are as deep as a couple hundred, which is insane considering his album has only been out a couple years. Rap's influence on youth culture is more than obvious, with this being a prime example.

Tree Top Piru.

Tree Top Piru exist right south of Rosecrans. North of Rosecrans is Fruit Town Piru. I'm not 100% sure of all their recent beefs, but they seem to call out Neighborhood Piru (one of the only LA Blood on Blood rivalries), Grape Street Watts (?) and Tortilla Flats, who I would consider their main enemy.

Fruit Town Piru.

I really have no idea what this message means. I can only assume Brandon Duckett is from a rival gang. He was either killed or will be killed? It's somewhat cryptic. Anyways, this is a prime example of Fruit Town Piru graffiti. From what I've seen of them and their close allies the Fruit Town Brims, both are very artistic.


Notice the small cherries hanging from one of the letters? That's to signafy Cherry Street. Fruit Town Piru gets their name from a group of streets including Cherry and Peach, while Tree Top is Cedar, Spruce, Elm, etc.

Mob Piru.

We've touched on Mob Piru before but here is another example of their graffiti. This was taken two blocks from the Compton Fashion Center. They clearly name some of their enemies: Palm & Oak Gangster Crip, Santana Blocc Compton Crip and South Side Compton Crip. And they rep the 1800 block.


Another example, with them calling out Santana Blocc again, as well as CV3.

52 / 59 Hoover Crip/Criminal.

Most Hoovers started claiming Criminal a long while back, but the Five Dueces have remained Crip and I'm not positive about the Five Nines. Still, they are all linked/connected and this is some joint graffiti most likely done by the Five Nines due to their name being first in one of the pictures.


This was crossed out by NSU, a mexican gang (I assume?) on Hoover. This is a pretty impressive piece of artwork. I think we can assume the 59's aren't Crips as they have the "C" x'd out on the finger nails. On the "W/S" they have the "S" x'd out, dissing the Rollin Sixties. Across the bottom they cross out the Rollin 60's, 90's and 30's back to back. Next to it is Six Duece Brim and to the right is East Coast Crip, Rollin 40's and Rollin 100's. Below that is a gang I cant identify, NSU and Napps aka Neighborhood Crips.


Real simple: Five Duece Hoover. The two O's are replaced with "GC" for Gangster Crip.

Santana Blocc Compton Crip.

SBCC are one of the more active Crip gangs in Compton. Their neighborhood is west of Mob Piru's, north of Rosecrans Blvd.


This was taken right north of Rosecrans, and you could see it off the bridge that cuts Compton into East & West. I'm not an expert, but I'll assume that this says Eastside Santana Blocc Compton Crip, Tiny Gangsters, Piru Killers. Below it is South Side Compton Crip Killer All Day and below that they claim Elm St Piru and Mob Piru as enemies.


This got cut off because it was a fairly narrow alley. It was clearly written by YG Doe Boy.


Santana Blocc crossing out some CV70 graffiti. Even with crossing it out and CV70 claiming crip killer, they for some reason claim Tortilla Flats Killer at the bottom.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Inglewood Family Gangster Blood.

The largest gang in Inglewood, IFGB have long been at war with the Rollin 60's and Eight Tray Gangster Crips, although the later recently have an unoffical truce as both are focusing on the 60's. IFGB mainly fued with the 60's and Rollin 90's, but recently have been beefing with 18th Street.


This was taken inside Rollin 90's Crip hood. It reads "Westside Inglewood Family Gangster Blood, Crip Killers. Rollin 60's + Rollin 90's Crip killers." The "Nappkiller Blood", as I've stated before, is a diss on Neighborhood Crips, which includes the 60's and the 90's.


Simply IFGB with Rollin 90's Killer underneath, also taken in 90's hood.


This too was taken in 90's hood at a different date. The standout here is the "CPF" up top, which I'm assuming means "Centinela Park Families", who were formally known as Centinela Park Piru. While some beef flares up occasionally, mainly between Neighborhood Piru & Crenshaw Mafia, Bloods in Inglewood seem to get along for the most part and keep "the I" on lock. The four Crip gangs in Inglewood are very small and not considered very significant. A good sign of this is how the main enemies of most Inglewood Blood sets are located in South Central, not Inglewood.

Rollin 20's Neighborhood Blood.

Quick note: for new people to this site, there are more posts than just the ones listed to the right under "previous posts". Just click the oldest one (at the bottom) and it'll have a list of the rest.

R20NHB are located in the West Adams district of South Central. They are basically the first black hood you hit on the West Side when traveling south down Vermont, Normandie, etc. Along with the Black P Stones, they are currently in a very serious war with 18th Street, who many accuse of being racially motivated in their attacks. The pictures came out well, but when uploading them to photobucket, the quality was affected greatly. We'll be registering a domain shortly and when we move everything over, the quality will be normal.


This was taken on 27th Street. The cliques are 25th Street, 27th Street, 29th Street, Avenues and Black Demon Soldiers (BDS). Within the zeros, you can see a "7" and a "5", so those are the two cliques that were involved in this graffiti. You'll also see they list 18th Street as their main enemy. "Rose" & "Stone" are most likely the names of the guys who did the art.


This was also taken on 27th Street, right across from the art above. They list out 27, 25 and 29 as well as the Avenues and list Crips in general, 18th Street and the Rollin 30's Crips as enemies. At the bottom is NHB, for Neighborhood Blood.

I have some more photographs and will be making a second post on the 20's soon.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

52 Broadway Gangster Crips.

The Broadway Gangster Crips have two sets: 52 and 112. The Five Dueces mainly fued with the East Coast Crips lately and have been known allies of the Hoovers.










Besides the first picture, this was all along one block off Broadway and 55th Street. From first to last: "West Town Toast Killer" proclaims their hatred for East Coast Crips, mainly the Six Pack. Moving along you see the big 52nd Street and "Broadway Gangster Crip". In the orange on the left are the names of the people responsible for the graffiti and to the left is their set name (notice the 112 inside the BGC) with their enemies below: East Coast Crips, 42/43 Gangster Crips and the Blood Stone Villians. The last picture shows them again claiming East Coast Crips and Neighborhood Crips in general enemies.

Harvard Park Brims.

The Brims started in 1969 and were one of the oldest black gangs to still be in existence. They originally wore blue, but sided with gangs like the Swans, Piru Street Boys, Neighborhoods and Bounty Hunters when the blood alliance was formed. They are located in a neighborhood on the west side of South Central, almost completely surrounded by Neighborhood Crips (Rollin 60's, 67NHC & 55NHC) except on their Eastern border, where the 59 Hoover Criminals stay. The Slauson Swapmeet is directly North of their hood if I remember correctly.


This was taken on 62nd Street right as you enter HPB hood off of Western. It clearly states their main enemies: Hoover Criminals, all Neighborhood Crips and 18th Street, the "largest gang in LA". This is also a block or so from Harvard Park, their namesake. 62nd Street is the main click of Harvard Park Brims.


This was taken off of Western in the parking lot of the Slauson Swapmeet. "Nappk" means "Napp Killer", a diss on Neighborhood Crips. The graffiti to the right that's cut off is Florencia 13, who also are in this general area.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Mob Piru.

Compton's Mob Piru are one of the more well-known gangs due to their affiliation with Suge Knight, owner of Death Row Records. Obvious Tupac/Biggie stories aside, Mob Piru is infamous for being known ryders, beefing on and off with Crip, Sureno and occasionally Piru/Blood gangs. Their closest allies, and sometimes enemies when things flare up, are the Lueders Park Piru. I'd say their main enemies are Compton Varrio 3 (CV3), Compton Varrio 70 (CV70, although this isn't as severe as the war with CV3, it's off and on all the time) and the Palm & Oak Gangster Crips. They also beef consistently with the Santana Blocc Compton Crips. It also must be noted that the majority of Mob hood lies in Lynwood, right north of Compton.


This was just a quick out-of-the-window shot taken along Rosecrans in Compton. It was about a block east of Long Beach Blvd. There are some apartments across from the Compton Fashion Center that are a known Mob Piru hangout. This tag is simple: Eastside MOB, which stands for Money Over Bitches.


This was taken in an alleyway by a gas station on Rosecrans. I had been to this gas station before, where I took a photograph of Compton Varrio Limas Street graffiti. Here is Mob Piru crossing out CVLS. I wasn't even aware Mob Piru was that far over East.


Another Mob throw-up in the same alley. This one means "Insane Mob Gang", one of their nicknames. Right next to is some CV70 graffiti which they didn't cross out, so maybe they aren't beefing right now?

Five Duece Broadway Gangster Crips up next. Thanks for the support thus far.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Updates Soon...

We might be putting the money down sooner than we thought for an actual server and domain (www.hoodart.com?) because when uploading photographs, we've noticed the quality can get severely distorted and that is far from okay.

Soon (photos taken)...
South Central's BROADWAY GANGSTER CRIPS.
Compton/Lynwood's MOB PIRU.

Later (some photos taken or expect to soon)...
Inglewood's AVENUE PIRU.
South Central's ROLLIN 60'S CRIP/EIGHT TRAY GANGSTER CRIP war.
South Central's DENVER LANE BLOODS.
Watts' PJ WATTS CRIP.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Family Swan Blood.

In the Eastside of South Central, there is a neighborhood known as Florence. There are two Blood gangs that have linked up to create Family Swan Blood: the Mad Swans, who are located from 77th Street North to 84th Street South and the 89/92 Families, who are from 89th Street North to 92nd Street South. They pretty much claim 77th to 92nd, but there are a few latino gangs that coexist within. One of the biggest, is Florencia 13, who haven't followed the trend of claiming "Blood Killer" like 18th Street lately and coexist quite well. They share a couple enemies too, the most well known being the East Coast Crips (Six Pack mainly) who robbed a member of the Mexican Mafia during a drug deal and got a green light turned on them.

The photograph that was here for some reason isn't working. I will have it fixed and re-up'd later. Sorry about that.


One thing I've noticed about the Swans is a lot of instances, they don't write FSB or anything related to Swans. Sometimes they just write the street that particular member claims or in a lot of instances, they just write "CK". Here is one of those instances, where they also call out the Main Street Crips and Avalon Gangster Crips.

Eastside Mexican Gangs

Los Angeles County is nearly completely occupied by Mexican gangs. A lot of these barrios/varrios date back to the early 1900's and the men and women who claim these sets have a lot of pride for the history they continue to contribute to. A large number of these gangs have waged war, for racial reasons or not, on the predominately black gangs throughout Los Angeles County. While some Mexican gangs are known to have white and black membership, it's hard to ignore the fact that a race war is taking place right now.

The politics of Mexican gangs is almost more complicated than that of the Bloods and Crips. I'd like to touch on that in the future. Most (but not all) Mexican gangs start their graffiti with the letter "V" for 'varrio" and a lot of the sets claim "13" at the end. No Blood or Crip sets claim 13, as it's only a Mexican thing.


36 Street.

This is a nice example of Mexican gang art. The Old English style is very popular amongst all gangs, but especially those of Latino background. I know nothing about this gang, only that they are located on the Northeast side of South Central. If anyone has any info, feel free to share it with us.

38 Street.
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This gang is located in the same general area as 36 Street, but are very well known for fueding with black gangs. Many Crip and Blood sets are sworn enemies of 38 Street and you'll notice in a previous post we did about the 52 Pueblos that they have "38K" in their graffiti. This is a very simple tag, but they had their set written everywhere. Definately a gang that plans on trying to take over as much turf as they can in the coming years.

Watts Varrio Grape Street

Watts is one of the most infamous areas in Los Angeles, and probably the United States. It's not a very large area, located north of Compton, West of Paramount and South of Florence. It's literally jam-packed with gangs of all shapes and sizes. This Varrio claims Grape Street which is a street that goes vertically through Watts, North & South.

There will be more detailed info on Mexican gangs coming soon. These are just small examples.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

We're Still Alive...

Just stopping in to say we're still at it. I'm not sure how many people view this thing but we will have a new post on Sunday evening with some more photographs covering gangs we haven't mentioned yet. Feel free to e-mail us with any questions or leave a comment.