Gang Signs : Complete list & Guide on how to recognize them

Meaning of Gang Signs

Gang signs are hand gestures and nonverbal signals that are used by members of certain gangs to communicate with one another. These signs often represent the gang’s identity, territory, and beliefs, and are used as a way to intimidate or disrespect rival gangs and showing dominance in the community. Gang signs can vary depending on the specific gang, region, and culture, and are often considered a form of nonverbal communication among members. However, it’s important to note that the use of gang signs is illegal and can lead to serious consequences, including arrest and prosecution.

Gang Sign Types

Here we are going to find out different types of gang signs. But we must discuss “Hand Signs” first, because this is the main point of gang signs. Furthermore, we can discuss Tattoo, Graffiti, Bandanas, Colors, and Clothing.

1. Hand Signs

The most common gang signs are the “Hand Signs” which are made by holding up hands and fingers with different styles. When a gang member uses hand signs, it is often called “throwing,” “throwing up,” or “flashing” gang signs. Hand signs reflect the signs and symbols of their gang. Most gangs use the first letter of their group as a gang sign, like Crips are throwing “C” hand sign. Also, Blood Gangs use “B” as their gang sign. These gang signs are different from one gang to another, so let’s ready to find out..

You can read more information about the history and symbolism of Crip gang signs

What Are The Famous Hand Gang Signs ?

Westside gang sign
Crip Clique gang sign
3 point crown gang sign
B gang sign
5 point star gang sign
Blood Killa gang sign
Upside down 3 point crown gang sign
Blood gang sign with both hands
Vice Lords Gang Sign
IVL gang sign for Insane Vice Lords
Insane Crip gang sign
"K" gang sign
Playboy Bunny gang sign
Tiny Rascals gang sign
Sureno/Southside gang sign
Eastside gang sign
Blood spelled out gang sign
Latin king gang sign
B gang sign
6 point star gang sign
"B K" gang sign
Norte gang sign
Double king with three point crown gang sign
Crip Killa gang sign
Folk Crip gang sign
King killa gang sign
Neta gang sign
Pitchfork gang sign
South Beach Posse gang sign

2. Tattoos

Gang Members use tattoos as a gang sign to show their gang membership. These tattoos are also different from one gang group to another. These tattoos are a bit like encrypted code, only the same gang member can decrypt and catch the meaning. Let’s find out some recognized gang sign tattoos!

Different gang tattoos
"713" tatted back of head
Gang name tatted on body
Mexican tatted on wrist
"La eme" tatted on hand

3. Graffiti

Graffiti is something like drawing, scratched or painted unlawfully on a wall and other public surface. Graffiti can be a symbol, logo, or some message for gang members. For the drawing of graffiti most of the time used spray paint or marker pen. Graffiti appears in almost any place that is open to public view like subways, walls, street, train etc.

Just like tattoos, some graffities are a bit like encrypted code, only the same gang member can decrypt and catch the meaning. Also, these graffities are different from gang to gang. Gangs use these symbols for several reasons such as claiming a territory, to make threats or challenge rival gangs. When gang members draw a graffiti in a neighborhood, they are making a statement that the neighborhood belongs to them, to show their loyalty to a gang, or to enhance the reputation of the gang. Let’s take a look at some famous graffiti

Gang graffiti on front of a store and house
Gang graffiti on a garbage bin

4. Colors & Clothing

Gang members wear gang colors and clothing to represent their gang. These colors and designs are different from gang to gang. Most gang members are wearing bandanas around their face, neck, or head. They buy these bandanas similar to their gang color. Also, these are put in half of their pocket. For more, check images below.

A gang flexing with blue color clothing
A set of gang members with green color clothing
A Set of gang members with grape color clothing
a gang with yellow color clothing

11 thoughts on “Gang Signs : Complete list & Guide on how to recognize them”

  1. I need to know what gang has all four fingers up on one hand, and the other has the center two together and the outside one up like the volcan in the old star track.

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  3. Hey, there’s a photo of Run-D.M.C. at adidas that’s iconic. In that photo, Run has two fingers in his chin, is that a sign? what does it mean? Thanks.

  4. What is it when someone even a stranger within close range raises an arm and does a pop pop 💥with two fingers (not to be obvious, I understand what it means) but is there a significance? Or is it a sign by someone in a gang?


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