Mayor's Anti-Gang Office
STREET GANG SLANG / GLOSSARY
- 13 or XIII or X3 or TRECE
Thirteenth letter in the alphabet - (M), which symbolizes or identifies gang affiliation
of Mexican heritage. Also may refer to allegience to Southern California gangs.
- 14 or XIV or X4
Fourteenth letter of the alphabet "N"; refers to allegiance to Northern
California or Norte Califas gangs.
A reference to a quantity of cocaine.
Used to denote a semi-automatic assault rifle, such as AK47 or SKS rifles.
- B.G. or BABY G
Term for a very young gangster, approximately 9-12 years old; Stands for "Baby
Initials meaning Blood killer; used by Crip gangs to threaten rival "Blood"
gangs; the brand of athletic shoes called British Knights are popular with the Crip gang
members because of the initials on the shoes "BK."
- BG, BD or BGD
Refers to "sets" of large Midwestern gangs called Black Gangsters, Black
Disciples, Black Gangster Disciples who are a coalition of criminal enterprises under the
organized umbrella of the "Folk Nation."
The organized umbrella gang over numerous sets of California street gangs. They utilize
the color red in clothing, graffiti, etc.
- BUSTED,POPPED A CAP
Shot at someone. CK Initials meaning "Crip Killer"' used by Blood gangs to
threaten rival "Crip" gangs.
Spanish reference for a girl involved in gang activity.
Spanish reference for a boy involved in gang activity.
- CLICA, CLIKA
Spanish reference for set, clique, gang.
A set; a gang.
- CLICKING IN
Getting initiated into a gang.
Refering to gang colors. Flying colors means wearing a bandana or clothing that represents
Bloods' derogatory nickname for Crip gang members.
A person's home, an inmate's cell, room.
The organized umbrella gang over numerous sets of California street gangs; they utilize
the color blue in clothing, graffiti, etc.
Friendly slang term used for one another by Crips when talking with other Crips.
- DOUBLE DEUCE
A .22 caliber handgun.
(Pronounced doo-rag) Handkerchief or bandanna wrapped around a gang member's head.
Under the influence of P.C.P.; often used to refer to a marijuana joint laced with P.C.P.
- FLYING YOUR COLORS
Wearing your gang's colors.
- G or GANGSTER
How gang members see and describe themselves.
- GANG BANGER
- GET DOWN
An adjective for describing someone as strong-willed; unemotional or uncaring.
A person from a neighborhood. Homeboy, Homies.
- HOMEY, HOME BOY
Fellow gang member from the same neighborhood.
- IN THE MIX
Involved in gang activity.
Verb meaning to rob or assault someone.
- KICKING IT
Gang banging or spending time with someone or some group.
- LIGHTING UP/LIT UP
- MAD DOG
Staring or glaring at another person with intent to intimidate.
- MI VIDA LOCA
Spanish translation for "My crazy life." Symbolizes what the gang member thinks
of their lifestyle. Live for now, don't worry about the consequences.
Abbreviation for "Original Gangster"; reference for one of the original members
of a clique, set, or gang.
- PAY BACK
Spanish reference for graffiti identifying a gang name.
- PEOPLE/PEOPLE NATION
A coalition of midwestern gangs including the Vice Lords and affiliate groups that have
formed an organized criminal group of gangs/sets. Rival the Folks/Folk Nation.
- PIPE HEAD
Person addicted to cocaine.
- POR VIDA
Spanish translation: "For life." Means the gang member is in the gang for life.
East Coast term for gang.
Marijuana joint laced with cocaine.
- PUTTING IN WORK
Reference for a gang member doing a shooting; a murder.
"Rest In Peace." Often seen in graffiti and is a signal of pending violence or
violence which has already occurred.
Handkerchief in gang's color.
Neighborhood gangs; another term used for a gang by criminal street gang members. Most
sets are loyal to and fall under a greater organized umbrella entity such as the
"Bloods", "Crips", "Folks" or "People."
Prison terminology for homemade knife.
A person who uses a gun.
Crip's insult for Blood gang member.
- SMILE NOW, CRY LATER
Popular tatoo of a smiling face and frowning face. Depicts gangster life.
- SMOKED HIM
Means to have shot someone.
An argument or fight.
A writer's name (moniker is his "Tag," to write graffiti is to "tag".)
A person who writes graffiti.
- TREY EIGHT
A .38 caliber handgun.
Territory claimed by the gang.
Spanish reference to man, boy, guy.
- VATO LOCO
Spanish reference to crazy dude.
- WHAT IT "B" LIKE
- WHAT IT "C" LIKE