street gang began at the Centennial High School in Compton, California and were
originally known as the Piru gang - Piru meaning Piru Street
in Compton, California.
The Bloods formed to protect members from the Crips, and
soon after, other street gangs, with the same motive, started using the names Piru and Bloods to
signify their alignment with the main gang. Although the Bloods street gangs,
or sets, are a smaller group
than the Crips, they are potentially dangerous, particularly when present in any
The Bloods present a significant threat to correctional
administrators not only due to their predatory and violent behavior, but more
importantly due to their intense rivalry with the Crips. As do the Crips, the
Bloods have a strong fascination with assault-type weapons.
California Bloods sets are typically from South-Central Los Angeles; they have
similar attitudes about group loyalty and violence. Like the Crips, the Bloods
love to be in the limelight. They are especially arrogant, and believe that
acting naive about them conveys weakness. Bloods members will seize every
opportunity to lie and portray the image that they respect only those who are
“bigger and badder”.
The Bloods (and the Crips as well) say, as a group,
that “snitching” or becoming an informant is forbidden. However, once removed
from their group, they are usually easier to deal with, possibly due to their
belief that they are shrewd businessmen.
The Blood also have their own system of “Flashing” or hand
signals used to identify membership in a particular gang or
IDENTIFYING INFORMATION: Traditionally, the Bloods street gangs
have always worn red colors, using red bandannas or red
rags; similar graffiti and graphic styles, emphasizing disrespect for Crips and
Crips symbols. Recently, a new trend appears to have arisen. Bloods in
some eastern states have reportedly been known to wear brown, tan and rust or
burnt orange colors to represent "dried" blood. They have also been known
to wear pink, a variation of the color red.
ALLIES: Any gang who considers the Crips an
Will I ride? Yes I ride. Only because I bang with pride. When I die bury me 3ft up with red on me. Rest in sleep, best believe I rest in the East. If I die in the street, don’t forget to bang for me. If I live a G, won’t forget the enemy. They lay out to rest hit 031 upon my chest.
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United Blood Nation. I pledge my heart and soul to the flag-N-to all my brothers and sisters in the UBN “UBL” or any other nation a part of the Bloods. I pledge to represent the flag to the death of me. No one or nothing will be allowed to come before my almighty Blood Nation. I give my life as well as take one for my UBN “UBL”. With this oath, I pledge my life to the UBN “UBL” and all its sets. R.I.P. O.G. TYE.
WHAT THAT RED BE LIKE?
I’m 5 poppin 6 droppin crip killin to my crucifixition. Every time I look at the sky and look at the ground 3 tears fall from my right eye. Dam I miss my O.G. Tye.
5 poppin 6 droppin 5 alive 6 must die (refers to Bloods killing Crips)
Rest in peace to the O.G. Mack
What that white be like? - the day we rest
What that brown be like? – the dirt we came from
What that black flag be like? - do for anything
What that blue be like? - Bloods up Crips down
What that green be like? – The money we spend, the grass we walk on, the trees we smoke that baby love cali
Book of Knowledge As
with many other facets of life, the gang culture changes everyday. New,
copycat or hybrid gangs form everyday and many mimic the more well known gangs
such as the Bloods, Crips, and others.
Frequently these gangs have only partial
information or knowledge of such things as the original gangs codes, alphabets,
or books of knowledge. Consequently, they often create, add to, or change
items such as the Book of Knowledge or the Bloods code..
The following link is an example of one of many
Books of Knowledge.