Symbols are an important part of the gang
culture - to both street gangs and prison gangs. Signs and
symbols are used to identify a particular gang or to intimidate
gangs and disrespect rival gangs.
While most symbols are used to identify individual gangs, some signs
and symbols are used to identify a gang as part of an alliance of
many gangs, sometimes called a "nation."
These symbols may be seen in many forms. Some are known universally, such as a heart, a pyramid, a walking cane or a five or six pointed star. These symbols have all been adopted by gangs and have become nationally known
symbols used to represent certain gangs. Other symbols have been created or drawn and have also become well known.
The following posters contain examples of symbols used by
various gangs. These posters were distributed in Indiana to
over 600 law enforcement and corrections officers who attended
training classes presented by
Examples of Gang Identifiers
Please note that not every follower of the ICP is involved in
In addition to appearing as tattoos, the following
examples may be found in graffiti.