Puro Tango Blast, or Tango Blast - Although anyone can join, TB is a collection of various regionally-based groups (home boys or
homies) of mostly Hispanic gang members who have banded together
for protection from established the older, violent prison gangs, now
mostly known as Security Threat Groups (STG).
The TB has no hierarchy which is appealing to the members.
Neither does it have a set initiation procedure for joining.
One initiation used is a "beat-in" where a prospect must fight
several other members. If he lasts and does not surrender,
he is inducted into the gang. Another appealing aspect of
the gang is the fact that when an inmate is released from
prison, he is free to leave the gang and does not continue to
owe allegiance the gang.
Generally, Tango members identify
themselves by sport team logos or area codes from their home town or
region.These following four
Tangos represent the earliest Tangos to form in Texas.
Austin - known
as Capiruchas and use the Texas capitol building as their symbol.
- known as D-Town and may use the Dallas Cowboys football logo - a 5
FortWorth - known as Foritos, may use the 817 area code as their
Houston - known as Houstones
and may use the Houston Astros baseball logo - a broken 5 point star.
Other areas of Texas have their own Tangos, notably West Texas, known as
Puro West or Wesos, often displaying the area codes 806 or 432, or the
numbers 23-20 representing the 23rd and 20th
letters of the alphabet - W T. Other sets are the Valley, known
as Vallucos, San Antonio, known as Orejones , Corpus Christi,
known as Corpitos and El Paso, known as Chucos.
full length video appeared on the History Channel program, Gangland as part of their
on-going series about street and prison gangs. TIME: 42 MINUTES
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