GangBangNation.com - A detailed look Inside West Coast Gang Culture

The capital of west coast gang banging is Los Angeles, California. West Coast gang bang culture is highly segregated by race and is based upon gang controlled neighborhoods called "turfs". Each turf consists of everything the gang that controls it needs to thrive including residential areas, parks, shopping areas and gas stations to minimize risk of life for everyday needs. Most west coast gangs are members of 1 of 4 gang alliances that controls the west coast: Bloods (black gang alliance), Crips (black gang alliance), Surenos (latino gang alliance) and Nortenos (latino gang alliance). Almost every gang that forms on the west coast joins one of these gang alliances, very few stay as an independent gang. In rare instances, a gang in the west coast will stay independent (not join any of the 4 majpr west coast gang alliances) and will be labeled as a "black rag" gang meaning "no alliance". Black rag gangs wear black bandanas to signify their independence. West Coast gangs identify themselves by wearing their alliance colors, by flashing handsigns at each other and by "hitting up" their turf with gang graffitti to define boundaries. Recently, they have started identifying each other by designating certain sports hats and logos for particular gangs. West coast gangs disrespect their enemies by flashing the enemies handsign with the middle finger of their other hand pointing at it and by crossing out enemy graffitti.


Many west coast gang members can be found on TheHoodUp.com, which is a notorious virtual gathering-place for many other gangs as well. The reason many west coast and gang members from other regions choose to communicate with each other on TheHoodUp.com over other sites is because of the ability to remain completely anonymous if you want and avoid being tracked by the "internet-police" while being able to communicate with other gang members from around the world. TheHoodUp.com is also known to be frequented by local, state, and federal law enforcement so extra cautious members of the site have even created a unique method of communicating with each other called "starring", where they replace multiple letters in a word, often times already a code word for that particular set, with an asterisk(*) and only those who can fill in the blanks will know who or what they're talking about.