Presentation on theme: "Santa Cruz SureÑo TATTOOS"— Presentation transcript:
1Santa Cruz SureÑo TATTOOS The following local photographs represent Santa Cruz Sureño criminal street gangs: Brown Pride Santa Cruz (BPSC), Beach Flats Sureños (BFS), Santa East Side (SES), Villa San Carlos (VSC), Mara Salvatrucha (MS)
2GANG-RELATED TATTOOSIt should be noted that any and all gang related tattoos must be earned prior to and authorizedby the respective gang.One can earn a tattoo by a variety of ways that include but are not limited to “putting in work” or committing a violent act against another person especially a rival gang member or associate.
3SUREÑO TATTOOSSureños identify with the number 13 which represents the thirteenth letter of the alphabet - “M”- and the Mexican Mafia – the prison gang that controls the Sureños.
4Tattooed here is “Santa Cruz Trece.” Trece means 13 in Spanish. SUREÑO TATTOOSDepicted in the tattoo below is a broken star that represents disrespect to Norteños (who use the northern star as a symbol). There is also an “X3” in the star.Tattooed here is “Santa Cruz Trece.” Trece means 13 in Spanish.
5SUREÑO TATTOOSDepicted in this tattoo is the California Bear (a Norteño symbol). California is spelled out “Killafornia.” The letter “n” is crossed out and there is a broken star..These images are all in reference to disrespecting and challenging Norteño gang members.
6SUREÑO TATTOOSDepicted in this tattoo is a skull with 3 dots on the forehead representing the number 13 for Sureño.Depicted with this tattoo is the number 13, a skull and the letters “BP” for Brown Pride – a Sureño gang in Santa Cruz.
7Depicted in this tattoo is the word “Southern.” SUREÑO TATTOOSDepicted in this tattoo are the letters “NK” meaning “Norteño Killer.” The letter “N” is crossed out as a form of disrepect to the Norteños.The three dots in this tattoo are very common, especially for new young gang members.Depicted in this tattoo is the word “Southern.”
8SUREÑO TATTOOS The tattoos above (from left to right) are “SES” abbreviated for Santa East Side,and “MS 13” which represents Mara Salvatrucha.Both are Sureño gangs in Santa Cruz.
9SUREÑO TATTOOS These tattoos represent Beach Flats Sureños (BFS) – a Santa Cruz street gang.
10SUREÑO TATTOOSThe letters “BPSC” represent a Sureño gang known as Brown Pride Santa Cruz. Above the tattoo “My Pride” and “My Neighborhood” are written in Spanish.
11TATTOO REMOVAL Catholic Charities Tattoo Removal Program (formerly Dominican Hospital Tattoo Removal Program)610 Frederick Street, Santa CruzRequired: 20 hours of community service, must complete an interviewMinimum $20/session or sliding scaleSince October 1997, thousands of treatments have been given by the Tattoo Removal Program. The majority of clients are between 14 and 50 years old. More than 75% of those in the program had been tattooed for gang identification--and wanted out.
12For more information: www.basta.santacruz.k12.ca.us