I finally watched The Warriors earlier this year, upon which I felt a tessellating click of pop-culture references akin to a reasonably good game of Connect Four occur in my mind – everything from Wu-Tang to the menacing clink of bottles on fingers came together in my mind. It’s a really entertaining film that makes being in a gang look surprisingly chaste, honourable and awesome (the contemporary media in 1979 freaked out, linking the film to random acts of vandalism and posting security at future screenings), but I assumed no seventies could really have been as “aw shucks” as these.
Then I came across these amazing “calling cards” from Chicago gangs:
Let’s start one!
Discovered on We Are Supervision.