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Gangs and Their Tattoos: Identifying Gangbangers on the Street & in Prison 1St Edition Edition

4.0 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press; 1St Edition edition (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581600992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581600995
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The concept behind this book is good enough, but unfortunately, not only is the writing mediocre, but the drawings are subpar and the drive of the book seems to be towards informing frightened people who want to know who, of the people around them, are "gang members" or "dangerous." What's unfortunate is that, for example, dragons and tigers are outlined as "gang" tattoos for Asians with dangerous lifestyles, which, while that is relevant, it is problematic because it is not pointed out that not *all* Asians with those as tattoos are dangerous. I imagine that anyone who is reading this to "identify gangbangers on the street" around them, aside from, say, security guards or similar individuals, will give into fear and judge those around them with tattoos because of what they read in this book. But as I said. The writing has errors in it, such as the constant misspellings of Teotihuacán, and gems like saying that Asians get tattoos of dragons and tigers because those animals are native to Asia. (Tigers, maybe. Dragons? Better wording is in order.)

In sum, I have read much better books on the topic and not only because they contained better data, but because they were written and/or illustrated more professionally.
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As a federal law enforcement officer, I frequently encounter people entering the US illegally,not only from Mexico but also Central and South America. Being able to identify gang members quickly enables me to segregate and closely observe the individuals for any indication of hostile action. This book is a great source for identifying those persons who might have gang connections or other sociopathic tendencies.
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this book as helped me in my current profession (law enforcement) to identify different gang sets in my middle school and community.
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this is one of my favorite books. it is extremely informative and it should be a must for all correctional officers. this book helps identify certain gang tattoos and prison gang tattoos. its quite a good reference book for police officers as well. the book also has really good text which tells the opeartions and history of certain gangs and organized groups from different ethnic groups and how they operate, recruit, and do their bussiness.
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In Gangs And Their Tattoos: Identifying Gangbangers On The Street And In Prison, Bill Valentine draws upon his twenty years of experience as a line office for the Nevada Department of Prisons to create an informed and informative reference presenting an overview of street and prison gangs, including their history, structure and common tactics, as well as their 'official' codes of conduct. Also included are street and prison gang signs, code words, and most especially, their various skin tattoos associated as associated with each gang. Illustrations, sketches, and photographs vividly show sample gang tattoos, while the text carefully notes the origin of the most common symbols. Gangs And Their Tattoos is an accurate and very strongly recommended reference for law enforcement, sociologists, youth workers, and anyone else with an personal or professional interest in contemporary gang cultures in or out of prison.
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A lot of gang members are going to have local cliques with their own unique tats.The author covered a lot of national prison gangs, but this isn't going to be very helpful for learning how to decipher tats on local gang members. Also, not a lot of coverage on more recent, growing prison gangs like PTB.
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This book was simply, great. As a Gang Investigator I found this book to be extremely accurate, up-to-date and highly valuable. This book gives you concrete identifiers that have remained constant in some gangs for 20+ years. I have personally seen some of these tattoos on gang members. This is probably THE manual to have if this is your field. You can not get any more specific information outside of the law enforcement relm.
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I have found the book to be quite useful. The information is not up to the second, but it is a great starting point and reference.
It was shipped promptly and arrived in excellent condition.
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