Once again I'm apologizing for my lack of blog posts. I really haven't had a lot stuff to post about in the New Year so far. I have been working on updating some of the gang listings for a few different cities. I'm also putting together a new section showing actual gang signs our area gangs are using. So I hope to get that up and running real soon. Other than that things have been sort of slow around here. Send me a email if you got something to share or any feedback!
I'm looking for help in identifying these two graffiti tags, which I believe is done by the same gang. Sorry for the poor quality, I found these on Google Maps. I can definately see "CK", "BLOOD" and possibly "YGS". I'm thinking this might be a Native American "Blood" gang? Leave a comment or email me at, firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy New Years everyone! This year will be my 10th year operating the Northwest Gang project. In 2004 when I first started documenting gang graffiti in Yakima, I really had no idea what any of the graffiti meant, let alone who the main players were. What started off as "Yakima gangs", has expanded to include most areas from the whole Northwest Region.
In 2013 my website reached 102,730 unique visitors, the highest yearly total ever! I want to thank everyone who has viewed my website, added suggestions or submitted info to help me along the way. As you can learn from the info I share, I myself can learn from you as well.
I hope to continue to bring the most accurate, updated and helpful information to you guys as 2014 rolls on. I will continue to put all my effort into keeping this website fresh and hopefully make new stuff available this year. Thanks again!
I made a visit to Yakima this weekend (Nov. 22nd-24th) and I gotta say, Yakima is doing a real good job at cleaning up graffiti. Not long ago, a weekend visit to Yakima, I would come away with 40 or 50 gang graffiti photos, but this weekend I think I only took about 5 or 6 maybe. All the main spots that used to be covered in graffiti were painted over. The whole city from the East to the West looked clean.
With the help of a couple current gang members in Portland, I've made some much needed updates to the Portland "Surenos" gang listing. I deleted about 20 gangs from that list that are considered "defunct" or no longer active. I hope to keep making updates like this to other listing on my webpage.
A Norteno gang member from Wapato named Louis Ayala will have his preliminary appearance at a Yakima court this afternoon, facing Murder 1 charges in connection with a fatal shooting in a Downtown Yakima bar on October 18th. Police say Ayala shot and killed 23-year old Justin M. Flick-Grange over a disputed pool game. Ayala and another man were arrested a short time later near Wapato. This was Yakima 5th of six homicides in the city this year.
On my Facebook page I recently asked my "friends" at what age did you first go to jail (either juvi or county). The answers ranged from 8-years old to 25-years old. Out of approximately 50 responses it averaged out to 14-years old was the most common age for gang involved youth to first get booked into jail. That's usually about 7th or 8th grade. Gangs are recruiting kids at a very young age. My sister who worked as a kindergarten teacher in East Yakima said it was common for kids in her school to make references to certain gangs, a lot of them were picking this up from their older siblings, cousins and even parents! Just something to think about for those wanting to help make a change. You got to start helping these kids at a very young age, because by the time they reach middle school it might already be too late!