What does your kid’s sports hat mean? Most likely just that they are a fan of the team they are sporting, but for reference, below are the top ten sports hats affiliated with gangs. Admittedly, the below information is a bit dated from 2013, but still helpful if you have any concerns with sketchy behavior and you are trying to connect any dots.
10. Seattle Mariners
Adopted by: The Crips (specifically L.A.’s Rollin’ 60’s)
Why: The Rollin’ 60’s Crip set prefers the Mariners shade of blue, as well as the “S” (for sixty) logo.
9. Oakland A’s
Adopted by: Almighty Ambrose Nation (Chicago), Orchestra Albany (Chicago), Spanish Cobras (Chicago)
Why: The Athletics’ “A” represents Ambrose and Albany, while the team’s green matches the Spanish Cobras’ colors.
8. Georgetown Hoyas
Adopted by: Folk Nation (Chicago), Gangster Disciples (Chicago), Black Disciples (Chicago)
Why: “Hoyas,” acting as an acronym for “Hoover’s On Your Ass,” pays homage to Gangster Disciples founder Larry Hoover. Hoover also organized the all-encompassing Folk Nation, which includes the Black Disciples, among other Chicago-area gangs.
7. Minnesota Twins
Adopted by: Maniac Latin Disciples (Chicago), Crenshaw Mafia Gangsters (L.A.)
Why: The “M” logo stands for “Maniac” and “Mafia” for these two gangs.
6. San Francisco 49ers
Adopted by: Norteños (Northern California), Stoned Freaks (Chicago)
Why: The 49ers’ red and gold is representative of northern California’s Norteños. The interlocking “SF” logo is supposed to disrespect rival southern gangs, as the Norteños commonly refer to them as “scraps” or “sewer rats.” The “SF” also stands for Chicago’s “Stoned Freaks.”
5. Pittsburgh Pirates
Adopted by: Latin Kings (Chicago, New York), Piru Bloods (L.A.)
Why: Black and gold Yankee hats used to be a staple among the Latin Kings but recently the Pittsburgh Pirate fitted has become more prominent. The “P” logo makes an obvious match for L.A.’s Piru Bloods.
4. Houston Astros
Adopted by: People Nation (Chicago), Folk Nation (Chicago), The Bloods (L.A.), Hoover Criminals (L.A.), Puro Tango Blast (Houston)
Why: People Nation reps the Astros because of the team’s five-star pointed logo—a star which also symbolizes the gang. Rival Folk Nation (their main symbol is the Star of David, which has six points) also takes to the Astros’ logo, because the star is broken, which is a dig at People Nation. Thankfully for these gangs, New Era makes different colorways of the hat—Folk Nation takes to the blue hued iterations, eschewing any confusion over who’s who. The Hoover Criminals have adopted the retro version of the hat, which features a distinctive and Hoover-worthy “H” in Old Western typeface. Puro Tango Blast naturally takes to the hat because of the hometown Houston affiliation, and the modern scarlet colored Astros hat plays into the Bloods’ red colors.
3. Chicago Bulls
Adopted by: The Bloods (nationwide), Black Peace Stone Nation (Chicago), Vice Lords (Chicago), People Nation (Chicago), Mickey Cobras (Chicago)
Why: Peace Stone Nation and the Bloods got creative with their acronym game here, with “Bulls” standing for “Boy U Look Like Stone,” and “Bloods Usually Live Life Strong/Smart.” Mickey Cobras, People Nation, and the Vice Lords all endorse the red and black color scheme of the Bulls.
2. Cincinnati Reds
Adopted by: The Bloods (specifically L.A.’s Cedar Block Piru)
Why: Despite popular thinking, the Bloods’ usage of the Reds hat isn’t that widespread. Popularized by Lil Wayne and his Bloods’ sympathies (he raps “I’m a grown ass Blood, stop playin with me” on “It’s Good”), and also The Game (who’s from L.A.), the hat became a universal identifier of the Bloods, but that wasn’t necessarily the case in practice. In reality, the Reds hat and the “C” logo is limited to the L.A.’s Cedar Block Piru set of Bloods.
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
Adopted by: The Crips (L.A.), Sureños (Southern California), Latin Aspects (nationwide), Gangster Disicples (Chicago)
Why: The Crips and Sureños are all about Dodger blue. The interlocking “LA” makes the hat the perfect choice for Latin Aspects, and the Dodger “D” emblazoned version of the hat makes it a Gangster Disicples selection.