Old BTLS hitup with swastika

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Old BTLS hitup with swastika

Unread postby Pico2jeff » March 9th, 2019, 9:48 am

Found this old hit up on the corner of 12th and Alvarado. I thought it said 18st TLS but it reads from left to right 1BTLS3 so it should be Big Top Locos. When did BTLS start and what year do you think this was written? and what did the swastika stand for to them? Black gangs also used swastikas back then so when did gangs start and stop using swastikas?

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Re: Old BTLS hitup with swastika

Unread postby Pico2jeff » March 9th, 2019, 9:51 am

Site won't let me post pic so I'll try again later

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Re: Old BTLS hitup with swastika

Unread postby Effboy » March 9th, 2019, 2:25 pm

Pico2jeff wrote:Site won't let me post pic so I'll try again later

I’ve also seen it but I haven’t been able to take a pic of it.

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Re: Old BTLS hitup with swastika

Unread postby Effboy » March 9th, 2019, 2:25 pm

Pico2jeff wrote:Site won't let me post pic so I'll try again later

I’ve also seen it but I haven’t been able to take a pic of it.

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Re: Old BTLS hitup with swastika

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Re: Old BTLS hitup with swastika

Unread postby TheAngels » June 11th, 2019, 12:41 am

I know a lot of Hispanic gangs in the 70's and before hit up the swastika, and from what I know it served the purpose of an "x" to separate letters. Like CxC for "Culver City" for example. Although that doesn't appear to be the case on that BTLS tag.

Althought. I have a picture of an old Dog Town 13 hit up from the 70's with the swastika separating "Dog" and "Town."


I don't know how old that BTLS tag is, but did they ever old territory in what is now 18th Street? Or was that just someone passing through? Big Top Locos' hood is around Union & Temple (on both sides of the 101).

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Re: Old BTLS hitup with swastika

Unread postby Pico2jeff » June 11th, 2019, 8:48 am

TheAngels wrote:I know a lot of Hispanic gangs in the 70's and before hit up the swastika, and from what I know it served the purpose of an "x" to separate letters. Like CxC for "Culver City" for example. Although that doesn't appear to be the case on that BTLS tag.

Althought. I have a picture of an old Dog Town 13 hit up from the 70's with the swastika separating "Dog" and "Town."


I don't know how old that BTLS tag is, but did they ever old territory in what is now 18th Street? Or was that just someone passing through? Big Top Locos' hood is around Union & Temple (on both sides of the 101).

In that film Slipping 10 years with the Bloods or something like that, the guy from 20s Bloods had a flag drawn on the wall and on the pole it has a swastika. It also has some other weird drawings. I saw the old Dog Town hitup and i also seen a old Brim hitup with a swastika.


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