CTA on Paper: deciphering the modern-day hieroglyphics

Our series CTA on Paper continues with artist Susan Wise drawing the graffiti she saw on the window sill of a southbound Purple Line last week.

"Sometimes I feel like I'm standing on a corner in Ancient Rome, reading the latest gossip on the city walls," says Susan.

Latin King Graffiti-1.jpg

I'm no expert at gang symbols, but I have attended many CAPS community policing meetings over the years where they have discussed. Here's my explanation:

Members of the Latin King Nation (LKN) don't like some sub-gang named
4J's - thus its symbol is crossed out. The upside-down pitch forks are
there to insult Latin King arch-rivals, Gangster Disciple, who use the
pitch fork as its symbol. One or a couple members of the Kings (King,
Frosty?) died, thus the RIP in the corner. This is purely a guess - the
"4 RATS" is a not-so-veiled warning to someone.

That's about all I've got. Who else can help? 

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  • I guess that it is fitting that a post on graffiti has been spammed.

    I don't see why we are encouraging these thugs, who only increase maintenance costs that the taxpayers (and I doubt that they are paying taxes) have to cover. This is on the level of "Police Blotter" last night on Jay Leno (apparently he has condensed Headlines) where some vandal scratched a car, and while the police could not make out the words, it looked like F U.

  • In reply to jack:

    The spam comment is gone.

    By your logic, Jack, I shouldn't write about any crime lest it encourage the thugs. I won't be following that advice.

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    Suit yourself. For one thing, it is the way that you present it that does encourage them. Instead of "ha ha, let's all try to figure this out" maybe Jody Weis's idea that they are all engaged in a racketeering enterprise so if one commits a felony, all gang members are liable as conspirators, is better.

    You don't seem to get such a laugh out of wankers. Next time someone is raped on the CTA, let's have a contest about what the rapist tattooed on the victim. At least let us speculate about whether the wanker had a 6" or 12" one, or was spotted like Michael Jackson's.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack wrote: "let's have a contest about what the rapist tattooed on the victim. At least let us speculate about whether the wanker had a 6" or 12" one, or was spotted like Michael Jackson's."

    You are sick.

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    No, just making a point.

    Apparently crime is differential to you.

  • In reply to jack:

    Please. If crime was differential to me I wouldn't be at the forefront of exclusive reports on how crime on the CTA jumped last year.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jay Leno is still on television? I did not know that.

  • In reply to KevinO’Neil:

    I'm guessing that the "thug" readership of the CTA Tattler isn't particularly high, so I can't imagine that this post would encourage anyone to tag a CTA vehicle.

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