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.
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?