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Nortenos use the number 14 which represents the fourteenth letter of the alphabet, the letter N, in order to pay allegiance to Nuestra Familia. It is sometimes written as X4, or in Roman numerals as XIV. Norteno emblems and clothing are based on the color red. A typical Norteno outfit is being flamed up including a red belt, red shoes, and red shoelaces. They will also favor sports team apparel that shows their affiliation through symbolism such as the Nebraska Cornhuskers football, UNLV, K-Swiss, and San Francisco 49ers. Nortenos typically refer to each other with the term "Ene", which is Spanish for the letter N. Some Nortenos will tattoo themselves with four dots. A Norteno derogatorily refers to a Sureno as a Scrap or Sur (Sewer) Rat, Scrapa. Nortenos also lay claim to images of the Mexican-American labor movement, such as the sombrero, machete, and Huelga bird, symbols of the United Farm Workers.

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Nortenos Rules & Laws

Our future behind the walls depends largely on each and all of us as Nortenos. The will to leave old attitudes to the past and the will to adopt new meaningful and fulfilling ideas. It is the duty of a Norteno to promote unity amongst our own kind. A true believer of our cause will be treated with dignity and respect on all level. All Nortenos will strive for a better education, respect and social status of equality. All Nortenos will take a strong positive attitude towards aiding and assisting all those of Latin descent. No Norteno will spread false rumors or negative gossip about another Norteno nor take advantage of a fellow Nortenos girl or family.

Norteno Tattoos

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Gang tattoos are used by gang members to show loyalty and membership in a specific gang. They also reflect the gang member's life choices and gang-related accomplishments, like their specialty areas and skills, various accomplishments and even convictions. Gang tattoos are not random; rather they're sort of a secret code, usually only understood by the members of the specific gang. While tattoos are becoming increasingly popular with non-gang members, gang tattoos are considered badges of honor. Norteno tattoos identify with Norte, Northsider, Catorce, ENE, 14, XIV, X4, XIVer, The fourteenth letter of the alphabet N, and Four dots.

Norteno Gang Signs

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A gang signal is a visual or verbal way gang members identify their affiliation. This can take many forms including slogans, tattoos or hand signs. Many of these, especially slogans and hand signs, have become part of popular culture. Gangs from all over the country represent their crews through tattoos and hand signs, some gangs use colors to represent their gang. Throwing up a gang sign, also known as "stacking". Hands signs is one of the most known and obvious forms of claiming. It is used in many situations where other identifiers may not be possible or appropriate, and it can also show that a gang member is in the area to do business as opposed to just passing through.

Norteno Graffiti

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Graffiti is the most highly visible and widespread by-product of the street gang culture. Once gang graffiti is understood, it is a valuable source of information for Law Enforcement and communities. 90% of the graffiti found today is done by Hispanic gangs (Surenos 13 & Nortenos 14).

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