The Bloods, also known as (OBF) Original Blood Family, are a primarily African-American street gang founded in Los Angeles, California. The gang is widely known for its rivalry with the Crips. They are identified by the red color worn by their members and by particular gang symbols, including distinctive hand signs.

The Bloods comprise various sub-groups known as "sets" between which significant differences exist such as colors, clothing, and operations, and political ideas which may be in open conflict with each other. Since their creation, the Bloods gangs have branched out throughout the United States.

Bloods in "Gilgamesh and the Homeboys"[]

When the legendary king Gilgamesh suddenly appeared on the corner of 69th and Cimmaron in Los Angeles in the 1990s, he was wearing a red royal robe. Red was the color of the Bloods street gang. However, that corner was in the territory controlled by the Slidin 60s Crips. Four members of the Slidin 60s Crips, Whiteman, Earring, Tiger, and Little Snake, confronted Gilgamesh. The confrontation resulted in Gilgamesh hacking Tiger to death with a sword, and then Gilgamesh in turn was shot to death by Whiteman, who possessed an M-16.[1]


  1. Pulphouse #11, Spring 1991, pg. 129-136.