Images from "Compliments of Chicagohoodz: Chicago Street Gang Art and Culture"

Our friends at Feral House have a new book out called Compliments of Chicagohoodz: Chicago Street Gang Art and Culture, "which collects over five decades of visual art and design from Chicago's street gangs: from business (compliment) cards and fraternity-style sweaters and patches, to elaborate gang graffiti (emblems), drawings and assorted memorabilia." Here are a few images from the book:

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Vintage Chicago street gang business cards

Before the internet, even before desktop publishing, gang members who wanted calling cards headed to a printer with their idea. The results are collected in Brandon Johnson's Thee Almighty & Insane: Chicago Gang Business Cards from the 1970s & 1980s. Read the rest