Why aren’t our gangs still dressing snappy like?


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Four girls all wearing purple just came into the store and my mind had a flashback to grade eight and our band trip where we travelled from Kelowna all the way to the big city of Vancouver. We billeted in with a school in Surrey, and the amazing thing we learned from all of our hosts was that when we went to Richmond we had better not wear purple.

Now it seems to me odd that all of the kids from the Surrey school who took one of our Okanagan Mission Secondary School band dorks felt the need to inform them that the colour purple was a gang colour in Richmond and that wearing said colour would get our asses capped. It seems so odd that reflecting on it now I have the feeling they may have been putting us hicks on.

If they were putting us on then it was a great joke, because we bought it. If they weren’t then I’d like to mourn the passing of a gentler day of gang warfare where instead of shooting up resturants at all hours our city’s gangs simply made sure they wore snappy gay positive colour schemes.

Anyone out there remember when purple was the big gang colour? Or anyone remember pranking a bunch of rubes from Kelowna?

4 Comments so far

  1. Ryan Cousineau (unregistered) on October 10th, 2007 @ 9:55 pm

    That sounds like a not-implausible urban legend. That is, I doubt your hosts were putting you on, and I also doubt that there was any danger (other than the obvious sartorial one) from wearing purple in Richmond.

    At the time of my high schoolage, I think the group spoken of in hushed tones were the fearsome Los Diablos, who may or may not have existed anywhere outside the fevered imaginations of teenagers who had seen “Colors” once too often.

    But then, there’s a lot of dumb urban legends.


  2. Maktaaq (unregistered) on October 10th, 2007 @ 10:37 pm

    I think I remember a minor hysteria at Centennial in Coquitlam when I was a wee one, something about not wearing purple around Lougheed Mall. Anyone else know more about this?


  3. feygele (unregistered) on October 12th, 2007 @ 1:49 am

    And I remember being warned, shortly after moving to Vancouver for 7th grade, not to wear purple at Metrotown, lest the gangs there see me.

    From the above post, and the comments thus far, it seems that Lower Mainland children/youth have great imaginations… And really hate the colour purple.


  4. Nigel (unregistered) on October 16th, 2007 @ 4:07 am

    I got the message not to wear purple in Metrotown, too. This was in the early nineties. I suspect there were probably some sensationalist articles or something in the news back then.



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