They were founded in the early s as part of efforts of protection   for Southeast Asian immigrants and refugees from the more numerous American gangs in their localities. In the early s, the Asian Boyz gang was formed by a group of schoolmates, including Filipino brothers named Marvin Mercado and Pierre Mercado in Southern California , as part of an effort to protect themselves from the more numerous pre-existing gangs situated in their respective neighborhoods. Their identity also attracts notable controversy, being that the Cambodian sets are notoriously influential and decorated as their own faction of Crips that is, among other things, racially or ethnically distinct. Although the Asian Boyz gang comprise their own identity as an organization, the identity itself is largely interpreted as an umbrella of individual Crip gangs or "sets"; hence their alternative monikers "Asian Crips" and "Asian Boyz Crip".
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The full body suit tattoo, in particular, is a product of yakuza culture. In the past, it was obligatory in many yakuza clans for members to get tattoos. Despite these changes, being tattooed is considered a rite of passage for the yakuza. Some of them are totems of protection, others tell stories of the individual's life. All of this applies to black koi. Red koi in tattoos represent love of some kind, typically strong, masculine love, such as the fraternal bonds of yakuza membership. Blue koi are symbols of reproduction, and considered very masculine.
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There was a time in the history of tattoo art, when tattoos were considered a symbol of being members of criminal clan and were viewed as a taboo by common people. In fact, gang tattoos were used to mark people as a member of a particular gang of the underworld and were viewed in a negative light. Gradually, as tattoos became a more acceptable and fashionable art form, people no longer connects it with gangs and criminals. But this does not imply that the use of tattoos by gang members has come to an end altogether because there are still some gangs who use them to distinguish their members.
Tattoos are also often used to send a message of intimidation and ownership to other gangs. Only gang members are permitted to wear the group's tattoo. Teardrop s under the eye or on the cheek-bone are generally associated with prison gang tattoos. If outlined it often means the person is in sorrow for a fallen gang member. It can also be given to commemorate a loved one who died while the wearer was incarcerated.