By late 1971 the Crip alliance was well established in Los Angeles. In this same year the Avalon Garden Crips and the Inglewood Crips had joined forces with other Crip sets and began to engage in violent warfare with non-Crip sets. They began to expand to non-Crip set territories controlled by other independent (gangs not in an alliance) gangs including The L.A. Brims, which started in 1969 on the west side Los Angeles and was already a powerful organization by 1971. The Crips targeted these independent organizations because they were not part of the Crip alliance or any alliance and therefore lacked the strength in numbers that the Crips had and were easy targets. The Piru Street Boys, who presented a powerful force in Compton, actually collaborated with the Crips prior to 1972. For a short time the Pirus were sanctioned by the Crips as the Piru Street Crips, and they also wore the traditional blue flags of the Crip alliance.
During the summer of 1972 the Piru Street Crips had a conflict with the rest of the Crip gangs and warfare ensued. The conflict was over a murder the Crips had committed on March 21st of that year at the Hollywood Palladium. After a concert at the Palladium, up to 20 Crips attacked a small group of young men and robbed them of their wallets and leather Jackets. During this attack a young man by the name of Robert Ballou Jr. was beat to death after he refused to give up his Jacket. Robert Ballou was not a member of any organization so the Piru Street Crips had a problem with the other Crip gangs for attacking a neutral person. A neutral person is a person not in a gang, and is also known as a civilian or neutron. The Piru Street Crips were strongly against the abuse of civilians and waged war against the other Crip gangs over this event, but they were severly outnumbered by the rest of the Crip gangs and the Crips prevailed in that battle. The Pirus dropped out of the Crip allaince and wanted to terminate all peaceful relations with all Crip gangs after this war, so they turned to the Lueders Park Hustlers for assistance. The Lueders Park Hustlers agreed and a meeting was called on Piru Street. The Pirus also invited every independent organization targeted by the Crip sets to join the meeting. The Crips had murdered an L.A. Brim member by the name of Lil Country earlier that year, so the Brims attended the meeting as well. Others that attended were the Denver Lanes and the Bishops.
At the meeting, the groups discussed how to combat Crip intimidation, along with the creation of a new alliance to counter the Crips. At that time the color of flags was not important, but since the Crips were known to wear blue flags, the Pirus and the other independent organizations decided to discontinue the wearing of blue flags. They decided to take on the wearing of an opposite color, red, and created a united organization which became known as the Blood alliance. Blood gangs also decided to start demonstrating their flags to the right side, since all Crips are known to demonstrate their flags to the left. Even though all Blood gangs now demonstrate their flags to the right as a result of that meeting, some old school Blood members continued to demonstrate to the left regarding it as the original side and how they were raised. The Athens Park Boys and Pueblos were later also sanctioned into the Blood allaince, and soon after, other independent gangs who had been threatened or attacked by the Crips were also sanctioned into the Blood alliance as well.
Another organization, called the Black P Stones, was also sanctioned into the Blood alliance in Los Angeles. The Black P Stones actually originated in Chicago, Illinoise and were brought to Los Angeles in 1969 by T. Rodgers, who was sent to L.A by Chicago’s main 21 at the age of 12 to spread the nation and it’s teachings. T. Rodgers started 2 sub-sets of Black P Stones in Los Angeles, one sub-set is called the Jungles (Baldwin Village, an area that had an organization called the Jungle Boys which T. flipped into Stones) and the other sub-set is called City (in the West Adams area). The People Nation alliance did not yet exist in Chicago at the time, so the Stones joined the Brims in Los Angeles as their own Brim sets before the Brims requested to be sanctioned into the Blood Alliance. Even though the Black P Stones in Los Angeles joined the Blood Alliance with the rest of the Brims and soon became their own Blood sets separate from the Brims, The Black P Stones in Chicago remained an independent gang untill the People Nation was created in 1978. The Black P Stones in Los Angeles took on the wearing of red flags like all Bloods and now flag to the right as Bloods should, but uses the same symbols (5 point stars, pyramids, etc) and teachings as the original Stones in Chicago; thereby making the Black P Stone Bloods of Los Angeles the first 5 riding Bloods set. The original Black P Stones in Chicago have been known to show great animosity towards the Black P Stone Bloods in Los Angeles for joining the Blood alliance without permission from the Stones in Chicago, so the Black P Stones in Los Angeles are regarded as renegades by the original Stones in Chicago. Renegade is a person or group of individuals claiming a gang or organization that they are not or are no longer really a part of or on count with. The Blood Stone Villains (also known as East Side Villains) and Blood Stone Pirus of Los Angeles are not part of the Black P Stone Bloods, they got their name from a 1970’s R&B group called “Bloodstone” and have no connection to the Black P Stone Bloods in L.A. other than being under the Blood alliance. Contrary to popular belief, T. Rodgers did not start the Bloods, and was not even at the meeting where the Bloods was created. His gang just simply fell in line with the Blood Alliance after the Blood Alliance was created.
Many Pirus began to use burgundy flags in addition to the red flags to seperate themselves from the rest of the sets in the Blood alliance, essentially turning Piru into a “Card” or “Car” for short. Cards are smaller alliances of individual Blood gangs within the Blood alliance itself, which gangs within the cards are known to put before the whole Blood alliance. Blood gangs strictly bang (go to war) to defend their hood before any alliance or card, and are known to be very vicious in their attacks. Also, Blood sets are always trying to expand their territories and find new territories to take over which essentially makes their wars never ending. Bloods are known to mark their territories and all boundaries by the use of extreme wall banging. Wall banging consists of marking territory with graffitti which shows what gang controls that turf or going into a rivals turf and crossing out rival graffitti.
There are significantly more Blood gangs today than when the alliance was first created. This is because many independent organizations outside of California, and across the United States have also turned into Blood sets. All it takes for an entire independent organization or gang to become a Blood set is the will to become Bloods, meaning any gang can become a Blood set if it chooses to do so. Most Blood sets have names which include the name of their City, a street that runs through their turf, or the name of the projects, apartment complex, or community they control. Bloods are known to shout “SuWhoop” as a greeting to other Bloods and “Blatt” as a war call durring battle (Blatt = B.lood L.ove A.ll T.he T.ime). All bloods must shed the Blood (”Blood In” – shoot, stab, slice, etc.) of an enemy before becoming a Blood to prove that he/she is really down to “ride” put in work for the set/hood. Bloods are forbidden to attack any person in their turf/hood who is not an enemy nor any person who is not in a gang neutral without purpose, doing so will lead to being “Blooded Out” killed. Bloods believe that they must protect their hood and anyone living in their hood and they take that belief very serious.
Blood sets have a loose structure of ranks based on how long a person has been banging for their particular hood and how much work they put in for the hood. Each Blood set has their own unique different set of ranks and what they stand for. Bloods with higher rank are respectfully reffered to as “Big Homies” by Bloods with lower rank. Once a person has joined a Blood set, it’s for life; meaning you can not leave the set or flip (switch) to another set. New-age Blood sets (mostly Blood sets outside of california) have grown a habbit of implementing the number 5 into their set one way or another, and this practice traces it’s roots back to the Black P Stone Bloods of Los Angeles. These Bloods frequently use the terms “5 popping”, “We ride the 5″, replace the letter “S” with a “5″, and use the 5 point star. A lot of the times when a Blood uses the number 5 it simply symbolizes the number of letters in the word B.L.O.O.D., so when a Blood calls himself “5″ he is infact simply reffering to himself as “BLOOD”.