Story: Gangs

Patch, colours and salute (2nd of 3)

Patch, colours and salute

Gangs identify themselves to other members, rival gangs and the public by patches, colours, insignia and salutes. The Mongrel Mob's colour is red. Facial and body tattoos of insignia are also common. All mob patches feature some version of the gang's symbol, the bulldog, often wearing a studded collar.

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How to cite this page:

Greg Newbold and Rāwiri Taonui, 'Gangs - Māori gangs and Pacific youth gangs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2016)

Full story by Greg Newbold and Rāwiri Taonui, published 5 May 2011