Compliments of Chicagohoodz: Chicago Street Gang Art & Culture

Compliments of Chicagohoodz: Chicago Street Gang Art & Culture

by James "Jinx" O'Connor, Damen "Mr. C" Corrado


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Based on original research, Compliments of Chicagohoodz analyzes the unique visual language and graphics of Chicago's gangs, drawing upon decades of inter- views, documentation, and collecting of memorabilia, and featuring commentary from gang members and Chicago artists.
The practice of creating and distributing gang business ("compliment") cards was popular in Chicago for over fifty years. These displayed the organization and branch, its active and fallen members, and rivalries. This book tells the stories behind the names, bringing the reader closer to the individuals who created, owned, and added their personal touches to the card as it passed from hand to hand.
James "Jinx" O'Connor's photographic documentation of gang graffiti and members captures a lost era of large-scale color promotional murals and an extraordinary style distinct within street art. The book also explores other forms of representation including varsity-style sweaters, patches, and drawings.
Through these images, Chicagohoodz traces the development and consolidation of the neighborhood street organization from doo-wop to hip-hop, from greasers to gangster rap, from dances, bands, and softball teams to racketeering, narcotics trafficking, and domestic terror.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627310659
Publisher: Feral House
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Pages: 375
Sales rank: 297,400
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Former Guardian Angel James “Jinx” O'Connor has spent over 25 years researching Chicago gang territories and interviewing / photographing members. His collection consists of several thousand images (featured in the History Channel’s Gangland). was established in 1998 with the intention of fostering street gang awareness. Jinx grew up and resides in the near west suburb of Riverside, IL.

Damen Vincenzo Corrado is an artist and filmmaker from the North Side of Chicago, currently residing in New York City. He is a graduate of the Chicago Academy for the Arts, and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute.

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