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Chicago Gang Calling Cards from the ’70s and ’80s

These calling cards from a variety of Chicago gangs in the ’70s and ’80s proves that the toughies of the time were fiercely protective of their neighborhoods and always down for hanging out. The Insane Freaks, Insane Lady Vigilantes, and other old school gangsters used these low-fi cards to stake their claim. As Teenangster points out, the imagery is entertaining, but there was unnecessary violence used to back up these surly words. We’re looking at these from a design angle, solely. We Are Supervision shares that the symbols and fonts were usually stock or hand drawn, with amusing images like unicorns, stoner iconography, and claw marks. The ballpoint pen additions are a nice touch, and note the awesome slew of names like Stubby, Snow White, and Tarzan. Hit the jump for a better look.


Image credit: We Are Supervision


Image credit: We Are Supervision


Image credit: We Are Supervision


Image credit: We Are Supervision


Image credit: We Are Supervision


Image credit: We Are Supervision


Image credit: We Are Supervision


Image credit: We Are Supervision

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