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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 a version of the gang's symbol, the bulldog, often wearing a studded collar.

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Greg Newbold and Rāwiri Taonui, 'Gangs - Māori gangs and Pacific youth gangs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 April 2024)

Story by Greg Newbold and Rāwiri Taonui, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 2 Oct 2018, updated 1 Apr 2020 with assistance from Jarrod Gilbert