Gang Information

Member Profile
  • Male
  • White
Allies
  • Aryan Brotherhood
  • Nazi Low Riders
Criminal Activity
  • Burglary
  • Possession/Sale of Drugs
  • Vehicle Theft
  • Firearm Violations
  • Assault

Peckerwoods

Origin

Coined in the 19th century, “Peckerwood” or “Wood” is a derogatory term used Southern blacks to describe poor and/or rural Southern whites. Blacks viewed the blackbird as a symbol of themselves, and viewed the redheaded woodpecker as a representation of whites. In the 1940s, the term “wood” became part of California prison slang and, in the early 1970s, was used to refer to white prison inmates, who were willing to fight to avoid being raped or robbed regardless. Inmates eventually made the term peckerwood a source of pride, and the term was adopted by white power gang members around the late 1980s.

Identifiers

The Peckerwoods exhibit the standard Aryan symbols in various manners to denote their support of white supremacy ideology. In addition to these symbols, their tattoos usually display the phrases “Peckerwood,” “Pure Peckerwood,” “100% Pure Wood,” “Pure Peck,” “Pure Wood,” “Peckerwood Inc,” “Peckerwood Tribe,” “100% Peckerwood,” or images of the woodpecker bird to indicate set affiliation. See the gallery for examples of tattoos worn by members of the Peckerwoods.

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