The pachuco cross is a straightforward tattoo that consists of a cross with three upward-pointing lines. Between the thumb and index finger, it is one of the most prevalent tattoos among Hispanic gang members and is frequently seen online.
The word “pachuco” is ambiguous in its etymology. However, it alludes to a certain type of Hispanic gang activity that involves zoot suits and extravagant public displays. The pachuco subculture collapsed in the 1960s and 1970s, and the Chicano movement gradually took its place. Members of the gang traded their designer suits for t-shirts and khakis. Members of contemporary Hispanic gangs are typically referred to as cholos or vatos.