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Tribal Founder Bobby Ruiz Documents History Behind “C/S”

The term “C/S,” short for “con safos,” is becoming a very trendy symbol in the tattoo world, and not just among Chicanos, but across the board — white kids, hipsters, etc. Despite it’s popularity, not everyone knows its meaning and/or where it comes from. From our understanding, it’s a term that dates back to, at least, the 1940’s/50’s, and was used as a sign-off on Chicano “placas” and graffiti throughout the Southwestern U.S. among Chicanos…