The five point star, one of many identifying symbols of the Chicago-based Vice Lords, stands for the virtues of truth, love, freedom, justice and peace. The five point star distinguishes Vice Lord gang members, as do a top hat tilted to the left, a dollar sign, cane and the Playboy bunny symbol.
Vice Lords gang members traditionally wear the colors of black, gold and red. They may dress in street clothes of those colors and even wear the apparel of some schools, including the Penguins, Pittsburgh Steelers and University of Iowa. The gang originated in Chicago, Illinois, and now has a presence in nearly 30 other states. Small affiliate groups even appear internationally in larger cities in Spain and Central America.