What Is the Westside Sign?

The Westside gang sign is made with four fingers, while the middle and ring fingers intertwine to make a stylized “W” with one hand. The thumb folds inward towards the palm so the back of a hand appears to make a capital W.

The Westside sign is a popular symbol in Los Angeles since the W has appeared in rap music videos since the late 1980s. Tupac Shakur popularized the symbol with photos and lyrics about the Westside. Artist JR painted a four-story tall Westside sign on the east wall of the historic Bristol Apartments in Los Angeles in 2011 after an extensive renovation of the 1906 building.