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EASTSIDE VINEWOOD SKINHEADS COMMUNITY AND ENVIROMENT A few short years after the unconditional surrender of the Axis Powers in WW2 and the blast of new opportunity that came with the start of the baby boomer generation, the area that is now known today as Vinewood was suddenly sparked to life with family, businesses and an overall bigger and flourishing community. New housing and property projects continued to pop up over the years, eventually turning what was originally farmland and the occasional home into the area we now know as East Vinewood. Eventually, East Vinewood grew into and became a great value neighborhood for new families and those with lower income, situated by the newly constructed highway; with lots to offer in the terms of homes and housing for its predominantly Caucasian residents. The community continued to do somewhat well throughout the years, but as better housing and community started popping up in different areas, the mainstay of Vinewood itself being generally known as a more rich, and unaffordable area, and the east side not generally having much to offer in terms of tourism, things to do, etc. It ended up being abandoned in the eyes of potential investors and anyone looking for a place to move in. As we hit the early 1980’s, property and living costs continued to rise, and in the middle of a drug and crack cocaine epidemic, the community wasn’t doing to great to say the least. The neighborhood’s reputation steadily declined, and the crime rate drastically rose, with many residents during this era left with empty pockets and addicted to drugs. Burglary happened often, and it was always a running joke to never forget to lock your car, or someone WILL break the window to take what pocket change is there. Years it continued and couldn't go unnoticed or be ignored, many complaints from residents across the board, the city of Los Santos attempted to remedy the problem with some half ditch efforts of installing new skate parks, inciting a neighborhood watch program, and even some new playgrounds and community centers. The new skate park park built in the area connected new and experienced skaters and random neighborhood kids alike, bonding over the new trends and culture that skating and Punk Rock brought up with its popularity. Also seen in places such as Vespucci and the rest of Vinewood at this time. It gave kids and teenagers alike something to do in their summers, often entire communities of kids and teenagers coming from all over the neighborhood to participate in local skate competitions and underground Punk Rock concerts, but overtime drug use has been glorified in the community, now a mainstay in the culture, but now known as one of the last standing communities in Vinewood that hasn't been touched by gentrification, Most households have had the same family for generations and scared to let go; the old designed buildings and abandoned apartments stuck in time from many generations ago is still what many people call home. built in the area connected new and experienced skaters and random neighborhood kids alike, bonding over the new trends and culture that skating and Punk Rock brought up with its popularity. Also seen in places such as Vespucci and the rest of Vinewood at this time. It gave kids and teenagers alike something to do in their summers, often entire communities of kids and teenagers coming from all over the neighborhood to participate in local skate competitions and underground Punk Rock concerts, but overtime drug use has been glorified in the community, now a mainstay in the culture, but now known as one of the last standing communities in Vinewood that hasn't been touched by gentrification, Most households have had the same family for generations and scared to let go; the old designed buildings and abandoned apartments stuck in time from many generations ago is still what many people call home. Ryder (Incarcerated), Grumps (Deceased) and Jack (Alive) Jack's going away party, circa 1994 EARLY DAYS/STARTUP Originally starting from a small tight-knit friend group of friends and other local teenagers around the neighborhood of Glory Way in the early 1990’s, most of these friends not meeting through school, but instead meeting through skateboarding, or their parents being friends with another family who happened to have children as well. They always got along well, hanging out every day and even starting their own garage band. During their time at Vinewood High, these teens would almost always stick together with their friends, family, and kids from the same neighborhood, as many other students liked to point fingers and tease and bully some students from the area, often yelling on the bus and screaming about “White trash”, “Hillbilly!”, “Hick!” and other things, generally based around the fact that East Vinewood is seen as the thumb of the area, and often avoided because of the mostly white population, and while not a neighborhood stricken with poverty, it’s a “lower class” area, especially compared to the rest of Vinewood.More often then not, this constant teasing and problems at school led to students skipping, or even full out dropping out. Often turning to drugs and petty crime such as vandalism, theft and alcohol to pass the time and get a cheap thrill. This escalated quickly, and eventually most of the friends ended up dropping out of school together, not wanting to be alone in classes. As things escalated from just small things like smoking weed, it quickly started turning to doing things like psychedelics, cocaine, and things like that as it became plentiful and easy to get in the area. Now hyped up on drugs, jobless and without much education, these now late-teens started bringing down younger generations with them, teaching them things about drugs, and getting them to shoplift for them so they don’t risk getting banned from stores. This, mixed with heavy drug use, eventually rose to teens running around with their father’s rifles, robbing nearby community gas stations and forming stick-up crews. Heavily influenced by skateboarding and punk rock music at this time, they often took most of their culture from Vespucci beach, which also happens to be predominantly white. With the skateboarding and drug culture, also came the skinhead culture of local gangs in that area. The group slowly and surely started and pinning their hate, lack of money, and drug problems on those from other neighborhoods who originally bullied them at school, or even those who wouldn’t hang out with them. Quickly adapting their hate of those specific teenagers to instead take pride in themselves and take pride in their own race, now mixed with the skinhead culture, being proud of being called things such as “White trash” and “Hick”, where originally kids felt ashamed. The small warband of Caucasian teenagers had heavy influence from nearby skinhead gangs, and through the culture of skateboarding, was taken under the wings of the older heads. The formerly innocent group of white kids quickly adapted and took on the skinhead culture, and in their prime, was a very violent group of teenagers, often thought to be the culprit of many racist attacks and hate crimes. They were also largely involved in the methamphetamine trade in the area.Drugs thrived throughout Los Santos; Methamphetamine being a common hit in the drug trade, a cheap substitute for the addictive and expensive pills that were prescribed. Once the infamous drug "Tweak/Crank/Scante" hit Los Santos, the word came out that a new drug that was more affordable and easier to get their hands on. Rapidly violent crimes spread through ought the city like wildfire for the small crystals that gave a liveliness, energetic, addictive high. MODERN DAY/ADAPTING THE M's Considered as a "newer" founded skinhead gang but following the same rules and structure as any other skinhead gang. What was originally a misfit group of kids eventually adapted recruiting new members and living a new way of life. The younger heads eventually coining the name "Meth, Money, Murder", "Triple M Gang", and many other nicknames for the crew. The once small and tight-knit group of teenagers in the 90’s exploding in growth over the years, recruiting their children, siblings, friends, and others around the neighborhood. Exploiting the poverty-stricken Caucasian teenagers throughout East Vinewood. Meth, Money, Murder deliberately recruited from high schools’ areas, middle schools and took in kids who came from unstable house holds and dysfunctional families. Taking advantages of kids who just wanted friends and a sense of a real family, picking them out and their traits; some being crash dummies and some being smart, the list goes on. Forcing many of the kids into difficult situations and seeing how they react. Learning from what their older generation taught them of street gang warfare tactics. Their tactics functioned heavily on younger kids, brainwashing them and training them as a "soldier" in their eyes; their militant ways caused heavy racial attacks and crime throughout Los Santos. Selling whatever they get their hands on, ranging from all types of drugs from psychedelic drugs to hardcore narcotics. Typically using the "Get Down or Lay Down" tactic to extort local Laundromats, convenience stores, and other small-time businesses and residents in different areas to make some money, but always having brotherhood like love to everyone in their community and neighborhood families who raised them. This war band of skinheads mostly tend to keep sticking to themselves, generally spotted at a local park either drinking, skating, or senseless fighting for fun. Still remembering their roots and passing down knowledge through the generations as the older heads ended up dead, serving life in prison or still roaming the streets.