The pachuco cross is a simple tattoo that looks like a cross with three lines coming out of it and going up. It is one of the most common tattoos among Hispanic gang members and is usually found on the web between the thumb and index finger.
It’s not clear where the word “pachuco” came from. But it refers to a certain way that Hispanic gang members dress and act in public, with zoot suits and a lot of flash. In the 1960s and 1970s, the pachuco subculture went away, and the Chicano movement took its place. Gang members gave up their fancy suits and started wearing T-shirts and khakis. Gang members who are Hispanic today are often called cholos or vatos.