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Dita Von TeeseOn the cover of Playboy, December 2002. Cover of a book by Midori, featuring Dita Von Teese in bondage.
Dita Von Teese (born Heather Sweet on September 28, 1972 in Rochester, Michigan) is a popular American burlesque artist.
Von Teese is fond of wearing elaborate lingerie such as corsets and stockings, and, in her words, "puts the tease back into striptease" with long, complex dance shows complete with props and characters.
She was featured in Playboy magazine in 1999, 2001 and 2002.
She is also a leading fetish model and has been compared to Bettie Page. She also acts, in such movies as Romancing Sara, Matter of Trust, in which she is billed as Heather Sweet, and also in two films by Andrew Blake: Pin Ups 2 and Decadence.
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On December 3, 2005, von Teese was married to American musician Marilyn Manson in a non-denominational ceremony at Curteen Castle in Kilsheelan (County Tipperary), Ireland, the home of Gottfried Helnwein. The wedding was officiated by surrealist film director and comic book writer Alejandro Jodorowsky. They reportedly exchanged vows in front of approximately 60 guests, including Lisa Marie Presley, and she wore a royal purple silk taffeta gown by Vivienne Westwood plus a tri-corned hat and matching corset. The two have been a couple since 2000.
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The two have been a couple since 2000. On WC's song "The Streets" from his Ghetto Heisman album, he and Snoop Dogg rap about the C-walk's popularity in the mainstream, warning suburban teenagers and other non-gang members that it is a dance for Crips only. They reportedly exchanged vows in front of approximately 60 guests, including Lisa Marie Presley, and she wore a royal purple silk taffeta gown by Vivienne Westwood plus a tri-corned hat and matching corset. It is said that the popular hip-hop dance, the C-walk (Crip-walk), is meant to spell out one's set as an insult to rival gangs. The wedding was officiated by surrealist film director and comic book writer Alejandro Jodorowsky. Ice Cube has at times claimed to be a member of the Rollin' 100s Nhood Crips, even though he has no proven ties to this gang (aside from the fact that he is from the same area), and Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy has also claimed to be a Crip in some songs (also without any proof). On December 3, 2005, von Teese was married to American musician Marilyn Manson in a non-denominational ceremony at Curteen Castle in Kilsheelan (County Tipperary), Ireland, the home of Gottfried Helnwein. However, there are also many rappers who are not members of Crips sets, yet take on traits of the Crip image and behavior because they hope to self-promote and sell records by doing so.
. Recently signed G-Unit rapper Spider Loc is a member of the 97th Street East Coast Crips. She also acts, in such movies as Romancing Sara, Matter of Trust, in which she is billed as Heather Sweet, and also in two films by Andrew Blake: Pin Ups 2 and Decadence. The late N.W.A member Eazy-E reportedly had ties to the Kelly Park Compton Crips. She is also a leading fetish model and has been compared to Bettie Page. Snoop Dogg is a former member of the Rollin' 20 Crips in Long Beach (as are Warren G, Nate Dogg, and Goldie Loc), while WC has an affiliation with the 111 Neighborhood Crips in South Central Los Angeles. She was featured in Playboy magazine in 1999, 2001 and 2002. County.
Von Teese is fond of wearing elaborate lingerie such as corsets and stockings, and, in her words, "puts the tease back into striptease" with long, complex dance shows complete with props and characters. Many popular rappers, in particular West Coast rappers, have close ties to Crips gangs in L.A. Dita Von Teese (born Heather Sweet on September 28, 1972 in Rochester, Michigan) is a popular American burlesque artist. There have been many different explanations for the origin of the name of the gang:. ISBN 0060591676. Methods such as the use of college sport team jerseys and hats are sometimes used, but in general, what set a certain gang member claims can be determined solely by their tattoos. Dita Von Teese, Burlesque and the Art of the Teese, Regan Books, 2006. In more recent years, however, the Crips have begun to cease the use of colors as a means of identification, since it is likely to draw attention from police.
Playboy's Sexy 100 February 2003. They usually refer derisively to their rival, the Bloods, as "slobs.". 84 March 2002. Crips also wear blue bandanas and British Knights sport shoes (using the company moniker BK, which the Crips use as a backronym meaning "Blood Killas"). Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. The SGCs are seperated into three sub-sets, the nine;139th street, the Foe;134th street, and the deuce;132nd street in the city of Gardena, California and have been known to wear dark-green, the city color of Gardena, in addition to blue to show that the Shotgun Crips are from Gardena. 78 March 2001. A particular set of Crips, the Grape Street Crips, have been known to wear purple in addition to blue.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. One suggested origin of the selected color is traced to the school colors of Washington High School in South L.A. 75 September 2000. For many years, Crips were characterized by their tendency to wear blue in order to easily identify each other. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Though violence levels have been reduced somewhat after the conclusion of this peace treaty, gangland killings and warfare persist in heavily gang-controlled areas. 74 July 2000 (pages 68-69). To stem violence between the Crips and Bloods, a peace treaty was recently negotiated, most notably in Watts, the treaty being largely based upon the ideals laid forth by original Crip co-founder Stanley Tookie Williams in his "Tookie Protocol For Peace".
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s the Crips developed intricate networks and a respected reputation with other gangs across America and neighboring countries. 72 March 2000. The Crips made enormous profits from selling crack and gathered the capital to advance themselves in the illicit markets. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Now cheap, the Crips could market the highly addictive recreational substance to lower income brackets. 70 November 1999. Previously the only available form was an expensive powder; leading to the traditional use of cocaine as a status symbol for the wealthy hedonist.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. It was invented by deriving a cheaper process to extract the stimulant from the coca plant. Playboy's Girlfriends September 1999 (pages 76-81). In the 1980s, Crips moved into crack sales, a cheaper form of the drug cocaine. 69 September 1999. Contrary to popular misconception, Crip sets do not feud solely with Bloods, but also other Crip sets — for example, the Rollin' 60s and 83rd Street Gangster Crips ("Eight-Trey") have been rivals since 1979, and their rivalry is currently the largest in L.A. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. In response, some of the besieged smaller gangs formed an alliance that later became the Bloods.
67 May 1999 - Mizuno (pages 28-29). The Crips became popular throughout southern Los Angeles as more and more youth gangs joined it; at one point they outnumbered non-Crip gangs by 3 to 1. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. Stanley "Tookie" Williams co-founded the gang in 1971, and started his own gang called the Westside Crips. 66 March 1999. The name stuck. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. The name Crips was first introduced in the Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper in a description by crime victims of young men with canes, as if they were crippled (though there is some discussion that it may have initially been a simple spelling mistake).
64 November 1998 (pages 84-85). This evolved to Avenue Cribs and then Cribs as nicknames for the age of the members. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. The original name of the gang founded by Raymond Washington in 1969 at the age of 15 was the Baby Avenues, derived from a gang of older boys in the 1960s, named the Avenue Boys with their turf on Central Avenue in East Los Angeles. Playboy's Body Language October 1998. Law enforcement officials dispute this, pointing to the incredible amount of violent crimes the gang members participated in, even in the early years. 62 July 1998 (Mizuno, pages 14-15). Williams argued that this was after the two became fed up with random violence in their neighborhood.
Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. The Crips were founded by Raymond Washington and Stanley Williams. Playboy's Real Sex February 1998. . 58 November 1997 (Mizuno, pages 8-9). They are also known to feud with Chicano gangs. Playboy's Book of Lingerie Vol. The gang has an intense rivalry with the Bloods.
Playboy's Lingerie Model Search February 1997. New York) where "satellite" Crip gangs are present. The gang is largely composed of African Americans, but is multiracial in many cities (i.e. What was once a single gang is now a loose network of "franchises" around the United States and Canada. The Crips are mostly identified by the blue color worn by their members.
They are involved in murders, robberies and drug dealing in the Los Angeles area. The Crips, originating in Los Angeles, California, are one of the oldest and most notorious African American gangs in the United States. WC (111 Neighborhood Crips) . Warren G (Rollin' 20 Crips) .
Tray Deee (Insane Crips) . Spider Loc (97th Street East Coast Crips) . Snoop Dogg (Rollin' 20 Crips) . Nate Dogg (Rollin 20 Crips) .
MC Eiht (Tragniew Park Compton Crips) . Jayo Felony (NHC 47 Blocc Crips) . Eazy-E (Kelly Park Compton Crips) . Daz Dillinger (Rollin' 20 Crips) .
Brotha Lynch Hung (Garden Blocc 24th Street Crips) . Some alleged backronyms for the name include:. Mis-pronounciation of "The Crypts.". Crip or crib originates from the carrying of a cane or stick — Los Angeles Times 14 April 1992: "Word spread about the tough-looking young men, who some said carried canes and walked with a limp — cripples, or crips, they were called for short.".
The most well-known theories tie the current name with "crib" or "crib street" (alluding to an actual street or the young age of the members at the time of the gang's founding).