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Entry from July 23, 2008
Valluco

"Valluco” means someone (usually of Mexican heritage) from the Rio Grande Valley. “Valluco” is a blend of the words “valley” and “pachuco” (a form of “pocho,” meaning a Mexican-American).

In the 2000s, many prison gang members in Texas identified themselves as “Vallucos.”


Wikipedia: Rio Grande Valley
The Rio Grande Valley is an area located in the southernmost tip of Texas. It lies along the northern bank of the Rio Grande, which separates Mexico from the United States.

The Rio Grande Valley is not a valley, but a delta or floodplain. Early settlers from Mexico felt that the term “Valley” sounded more inviting to tourists and northern investors than did “Delta.” The Rio Grande Valley is also called “El Valle”, the Spanish translation of “the valley”, by those who live there. Another affectionate term that the residents of the Rio Grande Valley use to refer to the area is the “RGV.”

The region is made up of four counties: Starr County, Hidalgo County, Willacy County, and Cameron County. As of January 1, 2007, the Texas State Data Center estimated the population of the Rio Grande Valley at 1,139,581. Over 80% of the residents of the Valley are Hispanic or Latino.

The largest city is Brownsville (Cameron County), followed by McAllen (Hidalgo County). Other major cities include Harlingen, Mission, Edinburg, and Pharr.

Wikipedia: List of Chicano Caló words and expressions
valluco
Rio Grande Valley, South Texas

Urban Dictionary
1. valluco
This is a gangster or drugdealer from the rio grande valley. It comes from the word valley and the word pachuco from the pachucismo or cholismo of east L.A. area. But used in south texas to proclaim you are from the valley and live crazy.
Que onda valluco!
yo soy valluco.

by Apolonio Oct 8, 2004

2. Valluco
One who lives in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. the word derives from “Valley” and expresses machismo and toughness.
go out and do it valluco style.
by Texican17 Sep 10, 2006

Wikipedia: Pachuco
Pachucos were Mexican American youths who developed their own subculture during the 1930s and 1940s in the Southwestern United States. They wore distinctive clothes (such as Zoot Suits) and spoke their own dialect (Caló). Due to their double-marginalization stemming from their youth and ethnicity, there has always been a close association and cultural cross-pollination between the Pachuco subculture and the gang subculture. For this reason, many members of the predominant (Anglo) culture assumed that anyone dressed in pachuco was a gang member.

Origin
The Pachuco style originated in El Paso, Texas and moved North, specifically following the line of migration of Mexican railroad workers ("traqueros") into Los Angeles, where it developed further.

The Mexican Nobel laureate Octavio Paz writes in the essay, “The Pachuco and Other Extremes” that the Pachuco phenomenon paralleled the zazou subculture in World War II-era Paris in style of clothing, music favored (jazz, swing, and jump blues), and attitudes, although there was no known link between the two subcultures.

The word “pachuco” originated as the local Mexican Spanish slang term for a resident of the city of El Paso, probably early in the 20th century. Even today, El Paso is still called “El Chuco” or “El Pasiente” by some. According to another theory, the word “pachuco” is a derivation of Pachuca, the name of the city in the Mexican state of Hidalgo where Mickey Garcia, thought by some to be the originator of the Zoot Suit, befriended a local of the town known as “El Hueso”. El Hueso was an elderly man known only to have a tattoo on his right shoulder. It is unknown what the tattoo says but few have claimed that it bears two names. One name begins with a J and the other with a B. Mickey Garcia brought his style from Pachuca, Mexico to San Diego. Another theory says that the word derives from pocho, a derogatory term for a Mexican born in the United States who has lost touch with the Mexican culture. The word is also said to mean “punk” or “troublemaker.”

The Mexican comedian and film actor Germán Valdés, better-known by his artistic name “Tin-Tan,” introduced Pachuco dress and slang to the Mexican population through his Golden age-era films. The influence of Valdés is responsible for the assimilation of several Caló terms into Mexican slang.

The pachuco subculture declined in the 1960s, evolving into the Chicano style. This style preserved some of the pachuco slang while adding a strong political element characteristic of the late 1960s in American life.

In the early 1970s, a recession and the increasingly violent nature of gang life resulted in an abandonment of anything that suggested dandyism. Accordingly, Mexican-American gangs adopted a uniform of T-shirts and khakis derived from prison uniforms, and the pachuco style died out. However, the zoot suit remains a popular choice of formal wear for urban and rural Latino youths in heavily ethnic neighborhoods. It is typically worn at a prom, or in some cases, at informal Latino university commencement ceremonies.

Pachucos called their slang caló (sometimes called “pachuquismo"), a unique argot that drew on the original Spanish Gypsy Caló, Mexican Spanish, the New Mexican dialect of Spanish, and American English, employing words and phrases creatively applied. To a large extent, caló went mainstream and is the last surviving vestige of the Pachuco, often used in the lexicon of some urban Latinos in the United States to this day.

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From: “David Glaser”
Date: 1999/02/23
Subject: Re: help, please!!!

Well, an Expatriate Valluco will attempt an answer.

I find that the strength of the Tex-Mex culture is directly proportional to the distance from the Rio Grande Valley.  That is, it is unity in the Valley.

So, what is the Tex-Mex culture.  Well, it ain’t american and it ain’t mexican it is some mixture of the two.  It can be very alien to anglos from the north but is not so alien to mexicans.

What are the characteristics of the Tex-Mex culture?  Well, it means that factory managers have to somehow deal with mexican style paternalism and american style individualism simultaneously.

The families of the anglos that are sent down to manage the factories have to learn how to appreciate Tejano music because that is all that one finds on the radio.  When they go to weddings, quince añeras, etc. they have to learn new ways of dancing. Or if they go to a funeral, there is a party afterwards.

Know Gangs
scuflores
03-29-2007, 08:38 AM
Valluco
Valluco is slang meaning anyone from the valley. combining two words Valley and Pachuco. The Valluco “gang” color is brown. Prisoners from the valley stuck together in prison thus becoming a tango. TS members started recuiting from these ranks. Valluco’s want to become a FAMA but do not have the leadership. In other words everyone wants to be chief and no one wants to be the Indian. Tattoos include the obvious ‘Valluco”, a “V”, Two palm trees(100% Valluco), one palm Tree (50% Valluco), A sunrise with seagulls shaped in a “v”. Let me know if you need examples of these tattoos I have many photos.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (17) Comments • Wednesday, July 23, 2008 • Permalink


sorry to say this but you are wrong bout what you have been informed about the word PACHUCO...and where the style originated...Its hard to prove this to anyone because in the RIO GRANDE VALLEY that style died out for completely...yes it started here in the Valley...it didnt originate in pachuca mx. or in El Paso...but here in the valley....the style was few around here but it originated here...yes the mexican actress known as TIN TAN would come out with Pachuco suit but its because not many people know that he had been here in texas for a while and he looked into that style that drew his attention and as an actress he decided to bring that style out on T.V. ....Pachuco has nothing to do with a gang or being a cholo...though many CHICANO gangs adapted similarities to there style that came from the PACHUCO style...there would be nothing original if a prison gang such as Valluco named itself after the style and meaning that aint from around here...though like i said the word PACHUCO has nothin to do with a gang or the word cholo...but it has been adpted to this group because back then many of these youths had respect and thats what they are for RESPECT!!

Posted by Alberto  on  10/18  at  05:40 PM

well we are not a gang that runs in the free world, were united in there, we have rule yes, but its onle to avoid problems and to keep order, but we are not trying to become a fama, we are just a tango, we dont have missions or anything like that

Posted by Daniel Robledo  on  02/17  at  12:46 PM

u have some shit right and a bunch of other shit wrong....nobody can get the palm tree until they have been to prison and put in work for it ..there is no 50% in prison its 100% or nothing

Posted by kitsch fresh  on  05/10  at  05:12 PM

no soy valluco pero soy del 956 mi cora firme pal valle los POBOYS De Las MIlpas Texas corren con el valle en el condado i la pinta

Posted by lino martinez  on  10/08  at  12:05 PM

U pendejo don’t know como corre el hale. Valluco don’t run with no pinche Poboy panochudo. Soy cora de valluco and we only run with other TANGO clickas, mainly Houstone. I stay in P.I.T or port Isabel chillin with that boy Nino and Dope House Records. PURO VALLUCO TANGO,,,,,,,,,

Posted by Jose''Crooks"Martinez  on  10/15  at  03:26 PM

There is alot more to us than the violence that all of you blind, ignorant, stupid fucks are not aware of. We don’t just commit random acts of violence or break every law.

When I did time in TDCJ, I joined “MIS’ PALMAS” in protecting ourselves & our respect for where our “HOME” is. Fuck what ya’ll feel & believe.

I KNOW!!! First hand experiances with “MI JENTE”

VIVA MI MAJICO VALLE, VIVA EL VALLUCO, 956

Posted by El Grande  on  09/19  at  05:00 PM

Crooks tas todo pendejo, Martinez never said poboy corren con los vallucos, he said he is from the 956 and a PO BOY nothing to do with el valluco tango. Puro POB num. Xlll Las Milpas

Posted by "Papa"  on  11/22  at  12:03 AM

I just got out of TDCJ soy 100% Valluco and like my home boy said above there is no 50% valluco it`s all or nothen.........We go against Fama they don`t run nothen no more.!! Puro Tang Valluco !!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Flaco De Brown Town  on  03/13  at  08:01 PM

valluco 100 representando ahi tamos desde briscoe unit y pegando por todo el majico

Posted by cdyablo956  on  08/29  at  10:25 PM

yeah yall homeboys r tripin fuk the world we free and we gota enjoy.and yeah poboy no corre con el tango22.reason im saying kuz iaint no fan of POb!

Posted by crook_ed!  on  11/09  at  03:40 PM

YO SOY DEL VALLE PERO VIVO EN CALIFORNIA.  SOY NACIDO EN WESLACO TEXAS PERO TENGO 15 ANOS VIVIENDO EN CALIFORNIA.  ESTAN BIEN PENDEJOS LOS DEL VALLE QUE SUPUESTAMENTE REPRESENTAN SUR 13.  CREO NI SABEN LO QUE DICEN, YO ESTADO EN LAS PRISIONES EN CALIFORNIA Y SI LOS ESCUCHARAN A TODOS USTEDES ESTUPIDOS IDIOTAS CON SU SUR 13, LES ASEGURO QUE LOS MATARAN.  SUR 13 SE REFIERE A LOS PANDILLEROS DEL SUR DE CALIFORNIA EN LA PRISION, SON LOS TRABAJADORES DE LA EME.  USTEDES TODOS EN TEXAS TIENEN LA LUZ VERDE, ENTONCES COMO SE PONEN A REPRESENTAR SUR 13.  POR FAVOR VERIFIQUEN SU INFORMACION BIEN ANTES DE ANDAR REPRESENTANDO LO QUE NO SABEN DE DONDE ORIGINA.  YO SOY NEUTRAL, PERO SIENDO LATINO EN CALIFORNIA TIENES QUE CORRER PAISA O SOUTH SIDE EN LA CARCEL O PRISION.  SI NO ERES PANDILLERO AUNQUE SEAS NACIDO EN ESTADOS UNIDOS TIENES QUE CORRER PAISA SIENDO LATINO.  NO QUEDA DE OTRA.

Posted by martin  on  11/27  at  12:36 PM

Hey wutz up with all this gang-craze going on in the valley.  I grew up in the rio grande valley in the 80’s and 90’s and we never really had that many gangs.  Yes, they were around but in bigger cities. 
Now wutz up with Valluco.  I know many of you guys out there dont care what I have to say, but come on guys that shit sounds stupid.  Leave it in the prison, dont bring it with you out to the neighborhoods and our children.  Reason I say this is cuz i have friends on FB from my High school days, and now its like valluco this valluco that.  wtf these guys started getting tatoos and into this gang stuff in their 20’s and possibly 30’s.  that not a true G.  Back in the day they were normal and now their gangsters lol.
O well, all I can say is you guys are ruining the image of the Rio grande valley.  For me the RGV will always be tejano music, country music, and that nice sunny weather and the beautiful beach.  Leave the gangs to LA and Compton.  You guys still have a lot of work to get done to even try and compete with the real gangsters out in Cali.

Posted by martin torres  on  12/18  at  12:54 PM

Martin if u pay attention to the whole world SURENOS are world wide. Its thanks to surenos de california. Iam from Brownsville in the valley and been SURENO since 94 thanks to ppl from california moving to texas asta orita we have homeboys de florenica 13, cyclones, southland, coming through 247 and showing chingo de cora. Reason why many ppl in california dont respect us an talk shit about texas is becuase pussy as gangs like “valluco” that are not blood in blood out. what kind of rule is aslongest your from the valley you can be a valluco lol and most of them purse stealing, childmolestors, small crimes.

Posted by SURENO DE BROWNTOWN  on  03/03  at  02:49 PM

Damn those youngsters !!!! 13,where the heck is that famouse 13 is it a town a road what does it mean,

Posted by raul de la rosa  on  03/08  at  03:03 PM

Repin the 956 all day evryday aqui de limbo

Posted by raul de la rosa  on  03/08  at  03:06 PM

Repin the 956 all day evryday

Posted by raul de la rosa  on  03/08  at  03:21 PM

Wacha Homeboys Yo Soy 100% VALLUCO… I Bearly Got Out Of Fabian Dominguez State Jail En San Antonio,Tx On August 10, 2012… Wacha “Most” Of Everybody That Is From Da Valley, Se Levantan Con El Valluco, Si Mentiendes.. Ahorra Nosotros El VALLUCO Tenemos La “Vaisa” Con El “Tango Blast” That Is Houston,Austin,Dallas & Fort Worth… We Toghether Are “Droping” The “Texas Syndicate” And Thats The Only FAMA We Are Dropin… We Do This Shit En “Garza West,Garza East,Lopez Unit,Segovia Unit, Willacy Unit & Dominguez Unit… Now You Have 2 Put Some Work For Da “Tango” So U Can Earn Ur Placazos “Palm Trees,956,RGV Or Valluco” And We “DONT” Do Mission, Cause We Aint No FAMA An Shit..... Now POBOYS 4rm My Barrio Las Milpas, Wen We Go 2 Prison We Get In With Da VALLUCO Cause Most Of All Da POBOYS 4rm Las Milpas R Valluco....

Posted by Joe Mata aka Mr.Tranzas  on  10/06  at  07:27 PM

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