Piru (P.imps I.n R.ed U.niform) is a blood banner that wears burgundy as a secondary color to signify "old blood" (the brim banner does the same), meaning bloods that stick to the original way of banging blood. This means they don't use the 5 point star like most new-age blood sets do, and some will even flag to the left which is the original side Bloods flagged. Another Blood banner, the Damus (Damu actually means Blood in swahili), also sticks to the original way of banging Bloods without the 5, but they wear Red exclusively and are based out of the City of Los Angeles, while the Pirus are based out of the City of Compton. The pirus actually originated as an independent gang called the Piru Street Boys in Compton along Piru street before the Bloods and Crips existed. The Piru Street Boys, who had represented a powerful force in the City of Compton, collaborated with the Crips prior to 1972 and joined the Crips alliance as the Piru Street Crips, as opposed to Bloods in Los Angeles, who have never been associated with the Crips ever. The Pirus also wore the traditional blue flags of the Crip alliance and flagged to the left at one point as a full fledged Crip gang. The Piru Street Crips eventually dropped out of the Crips alliance in 1972 to create the Bloods alliance after the Robert Ballou incident. As the very first Blood set, the Pirus would go on to grow and splinter/branch out into various piru blood sets throughout the rest of the 70's, 80s and 90's until the early 2000's when they were so large they created the Piru banner. They created the piru banner do differentiate themselves from the rest of the Blood who they felt were watering down their sets and picking up foreign customs and integrating them into Blood politics such as the 5 riding hybrid Blood sets who ride under the people nation from the influence of the Black P Stones. Most Pirus use the saying "No Kuts" meaning "No Cuts" signifying they are "pure bloods" with nothing added to water down their "DNA". They refer to other blood sets who ride the 5 and flag left as people nation members as "Hybrids". Not all "No Kuts" and "Hybrid" Blood sets have beef with each other, but "No Kuts" Blood sets have been very vocal about their dislike for watering down the original Blood politics. Lately though, many piru sets have been known to incorporate the 5 into their graffitti, tattoos, hit-ups and lingo showing that they are slowly embracing the National gang alliance known as the People Nation. This behaviour can be heard in their music where Mob Pirus (Young Money), Elm Street Pirus (Brick Squad Monopoly), and Cedar Block Pirus (Black Wall Street) spread their Blood influence. The Cedar Block Pirus have been known to work very closesly with New York Blood sets like Nine Trey Gangsters (Dip Set) and Sex Money Murder (Mysonne) which may have helped speed up the process of uniting all Bloods sets around the Country under the People Nation.