CRIPS: CRIP WALK DOCUMENTARY The Crip Walk, or C-Walk, is NOT, as many assume, a dance, but rather a walk. Although in many respects it is like a dance, it is to Crips gang members nothing more than a ritual. It originated in the early 1980s in South Central Los Angeles as a symbol for Crips of the area and was a staple of hip hop culture by the late 1990s. Originally, members of the Crips would use nimble movements of their feet to spell out their names or other pro-Crips words (sometimes spelling out Bloods, the name of their rival gang, and then crossing it out). Many Crip gangs also use a C-Walk ceremony to celebrate the initiation of a new member.