Northside Insane Popes

Kolmar Popes: Larry Larkin (Click Image)

Larry Larkin Morris photo, Popes 1970s Kolmar Park (CLICK TO ENLARGE IMAGE)

North Side Popes: Larkin 1970s

Southside Royal Insane Popes

Chicago Royal Insane South Side Popes
Larkin's Sections

Larkin was responsible for starting the sections: Kolmar, Jefferson Park, Independence Park, and Dickenson Park. He had a great influence in the starting of the Southside Insane Popes through visiting his cousin "Donny" who lived on the Southside of Chicago in the area of 50th & Leclaire. Under Larkin’s rule: the Popes became the Insane Popes years prior to the People/Folk alliance.

Kolmar Popes

During the past several weeks, members of the Kolmar Popes have been painting over wall-paintings that they and other clubs had made on neighborhood walls in the past. For some time now they have receiving considerable harassment from certain members of the 17th district police force. Some meetings were called to try and resolve some of the contradictions between the young people in the neighborhood and the police. These didn’t go to well because the lieutenant involved treated the brothers like kids, demanded to know everyone’s names – wanted everything but didn’t want to give anything, and tried to dig up the out dirt from the neighborhood.

So, the Kolmar Popes, aided by some of the members of the Brands Park and Jefferson Park Popes, decided on their own campaign of cleaning up the neighborhood walls to improve their situation in the neighborhood. With the help of people in the neighborhood and the Belding-Kolmar Civic Organization, they issued a leaflet to the people of the neighborhood informing them that if they had any spray-can defacement on their buildings that members of the Popes would provide paint and labor to cover it up. And they did just that; while many people didn’t seem to care about the club names on the walls and placed signs saying, “this project was carried out by the NEW POPES”. One older woman in the community, after getting her garage painted, gave a fist and said Pope thang!

The Popes told Rising Up Angry that things are better in the neighborhood now, the police have stopped bothering us as much, and we’re talking about organizing a community picnic with live music in the park.



Southside Insane Popes

The Southside Popes started out as the Diablo's which used w/ Black and Pink as their color's. That did not fly. A short time later they became the Royal Insane Pope's. That's how R.I.P. as the initial's came to be. The Royal was added because of the Affiliation with the Simon City Royal's of the North Side. Donny was responsible for starting the Popes on the Southside.

South Side Insane Popes 1980's

South Side Insane Popes 1980's Picture

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Kool City Popes

Kool City was the area: Pulaski to Kilbourn and 47th to a few blocks past Archer Avenue. In that area there was two sets: Archer-Pulaski (Archer Park) and the original Kool-City. Side Tracks was 51st and Kilpatrick. The Vittum Park POPES were across Cicero. Then by Normandy Park from 51st to 63rd was Popes. By Hale School (63rd Normandy in Oak Park to 83rd Street) was a neighborhood shared by the Popes and 12th Street Players which rode with the Kool-City name.

Larry "Larkin" Morris RIP Patch

Larry Larkin Morris RIP Patch

Larkin Popes Grease Card

Larkin Popes Grease


On Archer-Pulaski you had Curie H.S. -Mr sub -MT Pindos Restaurant -Funzone game room -shortstop pizza-lil hot dog place and then on Archer-Komensky you had the Miami bowl the birthplace of all South Side Popes we all can trace our roots to that hood cause either you were from there our you got turned out by somebody from there or they turned your hood out and you got plugged but it all boiled down to that place- that place been gone for years but the Popes are still out there in different hoods there’s still some presence in that hood but nothing compared to back in the days and even before that when Buffalo-JB-Dutch-Wizard-and all the original Popes were out there. That hood was the Popes stronghold Archer Park –Edwards School all in that hood was dozen of party spots lot of good times and a lot of banging for the nation was done over there - all is left is the memories of those good times -IPN TILL THE END

History of Royal Insane Popes

1974....this was just about the time when the young savages broke up and the Spanish Cobras were all moving up to the north side...Once upon a time there was this group of people that hung around together a lot...When the idea first came up from rusty that we should have a some kind of name because everywhere we would go people are always asking "who are you guys"....nobody really wanted to form a club because for the first time in years things got kind of quiet in the hood.....but that fucking rusty couldn't speak loud but had a way of getting his point across....his main point was always that if we were going to continue hanging around together everyone is going to think were a gang anyways so we better have are shit together right it began, the search to figure out who we would become....The meetings took place down in crazy franks make a long story short, this was rusty way to make it easy on us and have a fresh start...we would call ourselves the royal Insane Popes...he came up with that because he used to live in sleepy hollow and some of his friends were "insane popes" and he liked the name and asked those guys if it would be ok...they liked idea because they knew we would be united the word Royal was added just so everyone would know there was a difference in the clubs.....this meant we needed different colors also, black and white was decided because the Chancellors just broke up and those were their old colors...

The reason I wrote this and sent it in is because I was shocked to learn how big and how long the club has been around...if you were ever part of the Royal Insane Popes that came out of Miami Bowl on Archer Ave. this is your true roots, and these are the guys that started it all just because nobody should have that much fun alone.....


    pedro "rican"
    Donny "Buffalo"
    Joe "Big joe"
    Richard "rusty"
    Franky "Crazy frank"
    John "Ray ray"
    Al "J.C."
    Joe "Elvis"
    Tom "Tiny"
    Marty "Crazy marty"