The Lo-Lifes shared a bond that unprecedented in any other street gang culture that proceeded their likes. Instead of taking out their frustration on other teens just like their selves in the urban community they chose to take it out on the midtown streets of Manhattan. They were the modern day Robin Hoods who stole from the rich and gave to the poor (or at least sold it for half the ticketed retail price) They did not know at the time out of their need to survive that they were helping shape hip-hop culture and streetwear fashion. They were the trendsetters, trend forecasters, brand awareness specialist, salesmen and stylist to the streets and culture. They had no idea that in their dire need to survive that they were making history as well as a sub culture that is still prevalent today after two decades of their original existence.
The Lo-Lifes turned shoplifting into an underground sport that spawned other boosting clicks to follow during the time. They dictated fashion and swagger for many of youth alike that is still being copied today. They were decades before their time and did not now it. Their eye for taking garments that was not initially intended to appeal to the urban market and made it cool, while putting their own spin to it. They magnified the words "Rocking" , "Sporting" getting "Fly" and "Fresh to Death". The urban pioneers of High-end fashion.