Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a member of a gang or a club? It must be nice to have a ride or dies that make sure you are safe from any type of threat or problems.To have some sort of brotherhood or sisterhood with people you are not related to must feel super special. So have you come across the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club? It is one of the Biggest biker clubs on this planet. This club initially came into being for veterans to connect and create a sense of camaraderie which quickly developed into a worldwide organization. Recently the Hells Angels have been affiliated with some shooting sprees in Las Vegas, drug running throughout the world, and various other criminal activities. It played one of the most important roles that propelled the 1960s counterculture even leading to club members killing each other. How is the Hells Angels club like today… Let us see…

The Beginning Of A Legacy

takingovercalifornia.jpgAlthough the actual date for this is not precisely known, it is agreed by most of the members that the Hells Angels were officially established on March 17, 1948, in Fontana, California. It was founded by the Bishop family and some other friends who were World War II veterans that were all from various post-war motorcycle clubs such as the Pissed Off Bastards, joining forces because of one common hobby. Even though there are a few reports of crime and violence linked with them, the Hells Angels say they got their start because military surplus made motorcycles affordable, and post-war life made many returnees feel a little lonely and missing their sense of soldier friendship. This club’s name is even linked to the US Navy, Army, and Marine’s as you’re about to learn…

Inspired By Squadron Nickname

hells-angels-club-name.jpgSo how did this iconic motorcycle club get its name in the first place you ask? Well, it has been reported that the name Hells Angels was actually a suggestion made by a friend of the founding members named Arvid Olson.  This man Olson had also served in the Flying Tigers “Hells Angels” squadron in China during World War II and he felt that the name was apt for the club. So the nickname “Hells Angels” became one of the many nicknames that came about from the tradition of American soldiers giving their squadron fierce and threatening nicknames in World War I and II.  And the Hells Angels charters started without ever being aware of each other’s existence.

Charters Grew Across California

hells-angels-club-sonny-barger.jpgWhen it was first founded this club began to initially spread throughout the state of California moderately but quickly. The founder of the Oakland charter Ralph “Sonny” Barger reported that one of the first charters in California was actually founded in San Francisco, Oakland, Gardena, Fontana and a few other lesser-known areas. Turing then, the charter so only kept within themselves and did not acknowledge the existence of all the other charters. In the 1950s, the different groups came together and unified to establish a large-scale organization and start a system of internal codes and criteria for admission. After it became well established, the club made an impact on the 1960s counterculture…

Cornerstone of Counterculture

counterculture.jpgSo in the 1960s, the Hells Angels club started becoming a large part of the counterculture movement, with special regards to the state of California. The club was very popular and held a prominent position in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco and were frequent attendees of all social events that took place there. So it was not a surprise to see that various members were also connected to the counterculture’s primary leaders in music and expression, such as Ken Kesey, the Merry Pranksters, Allen Ginsberg, Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, and more. It is very surprising to hear that the Hells Angels never looked for a bad reputation like the ones we are about to expose you to.

They Don’t Want a Bad Reputation

Huty1989213It is good to note that the Hells Angels, and some other motorcycle clubs, would often call themselves a one percenter biker club. Actually, this was a phrase that is actually a 50-year-old title that is a version of the old saying that 1% of troublemakers give a bad reputation to 99% of bikers. So this name is a supposed attempt to get them separated from all of the negative stereotypes involving biker gangs and even the Hells Angels in particular. So in spite of the name, various members actually bumped heads with the law where a few crimes ranging from murder to drug dealing had been committed. Even now the club is still expanding rapidly and has spread out of the United States as well…

Growing International

luczniewski-notitle160603_npIdcIn the beginning, the Hells Angels motorcycle club was strictly and exclusively based in the state of California but soon it began spreading, eventually becoming international by 1961. So in 1961, the first charter to exist outside of California started in Auckland, New Zealand. So this soon opened the floodgates and the iconic motorcycle club started its course in spreading around the globe. So in the year 1969, the first European charter was opened in the city of London. Currently, there are 275 charters in Europe alone.Since the 1970s till now, charters have been founded in Australia, Brazil, South Africa, Eastern Europe, and more. New areas are always sought after. So what exactly is Hell’s Angel’s culture you ask? Let us find out.