The Outlaws Motorcycle Club – Hardest Gangs 2013


The Outlaws Motorcycle Club, incorporated as the American Outlaws Association or its acronym, A.O.A., is a one-percenter motorcycle club and alleged organized crime syndicate that was formed in McCook, Illinois in 1935.

Membership in the Outlaws is limited to men who own American-made motorcycles of a particular size, although in Europe motorcycles from any country are allowed so long as they are in the chopper style. Their main rivals are the Hells Angels, giving rise to a phrase used by Outlaws members, “ADIOS” (the Spanish word for “goodbye”, but in this case doubling as an acronym for “Angels Die In Outlaw States”). The Outlaws Motorcycle Club was established out of Matilda’s Bar on old Route 66 in McCook, Illinois, a southwestern suburb of Chicago, in 1935.

The club stayed together during World War II, but like most organizations at that time, their activities were limited.

In the 1950s, the club’s logo was changed; a small skull replaced a winged motorcycle, and Old English-style letters were adopted. This design was embroidered on a black shirt and hand painted on leather jackets. In 1954, the Crossed Pistons were added to the original small skull. This design was embroidered on a black western-style shirt with white piping. The movie The Wild One with Marlon Brando influenced this backpatch. The Skull and Crossed Pistons were redesigned in 1959, making them much larger with more detail. The A.O.A. logo was adopted as an answer to the A.M.A. logo.

The Outlaws became an official member of the 1%er Brotherhood of Clubs in 1963.

The club featured in a work of photojournalism called The Bikeriders produced in 2004 by Danny Lyon, a collection of photographs and interviews documenting the club and its lifestyle glorifying the life of the American bikerider.

In England and Wales the group has around 30 different chapters. A number of one percenter motorcycle clubs are called the “Outlaws”, e.g. New Zealand. These are not part of the AOA and share only the name, having a different patch design and colors. In some countries, independent Outlaw MCs have joined, or been “patched over” to the now worldwide club

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4 reacties op The Outlaws Motorcycle Club – Hardest Gangs 2013

  1. Alpha zegt:

    Interesante docu Mick weer wat anders dan wat hier rond zwerft

  2. Willem zegt:

    Wel lauw hoor deze video echt kicke

  3. Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMGs) are organizations whose members use their motorcycle clubs as conduits for criminal enterprises. There are more than 300 active OMGs in the United States (U.S.), ranging in size from single chapters with five or six members to hundreds of chapters with thousands of members worldwide. The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club (Hells Angels), the Bandidos Motorcycle Club (Bandidos) and the Outlaws Motorcycle Club (Outlaws) conduct the majority of criminal activity linked to OMGs, especially activity relating to drug-trafficking and, more specifically, to cross-border drug smuggling. Because of their transnational scope, these OMGs are able to coordinate drug smuggling operations in partnership with major international drug-trafficking organizations (DTOs).

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