Viewers are still buzzing about the season finale of – FX’s gritty motorcycle gang saga set in Northern California. And while our ride with the SAMCRO crew may officially be over (), these arresting snapshots of rough and tumble biker clubs – including the notorious Hells Angels – are sure to keep your outlaw engines running.
The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club kicked off in 1948 California and has since spread around the globe. While the group identifies as a band of motorcycle enthusiasts, the law sees it differently. According to the , HAMC is an organized crime ring, guilty of drug running, money laundering, extortion, and homicide.
Perhaps it’s the Angels’ menacing “death’s head” logo that first caught the eye of authorities. Or the diamond-shaped one-percenter patch worn by clubs like the Devil’s Henchmen, believed to symbolize the 1% of motorcycle gangs that are true blue outlaws. In either case, it’s clear from the killer photos below that these bikers are not to be messed with.
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