|If one is interested in joining the Hells Angels, or any one percenter motorcycle club (outlaw motorcycle gang — OMG in cop circles) and are on the internet to figure out how, then you probably won’t be joining anytime soon. Number one on the list of Hells Angels requirements is to have the 'right' personality, and that comes from your lifestyle.|
Basic requirements are;
•Have a driver's license
•Own a working motorcycle - Harley Davidson or Buell exclusively
•Never have applied to be a police officer or prison guard
•Not be a child molester
Members MUST BE white and male. Internationally, some Hells Angels charters have looser race requirements. Joining the Hells Angels should be considered a life commitment. If you do try and leave the club then you must hand your patches back as they are considered club property, or they will be taken by force. This includes body ink. The Hells Angels should never be seen as a club you try out for a while with the option to then drop out.
|The Phases of Membership|
1. The Hang-around: Being a hang-around is the first stage. Most are invited by a club member, a friend or family member who is an OMG biker to an event. Other Hells Angels MC members are constantly judging your character. A “hangaround” always shows respect and will never interrupt members when they are talking. To become a “hangaround” without introduction from an existing member is a difficult process. It helps if you have some skill the gang finds useful — usually criminal in nature. If you get noticed, you move up to be an associate.
2. The Associate: The next step up is the associate, where you will spend up to a few more years attending events and meeting members. They will continue to evaluate you.
3. The Prospect: A patch-wearing member of the OMG needs to sponsor a prospect. The gang will generally run a background check including credit checks so the gang can verify a prospect’s identity as thoroughly as possible. Once you are a prospect you are allowed to attend more events, however you will not vote on club matters and there will be some meetings that you are not allowed to attend. The prospect becomes the butt of jokes and is expected to do menial grunt work like cleaning and guarding bikes. The prospect period is designed to make candidates show their loyalty to the club, which often includes committing crimes. Violence is often expected by the gang. The ultimate way for a prospect to prove his loyalty to the club is through murder. It is over this period that the members will determine whether or not they think you will be a suitable member.
4. The Fully Patched Member: The final step in the process. You will only reach this stage after a vote, which must be unanimous. It is the years of evaluations during the recruitment process that determine if you receive the votes required. Full-Patch, or being "patched" refers to the fact that the member has the right to wear patches, including the Hells Angel "death head", the words "Hells Angels" on the top patch (called a rocker), and the club location on the lower rocker.
|Hells Angels members and prospects follow strict club rules.|
Hells Angels will never go out together without their "colors". If one Hells Angels member is pulled over by police, the entire group often will pull over. Members can't talk to the media and can never talk to the public about the club, their rules or other members.
|The vest (cut) is sacred. If one Hells Angel gets arrested they will want to give the cut to another member. Protecting the colors applies to accidents and injuries that may require medical personnel to remove a vest or jacket. When a patient arrives at the hospital, it's common for staff to cut garments off. Staff members are told not to cut through a Hell's Angels patch. Members are extremely sensitive to any desecration of their colors.|
|A 'Filthy Few' patch or tattoo is earned when a murder is committed for the club.|
A 'Dequiallo' patch or tattoo is earned by acting violently toward law enforcement.
'AFFA' stands for Angels Forever, Forever Angels. The club's colors are red and white. The 'Big House Crew' refers to members in jail.