|If one is interested in joining the Hells Angels MC, 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 any time soon. First on the list of Hells Angels membership 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 European Hells Angels Charters have looser race requirements. Committing to join the Hells Angels should be thought of as a life commitment. If you do try and escape 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 MC should never be seen as a club you will 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, possibly at a Hells Angels clubhouse. 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 a existing member is a tough and frustrating process. It helps to have some skill the gang finds useful — generally criminal in nature. If you get noticed, you move up to be an associate.
2. The Associate: The next step up from the Hang-around is the Associate, where you will spend up to a few more years attending events and meeting other 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 and participating in violent behavior. Violence is often expected by the gang. The ultimate way for a prospect to prove his loyalty is through murder. It is over this period that the members will determine whether or not they believe that 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, where you must receive a unanimous vote from the other Hells Angels MC members. It is the several years of evaluations during the recruitment process which will determine whether or not you receive the votes required. Full-Patch, or being "patched" refers to the fact that the member now has the right to wear all the sanctioned jacket patches, including the Hells Angel "death head" logo, the words "Hells Angels" on the top patch panel (called a rocker), and the club location on the lower rocker.
|Hells Angels members and prospects follow strict club rules that lend to their mystique and give them some security.|
If one Hells Angels member is pulled over by police, the entire group traveling with him often will pull over. Hells Angels will never go out together without their "colors" - the winged death's-head patch on the back of their leather vests or jackets.
|The vest (cut) is sacred. If one of the Angels gets arrested they will want to give that jacket to another member to take it. Protecting the colors applies to accidents and injuries that may require medical personnel to remove a vest or jacket. When a traumatized patient arrives at the hospital, it's common for staff to cut garments off an injured person. Staff members are told not to cut through a Hell's Angels patch.|
Members are extremely sensitive to any desecration of their colors.