Vintage Bikers Classics

I had the opportunity to travel in the US during my early teenage. For the first time, I encountered a category of the "rebel rocker tribe" I only knew from magazines and the iconic Denis Hopper movie, Easy Rider: the 1% bikers.
During my trip, I could see flocks of Harley riders on the highways passing us by like a deafening twister. Rows of choppers, military aligned in front of the Hells Angels Clubhouse in the East Village. For a twelve year old, that was just like seeing super heroes. When I came back from my summer trip, I realized my father became good friend and got involved with what became later on the first Hells Angels MC chapter in France. 
For several years, I was lucky enough to craft artwork for the club. The biker world from the 40's to the 80's was a big artistic influence for me. For the MC's, this era was rich and creative in terms of graphics and music. 
I am not sure if the 21st Century hipsters know where a big part of their look comes from...
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East Bay Dragons MC.
Probably the most famous black MC from California,
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Family Affair MC
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Hells Angels MC Cali.
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Hells Angels MC
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Terry The Tramp HAMC Frisco.
Terry The Tramp Hells Angels MC Frisco
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What I believe to be a HAMC Frisco members pick. Terry The Tramp (center)
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Hells Angels on the beach.
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Iconic Frisco Angels Pic
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Old School Outlaws MC member.
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Outlaws MC Nashville.
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Hello Angels MC San Francisco
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Hells Angels MC. Back in the days when the "death-head" was different from clubs to clubs and the bottom rocker was featuring the city and not the state or country.
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Fresno Angel
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Outlaws MC
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Hells Angels MC New York
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Dirty Dozen MC Arizona.
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El Forastero MC. Still around nowadays.
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Multiracial Chosen Few MC.
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Old pillars Satan's Slaves MC and Straight Satans MC. They have Satan in common... If I am not mistaken, the Satan's Slaves MC was patched over by the Hells Angels.
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Outlaws MC member and classy badass Old Lady wearing the club's patch.
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Hells Angels Member with Old Lady.
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Frisco Angel
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Satan's Slaves Member
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Yellow Jackets MC. One very old and Iconic motorcycle club.
I don't know if they are still around...
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Old Ladies wearing club patches.
One of the HAMC founder, Otto Friedli wearing black frames.
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Chosen Few MC member with kids.
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Sinners MC. Mixed club and badass patch.
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HAMC Oakland. A young Sonny Barger on the motorcycle. 
The pillar and reformer of the HAMC. The ultimate 1%er.
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A standard representation of the 60's/70's one percenters,
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The iconic Hollister riot pic. Said to be a Pissed Off Bastard MC member.
Not sure of that...
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70's Vagos MC
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Satan's Slaves. Galloping Goose and Hells Angels on a run.
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A classic. Outlaws MC
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Another classic. Outlaws MC.
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Another classic.  Maybe an Angel. 
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Cisco Valderrama. Hells Angels MC Oakland.
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Columbia Outlaws MC member.
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Old School Outlaws MC.
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An AfAm biker from the 50's.
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Classic 70's biker
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So Cal Iron Horsmen MC, Hangmen MC, Outlaws MC (the patch was different back then or was it a West Coast club unaffiliated with the East Coast OMC... If someone has the answer) and Hells Angels MC.
Famous clubs from the 60's before they were wedging war against each other.
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"Hairy Henry” Hank Kot, Thanks to Beth Potter for correction the mistake.
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Hells Angels MC hang out.
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Last but not least. The ultimate badass look.
Hells Angels MC San Bernardino.
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Hey Kurt Sutter, why not coming up with a SOA prequel TV show from this era?
Just saying...

2 comments

  • correction “Hairy Henry” we called him Hank but few knew him by that name.

    Beth Potter
  • Chocolate George was my Dad. The picture you have up “Chocolate George?” is in fact “Hairy Harry” Hank Kot RIP, my Dad’s best friend. http://www.chopcult.com/news/blogs/a-hells-angel-goes-to-the-smithsonian11-12-10-00-20-05.html *NO need to post, more links/pictures if you like

    Beth Potter

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