The other day a Brother and I were meeting up with a biker who was expressing interest in our club. Our conversation eventually came around to the topic what an “outlaw” club is. Well there are a lot of reasons why clubs that fly their colors on a three piece patch with the MC cube are called “outlaw” clubs. One popular reason dates way back to the early days of outlaw biker culture and how some nonconformist bikers went against the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) and since them labeled as “outlaws”. I cover all that in depth in my book, Get Patched. But it goes further than that…
It so happens that the man that we were talking to was a military veteran, Marine, and I am a veteran as well. So I explained to him that in the MC world we have our own way of doing things. We have our own traditions, protocols and laws. We hold up those traditions, protocols and laws as being higher and more dear than those of “normal” society.
I went on to explain to him that it is like back when he was an active duty Marine. (more…)
The average cop on the street doesn’t know shit about “outlaw” motorcycle clubs. They “learned” most of what they “know” about MCs from watching TV, reading popular books about MCs and maybe a movie here and there. What cops think they know about bikers and MCs varies widely and most of it is wrong and that is bad news for the local biker or MC Brother.
First off, all cops start of like the average Joe Blow on the street who has been inundated with biker movies and TV shows over his or her life. And as I say repeatedly the entertainment industry does not care anything about the truth. They care about one thing, (more…)
Recently I have had two Brothers pass on. This loss is always accompanied by deep feelings of sadness because of the profound loss experienced. But also these sad events trigger good memories, of being with that Brother through good times and bad.
It is always tough loosing someone you love and care about. But not experiencing those losses can only happen if you live in isolation. Men do not live satisfying and quality lives in isolation. As men we do our best living in a brotherhood of men. Men that support, lift and challenge us to be better men. We live better family lives when our lives are bonded to other men; men whose families we care about, because they are our Brothers, and they love and care about our families as well.
It is always a tragedy when we lose a Brother and it is in these times of deep loss that the public gets a glimpse of the intensity of our (more…)