Charter

Hell's Angels Santa Cruz

It took thirteen years to make it happen, but with the help of Chris Hecht, Hector Chavez, Randy Healey, Big Mike Hult, and James Gonzales, the Santa Cruz Charter of the Hells Angels became a reality. James was the president of the charter and we held our first meeting at his house on June 24, 2002.

Our First Charter Photo

History

The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club were founded by the Bishop family in 1948, who were then joined by former members of many other different motorcycle clubs including the well known Pissed Off Bastards of Bloomington, who were involved in the Hollister Riot along with other clubs including the Boozefighters MC.

The name of “Hells Angels” originated from the Flying Tigers “Hell’s Angels” squadron which served in China in World War II. The name was suggested to the motorcycle club by Arvid Olsen, who was an associate of the founding members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

Probably one of the most famous Hells Angels would be Ralph ‘Sonny’ Barger, who was the founding member of the Oakland, California chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and took over the role of National President from Otto Friedli. As he is one of the most famous Hells Angels he is often confused as being the founder of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.

Although the Hells Angels MC were formed in the United States, the motorcycle club has chapters throughout the world. There is said to be potentially several hundred chapters of the Hells Angels spread over more than 30 countries. A spread to Europe of Hells Angels charters happened in the late 1960’s when chapters opened in London, England.

In the early days of the club in the 1940’s and 1950’s the various chapters were often unaware of the existence of other chapters and often used different versions of the “Death’s Head” patch. Members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club also wear the Hells Angels 1% patch (one percenter patch).

Santa Cruz Charter Members
Santa Cruz Charter Members
Bike Side Graphics

The official Hells Angels colors are red lettering on a white background. This also links up with their nickname of “The Red and White”. The patches are worn on leather or denim jackets and vests. A rectangular shaped patch is the most common shape worn by members with a white background and red lettering and red border identifying their chapter location.

Members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club may also choose to wear a badge with the initials “AFFA”, which stands for “Angels Forever, Forever Angels”, which symbolises the desire for a lifelong connection with the motorcycle club.

Hells Angels Charters are established in the following countries: U.S.A., Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Spain, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, England, Wales, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Bohemia/Czech Rep & Portugal.

USA / CANADA

HAMC ANCHORAGE
HAMC BERDOO
HAMC BOSTON
HAMC BRIDGEPORT
HAMC CALGARY
HAMC CANAAN
HAMC CAPE COD
HAMC CAVE CREEK
HAMC CHARLESTON
HAMC CHICAGO
HAMC CLEVELAND
HAMC DAGO
HAMC DALY CITY
HAMC DENVER
HAMC DOWNTOWN TORONTO
HAMC DURHAM
HAMC EAST TORONTO
HAMC EDMONTON
HAMC FAIRBANKS
HAMC FRESNO COUNTY
HAMC FRISCO
HAMC FULTON
HAMC HANEY
HAMC KITCHENER
HAMC LAKE EAST
HAMC LAS VEGAS
HAMC LONDON ONTARIO
HAMC LONG ISLAND
HAMC LOWELL
HAMC MANCHESTER NH
HAMC MERCED COUNTY
HAMC MESA
HAMC MINNEAPOLIS
HAMC MISSION CITY
HAMC MONTEREY
HAMC MONTREAL
HAMC NANAIMO
HAMC NEW ROC CITY
HAMC NEW YORK CITY
HAMC NIAGARA
HAMC NOMADS ALBERTA
HAMC NOMADS ARIZONA
HAMC NOMADS BRITISH COLUMBIA
HAMC NOMADS CALIFORNIA
HAMC NOMADS CONNECTICUT
HAMC NOMADS ILLINOIS
HAMC NOMADS MICHIGAN
HAMC NOMADS NEVADA
HAMC NOMADS NEW HAMPSHIRE
HAMC NOMADS NEW YORK
HAMC NOMADS ONTARIO
HAMC NOMADS WASHINGTON
HAMC NORTH BEACH
HAMC OAKLAND
HAMC OMAHA
HAMC ORANGE COUNTY
HAMC ORLEANS
HAMC OSHAWA
HAMC PHILADELPHIA
HAMC PHOENIX
HAMC PROVIDENCE
HAMC QUEBEC CITY
HAMC REGINA
HAMC RENO
HAMC R’SIDE
HAMC ROCHESTER
HAMC ROCKFORD
HAMC SACRAMENTO
HAMC SALEM
HAMC SAN JOSE
HAMC SASKATOON
HAMC SFV
HAMC SHASTA COUNTY
HAMC SHERBROOKE
HAMC SIMCOE COUNTY
HAMC SKULL VALLEY
HAMC SONOMA COUNTY
HAMC SOUTH
HAMC SOUTH BEND
HAMC SUDBURY
HAMC THUNDER BAY
HAMC TORONTO DOWNTOWN
HAMC TUCSON
HAMC VALENCIA
HAMC VALLEJO
HAMC VANCOUVER
HAMC VENTURA
HAMC WEST TORONTO
HAMC WHITE ROCK
HAMC WINDSOR
HAMC WINDSOR ONTARIO
HAMC WINNIPEG
HAMC WINSTON SALEM
HAMC WOODBRIDGE
HAMC WORCESTER

ELSEWHERE

HAMC ADELAIDE
HAMC AUCKLAND
HAMC BRISBANE
HAMC BUENOS AIRES
HAMC CAPE TOWN
HAMC DARWIN
HAMC DURBAN
HAMC EAST COUNTY
HAMC HASTINGS
HAMC JO`BURG
HAMC KAJAANI
HAMC MELBOURNE
HAMC NOMADS AUSTRALIA
HAMC NOMADS BRAZIL
HAMC NOMADS SOUTH AFRICA
HAMC RIO DE JANEIRO
HAMC SYDNEY
HAMC WANGANUI
HAMC WEST RAND