The website states “If you have to ask, you probably will not understand the answer.” However, there are still a few ways to find out how to join up.
Must Be Voted In
Tentative members are prospects who run errands until such a time as the club decides to either vote them in or out.
It's Not a Sisterhood
It’s called a brotherhood for a reason. Although women do play an integral role in the running of the club, only men can be members. However, if a man wants to join the Hells Angels, his partner has to be just as willing for them to make that kind of commitment, because of the amount of time the club takes up.
No Law Allowed
As in law enforcement officers, that is. That’s right, if you’re an officer of the law, a prison guard, or even a security guard, you cannot gain entrance to the Hells Angels due to the conflict of interest.
Once You’re In, There’s No Backing Out
Just the process of becoming a member can take years to achieve. Therefore, once you’re a member, you’re a member for life.
It's All About the Bike
You must be a Harley Davidson owner to even be considered. This brotherhood is a way of life and the type of bikes they ride are part of it. If you want to be considered, make sure you have one of these bad boys.
The Vests Are Sacred
Once the prospect becomes a member, they are then given a vest with the famous logo and the name of the club, as well as the name of their charter sewn onto it. If a member is arrested while wearing it, they are to hand it to another member to avoid tainting it in jail and if they are hurt and need emergency care, they’ll do whatever possible to avoid getting it cut or torn off.
Be Careful Where You Make Friends
The website warns to “never combine your support to Hells Angels with other clubs, street gangs, or others if you are unaware of the relationship between those others and the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.” Which means that any friendships you support has to fit in with the group as a whole.
If It Ain’t Hells Angels, Don’t Wear It
We are sure you’ve seen merchandise that looks as if it could have been branded by the Hells Angels, themselves. However, the club has a strict no impersonation policy, so unless they gave it to you or sold it to you themselves, don’t attempt to wear it to make yourself look like one of the boys. You have to earn your gear.
He Who Knows the Golden Rule
Treat others how you wish to be treated. If you were raised with that mantra, then you should be able to fit right in with these boys. The code specifies that they will treat others with respect as long as they receive it in return.
Ride in Order
There is a strict order to how different things are done in the Hells Angels and riding is definitely one of those things. The bikers ride based on seniority and rank, beginning with the charter president all the way down to the prospects.
Pull Over as One
In the Hells Angels, you’re part of one super large family, so when one biker gets pulled over, they all pull over together in a show of solidarity. Not awkward at all if you happen to be the cop, we’re sure.
There is also a strict attendance code in the Angels. One assumes that if you miss meetings or hangouts, you’re not serious about the club, itself. Those who continuously miss events are seen as disrespectful.
Thousands of Miles to Go
According to the Hells Angels MC website, they ride approximately 12,000 miles together every year, so you’d have to be ready at a moment’s notice to ride with the gang.
It’s impossible to even reach the official club website without the club’s strict admittance. And that may not even last forever, depending on how the club feels about you poking around their most valuable assets.
If you’re a Hells Angel, one rule you should never break is talking to the media. They are super-secret about their activities and as such, keep a very tight lid on their goings-on.
No, Really. Hush!
As a Hells Angel, it’s a written bylaw, as well as a deeply understood rule that you cannot share any information about another member. Their website clearly states, “We do not answer questions about members,” and that counts for the missing ones, too.
Even Bikers Have a Dress Code
Although this varies from charter to charter, most charters agree that shorts are a no go. However, you may see some charters who wear all black, some may wear jeans, and some may wear camouflage, depending on their charter’s dress code.
Must Be About Giving Back
They may be a tough 1% biker gang, but they have huge hearts and give back every chance they get. Charity work is a requirement in most of the charters. The Hells Angels are very active members of their communities, often taking part in charity and community events.
Protect the Angels at All Costs
They will do whatever it takes to protect their reputation and their image in the mainstream media. Even if it means going up against entertainment giant like Disney over the portrayal of biker gangs in Wild Hogs.
Don’t Mention the Apostrophe
Yes. They are aware that there should be an apostrophe in Hell’s, however, they really don’t care. So, they’ll leave it the way it is, thank you very much.
It would be pretty obvious by now that as time consuming as being an Angel would be, you probably wouldn’t even have the time to think about joining another club. So, it should go without saying that joining another motorcycle club would be a big no-no.
Oh, Hazy Days
You should probably know ahead of time that as a prospect, you would be subject to much hazing. You would be assigned the most menial tasks and expected to perform them admirably. And don’t forget, this could go on for years before the charter decides to even hold the vote to get you in.
Hobby Lobby is Out
That’s right, as a member, you’d be expected to put the club above all else, which means spending the bulk of your time with your brothers. This means you can basically kiss all other hobbies you had planned goodbye.
If there is a meeting going on, your best bet is to stay quiet unless specifically spoken to. Any questions should be raised before the meeting starts, and the group has to respect the written agenda. Any rules broken are fined at least $100.
Just Say No
Any kind of substance abuse is strictly forbidden. Either contact or engagement with illegal substances can bring on dire consequences. We’re not sure what those consequences are exactly, but one can just imagine.
There is No Retirement
That’s right. Because the process is so long and involved and you become, in essence, part of the family, they will expect to pry your bike from your cold, dead, arthritic hands.
Stick to the Rules
Again, we don’t know specifics, but we’ve heard the consequences to breaking the rules can be pretty awful. From burning off tattoos to being removed from the club—either way, we’re sure it would feel like the equivalent of losing a limb.
Marking Your Territory
The charter, once it is established, will mark its own territory. They will lay out specific boundaries that other clubs must abide by, or they will have to deal with the Hells Angels. All of them.
There Will Be Blood
The Hells Angels and the other 1% biker clubs have an unwritten rule that never shall the other attempt to control an area that is already claimed by another gang. Sometimes, other biker clubs are not so respectful, and the Angels will fight to protect their territory. Be prepared.