Veterans: the founding fathers of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club

Founded in 1948 by Otto Friedli in California, the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club emerged as a breakaway from the post-war motorcycle club, the Pissed Off Bastards.

In search of adventure and camaraderie after their military service, Veterans like Friedli were drawn to the affordability of surplus motorcycles, leading to the formation of the Hells Angels.

The name, inspired by the term for bomber squadrons in World War I and II, as well as a 1930 Howard Hughes film, became synonymous with a spirit of rebellion and counterculture. It's no wonder you see so many HA members walking around VA Boise.

Hells Angels Goes Global

Fueled by the allure of living by their own rules, the Hells Angels rapidly expanded across the United States and into 30 countries.

Embodying a devil-may-care outlaw image, HA attracts men seeking a life beyond the ordinary. Despite maintaining a mysterious membership, it's estimated that the club boasts 2,500 to 3,000 members globally.

Hell Angels Idaho Chapter: events & social media

The Hells Angels Idaho chapter is known for their robust support of local Veteran causes and community events.

The Idaho Red & White Memorial Run charity fundraiser and the Hells Angels Bike, Car, & Stunt Show are two of their signature events that boast a long list of support from local businesses such as:

It's also not uncommon to see HA members participating in family-friendly events at High Desert, Boise's Harley Davidson dealership.

A quick scroll through their hells_angels_idaho Instagram account (with over ten thousand followers) reveals a tight-knit brotherhood that bands together in support of one another, their families, and Boise's communities.

The Softer Side of Hells Angels...

Beyond their notorious reputation, the Boise-area Hells Angels are known for their charity work and annual Christmas toy drive for children. The heartfelt initiative reflects a side of the biker club that transcends their tough exterior, showcasing a positive impact on the lives of Idaho children.

Hells Angels Idaho Swag & Merch

You'd be a day late and a dollar short to think HA doesn't have its own trademarked swage and merch.

A visit to the Hells Angels MC Nomads Idaho Support 81 website showcases a wide range of apparel, accessories, and biker-themed items non-members can purchase.

But there's one thing non-members should never buy...

...and that would be their official patch. It's strongly advised that individuals who aren't official members of the Hells Angels exercise great caution and refrain from acquiring or wearing a Hells Angels patch.

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Non-Hells Angels residents of Idaho should be particularly mindful of the potential consequences associated with wearing such patches. Doing so could lead to a f&@k-around-and-find-out scenario as it's regarded as a sign of blatant disrespect towards the club and its members.

The Rules Hells Angels Have to Follow

In Idaho and around the world, HA members adhere to a strict code and a well-defined hierarchy. Prospective members undergo a demanding initiation process, including enduring physical challenges from existing members.

Owning a Harley is just the tip of the spear, and becoming a member is no rite of passage; it's a hard-earned honor.

⬇️ Scroll on for a look at the secret code Hells Angels abide by. 

The Rules of The Hells Angels

The Hells Angels started in 1948 in Fontana, California, with a group of World War II veterans who were motorcyclists. Now, they have chapters all over the world. There is a strict code that must be followed no matter where in the world you are.

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