The Pagans Motorcycle Club is part of the American subculture. Formed in 1959 in Prince George's County, Maryland, by Lou Dobkins (a Biochemist at the National Institute of Health) the Pagans MC rapidly expanded, and by 1968 dominated the entire East Coast.
Originally riding Triumphs, and clad in white denim jackets, by 1965 the Club had begun to evolve along the lines of the California stereotype generated by such famous motorcycle clubs as the Booze Fighters, Cavaliers, Coffin Cheaters, Comancheros, Crossmen, Defiants, Devil's Henchmen, El Diablos, Falcons, Galloping Gooses, Gladiators, Gypsy Jokers, Gypsy Outlaws, Hangmen, Hells Angels, Iron Horsemen, Journeymen, Marauders, Mofos, Night Riders, Outlaws, Presidents, Road Rats, Satan's Slaves, Stray Satans, Thunderbirds, Thunder Riders, etc. Which eventually were swallowed up by the Hells Angels, or disbanded.
In those days, being a 1%er was very cool, and we looked up to and respected the guys from the other clubs. We watched Peter Fonda in the Wild Angels movie, and avidly read "Wild Bill" Henderson's, A Place in Hell, and Hunter S. Thompson's, Hells Angels. These guys were "righteous" and showed much "class," and we wanted to emulate everything they did. And we did.
The Pagans MC patch depicts the God Surt with a flaming sword, and Pagan's in red, white and blue. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v129/arvigarus/pagansmc.jpg
Surt is a Fire Giant who lives with the People of Muspel in Muspelheim, the realm of fire to the south. There he stands ever alert, brandishing his great, fiery sword which shines brighter than the sun. In Ragnarok, he is the one who sets the world on fire and burns it down.
The Pagan's MC is a motorcycle club first and foremost, and as such mirrors the values of the society in which it lives, it is not a "criminal organization," or an "outlaw gang" - these designations have been thought up by the media and law enforcement. The Pagans MC can best be described as a Brotherhood.
You have to understand, that of all the so-called outlaw motorcycle gangs, Pagans live in the big cities of the East, where almost everyone, simply by virtue of population density and the sheer number of laws, is involved in questionable dealings everyday. A young guy coming up in the world needs money to buy a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and, if he's street wise, will avail himself of every opportunity to get ahead. It's the American Dream.
Cities are filled with gangs, and the criminal subculture, so it's not as easy as you might think for a club to survive. It has to be very savvy and pragmatic, and be able to adapt, improvise, and overcome. The Pagans MC has done a splendid job of doing this.
Most of the accusations about the Club engaging in "criminal activities" are false. In fact, in modern society, the standard procedure for Law Enforcement is to demonize motorcycle clubs, call them "gangs," and try to use the Rico Act to deprive the individual motorcyclists of their Constitutional Rights. But, IMHO, Bikers are not criminals, no matter how menacing they might look to the average "citizen" - they are just pursuing their own version of the American Dream.
PMC Defense Fund
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