By Scott Nyman
Most people know better than to mess with a motorcycle gang. The Hells Angels MC, notorious for their reputation of organized crime and violence, is perhaps one of the most famous and feared MC of them all. In fact, messing with this particular group of bikers is like poking a wasps’ nest, wherein the wasps all have beards, wear leather, and carry weapons.
With over a hundred chapters spread around 29 countries, the Hells Angels have worked hard to establish their tough reputation. As such, it comes as no surprise that when someone threatens their street credit, they bring out the most deadly weapon they have, their copyright and trademark attorneys. That’s right, in this modern age I’m considered a more deadly weapon than a chain swinging grizzly on a Harley Davidson.
Recently, the Hells Angels have filed suit against British fashion designer Alexander McQueen for copyright infringement. The alleged infringing designs include a $1,595 Hells Angels Jaquard Dress and a $495 Hells Four Finger Ring. “This isn’t just about money, it’s about membership. If you’ve got one of these rings on, a member might get really upset that you’re an imposter,” says Fritz Clapp, attorney for the Hells Angels.
I’m no fashion expert, but spending over $2,000 to incur the wrath of history’s most notorious motorcycle gang sounds like a pretty bad idea to me.