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Aryan Brotherhood

The Aryan Brotherhood is believed to have been formed by a group of Irish bikers in 1964 at San Quentin State Prison, but it may have been derived from or inspired by the Bluebird Gang. They decided to strike against the blacks who were forming their own militant group called the Black Guerrilla Family. Some have knit caps pulled low over their eyes; many sport peculiar, walrus-like mustaches more befitting American Civil War soldiers and Wild West outlaws. Nicknamed “The Rock” or “The Brand”, sometimes “Alice” or “Alice Baker”, carnage spreads in the Aryan Brotherhood’s wake. Dozens of murders, professional hits, drug dealing and prostitution rings (both male and female) – all controlled from inside maximum security, lock-down prisons using intricate codes, wives and girlfriends, and “blood in, blood out” loyalty.

Like most prison gangs, Aryan Brotherhood members mark themselves with distinctive tattoos.  Designs commonly include the words “Aryan Brotherhood”, “AB”, SS, 666, sig runes, shamrocks, and other Nazi symbolism and Celtic iconography. “The Brand” as it is also known does not allow others to wear their symbols. Sporting one without permission leads to death punishment. But not before, alive or dead, they slice it off you with a razor.

Large tattoos or several multiple tattoos may symbolize a gang members’ level of devotion to their gang.

Here are some of the most common designs:

Aryan Brotherhood / AB / The Brand

Tattoo used by member of the Aryan Brotherhood for identification. The Aryan Brotherhood is the Alpha and Omega of prison gangs.



The 8th letter of the alphabet being H. So 88 would be HH, for Heil Hitler.



  Blackend in Nazi SS Bolts

In recent years, this tattoo has come to mean that you have killed a minority. It is a Nazi symbol signifying the Schutzstaffel (SS), whose members ranged from the Gestapo to soldiers of the Waffen SS.


  Warrior Rune

Shows one’s commitment to the overthrow of the United States government through an armed struggle.


  Odin Rune

Shows one’s faith in the pagan religion know as Odinism. Odin is the Norse high God, AKA All Father. While very popular with racists, mostly skinheads, Odinism is not a racist religion. 


  Elbow Web

The traditional symbol used by all racists to indicate time served in jail. This symbol has been in the past mistaken to mean that one has killed a black person.



Aryan Brotherhood groups from different states often accompany the symbols mentioned above with the name of the state.


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