By James “Hollywood”Macecari
Shooting up, being a rat and stealing, used to be the cause that members were put out bad. Nowadays, especially with the newer clubs, out bad is anyone who leaves the club. The newer clubs have watered down the meaning, of someone leaving in disgrace. The term has turned into a political weapon of choice, something it was never intended to be. The whole basis of brotherhood is supposed to be for life. If brotherhood is indeed for life, how can a club designate someone out bad, without meeting those criteria? It’s easy actually, new clubs do not know the meaning. Just because someone hurts your feelings, or they can no longer continue, doesn’t mean they committed a harsh offense to carry the designation.
Politics in clubs are never ending, something which is contradictory to what a motorcycle club, is supposed to be about. Power is a human craving, no matter what the environment, people will crave power. It’s sad but it’s true, when there is a gathering of people, someone will always be there jockeying for power. Sometimes I’ve had a hard time figuring this one out, especially when it comes to motorcycle clubs. When I think of power, it’s always in the context of earning money. My first question, if you’re not earning anything, why the hell do you care about power? Sure, I guess being a president of a club gives you status, but who really cares if you’re a president. Being a president of a motorcycle club doesn’t give you street credit, so again, why let it get to your head?
Putting brotherhood into perspective
I think one must put motorcycle club brotherhood into perspective. Motorcycle Club brotherhood was supposed to be about riding, sticking together and most importantly, being there for each other. I know, I’m naive thinking about brotherhood in such simple terms. The truth of the matter, brotherhood used to be about that. Ask some of the grey beards about this topic, see what they have to say on the matter. Today brotherhood is a shell of what it used to be. Brotherhood is no longer what the original premise used to be, now it only last until someone gets pissed at each other. If you’re looking for brotherhood in the motorcycle club scene, you’ll be sorely mistaken most of the time. Motorcycle clubs nowadays are not what they used to be.
Now to be honest, I’ve always been suspicious of so-called brotherhood. I’ve always found myself cringing when someone would call me that. Most of the time people use that because they can’t remember your name, others use it so loose, it doesn’t mean jack anyway. So knowing this, why do you think these pop up clubs don’t last? It’s because they don’t know squat about what brotherhood is supposed to be about. This lack of knowledge leads these new clubs, into misinterpretation of what out bad, was supposed to be for.
If you don’t want the drama or politics, join a riding club or motorcycle rights organization
Why take a chance on a motorcycle club? I say go join a riding club, or motorcycle rights organization, like ABATE. The headaches and politics isn’t worth joining a club anymore. Many people ask why I won’t join a club. The answer is two-fold. The first reason is I work at Insane Throttle Biker News and Motorcycle Madhouse. The second reason is because I’ve been there and done it. I’m 46 now, long past my prime, all I want to do now is to share my experiences. My experiences are not only in motorcycle clubs, they are also in the streets. One of the questions I get all the time, why do you talk about street gangs a lot? The answer is simple, “it’s what I grew up in.” I’ve only been apart of one true motorcycle club, one I loved dearly, that was the Black Pistons. The first one I was in I don’t even consider a motorcycle club, sure some of us rode, but it was a gang. So when you look at my style of media, especially when talking about clubs, I’m talking about my time in the Pistons.
My outlook on motorcycle clubs have nothing to do with 1% clubs, it has everything to do with the pop-up clubs, something many people cannot separate. Pop-up clubs have spread like a virus, something I believe has really damaged the scene. Again, if you can back up your patch, great, but I find most cannot. This above everything else, is the reason, I talk ill most of the time of clubs. I should put a separation between legit clubs and those I’m actually talking about. That’s my bad on my part, it’s also probably the reason people get confused so much on my stances. Admittedly, I should’ve been more clear on the clubs I talk about. So from here on out, I’m talking about pop-up clubs.
So with pop-up clubs in mind, forget them, join a riding club instead. There is just to many headaches with clubs who’ve got no experience. If you’re going to look into a club, go with an established one.
Taking advice from a legit out bad motorcycle club member
In short, Don’t fucking do it! If someone is out bad from a legit motorcycle club, you’re playing with a hornet nest, something I learned the hard way once. Once I learned from my mistake I apologized, then went forward. I’m the one who always believed in admitting mistakes and learning from them, unlike many people who refuse to stand up and say, “I messed up.”
Out bad members from established clubs are always looking to get back at their old club. These people will do and say the most outlandish shit, in order to get back at them. Be mindful of this when listening to these type of people. 9 times out of 10, they will be leading you down the wrong path.
So what are your thoughts, on how clubs, now use the term “out bad?” Do you think the use of the term, as I do, has been misused by pop up clubs? Leave your thoughts in the comment section, don’t forget to visit the YouTube channel and Motorcycle Madhouse Radio.