The Story Behind OUTLAWS MC

The Outlaws Motorcycle Club, which has an official organizational name of American Outlaws Association (AOA) is a one percenter motorcycle club which was founded in McCook, Illinois in 1935.

Outlaws MC is one of the Big 4 one percenter motorcycle clubs along with the Hells Angels MC, Bandidos MC and Pagans MC.

The Outlaws Motorcycle Club have an official support club, known as Black Pistons MC, who act as a feeder club for recruitment as well as resources.

Outlaws MC Clubhouse Milwaukee

Outlaws MC History

Outlaws MC was founded in 1935 in McCook, Illinois by a group who loved to ride Harley Davidson motorcycles. This suburb is in the southwest of Chicago and the club is said to have formed in a bar named Matilda’s on famous Route 66 and was known as the McCook Outlaws.

The first major event after World War II was held in 1946 at Soldier Field in Chicago and later on in 1950 the club was renamed to the Chicago Outlaws at the time when the club moved from McCook to Chicago.

Outlaws MC Clubhouse Ormond Beach Florida

The Outlaws Motorcycle Club became a 1%er Brotherhood of Clubs member in 1963 and in 1964 expanded to take in the Gipsy Outlaws from Milwaukee followed by the Gypsy Outlaws from Louisville. It was at the time that the new chapters joined that the Chicago Outlaws chapter was named as the mother chapter. The next expansion was of the commencement of the Outlaws MC Florida chapter which opened in 1965.

4 chapters of the Satan’s Choice MC from Canada patched over to the Outlaws MC in July, 1977. At the time of the patching over the Satan’s Choice Motorcycle Club were one of the largest outlaw clubs in Canada.

See our Outlaws MC Chapters list for more information on how far and wide this expansion has been for this one percenter motorcycle club with a huge presence in Germany through Outlaws MC Germany.

Outlaws MC Clubhouse Chicago

Outlaws MC Australia was added to the organization in 1994, making the fifth continent of expansion for the one percenter motorcycle club.

In January, 1997, European Outlaws MC President Thore “Henki” Holm and an Outlaws member from France are shot and wounded by a member of Untouchables MC (a Hells Angel ally). The Outlaws MC formed an alliance with Bandidos MC against the Hells Angels MC as part of the Great Nordic Biker War.

2015 marks the 80th anniversary of the Outlaws MC, making them one of the longest running motorcycle clubs of any type in history.

Outlaws MC Clubhouse South Side Chicago

Outlaws MC Patch and Motto

Their original logo was a winged motorcycle, but this was replaced in the early 1950’s with a skull. In 1954 came the addition of pistons to the skull. A later redesign occurred in 1959 which saw changes to the size of the skull and pistons, the finished product of which can be seen today.

The skull and pistons in the Outlaws Motorcycle Club logo is known as “Charlie”.

Outlaws MC Logo

The Outlaws MC motto is “God Forgives, Outlaws Don’t”. The meaning of this is pretty straight forward.

Outlaws MC Clubhouse Indianapolis


Each branch of the Outlaws MC is known as a chapter, or sometimes also referred to as a charter.

The Outlaws Motorcycle Club has a very significant number of chapters in the USA, as well as throughout the rest of the world, particularly in Germany where there are dozens of Outlaws MC Germany chapters as well as many in England and Wales.

There are many other one percenter motorcycle clubs which also go by the name of the Outlaws, however are not part of this particular organization.

We have compiled a detailed list of the official Outlaws MC chapters, with many photos, which you can see in our article The Outlaws MC Chapters.

Outlaws MC Germany Member


Outlaws MC clubhouse Detroit Michigan

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