The Hells Angels motorcycle gang sues Alexander McQueen for using death’s head insignia

Lindsay Goldwert (NY DAILY NEWS)
October 28th 2010

The Hells Angels want their death’s head back.

The infamous motorcycle gang is accusing designers at Alexander McQueen of illegally using the Angels’ trademark symbol, the Financial Times reports.

The Hells Angels Corporation alleges that the “Hell’s Knuckle Duster ring” and other apparel and accessories utilize the gang’s icon without permission.

PPR, the luxury parent company of Alexander McQueen, is named in the suit filed in California Federal court, as are Saks Fifth Avenue and Zappos for selling the goods.

It’s not just for economic reasons. The bikers are concerned for the safety of the wearers of the death’s head since “anyone wearing them would be considered an imposter by club members,” says the gang’s longtime attorney Fritz Clapp.

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