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The Hells Angels are apparently going to war with British fashion house Alexander McQueen after accusing the couturiers of infringing on their trademarks. The California-based motorcycle club, whose fearsome reputation includes the sudden and brutal application of trademark lawyers, believes the dressmakers, and its retailers, …

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Educated people those "Hells Angels"

Who else uses metonym on one page three times!

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Boffin

...except...

although it;s a good word, 'metonym' is probably not the word they were looking for, since it refers to a proper noun used to refer to another, by association (such as using 'Hoover' to mean any vacuum cleaner). Maybe 'mnemonic' would be more accurate in the first instance, 'metaphor' in the second, and, err, 'name' in the third?

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I have to disagree!

It means whatever the large gentlemen in the jacket says it means!

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Joke

Pfft, They'll have to catch me first

on their loud slow Harleys that can't take fast corners vs my sports tourer...*

*Disclaimer to any Hells Angels; this is a joke, please continue to vent your rage at fashion victims who think it is 'cool' to wear your colours without knowing what they represent.

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Happy

Slow HDs?

XR1200X

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BRB..

..cornering using all 4 wheels

:P

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Hells do gooders?

I had to laugh when I saw the following at the bottom of their index page:

"when we do right nobody remembers, when we do wrong nobody forgets"

If they are such hardass individualists why do they give a fuck?

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Re: Hells do gooders?

That was the motto of sub-editors long before those guys adopted it.

Anyway, the point is I want the McQueen dark silver brass skull ring with a bee on it. And the dress. Thank you Mr Claus.

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no title necessary

http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/bulldog_bash.html

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Happy

Plaintiff, lawyer and enforcement all in one.

Why bother with the courts?

A visit from a couple of the boyo's, on their hawgs, should do it. If not, a pipe bomb should complete the job.

Quicker than the courts, too.

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Anon for obvious reasons

I have partied with various members from UK chapters of the HA, and apart from the Outlaws, the two things the HAMC detest most are people who dress to give the impression that they are members of a backpatch club, and people looking to breech the copyright of the deaths head symbol. Many many moons ago whilst at college I remember seeing an advert in Punch magazine for some brand of alcohol or other, featuring members of a fox hunt with the full 3 piece HA patch set on their backs. I never did find out what happened over this but I never saw that advert in the following month's edition. I can only assume that the HA lawyers, who for tenaciousness put the RIAA/MPAA to shame, acted with their usual ruthless efficiency.

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$495 for a knuckle duster

No wonder they're pissed off, they've probably been selling them for a lot less.

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Nothing says rebellion against the system

Like a lawsuit!

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what a bunch of babies

AC of course.

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Black Helicopters

But...

Was is Suicide, or a "Friendly Warning"?

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Remember when the Angels were the 1%ers?

Now they are just another bunch of greedy, pseudo-corporate tosswits.

I bet they don't even piss on their own Levis any more.

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They are simply using the system in which they are trapped. I applaud them for it. No better way to fight a system than from the inside.

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H.A. 2.0

Lets just hope they don't hold any software patents.

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And that's not all ...

Better warn them off using "Hell's Grannies" too, or they'll have Monty Python after them.

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Tiredness....

Due to tiredness or whatever, I misread the article and saw "Hells Angels Jaquard Dress Box". I imagined a chapter member carefully lifting this out of his wardrobe and delicately opening the applique decorated lid to reveal his colours, stored between layers of protective paper; then lovingly taking them out to wear them. It may actually happen somewhere, you never know.

P.S. Does anyone else think that the Lace Knit Skull Wool Sweater Dress has elements of Aztec design?

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Re: Tiredness....

One of the other ones is Celtic. It all looks rather Giger to me.

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Re: Re: Tiredness....

And I still like that ring even if I would get my finger chopped off for sporting it.

Anyway, it's got a bee on it so I could argue... that.

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Fashion madness

I readily admit I am no fashion follower, but surely as sad as it is that Mr Mcqueen is dead doesn't this have a negative effect on his ability to design clothes?

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Re: Fashion madness

It's his company and brand. Versace still exists despite Versace's death. So.

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Not just that...

""This isn't just about money, it's about membership," Hells Angels lawyer Fritz Clapp told the New York Post. "If you've got one of these rings on, a member might get really upset that you're an imposter.""

If you're wearing colours a member of a rival gang might also tend to get upset. Some of these gangs tend to get upset in a very demontrative fashion.

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You ain't kidding around there...

You nailed it here. People think it is all style and a bit of fun. "Haha, I am so cool! Look at my Hell's Angels kit."

If anyone else out there doesn't know just how deadly serious can be then you have no idea at all about this stuff...and that enough should be cause for alarm. The individual members would never even look at you twice under normal circumstances.

warning:

Stay away from stuff like this. It is not a f%cking Halloween costume. Hell's Angels, Pagans, Outlaws, and others may very well go out of their way to kill you if you are not permitted to wear their colors (and that includes t-shirts.) You can be certain about a confrontation. You may think it's a joke, but they certainly don't and neither do their local enemies...especially if chapters are hostile. And I promise you, they will spot their colors and those of other gangs as if it were flashing in neon.

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@multipharious

Don't get one of these either...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/SONS-OUTLAW-BIKER-PATCH-SET-ANARCHY-12-PCS-RED-/160394380939?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item255840068b#ht_6991wt_1139

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T shirts

Except for the official ones they sell.

http://www.hellsangelsmcoakland.com/store.html

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Haha!

Nothing says kill me like wearing a vest you have not earned. Cannot say I recognize this group, but I am no pro here.

The patch type and designs would definitely get attention from other club members and law enforcement alike.

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re: Haha!

Oh, it's completely fictional, but it'd get you noticed!

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Nobody likes getting ripped off

The fashion house would be quick enough to take action if someone used one of their trademarks.

They even dress it up (npi) as a"crime" so that the police/trading standards take action at public expense. At least the HA are paying for their own lawyer.

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Spot on

Trademarks are trademarks and should be protected. The fact that this one belongs to the HA is irrelevant.

I'm sure there'd be enough people screaming (no pun intended) if it was dealt with in a non-legal fashion.

Regards,

The Beer Monster

81 Supporter.

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Oooo.

McQueen website message.

"Site is being updated"....

I suspect the infringing items have been removed.

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Talk about...

A bunch of trendites prancing around in motorcycle colours. Talk about trademark dilution!

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multipharius isn't joking

I have a few Hell's Angels as mates. I'm not a member so I could never, under any circumstances, wear their gear. The only people who should wear it are the Angels themselves or anyone with suicidal tendencies. I was told as much when I asked to borrow a mate's jacket.

I am, however, looked after royally when out with them. Good lads in my book.

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this is my title

"good lads"?

You think people who are liable to physically assault strangers just because they are wearing the same clothes are "good lads"?

sound like twats to me.

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tell you what...

You try going to a military function wearing a uniform and badges that you haven't earned and see what happens.

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another title

Maybe they would act like twats too. What's your point? Even if you wore a police uniform you wouldn't expect a beating, just arrest.

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Possibly

Your expectations of what would happen and what would actually happen are two separate things.

Anyone pretending to be a police officer/fireman/pilot/soldier/sailor/club member in the presence of police officers/firemen/pilots/soldiers/sailors/club members who gets caught out will get dealt with by the police officers/firemen/pilots/soldiers/sailors/club members.

That is not just the way it is, it's the way it has always been.

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@Benedict - Tigers

Why don't you put on a tiger outfit and go out in the jungle to play. I agree that in concept you are correct. I mean if you don't fit in with the tigers you should not be discovered out there by them and then eaten, and if you are not an actual tiger you should not be mistaken for a man-eater and shot...but perhaps you are missing the point that you are the dumbass that is masquerading about in a tiger outfit - not being one and all.

There are certain lines you just ought to leave alone unless you are spoiling for a fight. Why assert your demand for self-determined civilization and your right to wear whatever you wish when the consequences can be higher than you think in a very real world...with your very real life.

I wish you safety, happiness, and long life Benedict, and this is meant sincerely. Not meaning to take a swipe at you. I hope you get it.

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spot on.

Lot of good folks in the motorcycle community that would give the shirt off their backs to help someone they feel is a brother. I never prospected.

Keep it between the ditches and the rubber side down.

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@multipharious

One of the few that has any idea on this subject at all considering all the commentators here. Well actually the only one.

Ah the ol' prawn and porn nights. legendary!

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DIY justice

I'm sure if the court case fails they will just enforce it themseoves by paying a visit to the company HQ.

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