THE REAL ANGELS Fascinating snaps reveal the leather-wearing biker chicks behind the notorious Hells Angels gang!

The photos – brought to life through vivid colourisation – were snapped in the 1960s and 1970s, at the height of the biker gang’s infamy. These striking shots reveal the leather-clad biker chicks behind the notorious Hells Angels gang.

The vivid photos reveal the women behind the notorious Hells Angels. They capture sultry-faced female members astride their Harley Davidsons, relaxing in a cafe and loitering outside the Blackboard Cafe in Bakersfield.

Most of the images were taken by LIFE magazine photographer Bill Ray, according to Matt Loughrey, who decided to take the time to add some colour to the iconic pictures.

The 39-year-old Irish photographer works at My Colorful Past in Westport, a company that colourises historical photos to ensure they’re preserved and remembered.

He said he’s enjoyed looking back on “the advent of such a strong fraternity of people”.

Most of the images were taken by LIFE magazine photographer Bill Ray.

The Hells Angels were a massive part of the counterculture movement in the 1960s-1970s.

The iconic shots have been brought to life by photographer Matt Loughrey, who decided to take the time to add some colour to them. “These photographs document only a fragment of time. What I found hard to understand was why the original black and whites never made it to the magazine itself”, he said.

The Hells Angels organization is predominantly white male and considered an organized crime syndicate by the United States Department of Justice.


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