CHING A LING NOMADS
Starting out as a street gang in the early 60's and influenced by the
Hells Angels the Ching A Lings eventually evolved into a motorcycle club.
Kicked out of the Village in the early 1970's they made the Bronx their
home. With them they took a reputation for violence, drugs and rock and
roll. Though beyond this veneer lies a highly evolved subculture living
what they call the Harley lifestyle reserved for one percenters. An outsider
term reserved for those recognized by the Angels and other one percenter
groups. This world views itself on the Amercian beliefs of individuality
with a Harley Davidson motorcycle as the symbol of this freedom. Though
being composed of mostly Puerto Ricans (the Hells Angels don't usually
accept Blacks and Puerto Ricans as members) they differ from the Angels.
Essentially they share a hedonistic view of the world and due to a shared
sense of Brotherhood they surfacly appear very similar. Though a respect
for self expression is tolerated and in many instances respected. In the
past their various clubhouses have been the scene of many raids. The last
one destroying their home but resulting in an out of court settlement
in their favor. And in 1976 a 17 year old member was killed by a New Jersey
It is my objective to view the Ching A Ling Nomads as a valid subculture.
Examining their structure, hopes, grievences and outlook within the world
they live in and the larger "civilian" world that surrounds