Aryan Brotherhood (AB)
Gender Makeup: Male
Racial Makeup: White Example of Aryan Brotherhood graffiti.
Origin: Originated in 1967 in the San Quentin State Prison, California Department of Corrections.
Characteristics: Unaffiliated splinter groups sometimes use the name of their state along with the name "Aryan Brotherhood" (e.g., Aryan Brotherhood of Texas). Members display many white supremacist, neo-Nazi characteristics and ideology, but often state their goals as simply "getting high and getting over," or making their stay in the prison as comfortable as possible. Members are ordinarily apolitical. Most are in custody for crimes such as robbery.
Identifiers/Symbols: Photo of tattoo showing AB, heart, and swords.
Shamrock clover leaf Initials "AB" Swastikas Double lightning bolt The numbers "666" Known to use Gaelic (old Irish) symbols as a method of coding communications Aryan Brotherhood groups from other states often accompany the symbols mentioned above with the name of the state
Enemies/Rivals: The AB maintains a working relationship with the Mexican Mafia (EME) and therefore opposes the EME's long-time enemy, the La Nuestra Familia (NF).
The Aryan Brotherhood has traditionally nurtured a deep hatred toward black individuals and members of black groups/gangs, such as the: Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) Crip Bloods El Rukns
Allies: Maintains a working relationship with the Mexican Mafia (EME). Is known to give moral support to black groups in an effort to encourage possible prison disturbances. Utilizes black associates to buy and sell drugs to elements of the black prison population. Compatibles with most motorcycle gangs; many members were former "Bikers."